Category Archives: Shut Skates

431: Shut in the Caymans?



Now that is a place to have a skate camp! Does anyone else feel that the Rodney and the NEx-Gen Shut team are gonna be the first skaters to have a cameo on Entourage… This place even has a Pirate themed skate shop! Fricken SHUT and Pirates…throw in some Jedi’s and Ninjas and the world will beat a path to their door. Seriously though this Skate Camp has attracted the cream of the crop through the years…(Buck-E  L’Sick anyone?)

Nice work Rod, I can now add The Caymans as an archive Category!  hope you are lying in the Sun as we speak! Next year sign me up I can be a guest lecturer; have the first class room setting lessons, teach em all about Bruthahood and Junk!


Paging DR Rinaldi…Paging DR Rinaldi…

341: Time to sweep 2008 under the carpet, lets give Mike Vallely the honors: Sayerville Skatepark NJ 1987 Todd Laffler adds to the archive!

Mike Vallely Sayerville Skatepark

Mike Vallely Sayerville SKatepark 1987

Photo by Todd Laffler

Jason Oliva The House of Steam

Here is a glimpse of some of the cool pics that will be heading into our archive in 2009 from Todd Laffler. 

Hi Jason,

I lived about 3 miles from Rod, and always looking up to him. In fact I bought my first “real” skateboard from him when he was working at a mall in Woodbridge. I also remember hearing all the lingo Rod had made up for stuff, like juicy= a drink, cakey=food, buggy=car etc. Whenever I get around to talking my buddy Woody we always revert back to talking with Rodisms.



Thanks Todd cant wait to see more images and videos!!

PS here is Woody(matt wood)


woody 1988 CheapSkates

Matt (Woody) Wood Cheapskates PA 1987

Photo Todd Laffler

338: The House of Steam/Shut Skates presents The First Annual 2008: History of East Coast Skateboarding Summit.

Jason Oliva (The House of Steam) and Rodney Smith (Shut) Shut Store 158 Orchard St. NYC December 2008


Jason Oliva The House of Steam

I flew into NYC for the first annual History of East Coast Skateboarding Summit. It was a two day event and well attended (Me Adam and Rod),  alliances were formed, refreshments were served and some choice new SHUT gear and THOS Stickers were offered as take aways.


Rodney’s Office SHUT 2008

It was held in Rodney’s office were we sat down for hours trying to put the world to right. In the end we walked away with the knowledge that the story is being told and told well and The House of Steam is the place for it all to be and my continued stewardship is being watched and approved. Keep an eye out in your mailbox for an invite to the next History of East Coast Skateboarding Summit in 2009 were we will get together and continue the discussion about patch working this story together to better present our unity and roots.

Jason Oliva December 2008


Ps If you havent already get down to 159 Orchard and check out the Shut Shop…the coolest place to be.

Rodney Smith Shut Store 2008

Rodney Smith Shut Store 2008


And keep the media flowing in, I recently got a load of crazy cool new gems to add to the archive…

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280: Deathbox to Downtown: The Evolution of Skateboarding in New York premier with Derek Rinaldi

Jason Oliva The House of Steam

Ok this would have been fun to attend but alas I am an ocean away. Lucky for us I have my eyes an ears (Oil )Derek Rinaldi. Here are some words and a gallery of whose who pictures from Derek. Congrats to Rick and Buddy sounds like their three year labor of love is a big hit. Cannot wait to see it!!


So maybe it’s getting old. All this remembering, talking about the good old days, with websites blogs and magazines dedicated to how things used to be. How it was when I/we were young. Maybe we are spending too much time in the past. Maybe we are missing something in our present by doing so.
But then again, maybe, in the chaos that is adult life. It’s healthy to remember what made you happy growing up, what made you who you are. The things we remember most, before the families happened, before everyone moved away. Time goes by, days lose their face and, the years, they add up so quickly that by the time you have time to look back….
But what would you do if you could go back in time? What if you could see all of your old friends in one place.? What if the images weren’t just in your mind? But organized, and a soundtrack put to it and words narrated. What would you call a place? I’d call it heaven. And for 48 hours, this week, in New York City, it was close to it.
For three years, Rick Charnoski & Coan “Buddy” Nichols had been laboring on a project documenting the history of skateboarding in New York City.
Fast forward to Thursday night at the BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center where even the guest list line wrapped around the building. The courtyard was filled with reunions. Skaters, Photographers, Old friends. The following night there was a special gallery installation celebrating the release of the film, curated by Ivory Serra. It featured photographic history of skateboarding in New York City as well as artwork selected by Jeremy Hendersen from the Stanton St. Vault and live music by Alex Blake Quartet.
Deathbox To Downtown is more than just a historical timeline. It’s more than a movie. It is a direct connection to New York’s skateboard and cultural past and I am thankful to have been apart of it then and now.
Derek Rinaldi

274: Noside Posse, New Jersey 23 years ago, Mike Vallely, Derek Rinaldi and Mike Spotte…


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

Jason Oliva The House of Steam

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.

268: SHUT NYC 1986-Forever: Shut Mechanics shop opening party. Congrats Rodney!

I’ve made the trip a million times before. NJ to NYC. Park in
Hoboken. In the 80’s,  I’d take the PATH to 9th street then cross
the street to Bruno Musso’s apt where most of the SHUT gang would have
assembled on any given Saturday.

The 90’s brought Zoo York and trips to 13th and Hudson Street, above
Hogs & Heffers, passing Tippy’s jazz bar and the prostitutes and drug
pushers in the meat district. Then, before the end, it was Times
Square baby.

Pushing time forward we arrive at 158 Orchard Street for the opening
of The Shut Mechanics shop. The first retail endeavor for a company
with a rich history in NYC. New York City’s first skateboard company
has been pushing it’s wheels through the city streets for over twenty
years and is set up to be here for another twenty.

The crowd, as you would, imagine was overflowing from the narrow
storefront and the drinks flowed steadily at the after party @ 205.

SHUT NYC 1986 – Forever

Derek Rinaldi





OBED RIOS & Derek Rinaldi



Jason Oliva The House of Steam

Maaaaaaan I wish I made it to this NYC SKATE HISTORY 2.0 party. Congrats Rodney hopefully I will fly in an drop by the shop soon.

Here is a picture I took of Puppet back in the 80’s Tom Groholski, Papo, and Puppethead came and skated The Girl ramp with us one day in NJ.

Puppethead NJ Girl Ramp

Jaime Puppethead Affoumado NJ 1986? Girl Ramp

Photo Jason Oliva


Dont Forget Puppets Jazz Bar as well as SHUT Happens the new SHUT Blog


262: Hell’s YEAH!!! Shut Skate Mechanics Shop- 158 Orchard st. Between Rivington and Stanton–NYC!!



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Jason Oliva The House of Steam

Some of my favorite people near my favorite place on Earth. Wish I could be there but alas the UK is  far and away. Dont miss out! Check out the shop an send me photos!!I dig the line “New Yorks first skateboard company, and we made the other on too 😉 ”

Best of luck Rodney from all of The House of Steam and Team Steam

No recession in skateboarding apparently!!