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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

Jason

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.
DennisK


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



243: It was always Papo, Pup and Jeremy…..Irene Ching

It was always Papo, Pup and Jeremy or some combination of the 3, adding in sometimes Andy (Kess) and James Minor.
These were the NYC heads riding vert ramps then, covering the tri-state area (NJ, PA, CT). Most times, I was just lucky enough to score a seat in the car going wherever, it didn’t matter, we were gonna skate there. They always knew where some vert was stashed and how to get to it. So many backyard ramps around then, now they seem pretty scarce, nothing taller than a six foot. I’m glad my son got to skateboard and travel with me on some of these adventures. It was the real deal that most young skaters miss out on today. I’ve gotta get some pics and vids next time we get together and skate. We might get a kick out of it 20 years from now when it appears on The House of Steam.

Irene

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Puppethead Jaime Affoumado

Jaime Affoumado “PUPPETHEAD” Washington Square Park 70’s

Papo and James Minor

Catalino Cappiello “Papo” Fort Lee NJ

James Minor Fort Lee NJ

Jeremy Henderson The House of Steam

Jeremy Henderson Staten Island? Circa, Hmmmm?

Irene Ching Staten Island 1978

Irene Ching Staten Island SkatePark 1978<==== Yar!!!

Jay Irenes son in The Bronx skating

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Thanks Irene!!!

I cant believe I used all these pics for one post. I could have made months worth of posts out of them, but thats not how we roll at THOS. These pics and your(Irene’s) words tell a story now..and thats the point, really. My recollection of all these people were through Tom Groholski brining them out to NJ, and meeting them in NY with Weep (My first Tofu Chilli dog with Papo) Its crazy to look back on how much skating you did in so many places. The ambassadors of NY SKATE, so much more then just Tom’s friends from NY now. What you said about traveling is true it was about road tripping back then an meeting people, not so much getting dropped off at skate camp for the summer.

Well anyway we have more pics from these Horsmen of the Skate Apocalypse Im gonna post this week so lets hear some comments and send some pics an writings in!!!

P.S.Puppets pic was a bit old school so here is one of him ripping!!!!

Puppethead photo jason oliva 1987

PuppetHead “Jaime Affoumado” 1987 Girl Ramp NJ

Photo Jason Oliva

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180: The House of Tom!! Tom Groholski at The Girl Ramp NJ 1987

Tom Groholski Girl Ramp NJ 1986 the house of steam

Tom Groholski Girl Ramp NJ 1987 Rocky Vertone on Deck

The House of Tom!! Tom Groholski at The Girl Ramp NJ 1987

Tom Groholski Mute Air Girl Ramp 1987 Rocky Vertone on the other deck!

So I am pretty sure this is 1987 because I used to drive to The Girl ramp and I know thats Rocky Vertone cause well Ive known him since 5th grade. I also know these where taken by Ben “Corntastic Cornman” Cornish cause they are black n white. I can also confirm all of this cause I was there on this day with everyone. lets see we had Tom, Pappo(NYC), Puppet(NYC), Tag(Dan), Jimmy and Dennis Kane, Rocky Vertone, Me(jason oliva), and Bernie O’Dowd. Great Day!!

If you are wondering it says Dagnasty across the far wall of the ramp…

oh yeah

Jay “Dammit” Henry says hello Tom!

Jay Henry the house of steam

Yes, this is my vintage photo, taken circa 7:45 pm today(july 25, 2007)…notice how the “camera man” (and I use the term loosely) not only took the front side grind fashionably late, but he somehow manage to get less than half of my body in frame…ah yes, those were the days…

Jay henry Wrecked Face

I also decided to include one I took after my bike wreck the other day, just so everyone can stop wondering if I still smash my face on a daily basis, I do

 

Jay Henry

 

Ouch!!

 

Jay is OK (as Ok as Jay can get ) so dont worry…Where is that ramp? Looks like Woolworths.

 

Nice One!!

East Coast Pride Groholski The House of Steam Jason Oliva

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

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

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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

Tom Groholski Barn 85 Jason oliva The House of steam

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)

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

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169: Irene Ching!! Hail Hail the gangs all here. Circa 86 The Barn NJ

Irene Ching Barn 86 jason oliva the house of steam

Irene Ching circa 86 The Barn, NJ

Hi Jason,

I wanted to submit some photos of the Barn for your great website.

I had the pleasure of skating with Dennis and Jimmy Kane this past Saturday (July 7, 07) at the Delaware Gap facility.
It has been some 20 years since I’ve seen them last. Wow! It was a good time with Papo and Pup
(puppetsjazzbar.. clicky..jason) sessioning, too.
Of course, I brought my old collection of photos to show them, and that’s when they told me to contact you.
I hope they can be of use. I do have more pics of the Barn.

Thanks and keep up the great work,

Irene Ching

So I get introduced to Allen Gibson (DG Skate Facility) through mutual friends in NYC. Allen knows Menditto, Boyle..etc etc. I introduce him to Jimmy and Dennis Kane. They go to skate and Papo, Pup, and Irene are all there….too cool!!!

Irene has sent in some of the best pictures of The Barn to date and has a ton more for us!

Cant wait…here is a sample of the gems:

Jim Murphy jason oliva the house of steam barn 86

Jim Murphy The Barn circa 86

Pre Dread Zorlac John Gibson riding Jim Murphy!

Nice one Irene!!

PS..If you are in any of these photos send us a comment or an email! We are looking for you!!

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154: Just an average night at the Barn (by Dennis Kane)…NYC’s Godfather of skateboarding Jeremy Henderson, Tom Groholski and Jim Murphy circa 85

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….Tommy G(roholski). Huge BS air. He would early release these things 4 feet out. ….And

(Jim) Murf(y) slapping a mean BS, with the “Flock of Sea Gulls – bo ho” hair style.. Jeffy (Roenning) speechless!
Just an average night at THE BARN
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Tom Groholski The Barn 85 jason oliva the house of steam

Tom Groholski Backside air The Barn Circa 85

Jim Murphy The Barn 85 jason oliva the house of steam

Jim Murphy The barn circa 85

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Jeremy Henderson The Barn NJ circa 1985

Jason,

one night (’85 or ’86) my older brother Bob went to a club (“Area”) in NYC. Unknowingly, he began to chat with a world famous 1970’s pro skateboarder. Bob told him we had a Ramp in our Barn and invited him out to the country for some fresh air. Soon after, New York City’s godfather of skateboarding, Jeremy Henderson and his crew (Popo, Puppet Head, Pepe and Eileen on roller skates) showed up.
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>Here is a shot (taken from the beam) of Jeremy (
Henderson) doing a super smooth BS pivot grind (or air to grind), with his shoes untied and a broken L wrist. I was slamming on my hip so much, that one day they showed up with an old pair of 1970’s padded Molly’s skate shorts for me. They looked stupid, but worked great. I still have ’em. Tommy G(roholski). and Jeffy (Roenning)look on. (photo probably by Ben)==>CORNISH

Dennis Kane

Jeremy Henderson Thrasher Cover 89

Next thing you know, he is on the cover of Thrasher mags NYC issues (c.’89).

Dennis-

Ill never forget those shorts..very Canucky (and orange)…..If we ever handout awards for best post this one would be a heavy contender… keep em up!!

jason oliva

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