PHOTO: Mark Oblow
Editor’s note: Mike Vallely is the new singer for Black Flag. He’s the stuntman in The Hangover movie who throws the tuxedos out the car on the freeway. And I remember seeing him in the CKY skate videos fighting like 10 dudes at once. He’s also an incredible, era-defining skateboarder. He’s always represented the fierce, tough and determined. As usual, Oblow knows how to sum him up in a single snapshot.
“mike vallely at the skatepark of tampa, circa 2000 shot with an h-1, 50-110mm. as long as ive known mike his determination has always been on fire. when he sets his mind to it he will die trying. his early world parts are mind blowing and his vert skating is off the hook. he was one of the first street skaters to pave the way for today. true legend.” — Mark Oblow