mikevallely twelve-eighty-one
1991

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mikevallely Making the most of what I had to work with... Demo in a youth prison in Brazil, 2008.
Photo @jairbortoleto
DRIVE (the original film and all 3 seasons of the TV show) are available On Demand here:
https://vimeo.com/ondemand/driveskateboarding
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mikevallely Brooklyn Banks Boneless One
2009 / Photo: Sean Cronan @cronanphoto
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mikevallely From my website:
mikevallely.com

Skating With Natas ...It was a magical time… We were both in our late teens and truly had very little interest in girls, partying or anything else other than skating.

We just had to skate.

It wasn’t about our profession, obligation to sponsors or with any thoughts of posterity…
It was the moment.
It was necessity.
Spending weeks at a time, day in and day out with Natas, I saw some of the best street skateboarding that has ever been done. There were no cameras around to document it, no audience to impress…
It was just us… and the moment.
Our only motivation was the concrete unfolding in front of us… and as I followed behind, Natas would draw the most amazing, spontaneous lines —
Poetry written on the wind.

After staying with Natas I would always return to New Jersey a much better skater. He brought out the best in me and I always looked forward to my next visit and skating with him again.

Sure enough, cars and girls and the rest of it would eventually creep into our lives… and our friendship based solely on skating and nothing else would fade into the past as our lives went on…
Still, I’ll never forget those days and nights in Santa Monica, skating with the best of the best.

Read the whole piece here:

http://mikevallely.com/skating-with-natas/

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mikevallely Childhood Home / Edison, NJ.
That street, that driveway... My first skatepark... This pic: Revisiting the old haunts on the DRIVE road trip in 2001.
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mikevallely #pushingforwarddocumentary Chapter Three from @redbullskate is now live on:

redbull.com/skateboarding

Footage: @tednewsome
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mikevallely Frontside Boardslide
1987 / Lisle, IL
Photo @jpd
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mikevallely From DRIVE:
Up and over...
@zumiez Couch Tour / 2004

All of the episodes and the original award winning film are available On Demand here:

https://vimeo.com/ondemand/driveskateboarding

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mikevallely Venezuelan Concrete...
Venezuela / 2012
Filmed by @markniznisbet
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mikevallely Backside Boneless
Catalina Island, CA / 2012
Photo @jgrantbrittain
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mikevallely The Evel Knievel Factor: ...As Vallely continues to navigate his place in skate culture, the industry, and even film and music, Knievel’s lessons are always close by. “What resonates the most about Evel Knievel is the message that you can fall many times in life but you’re never a failure if you keep trying to get up. That’s him in a nutshell.” That’s not a legacy any skateboarder, or any human being for that matter, should ignore. -- Read the whole article by @parkingblockdiaries here:

http://mikevallely.com/the-evel-knievel-factor/

#mikevallely #evelknievel @official_evel_knievel
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  •   crazy_riding Just watched that documentary on hbo. Amazing. 7d
  •   mward1111 Evil!!!!!! 7d
  •   mward1111 Oops Evel!! 7d
  •   danmcnab That would make an amazing mini tattoo! 7d
  •   styleycyrus Mike I like that you post this skateboardering preaches being different but I feel like it fails hard recognizing anyone that does it any other way 7d
  •   m_e_r_c_e_r Great words of wisdom 7d
  •   jared_graybill @mikevallely iv been a fan of your skateboarding since 2007, your a awsome skateboarder. Element is my favorite brand. Your part as Rudolph in "Mall Cop" was the best. So stoked to have known about such a great skateboarder. Keep up the good work man! 6d

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mikevallely Been shooting photos with @jgrantbrittain since 1986...
These clips were filmed of us down in the ditches in 2012 by @markniznisbet
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mikevallely Everyone has a story, they are what make us individual and they are what connect us all…

That moment in Churubusco, Indiana w/ Tyler Fingerle... DRIVE (the original film and all 3 Seasons of the TV show) are available On Demand here:
https://vimeo.com/ondemand/driveskateboarding

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mikevallely Getting stinky at Groholski's in North Brunswick, NJ / Winter of '87 #mikevallely 1w

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mikevallely Blindside Transfer
Newport News, VA / 2010
Filmed by @markchoiniere
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mikevallely Slam City Van, 1999
w/ Jim Gagne, Tim Upson @lucero_rip and @nealhendrix
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  •   wolverine_blues_ @nealhendrix hahaha no way!!! Late 90s shoes were so ugly and so beefy haha 1w
  •   shaynescuccato I met u at that slam city in Vancouver. Good times 1w
  •   kalejf That was a good little period in skateboarding 1w
  •   jkrobinsegg This was the first skate comp i ever went to. I grew up skatin in a small town about 600miles from the city. I was starstruck. I had so much fun watchin Mike V and so many others rip. Thx for rippin Mike! 1w
  •   mikesmithsliberty Come get me 1w
  •   crosstievine I had a video of the 99 comp. so many great names from that time. one of the first skate videos I bought and still have it laying around. 1w
  •   mikevallely @mikesmithsliberty I think we actually did get you... Ha, ha... 1w

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mikevallely Indy-Nosepick
1988 / Santa Barbara, CA
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mikevallely The Evel Knievel Factor

So what reconciles that steadfast internal drive with the unwavering determination to put on a good show, whether its for a crowd of 5 or 5000? Vallely connects it to the Evel Knievel factor, and when he talks about it, he sounds a lot like Knievel himself. -- "If you can’t actualize what you are about then who are you? When it comes to a demo or performance, you go as hard as possible and put it all on the line, at the end that makes the handshakes and the dialogue more meaningful. The audience sees someone who challenged everything in front of them and had the courage to take it on. You can talk, but unless you live it, it lacks depth.” -- Read the whole article by @parkingblockdiaries here:

http://mikevallely.com/the-evel-knievel-factor/

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  •   isaac_1620 u shkd come bak for evil kinievel days and host another competition 1w
  •   mikebaxter313_ Xr750 is still not a light bike in comparison to what are considered "stunt dirt bikes" today by far. If you have balls do it on a dirt bike, if you have enormous balls then do it on a harley!... 1w
  •   triumphbobber66 YES SIR! 1w
  •   boonetown Legends!! 1w
  •   alanwardley #433fractures !! Always respected you Mike. Been a fan since the late 80's. Your determination and energy is steadfast. Thanks for all the stoke !! 1w
  •   beird0 Inspiration for healing broken bones. 1h

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mikevallely So much love and respect going out to this great man, musician and friend Ben Harper!!!
@harperbenjamin @benharper

Ben Harper and The Innocent Criminals are back at it in 2015…
So much good music coming our way… See you at a show!!! -- benharper.com

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mikevallely Regram from @streetplantbrnd
Some parking lot... Somewhere... 1987
Photo @jpd

If you dig these photos from yesteryear follow @streetplantbrnd
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