GORUCK
October 29th, 2014

Europe GoRuck

In May of 2011, after having not skated for six months while healing up from a broken arm, I participated in the GORUCK Challenge, a serious test of physical and mental toughness lead by current and former Special Operations members. I wasn’t ready to skate quite yet, but I did feel the need to challenge myself in some real way. So, I bought a GORUCK Rucksack, loaded it full of bricks and joined Class 037 in Las Vegas for some 10 hours and 20 miles of Good Livin’.

Class 037

Yes, it was physically and mentally demanding, but the real take away was a deeper understanding of how individuals, working as a team can accomplish so much more together — And a really nice rucksack.

Challenge Tough

GR1

In September of 2011, I joined some 50 other GORUCKER’s for the inaugural GORUCK Ascent in Colorado, where over a few days we trekked a bunch of 14-ers together. It was a really great time, completely off the grid.

Ascent 2

Since then, GORUCK as a brand has been an inspiration to me, and my choice for bags and gear of any kind (dog leashes etc…)— As well as the Mesh Tac Hat that I’ve worn religiously for years.

Hat

If you’re looking to buy a bag, and you want the best and are willing to pay for it and support a company that builds their products in the USA and guarantees them for life… Checkout GORUCK.

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Fab Four Crew Neck
October 24th, 2014

Fab Four (Mark&Natas&Tommy&Mike.) Crew Neck Sweater.
Now available on a high quality heavy weight pre-shrunk
Men’s Crew Neck Sweatshirt from Street Plant.

Available in Black and Heather Grey

Order here!

Black Crew

Grey Crew

Fistfight Volume 1: The CKY3 Fight
October 3rd, 2014

Now available from Street Plant:
Fistfight Volume 1: The CKY3 Fight
By Daniele Bolelli with Mike Vallely

The story behind the story…

Book / Bookmark
18 Pages
8.5 x 5.5
1st Edition: Limited to 500
Numbered and signed by Mike Vallely and Daniele Bolelli
Every order comes with a Free – Limited Edition
Street Plant / Barnyard 25 Year Anniversary Bookmark

Mike Vallely is a legend of skateboarding, a musician, and an actor. Daniele Bolelli is a university professor, a writer and the host of the Drunken Taoist Podcast. Despite the differences in their backgrounds, they teamed up here because they both approach life with reckless passion and to tell a story grounded in just that — High voltage passion.

On the surface, the story written here revolves around the infamous fight that turned Mike into the star of one of the very first viral videos. Ever since that day, Mike has been asked about what really happened in the fight, why it took place, etc. And for the first time, all those questions are answered here. But this is little more than an excuse for a much deeper tale — A tale of willpower breaking down all the doors that were being slammed shut in Mike’s face, of triumph over what doctors considered a career-ending injury, and of unyielding commitment to live life on one’s terms despite what everyone else is telling you. Ultimately, it is precisely the kind of tale that Nietzsche referred to when he wrote, “Of all that is written, I only love what a person has written with his blood.”

Purchase by clicking here!

w/ Daniele

About Daniele Bolelli:

Daniele Bolelli is a writer, martial artist, university professor and podcaster. He was born in Italy and currently lives in Los Angeles.

@dbolleli on Twitter

New Shirt From Violent Gentlemen
September 25th, 2014

Mike V and Violent Gentlemen have collaborated once again. This time creating a design to commemorate Mike’s beginnings in his home state of New Jersey, where he started skateboarding in 1984.

The shirt is available for purchase by clicking here!

MV-NJD-front

MV-NJD-back

Mike V Places 8th at DEW Tour / Brooklyn, NY
September 23rd, 2014

Mike V had a great weekend in Brooklyn, NY placing 8th out of 15 competitors at the DEW Tour Streetstyle event. Mike entered the event 26 years older than the events youngest competitor, and 14 years older than the next oldest competitor in the top ten. Not only does Mike V’s skating defy convention, it defies age. A crowd favorite from the youngest hardcore skater in attendance, to the oldest casual fan, Mike V continues to be a skater of and for the people.

Mike V’s 8th Place run:

Mike’s 360º Boneless over the car from his 3rd run. Photo: Jen Dessinger

Dew Tour Boneless

Results

Mark & Natas & Tommy & Mike.
September 17th, 2014

Now available from Street Plant Brand

Mark&Natas&Tommy&Mike. T-shirt

The Fab Four of Street Skating on one shirt.

100% Cotton Men’s T-Shirt

Made In The USA

Available Sizes:

XS-S-M-L-XL-XXL

.streetplantbrand.com/products/

M&N&T&M.

A Weekend In Pittsburgh
September 17th, 2014

After many years of being out of circulation, Mike V’s 2002 release with Joe Grushecky, A Weekend In Pittsburgh is once again available digitally for purchase.

Get it on iTunes here!

Weekend Cover

“Professional skateboarder and vocalist Mike Vallely along with Grammy Award winning artist, Joe Grushecky team up for one hell of a musical ride. Recorded during one short weekend in 2002 (hence the title), “A Weekend in Pittsburgh” is five tracks of pure heart, soul and conviction and in turn makes this EP a story of hard work, dreams and romance all rolled into one. Mike Vallely’s thoughtful and heartfelt lyrics accompanied with Joe Grushecky’s guitar-driven rock ‘n’ roll makes “A Weekend in Pittsburgh” nothing less than a timeless record.”

More on Joe Grushecky:

“Joe is a renowned musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, music arranger and recording artist who has written Grammy Award winning songs with BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN, and he fronts one of the best bands in America today, THE HOUSE ROCKERS.”

Joe Grushecky and Mike Vallely, 2002.

Joe Grushecky and Mike Vallely, 2002.

I AM EVEL KNIEVEL
September 6th, 2014

Mike V was interviewed for and is featured in this documentary about his childhood and lifelong hero, Evel Knievel.

Tune in on Wednesday, September 10 at 11/10c to watch “I Am Evel Knievel,” an original Spike TV documentary that presents a revealing look at America’s most infamous daredevil.

I Am Evel Knievel Teaser from Network Entertainment on Vimeo.

BLACK FLAG: Victimology Tour Videos
August 25th, 2014

Victimology Tour Lettering

After sixty shows between May 15 and August 9th, the BLACK FLAG 2014 Victimology North American Tour is a wrap. The band is now taking a break to work on new music and other projects but will be hitting the road again in 2015. Stay tuned. In the meantime, here are a few videos that we’ve collected from the Victimology Tour for your viewing pleasure.

Slip It In from May 19 at On The Rocks / Bakersfield, CA

Black Coffee from May 31 at The House Of Blues / Los Angeles, CA

Nervous Breakdown from May 31 at The House Of Blues / Los Angeles, CA

TV Party from May 31 at The House Of Blues / Los Angeles, CA

I’d Rather Die from June 14 at the Bourbon Theatre / Lincoln, NE

Fucked Up w/ Robbie Kreiger from June 17 at Reggie’s Rock Club / Chicago, IL

No Values from June 20 at Amnesia Rockfest / Montebello, QC

Slip It In from June 20 at Amnesia Rockfest / Montebello, QC

Depression from July 11 at The House Of Blues / Houston, TX

I’d Rather Die from July 11 at The House Of Blues / Houston, TX

13th Annual Evel Knivel Days Festival: July 25 / Butte, MT

Victimology Footer

Mike Vallely Speaks With The Press Telegram
May 13th, 2014

Mike Vallely discusses his new role in BLACK FLAG with his hometown newspaper… The Press Telegram

Click HERE to read the article.

Press Telegram

Music Player
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