Mike V And The Rats Biography
Mike Vallely (AKA Mike V) was born on June 29, 1970 in Edison, New Jersey. He started skateboarding in the autumn of 1984 and was sponsored only two years later in the summer of 1986 by Powell Peralta. That same summer he was the NSA National Amateur Streetstyle Champion and appeared on the cover of Thrasher Magazine. Mike turned pro in 1987 and in 1988 he moved to California from his native state of New Jersey and his first pro model skateboard was released by Powell Peralta. In 1989 he left Powell Peralta to help form World Industries Skateboards which revolutionized the skateboard industry. In 1992 Mike married his longtime girlfriend Ann and in December of that year their daughter Emily was born. In 1995 Mike won the first annual Skatepark Of Tampa Pro Street Contest in Tampa, Florida and competed in the first ever X-Games. In 1997 Mike traveled to China to do the very first professional skateboard demonstrations in that country. In 1998 Etnies Footwear released Mike V’s first signature skateboard shoe. In the summer of 2001 Mike joined Tony Hawk on his Gigantic Skatepark Tour and would go on to be featured on many of Hawk’s tours and in his Pro Skater, Underground, American Wasteland and Project 8 video games. In September 2001 Mike and Ann’s second daughter Lucinda was born. In 2002 Build Worldwide released the documentary film “DRIVE” detailing Mike’s career, his passion for skateboarding and his dedication to the skateboard community. That same year Mike formed his band Mike V And The Rats as well as recorded his first solo record with legendary Pittsburgh singer / songwriter Joe Grushecky. In 2003 Mike performed with Black Flag as a guest vocalist at the Black Flag Reunion Show at the Hollywood Palladium in Hollywood, California. In 2005 Fuel TV began airing Mike’s television series, DRIVE: Notes From The Wilderness and sportskool began airing Mike V’s Video On Demand skateboard instructional segments on digital cable. Mike currently resides in Long Beach, California with his wife and their two daughters. He continues to pursue his music with his new band Revolution Mother formed in November 2005. Mike, an avid ice hockey fan and player has done charity work for the NHL and is currentlyworking with the Anaheim Ducks to promote hockey in Southern California. Mike is a board member of the Tony Hawk Foundationwhich helps fund skateparks nationwide and also sits on the board of the Patrick Kerr Skateboard Scholarship which funds college scholarships for skateboarders. Mike V proudly represents Element Skateboards, Element Clothes and Element Shoes as well as Destructo Trucks, Speed Metal Bearings, SoBe Beverages and Jeep Automobiles. Mike V continues to tour the world spreading his message of individuality and self expression through his skateboarding and his music.
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