If one sits back and starts to think about everything this dude has had a part in (and continues to have an influence upon) in not only the skate world but pop culture in general, it's pretty amazing actually.
pretty stoked on this steve rocco interview from 1988: the (relative) calm before the storm.
this catches steve as he just got on Santa Monica Airlines after getting the boot from Brad Dorfman and Sims. Broke and living on Natas's floor... 3 years later, he'd be a millionaire and have the skateboard industry by the balls.
"Mike Vallely. First of all, I'd like to apologize to Stacey Peralta. No harm done. Sorry. Hey look, babe, we were just trying to make friends with the guy. We weren't trying to steal him from you."
Its fun to look back. Yes, my man is rocking a bert in the centerfold... and yes, that was actually considered a trick back then. Oh, simpler times. To put it in perspective, this article came out around 2 years before Mike Mo was born. The tricks in the sequences (prehistoric by today's standards) are without captions because street skating was so new at this time, I'm not sure if Transworld knew what to call them.
And just how sick is that "Search for Gonz" shirt...