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#StreetPlantBattalion member @mariekimura posted this pic and said “It is an important treasure of the family.” But to us, her family and her friends and their presence and positive energy at the first three stops of our tour in Japan, going coast to coast from Sendai to Yamagata to Niigata has been a treasure for us. Thank You @mariekimura and @endfactionalism for all the love and support!

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Meanwhile… Back home in the States.
The beautiful, inspirational and talented @artsy.chica posted this photo of #StreetPlantBattalion Father & Son members @colin_shearer12 and @_jack_burton with their Street Plant All Terrain and Barnyard boards.

I am too stoked on this picture to NOT take a break from the #StreetPlantJapanTour2016 posts for a minute and post it. It’s a memory I want to keep and that I am carrying with me here in Japan.

Thanks to the Shearer Family for all of the support of @streetplantbrnd

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On our way to Zion, we heard about a new indoor skatepark that was celebrating it’s Opening Day in Tainai City in Niigata. The owner, Nobu, had decided to open the park as an answer to the local public skatepark that he felt had become to “Sporty” by narrowly focusing on competitions and the like. Nobu wanted to have a place that was more open and free, and so he built and opened Hicks Skatepark.

We felt that this was a mandatory stop. @kristiansvitak and I jumped into a heated sessions with the locals while @bigfootone started drawing. It was a short visit but it was very meaningful to all of us. Bigfoot wanted to do a painting for the park but being pressed for time, left them with this rad drawing on wood.

We go from city to city, stop to stop in good will and with deep gratitude for these amazing moments we get to live and share!

Thank You to EVERYONE at Hicks!

Photo: @markniznisbet

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Everywhere we go, it’s all smiles.

At Zion in Kashiwazaki City in Niigata, these two very lovely ladies raised the stoke to a higher level. Not only were they so sweet and welcoming to us all, they were so proud to show me their boards: The @suicidaltendencies collaboration board that I did with @suicidalskates and the new @markferris1974 penned @streetplantbrnd Street Axe.

It’s hard to find words to explain what this kind of love and support means to us. We drive away in complete silence, awed by it all, only hoping we gave half as much back as we received.

Thank You to EVERYONE who came out to see us at Zion!
We will never forget you!

Photo: @markniznisbet

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  •   mattharwardart spreading joy!:)... 20h
  •   markferris1974 This will never get old! 10h
  •   banbaaa I am pictured at left in the picThank you so much for giving me your autograph. That will be my awsome treasure!I bought the skateboard at the punk shop which is named #gainground.The store owner was so jealous of me:):)Please wear the T-shirt if you likeI'm looking forward to watching your cool skateboarding.I hope i can see you again. 10h

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When the van stops, @bigfootone starts drawing and he doesn’t usually stop until long after Kristian and I are done skating and the van is ready to roll on to the next town. The people sincerely love him and his art and it’s really inspiring to see how he gives so much of himself every day out here, creating unique pieces of art for people wherever we go.

This picture was taken at @jocksboardshopskt in Yamagata. Bigfoot drawing on @streetplantbrnd Old School Striped Socks.

Photo: @markniznisbet

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I don't feel old nor do I make a sport out of complaining about how damaged my body is from over 30 years of skating BUT then I find myself at breakfast in the home of Osamu Oomiya, our host here in Yamagata, and I find that I am physically incapable of sitting on the floor at the low table. So, I was given the Grandfather Chair.

Photo: @markniznisbet

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  •   shogunner Most legit post on IG! I sit seiza when i pray, talk to my kids, and fold clothes with wifery, and i can barely get up with all my skate and snwbrd slams under my provebial belt. More power to MV! 1d
  •   joedotbrown Same. 10h

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Artist Yusuke Tsuge @yusuke_tsuge does it again!

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w/ @kristiansvitak and @bigfootone

I met Yusuke at the Shin-Yokohama Skatepark while on the #StreetPlantJapanTour2015 w/ Bigfoot -- On the night that we met, Yusuke gifted me a drawing of a Samurai. As it went from his hands into mine, I was sincerely moved by the gesture and by his very kind and strong words. Since our visit, Yusuke and I have remained in touch via email and social media and he has continued to send me amazing art. And now, he sends this beautiful piece to represent the @streetplantbrnd Japan Tour 2016.

Thank You Yusuke!!!!
Domo Arigato my friend!

Remaining Dates & Locations:

5/01 — Niigata: Zion
5/02 — Toyama: Jenny / Nixs Skateboard Park
5/03 — Kanazawa: Casper / Kanazawa Higashi Skateboard Park
5/04 — Fukui: Squal
5/05 — Zushi: Unown / Zushi Film Festival

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Shion came to both of our stops so far at Shinden Skateboard Park in Sendai and Sagae Skateboard Park in Yamagata. When we first met he made me laugh. He looked down at my size 12 shoes and asked — Are you Bigfoot? This kid was right there with us the whole time, skating and smiling and being a part of everything that was going on. I loved having him around and so, he made off with the @bigfootone Modern Barnyard I’ve been riding. Thanks Shion! And Thank YOU to EVERYONE who’s come out to say hello to us so far! It means EVERYTHING to us!

Photo: @markniznisbet

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Much love and gratitude to the Katchi Family:
Akiko, Yusuke, Shino and cat Sandy (not Pictured) for hosting us in their lovely home while in Sendai. We will never forget your hospitality and care. Domo Arigato!

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  •   sk8.rick Family & friends (meaning of life) @mikevallely 3d
  •   meth_till_blind KONICIWAAAAAAAAAAAAAA 3d
  •   drandallblythe @mikevallely Culturally, the Japanese are not as open w/house guests & visitors to their homes as we Americans are- it is not only a matter of space, but the Japanese are very humble people when it comes to their homes. So it is a big honor to be invited to into someone's home- glad you guys are having a good time! Give Svitak my regards! 3d
  •   markferris1974 I wanna go 3d

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The MVP of the day in Sendai was @bigfootone who for over two hours sat in the wind, sun, cold and even some rain — Creating art on boards, t-shirts, helmets and more for a long line of excited and enthusiastic fans. Long after Kristian and I were done skating, had said our good-byes and were sitting in the warmth of the van, Bigfoot was still out there drawing away. It’s really rad to see how much the people love him and his art and how giving he is of it.
Photo: @markniznisbet

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  •   skateforhopenz Legend 3d
  •   jaycelubin I have this board!! 2d
  •   lucapilutza Great art. 2d
  •   killerskatepark I always thought it was cool when Ed did street art like this at demos. Rad to see someone carrying on that tradition. One of a kind art is very meaningful. 16h

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Having fun w/ an Early-Grab Method at Shinden Skateboard Park in Sendai.
I’m skating the @streetplantbrnd Modern @bigfootone Barnyard. I’m loving this shape!

Photo: @markniznisbet

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We started our day in Sendai visiting the costal area of Arahama and taking in the tsunami devastated landscape. It was a very somber way to start our day, seeing the destruction and contemplating the impermanence of everything. We left there with very heavy hearts.

Photo: @markniznisbet

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#StreetPlantJapanTour2016 gets off to a heart warming start at Narita Airport with gifts and the gift of the presence of friends. Thank you @ishi_14_art
Photo: @markniznisbet

To keep up with the tour follow:

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  •   srv.motoman Safe travels 4d
  •   bastonate Hit me up if you want good vegan recommendations 4d
  •   congroo94 NOTHING beats a genuine smile dude. Rock on Mike! 4d
  •   ishi_14_art @mikevallely 🏻Thank you Mike V!! We were very honored to be able to meet you again! Please enjoy a tour in Japan🤗 4d

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  •   artisticdefects That's gotta be a proud daddy moment, when you see your child on the tele, real cool 5d
  •   jkrobinsegg Wow. Thats cool! 5d
  •   brokenbones337 I see Vallely 5d
  •   andrewhop12 That's badass Mike. You must be proud!! I'll make sure I tune in. 5d

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Japan: We will be with you soon!

Japan Tour 2016
w/ @kristiansvitak & @bigfootone
Presented by @bptrading

4/29 — Sendai: Alley Oop / Shinden Skateboard Park
4/30 — Yamagata: @jocksboardshopskt / Sagae Skateboard Park
5/01 — Niigata: Zion
5/02 — Toyama: Jenny / Nixs Skateboard Park
5/03 — Kanazawa: Casper / Kanazawa Higashi Skateboard Park
5/04 — Fukui: @squal_tune
5/05 — Zushi: @unownzushi / Zushi Film Festival

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Weapons Of Mass Creation!

#StreetPlantArmory Outpost @unclefunkysboards in the West Village, NYC still has a good assortment of some of our now OUT OF STOCK product. Last chance in NYC to grab some of these designs before they’re gone for good!
Thanks to Jeff and Kristen at Uncle Funky’s for the support and Good Vibes!

Visit Them Here:

128 Charles St.
At the corner of Greenwich Street in the basement.

Online:

unclefunkysboards.com

Boards pictured:

@kristiansvitak Cassette Head
BS Detector Yellow
Ltd. Not A Sport
Screen Printed Mammoth
Never Comply
Mod. @bigfootone Barnyard
Svitak Edge
BS Detector Pink
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About a month ago I got an email request for some product flow for an Old Man Skate Jam. This was NOT an organized event with sponsors, spectators or VIP Seating. Just a few older guys who grew up skating together in the same Texas town coming together with their own kids from different parts of Texas to celebrate their unending love for skateboarding. It sounded great. @streetplantbrnd isn’t really in any position to give any large amount of product to ANY event / cause BUT I sent a few items out to support the jam.

Seeing this pic today posted by @stone_love311 and reading the very kind words attached to it and finding out that Dave’s own son learned to drop in at this very session, and in the very town his own father had learned to drop in when he was a kid, it’s very soul-satisfying to us to have a participated in such a rad moment.
Thanks to Robbie for reaching out in the first place and to Dave and the crew for taking this photo and posting it! Much Love!

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  •   jaymartin7921 Very good job! 6d
  •   canaryrx8 Can't wait to share my own pics/stories about my jam with you as well, I'm waiting to hear about a venue change, it's going to be epic!! 6d
  •   skateightywest That's awesome 6d
  •   munta_strang Very awesome 6d

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  •   jamie_goddard I remember that shot! Rad, nuff respect 🏼 6d
  •   jusrollon Mike thank you for all you have done to keep my head on my shoulders watching you over the years and to help me as a slate realize ones own potential. Would love if you would take even a small moment to check out some of the work in progress on my channel that attempts to tell my life story on being a skate in Richmond va who skates for the love and the art. Not the scene. All videos are self filmed and attempt to show what skating should be. And artform to enjoy and clear ones head at desperate times. https://m.youtube.com/my_videos 5d
  •   jusrollon @mikevallely ^^^ https://m.youtube.com/my_videos thanks so much and keep being the amazing person you've been 5d
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