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Title: mike vallely appreciation thread
Post by: 1031cereal on February 09, 2010, 05:22:42 PM
theres some pretty bad heat on him and mostly as of hate, and i know that theres still some vallely fans out there me definatly one.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U636lvKDwmE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLmiO4oRuh4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hg1MX5_Epas

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9JH4rIMTBg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0rfZB_-TmNU


Title: Re: mike vallely appreciation thread
Post by: CNieratko on February 09, 2010, 05:50:51 PM
Jersey.

the guy is a pioneer
 and has ripped in every generation of street skating.
big fan.
Title: Re: mike vallely appreciation thread
Post by: A Rolled Ankle on February 09, 2010, 05:51:28 PM
You should of made a Mike Vallely unappreciation thread.  
Title: Re: mike vallely appreciation thread
Post by: layzieyez on February 09, 2010, 06:03:52 PM
I liked his Public Domain part when it came out.  Everything involving Vallely within the realm of skateboarding, I like.  Honestly.  He skates hard.

Unfortunately, everything outside of skateboarding he is involved with I pretty much detest.  Wish I could separate the man from his skateboarding, but that's impossible.  I still like Matt Hensley more.
Title: Re: mike vallely appreciation thread
Post by: NickDagger on February 09, 2010, 06:09:03 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQFEY9RIRJA
Title: Re: mike vallely appreciation thread
Post by: 1031cereal on February 09, 2010, 06:09:23 PM
You should of made a Mike Vallely unappreciation thread.  
you should die in a hole
Title: Re: mike vallely appreciation thread
Post by: NickDagger on February 09, 2010, 06:10:27 PM
(http://www.newmexiconuts.net/catalog/tumbleweed.jpg)
Title: Re: mike vallely appreciation thread
Post by: maggot brain on February 09, 2010, 06:12:10 PM
was expecting an empty thread
Title: Re: mike vallely appreciation thread
Post by: stephop on February 09, 2010, 06:20:33 PM
Powell and World is as good as his career ever got. He had a mean mute BS 180 when I did a demo with him Dune and Ed Templeton back in the day. I'll give him that.
Title: Re: mike vallely appreciation thread
Post by: Mullet Man on February 09, 2010, 07:28:55 PM
Watch his Union Wheels part.

And while you're at it, watch the Koston, Markovich, and little kid Andrew Reynolds parts. SICK.

But Vallely also kills it in that video. And yes, he flips his board. A lot.
Title: Re: mike vallely appreciation thread
Post by: H8R part 4 on February 09, 2010, 08:32:20 PM
personally i rather see someone like vallely doing something out of the ordinary, than see some dude doing the same bag of fliptricks everyone else has got.  not to take away from the guys who got fliptricks but they're a dime a dozen these days and mike v is one in a million.  i think its cool that he completely ignores what everyone else is doing and just does his own thing.             
Title: Re: mike vallely appreciation thread
Post by: eyodu on February 09, 2010, 08:36:09 PM
Svitak killlling it on slap
Title: Re: mike vallely appreciation thread
Post by: Narcissus on February 09, 2010, 08:53:18 PM
His profile in 411 #10 was sick. I also really liked the recent Brooklyn Banks thing. But pretty much everything in between those two has been cringe-worthy. I wish it wasn't, but it's true.
Title: Re: mike vallely appreciation thread
Post by: j0rdan on February 09, 2010, 09:15:03 PM
he's good and all, I honestly like seeing his tricks, but he just seems like a total douche/tool lately. and in his battle commander he did waaay too many step-off tricks
Title: Re: mike vallely appreciation thread
Post by: McDuff on February 09, 2010, 09:52:32 PM
was expecting an empty thread

thats cause youre a maggot brain.
Title: Re: mike vallely appreciation thread
Post by: KoRnholio8 on February 10, 2010, 12:53:16 AM
can't deny he had a big influence on me when i first started skating, but some of the shit he does is just embarrassing.
Title: Re: mike vallely appreciation thread
Post by: StarkyLove on February 10, 2010, 01:21:47 AM
skating to your own music is awesome

or maybe not at all. i dont know, it seems when he and TK do it, its annoying because their music is terrible. but in Tincan Folklore its ok, but the music in that is awful also. hmmmmm...
Title: Re: mike vallely appreciation thread
Post by: commander jameson on February 10, 2010, 02:53:46 AM
Everything involving Vallely within the realm of skateboarding, I like.  Honestly.  He skates hard.

Unfortunately, everything outside of skateboarding he is involved with I pretty much detest.  Wish I could separate the man from his skateboarding, but that's impossible.  I still like Matt Hensley more.
Title: Re: mike vallely appreciation thread
Post by: Brown Thunder on February 10, 2010, 03:42:14 AM
what the fuck was happenenig in that black label part?
Title: Re: mike vallely appreciation thread
Post by: Sleazy on February 10, 2010, 05:26:25 AM
if only he had held up as well as lance mountain and ray barbee
Title: Re: mike vallely appreciation thread
Post by: Mullet Man on February 10, 2010, 06:55:37 AM
Ray Barbee has "held up"? Explain.

All I ever see any more is pictures of him holding some stupid guitar. LAME.
Title: Re: mike vallely appreciation thread
Post by: barkeep11 on February 10, 2010, 07:15:01 AM
I'll always be a Mike V. fan.  I don't really give a shit what he does outside of skateboarding but as a dude that's about to cross the 40 year old line he RIPS!!  That guy inspires me.  If he can do it at 39, so can I (39 in a couple of months).

Ten years ago I thought I'd be done skating by now.... BWAHAHAHHAHHAHAHH!! No, not so much.  Thanks Mike.

Title: Re: mike vallely appreciation thread
Post by: natenola forever on February 10, 2010, 07:54:02 AM
If you ever met him you'd realize he's cool as shit and loves to skateboard.
i don't care for all the beards, wrestling, muscle car nonsesne, and fighting videos. But i have nothing but respect for him as a skateboarder.
Title: Re: mike vallely appreciation thread
Post by: VictoriousOG on February 10, 2010, 08:06:00 AM
I do appreciate him for this:
(http://www.buzzine.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/01/9mike_vallela_20090114.jpg)
Title: Re: mike vallely appreciation thread
Post by: Sleazy on February 10, 2010, 08:11:35 AM
Ray Barbee has "held up"? Explain.

All I ever see any more is pictures of him holding some stupid guitar. LAME.

i've seen more recent photos of barbie diong better things than i've seen of mike. when's the last time mike did a trick that wasn't nostalgic? and i'm not completely hating on that, but kids who doesn't know ray or lances history could still enjoy their skating while mikes would need a history lesson before it could be appreciated.
Title: Re: mike vallely appreciation thread
Post by: SkullDude on February 10, 2010, 08:13:20 AM
He is one of the most important street skaters. Natas, Gonzales, Templeton, Lee, Tommy G and Vallely.
I like to skate street, so respect to Mike V. Thanks for street skating, man.
Title: Re: mike vallely appreciation thread
Post by: SkullDude on February 10, 2010, 08:15:33 AM
was expecting an empty thread

thats cause youre a maggot brain.
That would be a positive thing. Just so you know.
Title: Re: mike vallely appreciation thread
Post by: barkeep11 on February 10, 2010, 08:22:00 AM
Ray Barbee has "held up"? Explain.

All I ever see any more is pictures of him holding some stupid guitar. LAME.

I've seen more recent photos of barbie diong better things than i've seen of mike. when's the last time mike did a trick that wasn't nostalgic? and i'm not completely hating on that, but kids who doesn't know ray or lances history could still enjoy their skating while mikes would need a history lesson before it could be appreciated.

Sure buddy!  I'll make sure to remember that next time I see a new vid with someone doing a foot-plant variation, air-walk, bennihanna, boneless, Madonna or a show-stopper or some kind of sliding-varial-something-or-the-other...

You don't need a history lesson stupid,  you need to get your head out of the sand!
Title: Re: mike vallely appreciation thread
Post by: 1031cereal on February 10, 2010, 08:42:17 AM
Svitak killlling it on slap
im not kristian svitak either
Title: Re: mike vallely appreciation thread
Post by: zipzinger666 on February 10, 2010, 08:47:15 AM
I do appreciate him for this:
(http://www.buzzine.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/01/9mike_vallela_20090114.jpg)

that sure is one fine daughter of his. the one on the left aint bad to look at either...

(http://nerdiest-kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/pedobear.png)
Title: Re: mike vallely appreciation thread
Post by: Mr. DNA on February 10, 2010, 08:53:24 AM
His part in New Deal 1281 was one of the biggest inspirations to me along time ago. I liked the way he blasted out of curb cuts. It made me want to blast ollies. I couldn't find the part by itself, but found it with Ed Templeton's part...

http://www.coreaction.com/index.php?page=videos&section=view&vid_id=100769
Title: Re: mike vallely appreciation thread
Post by: jacquesknife on February 10, 2010, 09:26:34 AM
personally i rather see someone like vallely doing something out of the ordinary, than see some dude doing the same bag of fliptricks everyone else has got.  not to take away from the guys who got fliptricks but they're a dime a dozen these days and mike v is one in a million.  i think its cool that he completely ignores what everyone else is doing and just does his own thing.             


Yeah, totally. He is a bit of a shit human being at times but full on respect for his skating.
Title: Re: mike vallely appreciation thread
Post by: grimcity on February 10, 2010, 09:42:47 AM
I'm a fan and he's a homie for sure. Basically what natenola said, too.

I like his trick selection, he's doing his own shit, and when it comes down to it he's still a really solid skater outside of his odd signature tricks. If anyone here talked to him for five minutes, he'd have you hyped up to fucking skate. Shit, he's fun to skate with too... super amped up and the first dude to push you to "land that shit" if you have a trick just barely avoiding you. I'm not defending anything, no need for it, but I back the dude 100%. 
Title: Re: mike vallely appreciation thread
Post by: shakebakedjunt on February 10, 2010, 10:31:32 AM
surprised this thread made it to 2 pages
Title: Re: mike vallely appreciation thread
Post by: Mr. DNA on February 10, 2010, 10:47:49 AM
I never actually was into the Public Domain part. I liked his Rubbish Heap and Speed Freaks parts a lot though.
Title: Re: mike vallely appreciation thread
Post by: whiteley on February 10, 2010, 10:48:11 AM
mike v is just in the air lately, lots of talk and type. as a skater, he definitely has made a huge impact- like him or hate him he has made a unique mark. he's an iconoclast. outside of his skating, yes, way more controversial, and often with good reason. a month ago or so i approached him about doing a feature with us where we look at both his skating life and his non-skating life in an in-depth way, and he agreed. so there's something that will examine all of this in the works, maybe sometime in the spring. more details to follow, but i'm taking it pretty seriously. i know i'm taking a risk in both putting questions to him that he may not like as well as taking a risk in showcasing his skating here where he obviously has his detractors, but i think it's a timely thing to do and it should definitely make for some interesting reading and watching.
Title: Re: mike vallely appreciation thread
Post by: Fongstarr. on February 10, 2010, 10:51:19 AM
I dig his old shit but his Black Label parts sucked so bad. You can't do those twirling handplants in the streets! Just don't look right unless you are in a park or something.
Title: Re: mike vallely appreciation thread
Post by: baconeggandcheese on February 10, 2010, 10:52:16 AM
That has the makings for a great feature whiteley.
Title: Re: mike vallely appreciation thread
Post by: Sleazy on February 10, 2010, 10:52:44 AM
i always find his stuff interesting. thought his berrics clip was interesting to say the least.
Title: Re: mike vallely appreciation thread
Post by: rawbertson. on February 10, 2010, 11:35:47 AM
he must have a ton of money
Title: Re: mike vallely appreciation thread
Post by: 1031cereal on February 10, 2010, 01:30:56 PM
I dig his old shit but his Black Label parts sucked so bad. You can't do those twirling handplants in the streets! Just don't look right unless you are in a park or something.
who says you cant? rules suck thats why we skate, freedom and creativity. leave the rules at the football field
Title: Re: mike vallely appreciation thread
Post by: bandini on February 10, 2010, 02:33:33 PM
Looking forward to that interview, Whiteley.

Mike killed it at this demo:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZgWE7dC9uWo

Title: Re: mike vallely appreciation thread
Post by: happy face on February 10, 2010, 02:38:33 PM
Watch his Union Wheels part.

And while you're at it, watch the Koston, Markovich, and little kid Andrew Reynolds parts. SICK.

But Vallely also kills it in that video. And yes, he flips his board. A lot.
fuck. if your gonna watch anypart in the union video it should be this one.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aLrGISkTfOw
Title: Re: mike vallely appreciation thread
Post by: Fongstarr. on February 10, 2010, 02:41:24 PM
I dig his old shit but his Black Label parts sucked so bad. You can't do those twirling handplants in the streets! Just don't look right unless you are in a park or something.
who says you cant? rules suck thats why we skate, freedom and creativity. leave the rules at the football field

Yeah...I agree. I am not one to put caps on what or what not to do in skating but there is some stuff that is odd just for what it is.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BT_45XGhE1o&feature=player_embedded

Like this hollorado video.....all his shit is dope cause I have never seen it done but at the same time, it is a little silly looking.
Title: Re: mike vallely appreciation thread
Post by: PsychOut on February 10, 2010, 03:36:51 PM
man that show DRIVE, he talks nothing but shit, nearly every trick has a grab in it.
Title: Re: mike vallely appreciation thread
Post by: luke_gardner on February 10, 2010, 03:42:50 PM
He has his moments. I like it when he skates and doesn't say much because a lot of the time I am either bored or turned off by what he says because it's just too sugary-sentimental.

I have a ton of respect for Mike V and I always will, no one skates like him. Keep trying to do some cheesy frontside bigspin, kids, he'll do his thing and you do yours.

His new PR campaign is pretty weird. Guess he needs some money, I don't blame him.
Title: Re: mike vallely appreciation thread
Post by: layzieyez on February 10, 2010, 07:47:20 PM
Another great video from the Union video.  Yeah, I'll name drop because I'm proud to say I skated with Damon Byrd while I was stationed in San Diego.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ddWRAPnzLmQ
Title: Re: mike vallely appreciation thread
Post by: robasheep on February 10, 2010, 08:26:39 PM
Watch his Union Wheels part.

And while you're at it, watch the Koston, Markovich, and little kid Andrew Reynolds parts. SICK.

But Vallely also kills it in that video. And yes, he flips his board. A lot.
fuck. if your gonna watch anypart in the union video it should be this one.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aLrGISkTfOw



I hadn't heard the name Todd Congelliere in years until some friends of mine who are in a band in Chicago told me that they were signed to his record label.  WGAF?


Oh yeah...Mike Vallely.  My first pro skateboard was his first pro model.  The proper pronounciation of his last name was always a topic of discussion with my skate friends. 
Title: Re: mike vallely appreciation thread
Post by: Ronald Wilson Reagan on February 11, 2010, 12:08:28 AM
Watch his Union Wheels part.

And while you're at it, watch the Koston, Markovich, and little kid Andrew Reynolds parts. SICK.

But Vallely also kills it in that video. And yes, he flips his board. A lot.
fuck. if your gonna watch anypart in the union video it should be this one.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aLrGISkTfOw



I hadn't heard the name Todd Congelliere in years until some friends of mine who are in a band in Chicago told me that they were signed to his record label.  WGAF?


Oh yeah...Mike Vallely.  My first pro skateboard was his first pro model.  The proper pronounciation of his last name was always a topic of discussion with my skate friends. 
A good friend of mine growing up had the same last name, spelling wise at least. He claimed it was pronounce val luh lee. I stick with that one.
I dig his old shit but his Black Label parts sucked so bad. You can't do those twirling handplants in the streets! Just don't look right unless you are in a park or something.
who says you cant? rules suck thats why we skate, freedom and creativity. leave the rules at the football field
Who says that we have to skate for freedom and creativity? Fuck your rule!
Title: Re: mike vallely appreciation thread
Post by: Commercial D on February 11, 2010, 01:33:13 AM
Gotta admit, that blast over the Brooklyn Bridge Banks wall AND fence deserves appreciation.
Title: Re: mike vallely appreciation thread
Post by: Waxer on February 11, 2010, 07:31:18 AM
Mike V is sick! He skates fast and hard! He was, is and will always be a better skater than most of the guys on slap!

To me skateboarding never had rules, it is about different styles, different approaches to skate obstacles/spots. It's about opening your mind and doing whatever you want and not about switch flip backlipping handrails!
Title: Re: mike vallely appreciation thread
Post by: grimcity on February 11, 2010, 08:20:52 AM
man that show DRIVE, he talks nothing but shit, nearly every trick has a grab in it.
NEVER HEARD OF IT
Title: Re: mike vallely appreciation thread
Post by: Sleazy on February 11, 2010, 09:42:15 AM
Mike V is sick! He skates fast and hard! He was, is and will always be a better skater than most of the guys on slap!

To me skateboarding never had rules, it is about different styles, different approaches to skate obstacles/spots. It's about opening your mind and doing whatever you want and not about switch flip backlipping handrails!

i'd hope that someone with his history in skating would be better than the majority of us, that's just a silly and cliched thing to point out.

and no one is suggesting that there are rules for skaing. if your out skating, do what you like. but filming or shooting photos is another story especially if you're a pro. as soon as you capture what you've done and put it out there as a product then it becomes open for discussion on whether on not it's interesting or entertaining and has to generate some interest in form of sales. to try and dismiss people who say that something is uninteresting to watch as creating "rules" in skating, like they are some how ripping out the rebelous heart of skating is just silly. if mike v wants to skate without "rules" then he should stop being a pro which comes with the burden of skating in an intersting way and do his drum line stuff to his hearts content.
Title: Re: mike vallely appreciation thread
Post by: FonSicka on February 11, 2010, 10:59:36 AM
I don't understand why there's so much hate on Mike V. He's a classic skater and still going. He has his own style and brings a new twist to old school tricks. It's not like he's not capable of doing more flip tricks, he just chooses not to, and when you skate for that long you end up going through lots of different tricks. At least it's different.

Young skaters hate on the older guys because they didn't grow up watching them. They're not the hot new kid doing the biggest gaps or flipping his board the most times. Maybe Mike V is past his prime, but he's still shredding and inspiring some of us at least.

And what he does outside of skateboarding? He's having fun doing whatever he wants and has a family now.
Haters wish they could live like that.
Title: Re: mike vallely appreciation thread
Post by: barkeep11 on February 11, 2010, 11:06:33 AM
mike v is just in the air lately, lots of talk and type. as a skater, he definitely has made a huge impact- like him or hate him he has made a unique mark. he's an iconoclast. outside of his skating, yes, way more controversial, and often with good reason. a month ago or so i approached him about doing a feature with us where we look at both his skating life and his non-skating life in an in-depth way, and he agreed. so there's something that will examine all of this in the works, maybe sometime in the spring. more details to follow, but i'm taking it pretty seriously. i know i'm taking a risk in both putting questions to him that he may not like as well as taking a risk in showcasing his skating here where he obviously has his detractors, but i think it's a timely thing to do and it should definitely make for some interesting reading and watching.

*hits "like" button*
Title: Re: mike vallely appreciation thread
Post by: Sleazy on February 11, 2010, 11:17:14 AM
I don't understand why there's so much hate on Mike V. He's a classic skater and still going. He has his own style and brings a new twist to old school tricks. It's not like he's not capable of doing more flip tricks, he just chooses not to, and when you skate for that long you end up going through lots of different tricks. At least it's different.

Young skaters hate on the older guys because they didn't grow up watching them. They're not the hot new kid doing the biggest gaps or flipping his board the most times. Maybe Mike V is past his prime, but he's still shredding and inspiring some of us at least.

And what he does outside of skateboarding? He's having fun doing whatever he wants and has a family now.
Haters wish they could live like that.

i'm guessing you haven't seen the whole "let revolution mother show 14 year old girls what real d i c k is about" rant
Title: Re: mike vallely appreciation thread
Post by: AsburyPark on February 12, 2010, 05:59:23 PM
Huge influence on how me and my friends came up, especially his part in Public Domain since we all skated all those same spots, rocked like 10 Powell-Peralta Elephant boards in a row and then 10 World Industries Barnyard doublekicks, not until that TV company with Templeton imploded and the Philly scene blew up is when we ceased to be inspired... Vallelly definately started out as a street innovator and contrary to popular opinion, he had/has flip tricks. Not really concerned with his life outside skating, get that money... 
Title: Re: mike vallely appreciation thread
Post by: Mullet Man on February 12, 2010, 06:53:34 PM
Ray Barbee has "held up"? Explain.

All I ever see any more is pictures of him holding some stupid guitar. LAME.

I've seen more recent photos of barbie diong better things than i've seen of mike. when's the last time mike did a trick that wasn't nostalgic? and i'm not completely hating on that, but kids who doesn't know ray or lances history could still enjoy their skating while mikes would need a history lesson before it could be appreciated.

Sure buddy!  I'll make sure to remember that next time I see a new vid with someone doing a foot-plant variation, air-walk, bennihanna, boneless, Madonna or a show-stopper or some kind of sliding-varial-something-or-the-other...

You don't need a history lesson stupid,  you need to get your head out of the sand!

And where exactly are you seeing these recent Ray Barbee photos? Mags? Which ones?
Title: Re: mike vallely appreciation thread
Post by: finknoos on October 12, 2010, 03:22:47 AM
Has anyone here seen the film "Mall Cop"

He made skating look cheezy as fuck, dudes selling out
Title: Re: mike vallely appreciation thread
Post by: earlygrab on October 12, 2010, 08:11:46 AM
Has anyone here seen the film "Mall Cop"

He made skating look cheezy as fuck, dudes selling out

It's called acting, it's a job. TV and Movies aren't real. Move on.

Vallely is awesome and deserves more respect than he gets but not as much as he demands.
Title: Re: mike vallely appreciation thread
Post by: heckler on October 12, 2010, 08:13:22 AM
Ray Barbee has "held up"? Explain.

All I ever see any more is pictures of him holding some stupid guitar. LAME.

I've seen more recent photos of barbie diong better things than i've seen of mike. when's the last time mike did a trick that wasn't nostalgic? and i'm not completely hating on that, but kids who doesn't know ray or lances history could still enjoy their skating while mikes would need a history lesson before it could be appreciated.

Sure buddy!  I'll make sure to remember that next time I see a new vid with someone doing a foot-plant variation, air-walk, bennihanna, boneless, Madonna or a show-stopper or some kind of sliding-varial-something-or-the-other...

You don't need a history lesson stupid,  you need to get your head out of the sand!

And where exactly are you seeing these recent Ray Barbee photos? Mags? Which ones?
He had the cover of the Skateboard Mag a few months ago, not to mention he'll be having some footage in the new Krooked video.
Title: Re: mike vallely appreciation thread
Post by: j....soy..... on October 18, 2010, 11:04:02 PM
I think barbee 'holding up' better than mike v relates to how similar ray is now to what he was then, he still stokes you out the same way, he really hasn't changed much.  Mike V in so many ways is just so different than what he was when he first came into skateboarding, sometime I think the negatives overshadow the positives....that being said...mike v had a huge influence on me too.  He was probably one of the few skaters that I really wanted to emulate...at first seeing a raw am doing ho-ho's....then the army pants....flannel...shaved head...morrisey.....180 mutes....that speed freaks part is an all time favourite.  I wasn't a huge fan of him during his second round of riding for powell but I respect how he hung in there and showed you didn't have to do crooked grinds to be a pro......skateboarding was pretty programmed at that time and i think dudes like him sort of helped sort of open things up.
Title: Re: mike vallely appreciation thread
Post by: Commercial D on October 19, 2010, 05:52:04 PM

Yeah...I agree. I am not one to put caps on what or what not to do in skating but there is some stuff that is odd just for what it is.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BT_45XGhE1o&feature=player_embedded (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BT_45XGhE1o&feature=player_embedded)

Like this hollorado video.....all his shit is dope cause I have never seen it done but at the same time, it is a little silly looking.

I hate to say this but that ender is one of the fuckedest things I've seen in skateboarding.
Title: Re: mike vallely appreciation thread
Post by: fang on December 05, 2010, 01:22:24 AM
Upon his again return to Powell.. I am puzzled by this guy yet again. I've been a fan of his skating since way back (his thrasher cover  in 86 was the first mag i ever owned). His skating slayed back then. Public Domain, Speed Freaks, Rubbish Heap, 1281, Suburban Diners, the vallely powell promo, etc etc. Although I admit i had hoped for more in Label Kills (was he injured during that one or something? I forget). Anyway... to my point...
... at what point did he fall off the mental wagon? I mean.. I'm a huge Black Flag/Rollins fan as well and I don't try to be him. Vallely's unhealthy obsession with Rollins freaks me out quite a bit. Poetry/ "Spoken word" tours/videos ...seriously? (Was he "Mike V" yet or still Vallely?). Naming his skate company after himself a la rollins band... no!

Was it when he became "Mike V"... which I believe was when he beat up 4 random "ocks" and made the Bam-fan-generation think he was so tough? Was it his "greatest hits"...(where, let's be real... he sort-of-fought a security guard, then ran away for muska, sort-of fought a security guard..i mean really Carroll did, got beat up by a real hockey player etc etc..i  wouldn't have put this dvd out if these were my "best" fights... haha)....... was it Mike V & the Rats (now i see him and i piss myself... laughing), his black label society jacketesque Revolution Mother? his Trans Am?

anyways, nostalgia-wise I am happy to see him back on Powell, although I'm sure we all know the man just needs to feed his family. I still kind of wish Transit would have gotten a bit further than it did out of curiousity but thats some old news. I still like to watch him skate honestly but.... his personality (that we see at least) is weirding me out more than ever.

oh but p.s. i did enjoy him punching that guy at the Ducks game, i think he deserved that shit
Title: Re: mike vallely appreciation thread
Post by: blatablatblau on December 12, 2010, 02:07:31 PM
never gettin my appreciation, this guys beat
Title: Re: mike vallely appreciation thread
Post by: Upgrayedd on December 23, 2010, 05:32:07 PM

Vallely is awesome and deserves more respect than he gets but not as much as he demands.

took the words out of my mouth. I love giving props to the "council elders" for what they've done for skateboarding, but it seems like hes doing the "hey guys, im still here....LOOK AT ME GODDAMNIT!!!!" thing. I loved label kills, and ive watched the old powell videos and new deal, shits good. But what i dont like is everytime he jumps companies its "[brand name here] really stands behind what i believe in, and what im trying to do." Til you get kicked off/ quit and cover up that tattoo.



but what the hell do i know?
Title: Re: mike vallely appreciation thread
Post by: evil swine on December 23, 2010, 05:42:54 PM
Maybe this should be titled the Mike Vallely depreciation thread.  Wa Ca Wa Ca.
Title: Re: mike vallely appreciation thread
Post by: connor maxwell on December 31, 2010, 12:34:56 PM
yeah bro. by making this you blew it so hard like ebony porn....hmmmmmm
Title: Re: mike vallely appreciation thread
Post by: Austin on December 31, 2010, 12:37:12 PM
Fuck him, never should of left Powell in the first place.