Besides comics, skating has always been a huge influence on my art and in my life. The freedom and creativity it allows is indescribable. Plus, when I started, the graphics on the boards were sick! What kid doesn't love skulls, snakes, dragons, screaming hands and.. elephants? Being street skaters ( we didn't get a decent ramp in town until years later ), when Mike Vallely hit the scene, my friends and I were blown out. He proved you could skate anything and everything. His impact on our scene was huge. So, as a small tribute, here's my take on his first pro board. Brush pen on Bristol.