Category Archives: Greg Taylor

617: Greg “Lurker” Taylor Christmas Smith

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177: The House of Steam Year One Video

172: THE House of Tom!!: EAST COAST PRIDE by Tom Groholski.

EAST COAST PRIDE

 

Skateboarding was way underground back in the early 80’s

after the parks closed and lots of people bailed. The fire was not

out though, not in our neck of the woods. Ramps were built in

backyards, the woods, and, yes, even barns. If you wanted to

skateboard in the Northeast, you had to work for it — build it yourself —

get out there and help others build theirs, and get it going.

The weather was also a huge obstacle. Rain was always a bummer,

but snow and ice was where it got interesting. Shovel the ramp before

the driveway. When the driveway and sidewalk were done, the ramp would

be dry. Chipping ice and melting it with space heaters was common.

Getting to ride was the payoff.

The one place shovels weren’t needed though, was the Barn. The

Kane brothers, along with Jay “Damn it!” Henry and the future Team Steam,

beat the elements with a 12′ wide, 8′ tranny, and 1′ vert ramp with angle iron

for coping. 12′ Wide was cool, but 16′ was better, and soon the ramp was

widened, layered with masonite and topped with pipe coping on the dark

side and some chunky rock top pool coping on the other.

From my vantage point, I couldn’t see the coping on the next wall

from the deck due to the beams that held the lights and the barn together.

Your hands would sometimes hit the beam if you flailed. Bats would fly,

rats, possums and raccoons dug the place and kept it interesting.

Skating at night was a bonus, but when someone would trip over the

extension cord outside, you’d better hope you weren’t riding.

You never knew who would turn up. The door would open

and “No way!” You were greeted by friends you haven’t seen in a

long time. The locals would session all of the time, but Wednesdays

and Saturdays were when the out-of-towner’s would know there would

be a session. Heavy sessions went down. Total aggression. Punk and

metal blasted, and so did the skaters. It was all happening fast, so you’d

better be paying attention.

Unreal times, great memories, and lifelong friendships, all thanks

to skateboarding. Talk about East Coast pride — mine stems from the

places we built and rode, but most importantly the people I’ve been

fortunate to get to know along the way.

Tom Groholski

For The House of Steam 2007

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Tom Groholski 85 The Barn NJ

Photo by I CHING

Not gonna say much here, Tom said it all…

I will add though the chunky pool coping was taken off of my folks back yard pool!!

thanks Mom and Dad.

Along with this crazy good essay Tom has sent us 12 seriously vintage photos so lets call it The House of Tom while I get em all posted.

Thanks to Wendy and Tony for getting it all together…(Check out Squindo.net)

Squindo Skull The House of Steam

and Tom for the big Ole stamp of approval!!! You Rule!!

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76: The House of WEEP: Backside air Fronceks circa 1987

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Chris “Weep” Blank backside air at Froncek’s ramp NJ circa 1987

Photograph Kevin McDowall (thanks Brutha!)

Weep kickin like a chicken, Rocky and Greg Taylor on the deck. Froncek’s ramp was around the corner from The Barn and it was always our outdoor alternative. (Especially when The Barn was in its last days after The Kanes sold the house)

Many a good time was had by all!

Jason Oliva

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25: Greg Taylor Self Portrait 2003 Tempe Pipes AZ

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Greg Taylor Self Portrait Tempe Pipes AZ 2003

Greg Taylor East Coast, New Jersey, skater, high School friend and “Lurker” now settled in AZ.

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15: Last ride at The Barn 1987

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Apparently skateboarding is a crime (well at least trespassing is)

The Fellowship consisted of:

Rocky Vertone

Ben Cornish

Jason Oliva

Mike Pruskowski

James Pruskowski

Greg Taylor

Carl

Wiggy (moped rider who the cops followed in)

All taken to police headquarters.

Jason-Oliva

NYC Artist Jason Oliva