8 3/4 x 32 3/4
On Natural Veneer w/ Red Center Veneer.
Vallely / Street Plant: “Written In Blood”.
About The Art:
The Art for the Heart & Fist Board has grown out of an ongoing dialogue about Board Art between Greg Higgins and myself. A dialogue that has continually taken us Up a road where our main focus is to first develop a concept that has true Meaning and Purpose to us, and then Visualize that concept as Board Art. At one point I was explaining to Greg how I believed that Elephants symbolized both Love and Strength, and that it has always been that symbolism that has kept me using Elephants as imagery on Boards through the years. That conversation lead us to exploring the idea of expressing that same concept in a more literal and human way. At that point I mentioned the idea of the Heart and the Fist being Connected, being One. How Love and Strength are NOT opposing forces but are actually complimentary energies. Greg really opened up to this idea and he asked me to explain further.
I told Greg how I believed that Strength alone, with no Heart lacks compassion, is oppressive, mean spirited and predatory. And that Love with no Strength behind it is passive and lacking the raw energy to Burn with Intensity. That Together, these forces make a Caring, Protective, Open Hearted and Iron Willed Individual. That the marriage of the Heart and the Fist represent Humans at their Very Best.
It was at that point that Greg began to visually work through the concept of the “Handful Of Heart”. The Arrow was added to signify Forward Direction and Spiritual Output: Creativity. The blood drip from the Arrow, and the pooling of blood at the tail expresses the Nietzsche Quote, “Of all that is written, I love only what a person hath written with his blood.” Blood being Spirit.
The radiance behind the main image was added last. We felt strongly that it was important to show Light in the Art, to communicate that the Art itself is about Light, Positivity, Goodness, a Love for Freedom with Strong Values.
About Our Boards:
All of our Street Plant Boards are shaped and designed exclusively for Street Plant with Professor Paul Schmitt. His hands touch every design and his passion for Skateboarding is in the DNA of every board we produce.
Once the boards have been produced, they arrive in Garageland where Mike Vallely personally inscribes each board with the word LOVE on the top of the board between the back truck bolt holes.
We believe that what is made with, and that which passes through our hands, is a direct extension of our hearts. We are NOT interested in the mass-identity of skateboarding nor in the supply and demand culture of the mass-marketing of skateboards. To us, skateboards aren’t some soulless product you buy at the mall. They aren’t just some means to an end. They are an end in themselves. They are alive and they have spirit.
ENGINEERED FOR THE STREETS | SINCE 1984 | NEVER COMPLY
Street Plant is a 100% independently owned and operated family business.
— The Vallely Family