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  • 06/22

    A Movement away from hype towards Substance.
    A Movement away from despair towards Action.
    A Movement away from industry towards Community.
    A Movement away from tradition towards Optimism.
    A Movement away from image towards Character.
    A Movement away from culture towards Individuality.
    A Movement away from distinction towards Connection.
    A Movement away from effect towards Cause.

    Skating, Creating and Enjoying w/ Kayne Hayes at the Crescenta Valley Skate Park in Glendale, CA. Photo By: Rob Wallace.

  • 06/03

    I traded their conference rooms for the Kitchen Table.
    I traded destiny for Freedom.
    I traded branches for Roots.
    I traded trust for Knowing.
    I traded fear for Dignity.
    I traded contracts for Peace of Mind.
    I traded obligation for Sincerity.
    I traded artificial for Authentic.
    I traded despair for Action.
    I traded distinction for Connection.
    I traded general demand for Poetry.
    I traded culture for Living.
    I traded security for Independence.
    I traded acceptance for Self-Respect.
    I traded industry for Family.
    I traded sponsorship for Honor.
    I traded their boys club for the Garage.
    I traded sacrifice for Love.

    Love. Photo: Rob Wallace.

    The word – Love – being written on all of our Boards is simply about Personalizing Every Board, Touching Every Board that passes through Garageland, and Imparting some Good Energy onto / into them. It’s an idea, a Good Thought — to send the Boards out with Love and Kindness. The Recognition that the Person who receives the Board IS a Person, not a faceless consumer, but Someone Connected to us through this small interaction, and Someone that we Value Greatly.

    Mike Vallely

  • To Commemorate 30 Years of Professional Skateboarding, Street Plant is Honored to present the: Mike Vallely Lightning Series.

    These 3 Boards incorporate the Graphics and Shapes that defined Mike Vallely’s 30 Year Pro Career:

    The Powell Peralta Elephant (Mike’s Skated 1988 “Public Domain” Version).

    The World Industries Barnyard (1989).

    The Powell Lightning Bolt (1997 — incorporated into all 3 Boards).

    The Street Axe (2012 w/ 1st Edition Street Plant Graphics from 2015).

    Additionally, all 3 Boards feature the 30 Year Insignia on the tail of each Board, as well as a Timeline of Mike’s Pro Career and his Printed Signature on each top.

    All 3 Boards Designed By Rob Wallace.

    The Vallely Lightning Series Boards are Now Available for Pre-Order Here!

  • 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.


    R.RING “Cutter”
    Ignite The Rest

    Music Provided By:

    SofaBurn Records

  • Skate. Create. Enjoy!

    At Street Plant we Value the Art Of Skateboarding, and so we put the Artist First. We could never make logo boards, blanks or “team boards” because we believe that a Skateboard Deck is a Canvas for the Artist and that it should be adorned with Artistic Expression and Infused with Purposeful Energy. Where so much of the Art in Skateboarding has been suburbanized through the corporate filters, we are seeking a Deeper Connection with the Artists that we work with, to design Skateboard Graphics that Inspire Creativity and that Elevate the Senses.

    In that Spirit, every now and then, we host a Garageland Art Jam, to let the Artists we work with cut loose on some Hand Drawn designs. Yusuke Tsuge came into our lives in the most organic way, as a Friend first, and this in turn Inspired a working relationship. So, hosting Yusuke here in Garageland for a Jam Session was very Meaningful to us.

    Yusuke worked on 4 Boards (3 of them are featured in this video) and these three are all available for purchase now. For more information or to purchase one of these Boards please email: (SOLD OUT)!


    Thanks for your support!

    Video: Rob Wallace.

    Music: Losing Things To Find Them Later
    By Ampline.

    Music Provided By:
    SofaBurn Records

  • In May of 1987, I dropped out of High School and jumped in a van with Steve Rocco as he passed through my Hometown of Edison, NJ, to join the Hell Tour II. I turned Pro a few days later at a vert contest in Toronto (I got last place) before continuing on with Steve and Johnee Kop, doing Demos in Skate Shop Parking Lots across the United States. By the time we got to Kansas, I was used to Skating alone in front of a crowd and utilizing whatever was put in front of me. The thing is, I HAD to Skate and so, whether there was a crowd or not, smooth ground or not or decent obstacles or not, I was going to do it anyway.

    This is the first time I’ve ever seen any video footage from this particular tour. Much Thanks to Dan Askew from Escapist Skateboarding for sharing this footage with me and to his Mom, Karen, for filming it in the first place!

    Mike Vallely

    Edited By: Rob Wallace.

  • Skate. Create. Enjoy!

    At Street Plant we Value the Art Of Skateboarding, and so we put the Artist First. We could never make logo boards, blanks or “team boards” because we believe that a Skateboard Deck is a Canvas for the Artist and that it should be adorned with Artistic Expression and Infused with Purposeful Energy. Where so much of the Art in Skateboarding has been suburbanized through the corporate filters, we are seeking a Deeper Connection with the Artists that we work with, to design Skateboard Graphics that Inspire Creativity and that Elevate the Senses.

    In that Spirit, every now and then, we host a Garageland Art Jam, to let the Artists we work with cut loose on some Hand Painted designs. Very early on, Greg Higgins was the catalyst for these Sessions, and so it was great to host him here in Garageland once again for another Jam Session.

    Watching Greg work, having close proximity to the process and getting to dialogue with him throughout these Sessions has been a real Honor.

    Greg Hand Painted 10 different Boards on this visit and they are all available for purchase now. For more information or to purchase one of these Boards please email me here: (SOLD OUT)


    Thanks for your support!

    — Mike V

    Video: Rob Wallace.

    Music: Mr. DNA By R.Ring w/ Kristian Svitak.

    Music Provided By:
    SofaBurn Records

  • Arigato. Photo: Rob Wallace.


    For years and years I had this reoccurring day dream.
    That one day I would truly own my very own Skateboard Company, and that I would run it out of my Garage.
    That I would somehow remove myself from the parasitic world of brands, sponsors and promoters and the oppressive commercial culture that they cling to.
    That I would find the hole in the fence, and leave the small gray ghetto of the industry, filled with the endless broadcasting of self congratulatory noise, and step out into a Wider Reality where there is no sweating scramble for profit and domination, and no need for distinction.
    I dreamt that I would one day Create My Own Destiny, By Myself, For Myself, and that I would cut a path that was clear, away from the misdirection and evasions of corporate initiatives.

    I dreamt of a Skateboard Company that had a Positive Purpose.
    I dreamt of a Skateboard Company that Connected People.
    I dreamt of a Skateboard Company that was a Sincere Dialogue.
    I dreamt of a Skateboard Company that was Open Hearted.
    I dreamt of a Small Flower pushing up through a crack in the concrete.
    I dreamt of Street Plant.

    Thank You and Much Love to the Street Plant Battalion for helping make this dream come true.

    Mike Vallely

  • Garageland. Photo: Rob Wallace.

    Garageland. Photo: Rob Wallace.

    No investors.
    No partners.
    No parent company.
    No ceo.
    No managers.
    No meetings.
    No vip’s
    No velvet ropes.
    No agents.
    No lawyers.
    No boy’s club.
    No compromise.
    No surrender.
    100% Independent Skateboarding.
    Never Comply!

  • Kristian Svitak, Mike Vallely, Joey Jett. Oceanside, CA. By: Rob Wallace.

    Kristian Svitak, Mike Vallely, Joey Jett. Oceanside, CA. By: Rob Wallace.

    At its best, Skateboarding is unorganized, unsanctioned Play.
    But the skate-media and the skate-industry place image and competition above Fun.
    In the name of “skate-culture” they present a monologue of short sighted corporate initiative.
    A “lifestyle” that comes with an entrance examination.
    You have to pass the test to enter their small, gray ghetto where they worship technique, reward conformity and create distinctions.
    The megaphone has been hijacked by those who seek to own and devour.
    It’s the decay of anything substantive in Skateboarding.
    It’s the dumbing down of Skateboarding.
    We believe there is a Better Way!

    We seek to Create and Inspire!
    We value Skateboarding as an Uplifting and Meaningful pursuit that ALWAYS pushes FORWARD, beyond and outside of the institutions and organizations that have accumulated around it.

    We believe that Skateboarding is an Uprising, an Insurrection Against the judges,
    the rule books and impersonal corporations.
    A True Revolution in Action.
    Not this sorry version of defiance that the skate-media continues to shill.
    What may have been natural and warranted some 20, 30 or 40 years ago, is now just a tiresome pose. The core of “skate-culture” is stagnant, it’s the past.
    We want to participate in the Never-Ending-Now!

    We have a Passion for Skateboarding.
    We believe in Creative, Expressive, Fun Skateboarding.
    To us, Skateboards aren’t some soulless product you buy at the mall.
    They aren’t some means to an end.
    They are an end in themselves.
    We are Product Driven, we are People Driven, we are Values Driven!

    Come as you are!
    No rules, no divisions, no schools.
    Just a Skateboard as a paintbrush
    and the world as an empty canvas!

    With Open Arms and Open Hearts, we’ve come to Play!
    Onward, Together, We Ride!

  • Vallely Heart & Fist. Photo: Rob Wallace.

    Vallely Heart & Fist. Photo: Rob Wallace.

    When my first Pro Model Skateboard came out in 1988, it had great significance. A lot of Heart, Blood, Guts and Soul were channeled into the making of that Board. For over a year, I fought every inch of the way, mile after mile, against great opposition to make the Vallely Elephant a reality: My Reality. I was 17 years old and I stood in unflinching defiance against my mentors, heroes of mine, to make sure that Board was EVERYTHING that I Dreamed it should be. It was like I was putting out a record, my very first record, and it had to be perfect. This wasn’t some generic product you could buy at the mall, this was My Pro Model Skateboard — It Meant Something. It had to Mean Something. That’s the whole point.

    The subsequent releases were informed by the same ideals: Do The Miles, Seek The Truth and Present a piece of Art that has a Premise and Soul. Elephant On The Edge, The Barnyard, The Snake, Animal Man — There was nothing superficial about these Boards, they all came from a Deeper Well of Inspiration. My Boards were an outlet for my Whole Energy. That’s what a Pro Model Skateboard is to me: An Instrument for Fun and Creativity that has a Heartbeat, Spirit Breathed into it and a Story to Tell. That has Always been my ideal.

    When we started Street Plant two years ago, we knew we were building from a legacy that deserved to be honored and respected but more so desired, by it’s very nature, to be carried Forward, to inform New Art, New Ideas and New Energies. And now, two years into this we see it unfolding: The Powerfully reworked classics by Bigfoot, the emerging Poetic Art of Yusuke Tsuge and the Soulful Touch of Greg Higgins on Graphics like the City Pusher and Heart & Fist. This is who we are and what we stand for: The Art of Skateboarding.

    The Time is Now Again!

    Mike Vallely

  • Emily & Mike in Garageland. Photo: Rob Wallace.

    Emily & Mike in Garageland. Photo: Rob Wallace.

    Two years ago my daughter Emily and I set out to create a Skateboard Company unlike anything we had ever seen or experienced before:
    One with a Positive Purpose, with an Optimistic Point Of View, one with a Backbone.
    One that Believes in and Stands for Passionate, Creative, Expressive, Fun Skateboarding.
    One that is Product Driven, People Driven, Values Driven.
    One that seeks Connection, Inspiration and an ongoing Positive Dialogue.
    One that, instead of just making stuff, seeks to make a Difference.

    And every day here in Garageland we put our Philosophy into Action:
    1. Love and Support Each Other.
    2. Pursue our Work and Dreams with Purpose and Passion.
    3. Do something Good with our Lives and our Time.

    Street Plant is a 100% Independently owned and operated Family business.
    We exist to Support, Service, Inspire and Empower our customers – Skateboarders – The Freest, most Unique and Creative people on the planet – By making the highest quality Skateboards and Skateboard accessories.

    100% Independent Skateboarding for Love, for Fun.
    No rules, no divisions, no schools.
    Just a Skateboard as a Paintbrush and the World as an Empty Canvas.
    Skate. Create. Enjoy!

    Much Love and Thanks to ALL of our Friends, Family and Supporters Worldwide: The Street Plant Battalion!

    Thank You for being in our Dream and for letting us be in yours.

    With Open Hearts we Push Forward!

    Happy New Year!

    Mike Vallely

  • The City Pusher. Photo: Rob Wallace.

    The City Pusher. Photo: Rob Wallace.

    At first the world contracts
    It’s just you and your board

    And then as you begin to Push — Forward
    The world expands to the wide view
    of the world coming at you


    This is where we quiet ourselves

    Where we find fitness and stimulation
    without looking

    A bit of Light between the tunnels

    Keep Moving

    Keep Going

    Keep Pushing

  • Download the song: Street Scoundrels, We Ride for FREE here!

    Performed, Recorded and Produced by:
    Alex Story

    Drums Recorded and Produced by:
    Paul Miner at Buzzbomb Studios.

    Vocals, Guitars and Bass:
    Alex Story

    Brandon Pertzborn

    New / Adapted Lyrics:
    Mike Vallely

    Street Scoundrel Art:
    Crab Scrambly

    Video Animation, Editing:
    Rob Wallace

    Additional Footage:
    Mark Nisbet

    Skate Among Us!
    Join the Street Scoundrel Street Fiend Club.

  • 05/21

    Is there life after crystallization?

    After the concrete foundation has been laid,
    inspected and confirmed by the highest of authorities
    Does life stand a chance?

    Once the foundation settles and cracks
    could something new arise?

    Could a small flower take root in the darkness
    and poke through?


    Up, out and into the light.

    We must continue to ask questions.
    We must continue to seek.
    We must continue to create.

    Street Plant.

    Mike and Emily. Garageland. January, 2015. Photo: Rob Wallace.

    Mike and Emily. Garageland. January, 2015. Photo: Rob Wallace.

  • One year ago.

    The scavengers were chased off.
    The broken promises were made whole.
    The dream was restored.
    The spirit was reclaimed.

    Pushing up through the cracks in the asphalt
    A small flower in the street.

    1/5/15. Garageland. Emily and Mike. Photo: Rob Wallace.

    1/5/15. Garageland. Emily and Mike. Photo: Rob Wallace.

  • (w/ apologies to Robert Frost)

    Two roads diverge in a gray city
    And not sorry, I will travel neither
    One of steam-rolled corporate providence
    The other of gutter-level cheap defiance
    And be one traveler, here I stand
    And I look down both as far as I can
    But I will not choose the lesser evil of the two
    Neither road speaks to me

    I believe there’s a better way
    So a new trail I shall cut
    With my values, my dreams
    and my independence intact

    Two roads diverge in a city, and I—
    I’ll take neither and accept neither circumstance
    And that is the difference
    That I will make
    For myself.

    Skate. Create. Enjoy!

    2 Roads

  • By: Kyle DuVall

    Kristian Svitak’s journey in skateboarding reads like a cross section of the last 30 years of skate culture. In ’88, he was a squeebed out kid on a Per Welinder street board joining the influx of post-Bones Brigade Midwestern groms who found themselves searching for Animal Chin on whatever bits of scabby concrete they could find. In the middle of the 90’s, he was part of an underground movement in street skating that set aside high-tech for speed, aggression and style. In the 2000’s, as part of the “Label Kills” era Black Label team, he wasn’t just part of the changes in skating, he was helping to engineer them. His skating added momentum to trends that eventually resulted in the wide-open, anything goes atmosphere of today’s skate culture.

    Svitak 1989

    Now, at age 40, Svitak is part of another seismic shift in skating: the demographic shift. Svitak shows no signs of coasting on a legacy. He’s charging and filming and pushing himself however he can, finding his place in a world where veteran shredders, for the first time in the history of skating, are having more than just a behind-the-scenes impact.

    “I want to rip as hard as I can and do as many things that I’ve got in my head as I can before I physically can’t,” Svitak asserts. “There’s going to come a day when I’m going to say: ‘It would be awesome to do that, but I’m 55 years old, or I’m 60, and I can’t’.”

    Svitak: 40

    Charging and putting his skating out into the world is still very much a part of Svitak’s identity as a skater, and age has only intensified his sense of self motivation.

    “For a couple years in my mid 30’s I had this spell where I didn’t film at all, I just went out and skated for fun. That was fine with me but I found myself just thinking: ‘I’m not done’ I feel like as I’ve gotten older, I’m a better skateboarder now than when I was younger. I’ve learned so many new things, what I’ve lost a little bit is that ability to jump down big handrails, but I’ll still jump down a rail… The thing is I’m more up for skating in other areas, it’s like I feel more skilled in more things. It’s really interesting.”

    “I’ve still got sponsors. Filming is my job. I want to represent them the best I can, but I’m not filming because I force myself. It’s for me, for my skateboarding. Filming really gets the best out of me, it gets me to really push myself to progress and do things that I think about and want to happen. That’s how I’ve always thought about it even way back before I was sponsored.”

    Doing things for his own reasons has worked out pretty good for Svitak so far, even in times when “his own thing” wasn’t fashionable.

    “I was 18 years old when the early 90’s came in, and I tried really hard to keep up with the Nollie Flips and Switch Tricks. I was learning it all because it was new and exciting, but it came to a point where I just thought: I don’t feel comfortable. It wasn’t that I didn’t like the tricks, I just didn’t like doing them, they didn’t feel good. I remember around 1994 just thinking to myself: This just doesn’t feel good, I’m not going to do it. I’m not going to get sponsored, and that’s okay. I’m going to skate the way I want to skate.”

    In that era, ditching the tricks everyone else was fighting for actually put Svitak way ahead of the curve, and positioned him to have a big impact in the era to come.

    “Skating the way I wanted happened to be skating fast, Ollieing big things, going hard at handrails. I liked blending old tricks from the 80’s in with what I was doing, and lo and behold, the ironic thing about it all is that that is the kind of stuff that got me sponsored.”

    The outcast soon found himself unintentionally representing one of skating’s stylistic trends. “This was when the whole phrase of “Hesh” was being thrown around. People over the years have said: ‘Oh you’re Hesh dude!’ I’m like: ‘What the fuck is Hesh?’. I’ve never even thought of that. I’m just some skate rat. I wear flannels because I grew up in Cleveland and it was cold and I was punk rock. I wore a trucker hat because I have a huge head.”

    Svitak eventually wound up on Black Label, an ideal fit for a young skater who not only had a reverence for his skate elders, but also actively paid homage to them with his own skating.

    Label Era Frontside Feeble. Photo: Matt Mecaro.

    Label Era Frontside Feeble. Photo: Matt Mecaro.

    “I was never one of those kids who wrote off the old pros, or wrote off history,” Svitak recalls. “I remember telling people ‘I’m going to ride for Black Label! John Lucero! Jeff Grosso!’ and they’d be like: ‘What? Who?’ People can go around all day and say ‘We were always down’. Bullshit. I remember when you dudes didn’t give a shit. I always hated that in the 90’s. I remember my friend being like: Why is Label giving all these old dudes boards? I would get so defensive about it, ‘I’m here because of these guys’.”

    The ethos of the Black Label team created an atmosphere where Svitak and his teammates, Mike Vallely, and Jason Adams, could make a pretty powerful statement about the state of skateboarding in what has become known as the “Label Kills” era.

    Kristian, Jason and Mike. 2001: Alaska. Photo: Miki Vuchovich

    Kristian, Jason and Mike. 2001: Alaska. Photo: Miki Vuchovich

    “I still get e-mails about that video, Its the one people always want to talk about. It’s had a big impact over the years. Lucero had real foresight about pushing things in the videos. Guys would be like: Don’t put that in the video…. And he’d say: ‘No, that’s cool, leave it in’. It was very important at that time, we were just coming out of the 90’s… What people saw in that “Label Kills” video is straight up what was going through my head in the 90’s.”

    Svitak’s attitude about skateboarding and life in general made it inevitable that he would branch out on his own, and when he created 1031 skateboards in 2006, he found himself, once again, ahead of skateboarding’s trend curve just by doing what came naturally.

    “I started my brand in 2006 when it was not cool to do a little brand,” Svitak recollects. “I remember when I started 1031 people asked ‘Who are you out of?’ I would say: ‘No one.’ It’s just me and my buddy doing it out of a garage. They would look at me like I was an asshole. If you were not out of Deluxe or Tum Yeto or NHS, you weren’t shit.”

    Along the way, Svitak also started Regulator Distribution and co-founded Landshark Wheels. As Landshark became more successful, and independent board brands began to flood the deck market, Svitak found himself on the wrong side of the small company gold rush.

    “There’s a million board brands right now. Board brands are like toilet paper. Now, wood shops make boards for anybody. Anybody can have a board company.”

    “Going into 2015 I just knew something had to change with 1031. It was such a life drainer… I loved it but It was taking away time from my daughter, and taking away time from Landshark, which was doing really well.”

    Watching what his friend and mentor Mike Vallely was doing with Street Plant eventually helped influence the fate of 1031.

    “The first skateboard video I ever saw was Public Domain. When the guy with the shaved head, fingerless leather gloves and with the two different colored shoes came on skating New York City and Washington DC… I didn’t even know who he was but I was like: ‘That’s who I relate to, right there’. When the Barnyard double kick came out I actually took two of those skateboard keychains they used to make and I cut them in half with a saw and then took the 2 tail ends and taped them together so I had a double kick.”

    Admiration developed into friendship once Vallely and Svitak became colleagues, and even when the business of skateboarding threw curveballs at their mutual endeavors, Svitak and Vallely have remained friends and allies.

    Kristian and Mike. Dortmund, Germany / 2000.

    Kristian and Mike. Dortmund, Germany / 2000.

    “Mike’s always had my back over the years and I’ve always had his. When Mike was talking to me about expanding Street Plant, what was literally going through my head at that moment was what a strain 1031 was becoming. I had been doing it for nine years and put everything I had in it. I cared about it dearly, but he was telling me about Street Plant and I’m telling him: ‘Mike this sounds so good’. He never asked me to stop doing 1031. He just said: ‘Do what you need to do, I just want you to be a part of Street Plant in whatever capacity makes you feel comfortable. The next day we skated and I was like: ‘You know what Mike, this is just what I needed. I need to stop 1031, this just makes so much sense to me.’ What a great reason to get back together with my friend and do something.”

    So Street Plant picked up its first rider, not with intense contract negotiations, back room deals, or piles of cash, but with a skate session between two old friends. In fact, Street Plant wasn’t even looking to recruit riders.

    “Everything with Street Plant is very organic, there is no plan to make a team, if people come along, Mike might put them on, but this all goes back to Mike and I being good friends for so many years.”

    With that sort of motivation, it hardly matters to Svitak whether Street Plant becomes ‘The Next Big Thing’, or just one more project in a string of inspiring projects he has been a part of.

    “I give credit to Mike for always trying things. Just because something doesn’t work out, that doesn’t mean shit. There’s a lot of people who just don’t try shit in their life, then they ridicule other people because they try something and it didn’t work out. It always makes me think of that Minor Threat song… You know, ‘What the fuck have you done?’

    Kristian, Emily, Paul and Mike. Photo: Rob Wallace.

    Kristian, Emily, Paul and Mike. Photo: Rob Wallace.

    “Fail, fail, fail until something works. You try things, you go for shit. It’s just like skateboarding. Go for the trick over and over until you get it and, you know what? Sometimes you don’t get it, but you tried.”

    “The companies that he started and ended, I don’t see them as failures, the things he fucking went for… As a fan and a friend of Mike’s, I feel like what Mike is doing with Street Plant is the best thing he’s ever done.”

    Kyle DuVall has been writing about skateboarding almost as long as he has been skateboarding.

Rob Wallace
Date Of Birth: June 26, 1985

Hometown: Aliso Viejo, CA

Current City: Costa Mesa, CA

Skating Since: 1992