Category Archives: Bucky Lasek

474: Bernie O’Dowd…Then and Then?

Bernie O’dowd 1987 Hell Ramp Bucky Lasek watching on.

Bernie O’dowd 2008


These two pictures of Bernie say more then I can…so I will let them.


463: The answer to The House of Steam’s Tony Hawk Ride trivia contest is……… and the winner is……….

The answer to the question who bested Tony Hawk in a 1992 Florida contest is…..Tom “The Rock” Boyle!!

Tom “The Rock” Boyle Stalefish

So who is Tom Boyle you say… he was the rider who was the first to pull frontside kickflips on a vert ramp and along with skaters like Danny Way and Colin Mckay  helped usher in the final bit of modernisation that brought all the street skating tricks of the early 90’s onto the vert ramp. Things would never be the same. Let’s take a look at Tom and these guys skating back then…Shall we?

Tom Boyle…1994!

Danny Way, Colin McKay…1997

So its now 1997 and vert riders can perform magic on the ramp, its no wonder the sport started coming back out of the darkness. Who would not be excited after  watching this level of skating. We all know a bit of what is to come in the new millennium skating audiences wanted skaters to go from being magicians to plain old death defying stuntmen….and the sport moved into 360 Loops, Mega Ramps, Helicopters and Great Walls in China. By making things bigger and more daring almost overnight there where 1,000 new first to be attained in the sport…first to do the loop, first to pull any trick across the mega ramp or on its wall….Has anyone done a 25 foot frontside ollie to grind yet? .Well I for one am pleased to report that with the influence of  East Coast Legend  Bucky Lasek and his new bowl ‘Heaven’ it seems vert skating is trending back to a healthy balance of everything. That bowl looks like skaters skating something that is humbling for all the right reasons.

Yes, Yes I know that there were countless other skaters involved in these decades least of which Tony Hawk who’s contributions to the sport of skating need not even be taken into question but when you crack open the history books be sure to pencil in Tom “The Rock” Boyle if you find his name missing.

Ohhh and the winner of the Tony Hawk Ride (chosen at random from the correct entries) is……..MATHEW KLEIN

That is young Mathew Klein circa 1987 about to drop in on the quarter pipe…while I (Jason Oliva) skate his vert ramp

Well, Thanks to everyone who entered and thanks to Tony Hawk and the good people over at THRIDE for sponsoring!!

Look for more trivia contests soon in the new year. Dont forget to check out THRIDE and spread the word.

PS…. for those of you who may not know about Tony Hawk’s contributions on and off the board to the sport of skating this video is a good place to start…Nice run Tony!


Jason Oliva

380: A young Bucky Lasek 1988 Photo Ben Cornish



Young Bucky Lasek Hell Ramp 1988

Photo Ben Cornish

Jason Oliva

A longtime ago I made a “WHo’s on Deck entry” with  Bernie O’Dowd skating and East Coast’s  finest Bucky Lasek sitting on the platform of the  Hell Ramp

Who knew Ben had a great shot up his sleeve all these years later. I dig when stuff like this pops up. Hopefully sooner then later Ben will put the finishing touches on his book and we can all have one for the coffee table. 


221: Ban This 1989 Chet Thomas and Bucky Lasek

177: The House of Steam Year One Video

133: More about Edgewood, Maryland…I did promise! Jim Murphy fast and furious and comments from a tru local Eric Gregory.

Jim Murphy Edgewood 1987 photo jason oliva the house of steam

JIM Murphy 1986 Edgewood Maryland (on the way to CCCC)

Photo Jason Oliva

wow, I’ve been searching for photos of edgewood for a long time.
I grew up down the street from this park, and skated there nearly everyday from 1986-1991 when it was torn down. I don’t believe anyone died there, the story we all knew was that a BMX kid broke his leg, his parents sued and part of the settlement, the park had to be torn down. I believe I was in 11th grade at the time, when I got a phone call from one of my friends right after school to get up there because bulldozers where tearing it down. I arrived about 15 minutes later, where about 15-20 locals stood there and threw rocks from the gravel parking lot at the bulldozer drivers, until we almost got our asses beat. the park right now is mostly broken up, and some kind of giant dumpster storage area.
Alot of us started going to landsdowne after that, but that park is no where near as rad, every lip at edgewood was heavily grinded, and most lipslideable, too. In some of thse pics above, some areas are filled in with dirt, from a previous attempt by the ownwers to make it unskateable. In the last year or two it was there, we all pulled together, rented a bobcat, a water pump, and alot bunch of wheel barrows.
A 4 or 5 ft. deep dish bowl area was cleared, the nasty water pumped out of the bowl, and a snake run to ditch connection cleared out, along with some stolen parking blocks brought in and stategicly placed.

It’s funny to see those pictures of Murphy because I remember those guys showing up once in a while and going off. I particularly remember them having Fred smith with them a few times, because he was the first non-biker I ever met to have full sleeves tattooed on them, (I later became a tattoo artist, and work at little vinnies westside tattoos, which was home to the pool in the fruit of the vine skating film.)

Alot of names I remember from skating there were Eric Griffen, Daylan, Pee Wee (Chris Levi), Chris Donato, Greg Bugian (SP?), Adam and Seth Ciferri, the Foster Bros. (BMX pros), Buckey Lasek, Jason Dodson, Scott Ingrasia, Mark Singleton, Dudes that rode for Reach for the Beach and Sports Elite, Rudy and some early black label dudes, and Tom Groholski-who gave me a set of vision wheels because I had a flat spot in mine and he said my board was too noisy. The picture of that day ended up in TWS. I’d like to find a back issue of that.
I have a few pics of that park, nobody famous skating it of anything, and would love to track down some video, I used to see people filming there so it has to exist.

Eric Gregory

I like the part about Tom giving you the wheels because you were making a racket.. he he, too cool….jason oliva

P.S. Send us those pics Eric….So says The House of Steam!!!!

Oh Yeah and since you know its location slap it on THOS map for us…thanks

If you are not on the map then go here

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AND join the map let us know where you are at!


jason oliva

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55: Who’s on Deck? 1988 Hell Ramp…psssst its Bucky Lasek


Bernie O’Dowd layback grind Hell Ramp 1988

Winter of ’88. Went to the Hell Ramp with Rocky and Corn. There was snow on
the ground and a young Bucky Lasek on the deck. Rocky’s shitty car kept over
heating on the way home.


Nice one Bernie!

jason oliva