Mike Vallely: You Animal You Demo (1987)

In June of 1987, I dropped out of high school and jumped in a van with Steve Rocco as he passed through my Hometown of Edison, NJ, to join the Hell Tour II. I turned Pro a few days later at a vert contest in Toronto (I got last place) before continuing on with Steve and Johnee Kop, doing Demos in Skate Shop Parking Lots across the United States. By the time we got to Kansas, I was used to Skating alone in front of a crowd and utilizing whatever was put in front of me. The thing is, I HAD to Skate and so, whether there was a crowd or not, smooth ground or not or decent obstacles or not, I was going to do it anyway.

This is the first time I’ve ever seen any video footage from this particular tour. Much Thanks to Dan Askew from Escapist Skateboarding for sharing this footage with me and to his Mom, Karen, for filming it in the first place!

Edited By Rob Wallace.

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