Category Archives: Jim Murphy

605: Hey Murph! F’off…. from Bill

Jim Murphy & Bill Danforth 1987

Hey Murph

We had a lot of fun throughout the years.I remember our times together especially that day in 1987 signing autographs at the King of Prussia Mall but I have to say I am officially over you and you can F%&K Off


Too cool… Nice shirt wonder where I can get one?



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513: Tony Hawk vs Tom “The Rock” Boyle vs Sean Miller vs Jim Murphy!: The Movie! 1992 Franklin Roosevelt delivers the goods.

I wrote about this day years ago it even inspired THOS’s first contest….I continue to write about it.

1992 all the Titans of East Coast  skating decide to gather in one place….NJ…and then Tony Hawk walks through the saloon doors. Sporting gunfighter purple and a ski hat stretched over his helmet (as I recalled correctly). There was a “where are we going to do this?” feel in the air….Cut to a neighbouring indoor bowl (I think Jeff Jones owned it) for what seemed like a private warm up but was more like a heavy weight boxing weigh in. I am pretty certain there are no pictures(Geoff prove me wrong!). Of the few people there..everyone skated. I for one was a deer in the headlights but was not gonna miss an opportunity to say I rode that day (even if it was just doing egg plants and bailing all over the place) in hindsight I would have  best served the moment behind a camera. I do recall Tony dropping in, frontside olling a channel, then  pulling a gauntlet throwing McTwist after having just gotten out of a car less then 2 minutes ago. Charno responded with the burliest board slide around the corner that could be heard from the parking lot. Anyway……

Franklin Roosevelt delivers the goods with 12 minutes of raw footage from the vert ramp at Impact Zone in Bricktown later that day. The only need these riders had for helmets was to protect themselves from the ceiling.

Tom “The Rock” Boyle—-Tony “The Legend” Hawk–Jim “The Murph Monster” Murphy–Sean “The Almighty” Miller that is quite  a bookshelf.

Tom does disasterish tricks like no other, its like the ramp would’nt dare let him slam and The McTwist it is an amazing trick but a Sean Miller McTwist let alone back to back! ….and Murph is just our fricken hero.

and Tony as always can only be measured by Tony himself.

if only the camera kept running into the night:

Raging Lamos by Geoff Graham

Please comment on the other people in the video street and ramp, I was too anxious to post to do  a proper analysis. There is Philly street legend Ricky Oyola street skating with a flatspot wheel concluding  in a 1992 Nirvana induced helmet toss…Jay Henry would have been proud! Great stuff!

Also you can catch a glimpse of Tony Hawk frontside rock n rolling that huge street wall…

Chime in!!

Jason Oliva Artist

When we were young,  not all of them…but alot of Team Steam Bruthas

Photo via timer Geoff Graham

I’m the one with the baseball hat in front of Weep tossing a peace sign. (click the pick to see all the names)


435: Andy Kessler: GRANDMASTER of 108, Leave your thoughts and comments below.

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Feel free to express yourself , drop some memories or condolences in the comment section. If there is anything you would like to add do not hesitate to email me.



Here is a great video sent over by Juice Magazine there is a great segment were Andy talks about his work with Jim Murphy and Wounded Knee.

andy kessler montauk aug 14 2009

Celebrating the Life of Andy Kessler
Ditch Plains Beach, Montauk
August 14, 2009

Photo Michael Rovnyack,

Special thanks to Irene Ching for this.

Andy Kessler

Andy Kessler Riverside Park, NYC 1979

Tom Groholski  Tony Squindo Andy  Kessler NYC

Tom Groholski, Glenn E. Freidman, and Any Kessler NYC 2008

Photo by Tony Squindo

Tom G interview juice Magazine

Andy Kessler Deathbowl to Downtown

Andy Kessler Deathbowl to Downtown

Andy Kessler Harry Jumongi Rodney Smith

The Kings of NY: Harry Jumonji, Rodney Smith and Andy Kessler

Photo Derek Rinaldi

422: The House of Steam….Our first Live event!! Derek Rinaldi & Jay Henry Skating at The Smithsonian National Museum of The American Indian


The National Museum of The American Indian

Skate ramp for the Ramp it up exhibit

Photo Derek Rinaldi (4:11 PM Sunday July 5th)

Jason Oliva

So having contributed to this historic event I was granted an invitation to a swanky party and to skate within the Smithsonian Museum…too cool! When faced with an overwhelming desire to be somewhere one cannot the obvious solution was to send Derek Rinaldi and Jay Henry as my eyes and ears!! It looks like DR and Sleepy head Jay are on site and skating (with uber VIP permission and hopefully alongside Jim Murphy) It seems that the roof of the Smithsonian is considerably higher then that of of the Barn.  I can hear one of Jay Henry’s classsic …”DAMMMMITSSSSS” echoing through those hollowed halls…Derek what have you gotten yourself into? 

-More to come!!


These just in 6:11 pm July 5th


Yeah Murph!! 

Thats my pic too!! (Jason) 

murph 3

murph 2

Head on down to DC this summer and get some Murphchendise!

Seriously what an amazing accomplishment…unreal..Murph! Well Done!


Hitting the hay…more tomorrow!!


411: The House of Steam in The Smithsonian!..Everyone say thank you Jim Murphy…..Thank you Jim Murphy.Ramp it up Opens June 12th at The National Museum of the American Indian, Washington D.C.

War Ppony

Members of the 4 Wheel Warpony skate team (White Mountain Apache). Photo courtesy of Dustinn Craig (White Mountain Apache/Navajo), 2008.




National Museum of the American Indian

“Ramp It Up: Skateboard Culture in Native America” Opens at the National

Museum of the American Indian

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian will open “Ramp It Up:

Skateboard Culture in Native America” Friday, June 12, in the Sealaska Gallery. One of the most

popular sports on Indian reservations, skateboarding has inspired and influenced American Indian and

Native Hawaiian communities since the 1960s. The exhibition celebrates the vibrancy, creativity and

controversy of American Indian skate culture and will be on view through Sept. 13.

The exhibition includes 28 objects and 45 images, including rare archival photographs, film of

Native skaters and skate decks from Native companies and contemporary artists. Highlights include a

never-before-seen 1969 photograph taken by skateboarding icon, Craig R. Stecyk III, of a skate deck

depicting traditional Native imagery and 1973 home-movie footage of Zephyr surf team members

Ricky and Jimmy Tavarez (Gabrielino-Tongva).

“The museum is eager to show how Indian Country has embraced and changed skateboard

culture in America. The exhibition honors tribal communities’ efforts to connect with their young

people through a positive activity like skateboarding,” said Kevin Gover (Pawnee/Comanche) director

of the National Museum of the American Indian. “It is a vibrant visual documentation of an emerging

culture unique to Native American youth.”

The exhibition features the work of visual artists Bunky Echo-Hawk (Yakama/Pawnee), Joe

Yazzie (Navajo), Traci Rabbit (Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma) and Dustinn Craig (White Mountain

Apache/Navajo) and highlights young Native skaters such as 20-year-old Bryant Chapo (Navajo) and

10-year-old Augustin and 7-year-old Armondo Lerma (Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians).

As skateboarding continues to rise in popularity in Indian Country, Native skaters and

entrepreneurs have combined core lessons learned from the sport: strength, balance and tenacity with

traditional tribal iconography and contemporary art to engage Native youth in their history and

culture. “Ramp It Up” examines the role of indigenous peoples in skateboarding culture, its roots in

ancient Hawaiian surfing techniques and the visionary achievements of contemporary Native skaters.

Skateboarding combines demanding physical exertion, design, graphic art, filmmaking and music to

produce a unique and dynamic culture. “Ramp It Up” illustrates how indigenous people and tribal

communities have used skateboarding to express themselves and educate their youth.


Jason Oliva


So how cool is this! Not only a first for American Indian skate culture but a first for skate culture in general being recognized by The Smithsonian. Jim Murphy will be a big part of this due to his years of activities with  American Indians and his Wounded Knee skate company.  In addition who do the major museums call when they need a “rare archival photograph”  of Jim Murphy for a world class exhibit? Well they call the ultimate online skate Museum…The House of Steam! That’s right folks (thanks Jim & Betsey!) we have contributed to the 45 images that comprise the exhibit…A fine hour for the THOS community, a fine hour indeed. Whether or not I will be donning a Tux and attending the shindig in July remains to be seen but if anyone in the D.C. area does head out to see the exhibit please email me some pictures. Hopefully they found a great place to Honor Team Steam member Jim Murphy with this gem….


proud to be involved,




Jim Murphy 1986 Edgewood

Photo by Jason Oliva

409: Congrats Bernie O’Dowd 34 years skating. Jim Murphy undergrip Layback air at Tom Groholski’s ramp.

murph undergrip layback air

Jim Murphy somekind’a Andrecht grip layback air Groholskis ramp NJ Early 80’s

Photo: Doh’s Darn Deitz Bruthas!

So Bernie typed the other day that he is beginning his 34th year skateboarding. Here he is circa 25 years ago (Green Pickleheaded Helm) waiting for a go on Tom’s ramp. Knowing Bernie most likely dropped in did 15 tricks and exited the ramp onto the platform (very annoying to the skaters like myself who basically skated till they bailed or slammed whichever came first, and not after too many tricks mind you)  It is safe to say Bernie has put in enough miles on vert ramps, both backwards and forwards to have traveled to the moon and back. 

Nice work Bern, hope the next 34 are just as good fer ya.


352: Team Steam 1987 Photo Annual

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Team Steam 1987 Photo Annual created by Ben Cornish

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