Back when I started skating no one videotaped anything ever. We just skated and did what we did, not for any other reason except that we had to. Very little of my early days on a skateboard were ever documented and whatever was documented didn’t always survive. Now, some 23 years later this VHS tape surfaces of me and my friends skating on a winter’s day back in 1985 and man is it refreshing. These were crucial times; before I was sponsored, before I started traveling the world, before I turned pro. This video shows me and my friends skating for the pure love and excitement of it all. Just a bunch of punks having fun in the shit hole towns of Woodbridge, New Brunswick and Edison, NJ.
— Mike V
Not gonna say much here except thanks Mike for sharing. An old school vid with all The House of Steam’s favorites: You, Derek and Mike Spotte..too cool!!
Special thanks to Larry Ransom for all his contributions and support of The House of Steam, you rule brutha!
For more NoSide New Jersey pre Shut ripper history check out the “NoSide” category in the archive
Ps. Mannn that car reminds me of the “Weeper Wagon”
Here are some Pre-Shut rippers in Don’s basement, if you recognize yourself tell me in the comment section.