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mikevallely Revolution Mother @revomutha Carson, CA /2007
Photo: Deanna Templeton
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mikevallely Several years ago Rob Dyrdek told me I was -- "like the Terry Bradshaw of street skating" -- I didn’t know what the hell he was talking about at the time — I was just like — What? -- But lately I’m starting to think he had a point… Ha, ha. Well, the thing is, he meant it as a compliment... And then I find this old pic. When I was a kid in the 70’s and early 80's — Even though I lived in Giants and Jets country there were only two football teams one could really like… The Dallas Cowboys or the Pittsburgh Steelers. I hated the slick Cowboys, with their slick coach and their slick quarterback. I was a Steelers fan. Period. Blue Collar from the start. Plus Terry Bradshaw was in one of my favorite movies w/ Burt Reynolds -- Hooper. Thanks Rob!!! Rob also told me that I could — “draw blood from a stone” — I still don’t really know what that meant and I don’t have any photographs to compliment that compliment... I'll keep digging. #mikevallely 1d

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mikevallely Make sure to tune into the Dancing With The Stars @dancingabc Finale tomorrow night to see my beautiful and talented daughter @lucy_vallely featured in the Annie production. Photo: @sharkcookie #DWTS #lucyvallely 3d

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mikevallely With my dear friend Ryon Rommel (RIP). Jupiter, Florida / 2004.

DRIVE (the original film and series) are available for streaming and download here:
https://vimeo.com/ondemand/driveskateboarding
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  •   davidcoelho328 drive... 3d
  •   itsfinetina I remember this. :( 3d
  •   fabiosleiman I remember . RIP ! 3d
  •   child_of_dixie You have a heart of gold sir. Thank you for caring so much. 3d
  •   leo7090 Rip that's kind of u 3d
  •   teekok So awesome episode. So inspiring. Thanks to you both. 2d
  •   michaelwaynebrooks Yes, great episode @mikevallely , it moved me to tears. I always loved you, but this episode made you my favorite professional skateboarder of all time. I look forward to the day when I get to give you a big hug. You rock brother! 1d
  •   mikevallely @michaelwaynebrooks Thanks! I'm looking forward to that too!!! 9h

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mikevallely Friday Dec. 5: Revolution Mother @revomutha plays at @spikesbar_rosemead in Rosemead, CA w/ @the_henchmen 7 Dirty Words and The Bourbon Saints
21 + / Tickets available here:
#18450/Von_Badsville_Events-Rev_It_Up_feat._REVOLUTION_MOTHER_(with_Mike_Vallely)_&_more!-Spike's_Bar_&_Billiards-December-05-2014.html" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">https://www.purplepass.com/#18450/Von_Badsville_Events-Rev_It_Up_feat._REVOLUTION_MOTHER_(with_Mike_Vallely)_&_more!-Spike's_Bar_&_Billiards-December-05-2014.html
#revolutionmother @thehampton @brandonpertzborn #mikevallely
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mikevallely 1991
Northlands Coliseum
Edmonton, Alberta
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mikevallely Stoked to be out filming yesterday with @tednewsome and interviewed for upcoming chapters of the @redbullskate #pushingforwarddocumentary
#mikevallely @socco78 @servant_footwear
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mikevallely Kickflip up the pyramid, say hello to @mikesantarossa 5'0 across and down... Münster, Germany 1995

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mikevallely Me, the streets and my board... 1987
Orlando, Florida
Follow @streetplantbrnd for more photos and videos from yesteryear... #mikevallely #streetplantbrand #mikevallelyvideo
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mikevallely Never-Comply
1988 / Edison, NJ
Photo @crstecykiii
#mikevallely @peraltastacy
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mikevallely 2008... The old Sidewinder...
I'm driving the black car pulverizing the red mini-van.
That was a fun day!!!!
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mikevallely 1980
Edison, NJ

Take a wild guess... #mikevallely
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mikevallely It all started one day when I picked up a skateboard... 1985
Pete Russo's Ramp
Edison, NJ

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mikevallely The Noside Banks

The thing is
It wasn’t cool
That’s what was so cool about it

We didn’t strive to fit in
To be cool
We just were

Unconscious Strength

A gravitational pull

Misfits, outlaws, poets, freaks
That’s who we were
That’s who we attracted

When the school bell rang
We met in an abandoned lot
Somewhere between Dunkin’ Donuts and Burger King

Into the dusk
And on into darkness
Sweat and blood and smiles

A meeting place, a proving ground
A sanctuary

Asphalt and concrete
Hardrock Maple, metal and urethane
Embedded in our flesh
Part of our DNA

A moment in time
And with us forever

The thing is
It wasn’t cool
That’s what was so cool about it

#streetplantbrand @streetplantbrnd #mikevallely
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mikevallely Christmas Morning, 1984

September.
Skateboarding was not a welcome visitor in my home.
My parents hoped that it was a fad, a trend, a passing interest.
Like the music I was listening to.
Just something I was going through.
The haircut, the bleached jeans.
The weird friends.

No.

If you say it to a young person enough times maybe you kill the urge.
Dampen the inner spark.
Maybe you steer them away.
Back into the flow of the mainstream.
Back into the gray of the school hallways.

No.

October.
Mix tapes and borrowed boards.
Black Flag and The Bones Brigade.
I’d never been so sure of anything.
Every moment inspired.
Every inch of asphalt alive.

No.

November.
Teachers, the kids at school, local business owners,
the police and my parents.
With every push I’m more certain.
A moving target.
Unyielding passion.
Definiteness of purpose.

No.

December.
Christmas Morning.
Underneath the tree.
A Sim’s Jeff Phillips.
Gullwings and Krypto’s.
Out the front door out into the street.
A board of my own.
Tears of joy.

Yes.

I’ll make my own way.

#streetplantbrand @streetplantbrnd #mikevallely
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mikevallely Frontside Slappage at the Scumhole (RIP) in Long Beach, CA / 2014 Photo @markniznisbet
@socco78 @servant_footwear @elephantskates #elephantbrandskateboards
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mikevallely Nashville, TN / 1990
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mikevallely Frontside Fastplant at Trashmore in VA Beach, VA in 1988 on a prototype bigger “vert version” of my Powell Peralta Elephant shape.
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