The Drunken Taoist Podcast #7 – In the Zone with Mike V.

The Drunken Taoist Podcast #7 – In the Zone with Mike V.

Episode 7 – In the Zone with Mike V.

Today’s guest is Mike V. Telling you that he is a musician and a legend of skateboarding doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface of who is, for Mike V is bigger and weirder than any label we can attach to him.

Among the highlights of the day:

Don’t offend Bulgarians

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I speak fast ’cause I really have to pee

After searching long and hard, we have finally found someone who enjoys the word “fuckin'” more than I do

How a Black Flag concert changed his life: “if I was flipping fuckin’ burgers, I was going to do it the way Black Flag would do it”

Skateboarding as the vehicle for a passion beyond words

“I’d rather err on the side of passion” (but Daniele can’t pronounce the word “err”)

About breaking bones

Crabs in a pot: people love it when heroes fuck up

“Fuck yeah I’m over the hill, but at least I’ve climbed the motherfuckin’ hill”

“I’ve been nailed to the cross so many fuckin’ times. Don’t fuck with me”

Comparing the crucifixion scene in Conan (1982) and in Spartacus (1960)

“Age is not a reason to fuckin’ trade in everything that made you who you are”

“When they fuckin’ shovel the dirt on me, that’s when I’ll be done fuckin’ skating”

“Try being a skateboarder in 1984… I became a living, breathing, moving target”

“My first interaction ever with a cop was him beating my ass—for no reason”

Tao and Zen: it’s an attitude toward life, not a profession of belief

About Zen masters who don’t know they are zen masters

The difference between paradox and contradiction

Love and strength: why Mike picked the elephant as a logo. “…beautiful, majestic creature, very social and very loving, kindest, gentlest heart but it will fuckin’ crush you. Don’t fuck with it. It will crush you. Eat a fuckin’ lion for lunch”

“To me, that’s life. Why would you want anything less than that?”

“I didn’t start skateboarding to fuckin’ follow the rules”

Why Mike has a pink sheep tattoo

The trap of embracing an identity—any identity

People are terrified of freedom

Happy birthday to Emily Vallely

“I’m glad you are a nerd”

Mike’s twitter: @mikevallely

In the Zone with Mike V. Dec. 31, 2012 / 1:33:07

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