Category Archives: Mike Vallely

610: Mike- Moose- Tom – Frazier- Barn – Blue- Groholski’s

Killer video straight out of our wheelhouse…

No comment necessary except for the fact that either you knew Mike V ripped on vert or you found out three years ago:

Killer eppy Mike.

Jason Oliva

I think we are gonna need a bigger boat!

604: Mike V by I Ching: [BTS] By The Sword Skateboards!

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Mike V back in the day
Photo by I Ching

Lot going on in the world of Mike V looks like his feet are firmly planted on the [DIY] side of the fence, I for one am stoked for him.

“By The Sword is an act of necessity. I’m going into the garage and I’m doing it my way and I’m not asking for anyone’s permission. Corporate Skateboarding sucks. It sucks because it’s soulless. See, I still love and value skateboarding and know it to be a profound and sacred experience. I’ve always been about this as a professional skateboarder but I’ve also always had to navigate my way through sponsorship deals that haven’t always lined up with who I am and what I represent. Those days are over. Win, lose or draw I’m doing what I’m doing for fun, so really, I can’t lose.”

– Mike V

Looks like the revolution has just been kicked up a notch…. Onto the battlefield- let the combat commence.



PS: A little slow lately I have been on a bit of a tour myself.

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601: Mike V Glory Bound SKatepark Tour 2010

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Glory Bound Skatepark Tour Starts In 13 Days + New Date Added.

July 18, 2010

Kids That Rip Skateboard School
1927 North Gilbert Road
Mesa, AZ 85203-2851

July 20, 2010

Woodward SP
3000 Grapevine Mills Pkwy #519
Grapevine, TX 75061

July 21, 2010

Doc 36 Skatepark
931 Highway 80 W
Jackson, MS 39204-3912

July 24, 2010

Woodward SP
5900 Sugarloaf Pkwy NW #325
Lawrenceville, GA 30043

July 25, 2010

No Name Skatepark
1524 Roper Mountain Road
Greenville, SC 29615

July 26, 2010

Anti Gravity Skatepark
371 Chatham Drive
Newport News, VA 23602-4382

July 27, 2010

Charm City Skatepark
4301 Odonnell Street
Baltimore, MD 21224-5237

July 28, 2010

Woodward SP
1943 Franklin Mills Circle
Philadelphia, PA 19154

July 29, 2010

Rye Airfield
170 Lafayette Road
Rye, NH 03870

July 30, 2010

Garden SK8
321 Changebridge Road
Pine Brook, NJ 07058

July 31, 2010

Subliminal Skatepark
590 Lake St #2
Shrewsbury, MA 01545

August 1, 2010

Vertigo Skatepark
105 Grays Bridge Road
Brookfield, CT 06804-2612

August 2, 2010

Edison Skatepark
100 Municipal Blvd
Edison, NJ 08817

August 4, 2010

Skate Time 209
5164 Route 209
Accord, NY 12404

August 5, 2010

Evolution Skatepark
216 Navarre Road Southwest
Canton, OH 44707-4047

August 6, 2010

The Flow Skatepark
4252 Groves Road
Columbus, OH 43232-4103

August 7, 2010

Ollie’s Skatepark
8171 Dixie Highway
Florence, KY 41042-3233

August 8, 2010

4 Seasons Skatepark
3226 Progress Road
Madison, WI 53716-3345

August 9, 2010

4 Seasons Skatepark
200 North 25th Street
Milwaukee, WI 53233-2559

August 11, 2010

Killer Skate Park & Shop
1315 N. Cullen Ave
Evansville, IN 47715

August 12, 2010

Warp Skatepark
9244 Trinity Drive
Lake In The Hills, IL 60156

August 13, 2010

Ramp Riders Skatepark
2324 Salena Street
St. Louis, MO 63104-2890

August 15, 2010

Woodward SP
14500 W. Colfax Ave
Lakewood, CO 80401

August 17, 2010

Skate City Skatepark
4915 Steptoe Street
Las Vegas, NV 89122-1925

August 18, 2010

4226 Valley Fair Street
Simi Valley, CA 93063

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562: The House of Steam shop presents LandShark Wheels: Mike Vallely, Raybourn, Danforth, Svitak and the evolution of a skate shop decision.

Back in 2009 I was sent a vid of Romona from [En-Jay] Chris at S-one, that is when I saw Ben Raybourn huck a padless McTwist and was gobsmacked. Soon after I discovered LandShark wheels via another video of Ben killing it in the Bondai Bowl, san’s pads once again. I thought if you are gonna skate that aggressively with nothing to protect yourself but your wheels your gonna only ride good wheels. Then I discovered a video of Kristian Svitak skating while I was searching for a Damned song and got drawn in further. This all got my DIY Ethos Brain thinking and I suddenly wanted a shop that offered any choice of wheel as long as that choice was Landshark! So here is this new indy wheel company with these aggressive skaters, a great wheel that has a no flat spot guarantee with a name and a logo based on a bad  tattoo decision by founder Kristian Svitak and the band FANG…what more could push one over the edge to the realisation that this could be the the greatest wheel company of all time…..then Mike Vallely and Bill Danforth decided to ride for them!  That was it for me…. an email to Mike and a bit of back n forth and there you go….LandShark in THOS Shop and for all the reasons above I would be hard pressed to add another wheel.

So here is the multi-media recap:

Raybourn’s Pad less McTwist, catch a glimpse of Tag’s Frontside invert over the channel right afterwards too.

Raybourn kills it in the Bondai Bowl..LandShark discovered

Kristian Svitak discovered killing it on street to The Damned

Bad Tattoos make great Company names and logos….

FANG! Yeah I probably should have put up the LandShark song but this video is too badass to leave out.

Danforth is in……

so is Vallely.

So I put my money where my mouth is and THOS Shop is in too….

As you may surmise I am having a blast setting up and slowly building this shop, everyone is excited that it is growing via the community we have created and that it is supporting some old school values. Now that we are all burdened by the internet and its unlimited choices it feels cool to have a place that only offers ‘One’ Choice….the obvious one!

Cheers to everyone who helped make this happen. More to come…

Jason Oliva Artist

Mike V Photo by Mark Choiniere.

561: The House of Steam Wants You! : New THOS Video Podcast Premiere episodes

The House of Steam Wants You!

We launched THOS Video Podcast because some footage just deserves  better packaging. Just as THOS was the archive to dust off a thousand skate albums and encourage the archiving of new and existing photographs THOS Video Podcast was instituted to encourage the dusting off of  VHS tapes and encourage original and unique new filmmaking. Footage from past and present with great music…that simple. Things are different in Itunes land and projects like this need to be viewed regularly and updated frequently or Steve Jobs comes in and pulls the plug personally (seriously). That is what makes projects like this all the more exciting though.

So if you want to support this new project the number one thing you can do as always is to contribute! Videos, Itunes friendly music, suggestions etc etc

We need you to head over to Itunes and write a couple sentences about why you dig THOS!  The podcast already has subscribers in the three digit realm and is steadily climbing the skate ranks even before I write this. More reviews, quality episodes and subscribers will take us to the front page of Itunes.

Because of the nature of this project I have also added a donation jar to The Podcasts Website anyone who feels compelled to assist with the financing of this ongoing project will have  their names, their links or ‘anonymous’ displayed prominently on the site and in upcoming vids and become forever known as natural born world-shakers.

There is also our ever growing Emporium of Coolness where the story continues as told by the products. (more on this later)

So lets break it all down:

Contribute (Link for sending  in large audio and video files)

Write a review and tell the world what you dig about THOS.

Donate because you are a natural born world-shaker.

The Emporium of Coolness

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Some special thanks  to Sophie ,Mike Vallely, Larry Ransom, Totally Skateboarding, The Philly Warehouse Crew, Steve Mannion,The Raging Lamos, The Spaced out Weirdos, FDR’s mystery filmmaker, anyone who ever visited The Barn, Jim and Dennis Kane, Team Steam and everyone I ever went to school with.


Jason Oliva Artist


Onto the show!