Category Archives: Dennis Kane

509: Spit and Goo Issue 2 “THE BARN ISSUE” and Mark Gonzales comes to En-Jay by Ken and Steve Deitz 1986

Spit and Goo Issue 2 1986 By Ken and Steve Deitz NJ

BARN article

WestWood Cycle Sponsored contest with Marc Gonzalez

This is well worth a read… classic 80’s skatezine from ken and Steve Deitz. All the usual suspects appear in The Barn section. It really makes me recall what was going on in our lives circa 1986. I must admit to having watched Mark Gonzales instead of the contest.

Great stuff

Thanks to Jeff Roenning for vaulting this gem all these years.

492: My Inbox: Dennis Kane, Jay Henry, Graven Image…1984

From: “Jason Oliva” <>
Sent: Saturday, January 30, 2010 4:46 AM
To: “Dennis Kane” <thekanes13@>
Cc: “Jay Henry” <johnmarshallhenry@>
Subject: Re: Where is Jay?

Jay send us some info…lets post this gothic gem!!


On 30 Jan 2010, at 00:18, Dennis Kane wrote:

Hey Jay,
What’s up bro.  I have been wanting to thow this pic. into the mix.  I have almost no Jay Henry pics. in my album.  You kept them all very close to your heart.  But you gave me this one and I know it was considered poor quality, so you let it go.  It looks as if it was developed in a home made or school dark room and it “burned.”  I think you told me that this was from down south before you moved back home.  I tried to mess with my scanner to get it to lighten up.
Dennis<Jay Mute Air.jpg>

from John Henry <johnmarshallhenry@>
to Jason Oliva <>,
Dennis Kane <thekanes13@>
date Mon, Feb 1, 2010 at 9:10 PM
subject Re: Where is Jay?

Joey Boisineau’s Ramp – RVA – circa 1984

The picture from Dennis is from Joey’s Ramp in RVA. This was the first vert ramp I skated in Richmond after starting school there a few months earlier. I was originally taken there by the Late/Great Duane Curd (singer for Graven Image, Joey played drums for them) and later started getting rides from the one and only Chip Jones. This was pre-Tracker days for me, as you can see by my Gullwing trucks on the tuck knee handplant attached. Chip took that photo, and when we got them back he laughed so hard and said “Man look at your feet, no one would ever believe you landed that” – oh but I did ladies and gentlemen, I did. I wasn’t totally sure that the mute air from Dennis was at Joey’s, but you can see the same black mark on the coping in both pictures. This ramp was 24 feet wide, and at one point before it’s demise, we had actually layered that thing in fiberglass…no comment. I skated there a lot, and really started to get some of my tricks wired, and advance my skating. It should be noted that this is also the ramp that I broke my ankle/leg on, almost breaking the foot of the end of my leg, while never even falling off the board until after it happened. I’ve also attached a backside boneless, ENJOY!!!


480: Saturday Night Live at The Barn – Circa 1986..Thanks to Mike Vallely

I’m not gonna say much about this video except thanks to Mike Vallely for getting this filmed back in the day and giving it to us for the archive and another thanks to Larry Ransom for his editing and THOS support throughout the years. Another big thanks goes to Dennis who after searching the web for this footage decided to go to the source and clinched it all. The still images are of Mikes early Vert days at The Barn and the song is Revolution Mother “Night Ride” (pretty fitting) If you comment with a time and a name I will create a gallery of screen grabs…I will get the ball rolling with an important one: 1:24 Weep on Deck.

Enjoy the show…The time is now!!

Jason Oliva Artist


This is great. Mike talks about the first video he was in. “Action East” If I remember correctly, they showed up at The Barn with all this high-end video, lights and sound gear. It was right in the middle of a hot session. I was like, “What the hell is this???”

The guy who owned the company was like, “Can we film a video here?” and I said, “What’s in it for me?” (as if I was going to say No). This was way beyond squeezing 10 bucks out of some squid for “the new layer.” So he flowed me a “No Fun Joe” deck, a t-shirt and some other free shit and I said, “Go for it!” Of course, our power situation was a 300 yard extension cord to the house that kept blowing out. The next contest I entered as….sponsored by Action East.

Let’s see if we can get this classic film posted.

Skater by order of appearance:

1st couple stills Mike Vallely

Papo Capillo No Shirt Red Shorts

Dennis Kane Silver helmet after Papo…Big Indy Air later on

Jimmy Kane Yellow helmet white Tee no sleeves

Mike Vallely Yellow helmet layback air

Papo on roller skates?

Matt padulo Red shorts Layback Air/Backside Air

Tom Groholski Black Shirt Inverts/Layback Air

Bernie O’Dowd No Helmet Frontside air/Invert/Layback Air

Who does the big air with the pink helmet?

Loads of peeps on the deck and on the couch too

400: More from “The Smoking Twins” – Dennis Kane

kane 2 handed frontside air

Dennis Kane two Handed Frontside home at The Barn
Photo by Ken and Steven Deitz

350 entries into the archive now, our museum keeps growing. For this milestone who else should adorn the walls but DK himself sporting a brandy new Gator (most likely given to him by Tom) with a fresh lick of silver paint on the cut away helm which with time would slowly wear away back to safety orange. Also check out all the peeps piling in the door. Thanks for The Barn Dennis (and all the great commentary on The House of Steam as well)


334: and it was all probably just another random Wednesday at the Barn: PART 3

Dave Padulo Ben Cornish

Dave Padulo Mute air The Barn NJ (Wednesday night) Circa 1986

Jason Oliva The House of Steam

Part 3 in our ongoing series of pictures. I am going to create a category called Wednesday Night for the interested parties to follow along. Here is a gem of Dave Padulo…Mute air on the pool coping side with Ben Cornish, Jimmy Kane and Stevie “D” Mannion looking on. The Padulo brothers had that mid eighties Tony Hawk thing going on. 

Stay tuned for a lot more!

Ps. Just counted there are over 166 skaters represented in The House of Steam  archive…crazy stuff!

Jason Oliva

303: The House of Steam: July 20th, 2 Years!! Benjamin Cornish’s Super 8 Youth (The Directors cut)


Jason Oliva The House of Steam

Its 2 years on and here is how things stand:

100,000+ hits!! (right on the anniversary too)

274 entries into the archive scattered across 500 categories.


Lets also not forget YouTubeSkate with 8,000 hits, 46 videos and counting and a year old too!

No money generated.

No Money lost!

Lots of old friends catching up and getting together. Allan Gibson has put out an all call to skaters wishing to ride his Uber-Ramp. Wreckroom skates is putting out boards for three Steam riders, Dan Tag, Darren Menditto, and Bernie O’Dowd. I have a couple pictures going into an HR documentary and I had a cool email conversation with Guy from Fugazi. If you google/image search the word “signature” my name is number 2 on the entire internet(try it, its crazy!!). The 78 ditch is being ridden again by a whole new generation of skaters. Ben Cornish has dusted off his old films (Cant wait to see “Demo” again) I have gotten no better or worse at writing. SteamBoat released an amazing (cant wait to see it) skate film. Chuck is skating and performing.Jay Henry is still…Well, Jay Henry. The Padulos’s have a quarterpipe in their driveway again, for their kids. Mike Pruskowski is a Dad this year. Rinaldi is blogging away. Rodney opened a shop in the lower east side.Bernie is skating and directing creativity. John is sculpting.Tom Groholski chimed in with a killer essay on East Coast pride. Vallely always has great things to say here. Mertz is gonna be back in action as well as making music.  Rocky is spinning, Dennis is fishing. Taylor is blackberrying. 300+ people are trolling through our nostalgic past on a daily basis. Everyone will always miss Weep, JT,Sean, Hula and the rest. Anyway…

So two years ago on July 20th I posted a picture of the Barn on this free blog site. I have not done a thing to change the look and feel of the place since then. I am not sure why I did it at the time, I guess I wanted to throw up a flag and see who would salute. It was dawning on me at the time I had not seen some really important people in my life for over 10 years and I needed to change that. I always took pride in my skate photo album and I felt others took pride in theirs as well. I had hoped everyone would want to dust theirs off and compile it all in one place, The House of Steam  like a wing of the Metropolitan museum of art. So I guess its mission accomplished. The main thing I constantly take away from working on THOS is that we had some great early years, surrounded by cool supportive people and families. We had places to go, places to stay and we made our own decisions. Most importantly everyone seemed to  know at the time how good we had it then and how good we have it now. Life enjoyed/Enjoying life, so far so good.

Thanks to everyone who reads,contributes,comments,emails, sends pictures etc. etc. Also thank you for all the great comments concerning my art over at Http:// they are always appreciated (keep em coming!)

I will keep this post up for a bit while I get ready for year 3 and everyone can get a chance to drop a comment or even a suggestion.

Well without further adieu here is Ben Cornish’s SUPER 8 YOUTH in its entirety…Enjoy!



ben cornish


dave padulo

dan tag

rocky vertone



chris blank

simon curtis

dan tag

rocky vertone

jt murphy

jimmy kane

dennis kane

steve mannion

john ballon

bernie o’dowd

jason oliva

tim cornish

matt padulo

cornish chickens


dj king weep

apple x



bad brains

modest mouse

rambling jack elliot

295: Dennis Kane: Sweet Mute, OC Maryland Life is good

Dennis Kane Mute Air OC Maryland circa late 80’s

Life is good!!

Checkout DK, newly sponsored N-Jaye fish-A-man. bigbitestackle

Man those are some seriously good lookin lures, I dig the “Bite me slogan” on the side.


Jason Oliva