Newsletter September 2021
Sep 01, 2021
Every day, we went out into our Garage, our Garden. There amongst the washer and dryer and storage boxes, our hopes for Street Plant took root, and we tapped into a deeper source of nourishment emanating from the belief that Skateboarding is Substantive, Transcendent, and Inclusive. Together, we manifested the kind of Skateboard Company that I had idealized and envisioned since I was fourteen years old. I began to feel whole again, and my Love for myself and Skateboarding was reborn, like a flower bursting through concrete.
Today, we continue to cultivate a Skateboard Company with a Positive Purpose by putting People First, making Quality Products, and Valuing the Art of Skateboarding. Focusing on Fun over hype and image, our approach to Skateboarding is philosophic: Skate, Create, Enjoy!
We Appreciate Your Support of Street Plant, our Family, and Independent Skateboarding!
To this day, Kristian is Family, and when we started Street Plant six years ago, Kristian was there with us from the start, representing EVERYTHING Street Plant stands for—Independence, Creativity, and Fun. Kristian has now been Skating for thirty-three years, twenty-two as a Pro, and to this day, he embodies the very best of Skateboarding with Positivity and Love. We are honored to know and work with him and present his new Pro-Model Collection: Skate Rat since '88 with Art by Greg Higgins and Rob Wallace.
When I revisited Japan in 2016 with Kristian Svitak, we met up with Yusuke in Zushi. He brought paintings with him this time, one of a Ninja for Kristian and one of a Samurai for me. We were so blown away by his kindness, thoughtfulness, and the quality of his Art that I knew right then, at that moment, his Art would adorn Street Plant Boards.
Since then, Yusuke's Art has been an integral part of our story, of who we are. When we first released Boards with his Art on them in 2016, he posted a photo of those Boards to social media with the caption: "Let's Go!"—which has become our Battle Cry—one of great Optimism and Determination.
The first Let's Go! 2021 drop (the second drop will be for Holiday' 21) includes three new Moderately Shaped Boards, my OG Powell Peralta Shape with Modern Concave, and a 58mm Wheel, all emblazoned with Yusuke's Iconic Samurai Art.
Jay Adams, Stacy Peralta, Gonz, and Natas are but a few of the points of light in Skateboarding’s constellation that Vallely telescopes in on, his thoughts poignantly illuminating the ethereal connections between chipped curbs, splintered ramps, and dreams cast in empty parking lots that every kid who’s ever pushed around on a board has felt. From his introduction to Skateboarding in 1984 to his years spent Skating alongside some of the best to ever do it, and in a voice that is undeniably and defiantly his own, Vallely dances in the seams and tugs at the loose threads of the fabric that weaves all Skaters together.
Mike Vallely is a Poet and Skateboarding is the lexicon of his life.
— Mike Montgomery