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.

Love

I traded their conference rooms for the Kitchen Table.
I traded destiny for Freedom.
I traded branches for Roots.
I traded trust for Knowing.
I traded fear for Dignity.
I traded contracts for Peace of Mind.
I traded obligation for Sincerity.
I traded artificial for Authentic.
I traded despair for Action.
I traded distinction for Connection.
I traded general demand for Poetry.
I traded culture for Living.
I traded security for Independence.
I traded acceptance for Self-Respect.
I traded industry for Family.
I traded sponsorship for Honor.
I traded their boys club for the Garage.
I traded sacrifice for Love.

Love. Photo: Rob Wallace.

The word – Love – being written on all of our Street Plant Boards is simply about Personalizing Every Board, Touching Every Board that passes through Garageland, and Imparting some Good Energy onto / into them. It’s an idea, a Good Thought — to send the Boards out with Love and Kindness. The Recognition that the Person who receives the Board IS a Person, not a faceless consumer, but Someone Connected to us through this small interaction, and Someone that we Value Greatly.

Open Hearted Texas Tour 2017

The Street Plant Open Hearted Texas Tour (2017)
w/ Kristian Svitak, Joey Jett and The Texas New Arms.

We came from Florida, Brooklyn, Portland, San Diego, Pittsburgh, Long Beach and Japan to meet in Houston, TX — Open Arms and Open Hearts. Our Common Ground: Art, Music and Skateboarding. From there, well, Anything Is Possible!

No corporate initiative or marketing strategy, just Friends Coming Together to Express their Love for the Peaceful Arts: In-Tune-Ment. What started as a Dream has become a Community: The Street Plant Battalion.

Once Houston was pinned on the map, we reached out to Friends in Austin, Dallas and Wichita Falls, TX as well, with a simple idea: Skate, Create, Relate and Enjoy! And this became the Open Hearted Texas Tour 2017.

Much Love and Thanks to the Street Scoundrels Houston Chapter, Josh Yelley, Tommy Luna, Dan Panic, Apparition Skateboards, Kevin Bernier, JP Rios, Isaias Gil, Maximilian Mueller, Mike Aches, Yusuke Tsuge, Scotty G.,4DWN, Deviance Skate Supply and EVERYONE we met and spent time with on our tour. Thank You for Your Love, Support and Friendship!

Filmed & Edited By: Rob Wallace.

Music:

R.RING “Cutter”
Ignite The Rest

Music Provided By:

SofaBurn Records

Under The Lights

5/13/17

Method Air under the lights in Izumo, Japan.

We were 4 hours late to our visit at Evol in Izumo, Japan. When we were still an hour away, Hiroshi said to me, “You have a lot of fans waiting for you.” It sounded so implausible, amusing even — “Fans” — like that was a real thing. I mean, I understood what we were doing, driving a great distance to meet people but I had never thought about it like that and I just don’t and can’t frame things in my mind in that way. I just don’t think in terms of “fans” or that I have any sort of obligation to do this. For me, it’s about People and a desire to Connect. I just show up and Live in that Moment. I don’t take for granted that anyone will be there, ever.

As we turned the corner onto the street where Evol is located, we heard a loud roar rise out from the parking lot. Everyone who had taken the time out of their lives that day to come see us, and had extended that time into the night, cheered our arrival. I hated being late, it just feels so typical, but this really was a special moment. Still, I immediately thought of those who may have had to leave and miss our visit because of our tardiness and so, my joy was leveled by an equal pang of regret.

Any exhaustion we may have felt after driving all day and into the night was immediately vanquished by a surge of excitement, fueled by the Love and Enthusiasm of the Beautiful Faces greeting us as we stepped out of the van.

Photo and autograph requests ensued but due to failing eyesight, I had to step into the well-lit skate shop to see what I was doing. Also, I wanted to make sure that anyone who had waited that long to see me at least got a decent photo. I hate to be rushed in those situations, especially when people are pressing in, that’s when it becomes vital to slow everything down and humanize every interaction. Or what’s the point?

Once we’d shaken every hand, signed every item and taken photos with everyone, spotlights were focused on a jump ramp in the middle of the parking lot indicating it was time to Skate.

I grabbed my board and helmet and joined Joey and Kristian in a jump ramp session under the lights. It reminded me of being a kid and playing Little League Baseball. The night games, under the lights, always had an elevated aura and I’ve always Skated better at night. Not that I Skated all that well this night, but the energy was right.

My now poor nighttime vision, a very skinny jump ramp and a crowd pressing in too close (making me concerned about bailing and my board striking someone) made for a Fun yet reserved session for me. No one seemed to care though, it was all in Fun. Plus, Joey and Kristian killed it and I’ve found myself having as much or even more Fun documenting their Skating as pursuing my own at times.

All in all, it was great visit in Izumo. Much Love and Thanks to Tomokazu and EVERYONE who came out to see us at Evol!