Who We Are

In the Garage w/ Rizzo. Photo: David Ratunuman.

After two weeks on the road, I have returned to Garageland.
But I am NOT back to “the grind” and “the hustle”.
I find those expressions to be offensive and lacking sincerity, and they have NOTHING to do with what Street Plant is.
To “hustle” and “grind” is to compete, and there is no Freedom in that.
Business is NOT the “art of war” it is a Presentation of Values.
Street Plant is an unfolding from within, a Dream being Lived!
We are NOT chasing after anything — We are simply Following Our Bliss!
Nothing about what We do is a “grind” — It is Fun!
Nothing about what We do is a “hustle” — It is an Honest Expression of Our Love for Skateboarding!
Maybe these are just plays on words, but to Us, the distinction is Important.
The World does not need “hustlers” — It needs Soul Entrepreneurs!
People who Love what they do, who have a Sense of Positive Purpose, and who pursue their Work as its Own Reward.
There is Great Value in that for the Individual, and there is Great Value in that for Society.
Yes, We Work Hard to Actualize Our Dreams.
But we are NOT forced out of bed in the morning by an alarm signaling the start of a race.
We are awoken by a Love for Life and for the Work at hand.
This is NOT just our business, this is NOT just our company, this is NOT just a means to an end.
This is Who We Are!!!!

100% Independent Skateboarding for Love, for Fun.
No rules, no divisions, no schools.
Just a Skateboard as a Paintbrush and the World as an Empty Canvas.
Skate. Create. Enjoy!

Keep Dreaming!

Street Plant started as a Dream, on the streets of Edison, New Jersey in 1984.
I Dreamt of a Skateboard Company that was a Dialogue.
I Dreamt of a Skateboard Company that didn’t just make stuff, but Made A Difference.
I Dreamt of a Skateboard Company that was a part of a Community of People, brought Together by Love, Passion and Positivity.
I Dreamt of a Skateboard Company that saw Skateboarding as an Elevated Art, beyond sport or competition, that was Open and Welcoming to All.
Every day, my Dream is Being Lived
Every Day, my Dream is Coming True!
I’ll keep Dreaming.
You keep Dreaming too!

Thank You Alex Hellings and the #StreetPlantBattalion Worldwide for Your Support, Love and Dreams!

Pictured w/ Kristian Svitak, Mike Montgomery, Joey Jett and Alex Hellings on Alex’s Backyard Garden Ramp.

September Tour Dates

9.2: Southgate House Revival
Newport, KY
Mike Vallely And The New Arms w/ A.M. Nice, Todd Farrell and Max Fender.
Plus Street Plant Skate Session w/ Kristian Svitak, Joey Jett and Mike Vallely.
FREE & ALL AGES!

9.4: Killer Skatepark
Evansville, IN
Mike Vallely And The New Arms w/ Todd Farrell.
Joey Jett “The Dream” Video Premiere.
Plus Street Plant Skate Session w/ Kristian Svitak, Joey Jett and Mike Vallely.
FREE & ALL AGES! / $5.00 to Skate.

9.5: Lester’s Rock N Roll Shop
Middletown, OH
Mike Vallely And The New Arms w/ Todd Farrell.
Plus Street Plant Skate Session w/ Kristian Svitak, Joey Jett and Mike Vallely.
FREE & ALL AGES!

9.9: Wheels And Fins Festival
Kent, UK
Mike Vallely And The New Arms.
Joey Jett “The Dream” Video Premiere.
Plus Street Plant Skate Sessions w/ Kristian Svitak, Joey Jett and Mike Vallely.
ALL AGES!

9.11: Open Hearted Whistable
Kent, UK
5PM – 8PM
Kent, UK
More Info Here!

9.12: Open Hearted Canterbury
Kent, UK
4PM – 8PM
More Info Here!

No Plan B – Live (2017)

Mike Vallely & The New Arms performing the Good For You Song: No Plan B.

Audio Recorded Live at The Tower Bar in San Diego, CA June 8, 2017.

No Plan B
(Mike Vallely / Greg Ginn)

I jumped off of a cruise ship
Into water like cement
Broken I had to swim to shore
“Hey man, what did you do that for?”

Time collapses like a hit and run
Bullets fired from your tongue

When wild horses are tamed
Their spirit is dead
Death is their domain
Get that in your head

I never had a plan b
The only person I could trust was me
Haunted by what the critics say
Fuck them, who cares anyway?

Time collapses like a hit and run
Bullets fired from your thumbs

When wild horses are tamed
Their spirit is dead
Death is their domain
Get that in your head

I jumped off a cruise ship
My life preserver was a straightjacket
I never had a plan b
Hey man, what do you want from me?

Time collapses like a hit and run
Bullets fired from your tongue

When wild horses are tamed
Their spirit is dead
Death is their domain
Get that in your head

The original version of No Plan B is available on the Good For You LP – Life Is Too Short To Not Hold A Grudge (SST385).

The New Arms are:

Mike Montgomery (Guitar)
Kristian Svitak (Drums)

Filmed & Edited By: Rob Wallace.

August and September Shows

8.26: Pepe Caldo Pizzeria
Coeur d’Alene, ID
FREE & ALL AGES!

9.2: Southgate House Revival
Newport, KY
w/ A.M. Nice, Todd Farrell and Max Fender.
Plus Street Plant Skate Session w/ Kristian Svitak, Joey Jett and Mike Vallely.
FREE & ALL AGES!

9.4: Killer Skatepark
Evansville, IN
w/ Todd Farrell.
Plus Street Plant Skate Session w/ Kristian Svitak, Joey Jett and Mike Vallely.
FREE & ALL AGES! / $5.00 to Skate.

9.5: Lester’s Rock N Roll Shop
Middletown, OH
w/ Todd Farrell.
FREE & ALL AGES!

9.9: Wheels And Fins Festival
Kent, UK
ALL AGES!

Midlife Transcendence

Garageland. Photo: Rob Wallace.

A midlife crisis became midlife Transcendence, through Love.
A Love for Skateboarding, a Love for DIY Ethos and a Love for Family.

Encouraged by the Love of my Family, I went back to the Sources of my Joy (my Family being one of them) and I Reconciled and Reconstructed my Life by bringing all three of them Together into one Vehicle of Consciousness and Life: Street Plant.

I had to make a pilgrimage to the depths of my own Heart, my own Soul.
Back to the place of my Fascination, my Imagination and my Dreams.
This is where my Life began when I was 14, and where I was Reborn at 45.
Where my Life is Fulfilled.
The way out was the way in.

Street Plant is a 100% Independently owned and operated Family business.
We exist to Support, Service, Inspire and Empower our customers – Skateboarders – The Freest, most Unique and Creative people on the planet – By making the highest quality Skateboards and Skateboard accessories.

100% Independent Skateboarding for Love, for Fun.
No rules, no divisions, no schools.
Just a Skateboard as a Paintbrush and the World as an Empty Canvas.

Skate. Create. Enjoy!

The Internal Beam

Photo: Rob Wallace.

I ran out of rope.
It happens.
Instead of just hanging there, I stepped out of the noose of what was, and onto the Floor of Truth of What Is.
One chapter ended, it was hard, and another one began. That was hard too.
I know, I know, no one said it would be easy, but until we do those miles ourselves, we can’t really know for ourselves.
Still, the choice was simple: Let Life Live Me or Choose to Live MY Life.
It became very clear:
THERE IS MORE THAN ONE JOURNEY!
And with that, the second half of my Life began with the same Zeal and the same Passion as the first.
It’s still hard sometimes.
It still hurts sometimes.
I still struggle sometimes.
But I am Devoted to the Work that Enlivens My Heart, and is the Internal Beam that Lights the road ahead!

Let’s Go!!!!

East Coast Happenings

On Saturday July 22, I will be attending Roll For Rob at the Lynch Family Skatepark in Cambridge / Boston Massachusetts.

On Monday July 25, I will be at Old Skull Skateboards in Penfield, NY.

On Friday July 28, Joey Jett will be Premiering his New Video Part at Charm City Skatepark in Baltimore, MD. I will also be in attendance.

Additionally, I will be attending the Matthew Ryan / Jeff Caudill Show at Hollywood Gardens in Rochester, PA on July 26. I am only attending this show, I am NOT performing. Come hang out and take in some “Folkering” by the Great Matthew Ryan.

Movement

Street Plant

A Movement away from hype towards Substance.
A Movement away from despair towards Action.
A Movement away from industry towards Community.
A Movement away from tradition towards Optimism.
A Movement away from image towards Character.
A Movement away from culture towards Individuality.
A Movement away from distinction towards Connection.
A Movement away from effect towards Cause.

Skating, Creating and Enjoying w/ Kayne Hayes at the Crescenta Valley Skate Park in Glendale, CA. Photo By: Rob Wallace.