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    In 1988 I sat on the steps outside my house and wrote the name Vallely in white chalk on the griptape of my Dogtown skateboard. Out of all the skateboards I owned as a kid for some reason that was the only one I kept for all of these years. Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think 29 years later that I would meet my childhood hero, Mike Vallely, and join the Street Plant Battalion as an artist. Though the years have passed, I still remain a street skating, urethane dog with an intense passion for art. Once a skater, always a skater! My art and skateboarding were locked in a room for many years until the Street Plant Battalion arrived and helped me smash the door into a million pieces unleashing a fury that continues today. The seriousness and intensity I bring to my artwork can sometimes be mistaken for anger, but it is only intensity and electricity. I knew that Mike V would be the only artist/skater that would understand my sometimes aggressive nature and would harness this energy for good. Now I will go forth and Skate, Create, and Enjoy into the future! KEEP PUSHING FORWARD!!
  • Open Hearted Texas Tour (2017)
    w/ Kristian Svitak, Joey Jett and Mike Vallely.

    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, 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

Mike Aches
Date Of Birth: November 22, 1974

Hometown: North Braddock, PA

Current City: Pittsburgh, PA

Skating Since: 1986
@mike_aches
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