Mike Vallely is really a guy that needs no introduction. With his unique style, he’s one of best skateboarders of all time, not to mention probably the most inspirational and influential. He keeps himself pretty busy too- aside from being married with two kids, Mike hosts the popular show Drive on Fuel TV, is the lead singer for Revolution Mother, works with the Anaheim Ducks on a couple various projects, and most recently starred in the film, Paul Blart: Mall Cop. Mike was gracious enough to take a few minutes of his time for an interview with 5ones…
Paul Blart: Mall Cop isn’t your debut on the big screen but it’s probably your biggest role to date. How did you first come about landing the role for Rudolph in Paul Blart: Mall Cop? What’s it like working with the crew and being in a big Hollywood film?
No, it’s not my movie debut but then again no other role I’ve been in has been anything really worth writing home about. This is the first real role of substance that’s for sure. From what I understand a few people recommended me for the part and the producer Todd Garner and the stunt coordinator Chris O’Hara both said they had their eye on me from the start. Makes sense, the role required a bad ass skater and well, I fit the bill.I really enjoyed my time in Boston working on the movie. I was there for the entire production and enjoyed the process and just tried to be a good soldier.
What is it that drives and inspires you as both a person and skateboarder?
Real simple man, I’m alive– this is it. I’m not asking questions and I don’t care what the answers are, I just know that I’m gonna’ live my life full on and make the most of every moment.
Who are your biggest skateboarding inspirations and how have theyinfluenced both your skating and your life?
Lance Mountain is my favorite skater of all-time. The Gonz, Natas, Neil Blender, Tom Groholski and Tony Alva those are guys I really vibe on just to name a few. Lance to me is just what a pro skater is and he’s the guy I learned most of what I really value about pro skateboarding from.
You are obviously a huge influence and inspiration to many people- What do you hope your fans will take away from both you as a person and your skating?
I’m all about just being a link in the chain, an individual link– my own person — but a link none the less. What I try to do is just pass on the good stuff– skateboarding as an individual pursuit, a creative outlet and most importantly fun.
You’re a very philosophical person- What does skateboarding mean to you?
Talk is talk– anyone can bullshit themselves and others. I like to think my actions speak for themselves.
You’ve traveled to tons of locations for your show Drive- Is there a place in particular that you’d like to visit that you haven’t been to yet?
I don’t have any itinerary or wish list– I just go where I go when the opportunities arise. Cuba is currently in my sights– if that works out I’ll be stoked but I’m not about going places just to check ‘em off– I’ve been quite content at home for the past 5 months.
What is your perspective on outside influences growing the skatemarket? Example: Sneaker heads snapping up Vans and Nike SB?
I don’t really follow it. I do my thing and other people do their thing.
How did you get into hockey? Is it true you’re trying to make it to a professional level?
I would love to play in a professional game at some level the problem is I’m really not very good. However, when it comes to fisticuffs I reckon I could hold my own, that would be the role I would be looking to play. I’ve got my feelers out there, it is something should I be able to make it happen I will do.
There’s a rumor floating around that you’ve left Element Skateboards and joined former teammate Nyjah Huston on Pocket Pistol Skates, yet neither of you are listed on their website- Is there any truth to this rumor?
What the fuck is Pocket Pistol Skates? (5ones: We’re guessing this means the rumor is not true)
What’s in store for the future? What kind of projects can we expect to see you collaborating on?
The next thing I do on my skateboard will be with The Berrics. After that who knows? I’d like to get out on tour and rock some skateparks– sometime this year for sure. My band will be putting a record out in the late Spring and probably tour hard through the summer into the fall. No definite plans though– I just go moment to moment.
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Posted by Ruben 'Studdard' Najera on Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009 in Skateboarding.