Thanks for tuning into Skatefulness! The official podcast of The Street Plant Battalion. Where hosts Dan Sheehan and Dave Pike Spread The Stoke of skateboarding, interview Battalion Members, and promote the skate, create, enjoy philosophy.
Episode 34. Drive: Breakdown
Thank you for tuning into Skatefulness! This Week Dan chats with Mike Vallely about the Drive episode, "Breakdown," in which Mike suffered a debilitating ankle injury while skating a demo during his Man vs. Skatepark Tour in 2005. Mike discusses what it was like behind the scenes, from the downtime during healing, through the physical therapy, the pressure he felt from sponsors, starting over, and how it affects him today. The takeaway from this episode is the understanding that regardless of your condition or how you approach skateboarding (or life in general), remember to have fun and do things because you love it. "Live life as an exclamation, not an explanation.”
Episode 33. Ryan Losito
Thanks for tuning into this week's episode of Skatefulness! This week we chat with Street Plant team rider, Ryan Losito! Born and raised in New Jersey, Ryan had exposure to skateboarding at a very young age. Ryan recalls seeing photographs of him on a skateboard before he was old enough to remember taking the photos. His father is a skater and has had various skate shops throughout Ryan's life. Being surrounded by skateboarding gave Ryan the ability to find his passion early on. By the age of 12, he began to take hold of skateboarding and daydream about it while playing soccer. Watching his dad skate from across the field, he would eventually tell him his mom that he had another passion he'd instead pursue. After taking trips across the country to skate in Southern California, he eventually moved to LA. He linked up with long time family friend, Mike Vallely, and shortly after, started riding Street Plant boards. Ryan has a fire lit beneath him. His skating is versatile and effortless. But, beyond the board, he's an all-around great guy who represents skating at its best. He truly loves it with everything he has and seems to be the epitome of a stand-up, well-rounded human AND skateboarder. It was a pleasure to chat with Ryan.
Episode 32. Z Jadwick
Thanks for tuning into this week's episode of Skatefulness! This week we chat with Street Plant Battalion member, Z Jadwick. Z grew up in New York State mostly, except for a brief stint in Wyoming. After moving back to New York from Wyoming, he would find himself making frequent visits to Venice Beach during the summer in the early '90s to stay with family. That's where Z took to skateboarding. Seeing the skaters and punk rockers thrashing around the crusty pavilion seemed so cool and led him to get his first board from a department store. That department store board was the gateway. Eventually getting the board he really wanted, a World Industries Mike Vallely board! As skateboarding and music have bridged common ground, Z was also keen on music. His Uncle was a Blues musician from New Orleans. From that influence, he took to music at a young age. Z found himself immersed in both and began to learn to play multiple instruments. The skateboard would become not only a fun thing; it also became a source of transportation, always having a board with him wherever he went. Z found the Battalion through following along Mike Vallely's career. Mike mentioned Street Plant on a podcast, striking interest in Z, eventually leading to Z buying his first Street Plant board. The Battalion hadn't quite grown at the point. But Z was there to watch it grow like the dandelion through the cracks drawn by Yusuke Tsuge. It was a pleasure to chat with Z!!!
Garageland Brief with Mike Vallely No.011
Thanks for tuning into this week’s Garageland Brief with Mike Vallely! This week we talk about some of the new products that recently arrived in Garageland and the meaning behind their graphic’s. Mike recalls his long time friendship with Kristian Svitak and his involvement with Street Plant. He explains the evolution of the Chris Pastras collaboration and leaves a few hint's at some new stuff that’s on the way. Also, we discuss the importance of The Street Plant Battalion and Mike gives a shoutout to the newest, full time member of Garageland!
Episode 32. Board Chat
Thanks for tuning into this week's episode of Skatefulness!! This week we're doing things a little different. We're talking board shapes! Dan, Dave, and Joey chat about some of their favorite Street Plant board shapes, setups, current riders, and possible future riders. Over the years, Street Plant has released a plethora of different board shapes and sizes. Which lends itself to the Skate, Create, Enjoy philosophy. A variety of various style boards tends to maximize the fun and enjoyment that skateboarding brings to our lives. We also discuss a board shape that could be a possible future Street Plant release!! We can't wait to hear your feedback on the conversation!!
Episode 31. Josh Mitchell
Thanks for tuning into this week's episode of Skatefulness! This week we chat with Street Plant Battalion Member and Stoke Brigade team rider, Josh Mitchell! Not only Josh, though... The whole family joins us! Josh, is 11 years old and lives in a small town in Texas with his mom and dad, Jen and Brian. Taking up skateboarding at the age of 7, his mom (Jen) recalls Josh going to bed watching Public Domain, which comes as no surprise! His style and bag of tricks reflect that of a young 80s skateboarder. Josh's progression has been plentiful over the last few years as he continues to push himself. One of his favorite things to do is learn something new every time he skates. Jen and Brian are supportive parents and continue to point him in the right direction. Essentially building a home skatepark has given Josh the ability to skate and progress without the stress of having to drive 20 minutes to the nearest skatepark. The whole family loves art in different mediums. Whether it's Jen's photography, Brian's painting, or Josh's love for skateboarding, they exude the Skate, Create, Enjoy philosophy! It was a pleasure to chat with the Mitchell family!