March 7th, 2014
Violent Gentlemen Collaboration
February 25th, 2014
Costa Mesa, CA – February 2014 – Costa Mesa-based clothing brand Violent Gentlemen is proud to announce the launch of its Mike V. x Violent Gentlemen collaborative T-shirt and hat.
Violent Gentlemen is a brand that not only represents my love for hockey and the players who police the ice, it also represents something at the very core of my being,” says Mike Vallely, aka Mike V. “Love and strength. These qualities together make for a complete and balanced life, because anything worth loving is also worth fighting for.”
Mike V. personifies the Violent Gentlemen. A father, friend, professional skateboarder, musician and former professional hockey player, he is part of the VGHC brotherhood. Growing up playing and watching hockey, and after years immersed in the world of punk rock and skateboarding, he parlayed his passion into a short-lived career as a pro-player with the Danbury Whalers of the FHL. The stint earned him the label “jock” with the counterculture crowd and it wasn’t until he came upon Violent Gentlemen that he felt as though he’d found a common bond.
“The first time I read the words ‘Violent Gentlemen’ it made complete sense to me,” he says. “Here was the first-ever hockey apparel brand that understood who and what it was, and who it was for. Rooted deep in hockey culture, yet expressing something fresh and new, Violent Gentlemen resonates with hockey fans and anyone who understands the warrior mentality.”
The Mike V. x Violent Gentlemen collaborative T-shirt features an “Enforce: Long Beach” logo inspired by his adopted hometown of nearly 20 years. On the back is the number “22,” sentimental to Mike for a couple of reasons.
“Twenty-two was the number I wore in the very first game I played in minor-pro hockey. It was the number of my favorite player from when I was a kid, a true Violent Gent, Nick Fotiu of the New York Rangers,” he adds. “Although I ended up breaking my arm in that game, falling to the ice at the end of a fight, it was still a dream come true: to lace up the skates, pull that number 22 over my head, and take to the ice at a pro level.”
The black T-shirt retails for $24 and is available in size small to 3X-large, while the hat, available in both snapback and Flexfit, retails for $32 and comes in small/medium or large/extra-large. Both are available at violentgentlement.com.
About Violent Gentlemen:
Violent gentlemen are forged from steel and bound by a code: Respect. It runs deep and courses through the veins of a Violent Gentleman. We are a brotherhood of upstanding individuals with an appreciation for style and our nose to the grindstone. From the ice to the Octagon, from the ring to the field we honor the fight, the art, the opponent and the sport. Blood paints a path to the heart. Sweat, a river to the soul.
February 1st, 2014
Street Plant is a new apparel brand that my daughter Emily and I are working together on. Taking it’s inspiration from my early days in skateboarding, and with a strong East Coast flavor — Street Plant is a celebration of where I come from and what I value in skateboarding: East Coast, creative, no-holds-barred skateboarding.
Our first T-Shirt is the classic TWS “Checkout” image of East meets West. Photographed in 1986 by legendary skate photographer Grant Brittain, who said that this day may very well be one of the most important and heaviest days of street skating that he was ever witness to — This shirt features me photographed with two of my heroes, who on that day also became my friends.
– Mike V
January 4th, 2014
When I played my short stint in pro hockey with The Danbury Whalers of the FHL… My roommate was Corey Fulton. From the start of training camp Corey and I had an immediate connection and we became friends. We would end up spending a lot of time together through training camp, going to practices together, eating, hanging out talking and preparing for opening night.
I ended up breaking my arm badly on opening night in my first official pro hockey fight… But really my first fight (albeit without any ill intentioned punches being thrown) was in practice with my teammate and roommate Corey Fulton.
I needed that first fight… and Corey did too because one of the last times he had been in a fight before coming to Danbury, his opponent Don Sanderson had slipped and hit his head on the ice and would later succumb to the head trauma that he suffered. Corey had quit hockey for several years trying to escape the pain of a tragic accident but later found himself in Danbury and instead of running from it, he was trying to get on with his life and he was carrying Don’s memory WITH him. After I broke my arm, Corey was there (with his nose practically stitched back onto his face from his own battles earlier that night) to help me get through that first hard night in a hotel room with a badly broken arm. The next day I would fly home to heal and Corey got up with me that morning and helped to see me off… I would not and I have not forgotten the kindness and friendship Corey gave me in those first hard and depressing hours after breaking my arm.
TSN just did a story on Corey and Don Sanderson and it’s definitely worth checking out…
– Mike V
You can watch the video by clicking here.
2 Years Of Elephant Brand Skateboards
December 22nd, 2013
On December 22, 2011 Elephant Brand Skateboards was officially launched. This edit by Mark Nisbet celebrates the past two years of our existence by featuring the skaters that have become a part of our movement:
100% Skateboarding for love — For fun.
Much love and respect to:
And thanks to everyone at Resource Distribution for believing in me and my vision and supporting this company day in and day out. Thanks to the filmers and editors that helped to create the videos these clips were pulled from and a very special thanks to Mark Nisbet for always being there and capturing it all.
– Mike V
Full Serving (2013)
December 3rd, 2013
New music from Good For You!
With nearly two and half hours of music, Full Serving (2013) is the complete collection of all our music released in 2013. It contains SST 385 Life Is Too Short…, SST 388 Fucked Up and SST 389 Too! all resequenced on 2 Compact Discs. The package also includes a 3rd Bonus Disc featuring 6 additional tracks that will not be available on any vinyl release.
You now can order the digital version of Full Serving (2013) — forty songs in total — on iTunes for only $9.99. You can also purchase on CD at your local record store or you can buy it online from SST or from Amazon.
Thrasher Classics: Public Domain
October 1st, 2013
Elephant Skateboards x Evel Knievel x Mike Vallely Board Series
September 24th, 2013
Evel Knievel is an American Icon. He was a flesh & blood super-hero and he greatly influenced and inspired me when I was young. He has remained a major inspiration and hero in my life all along. I am truly honored and proud to present the first ever, official Evel Knievel licensed skateboards. The Legend lives on. — Mike V
X-Games: New Jersey Legends
September 16th, 2013
Once known as “The Hot Shoe, Glue Foot,” Mike Vallely is the first and last name you should know when mentioning New Jersey skate legends. In 1988, Vallely pioneered street skating in Powell Peralta’s “Public Domain” video, while 25 years later his Berrics “Bangin’” video proved he’s the only street skater from the ’80s still ripping at such a high level. Vallely embodies the hard-working, blue-collar, no B.S. attitude that is synonymous with New Jersey — and his company Elephant Skateboards is a huge source of pride for Jerseyans.