The VallelyBarnyard circa 1988. The slightly tapered rectangle shape looked like a big freestyle deck and was "the" street deck when it was released back in the day. Mike's part in Rubbish Heap pretty much sealed the deal.
Mike palming a backside melon on what appears to be a Barnyard prototype. Some local friends went to a demo back in the day and talked to Jim Thiebaud who told them that Vallely was riding a board that was "a big rectangle." We had no idea that the future was now.
Elephant Brand Skateboards brought back the OG shape of the Barnyard with the VallelyCircus Train. Thanks to the kindness of a dear friend I am now in possession of one of these jewels but I most admit that I am torn between hanging it or riding it. Strongly considering having one cut custom and hanging the original for preservation. The shape is entirely too innovative for me to not ride.
The SimsLonnie ToftSnub Nose. Ten years before the introduction of the Barnyard there was the Toft Snub Nose shape. Steve Rocco rode for Sims for years with both a freestyle model deck and a street model. Could Toft's snub nose figured into the conversation that brought us the predecessor to today's popsicle sticks? We may never know. Unless we ask Mike.
“I don’t want to see a Frito’s commercial with a skateboarder on it. It’s not in the spirit of skateboarding. We’re not supposed to be in the limelight. We’re supposed to be the scuttlebutt. We’re not supposed to be heroes. We’re supposed to be zeroes. If we look good, we look bad.”
"I don't care what people say about me. I'm just out there having fun..."