This is just plain Ol’Rad…
Ok I gotta thank Bernie for spotting this one and putting it out on FB… Also thanks to Unscene Productions in Maryland for putting this together. How crazy is that one frontside boneless over the channel…if you watched the vid you know the one…Jeff Phillips…crazy.
Rick Charnoski CheapSkates PA
Photo Ken Salerno
I have a growing folder of Ken Salerno’s work….thought I would start with a two for one…Das Bruthas Charno: Glen and Rick at Cheapskates. I have a couple more shots that seem to all be from this session that I will put up soon enough. Along with a string of other Salerno gems.
I heard about the 78 ditch about two weeks ago, and ever since we’ve been in a frenzy to find its exact location. I was in contact with Jason Oliva, an old school skater who hit the place over 20 years ago. Through searching Youtube, some blogs by Jason on House Of Steam’s wordpress.com account, and some extensive Google Maps usage, we were able to locate the 78 ditch. We followed the fence, did a little house keeping to make it skateable again, and documented with stills and video. The “Green Door,” some rails, plenty of tags, and drop-in points are all there. It was an awesome day and lots of people went in to making it happen. We will definitely be there again. For anyone that needs the help, contact us for directions. We will bring back to glory of the 78 Ditch!
-Jan 27 2010
Chris “Weep” Blank circa 1986
Photo Ben Cornish
Nice work PJ!!
I cant believe how overgrown it is most of those trees on the righthand side were not even there 22 years ago…you could be seen skating it from the highway now its nice and shady. So the cycle continues…Most of the grafitti on the ditch was there before any of us showed up in the mid 80’s I also remember a guy named Ray Bolbe(sp) would be there riding an old school long board. I dont think we will ever know who found it first but it was not us so things get passed on. Cant wait to see it again when I am back in the states.
PS here is how it looked in 1988 from a Film Ben Cornish Shot of myself and Michael Pruskowski
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!!
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.
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
Photo Todd Laffler
Special thanks to Sean Kazelesky as well(Welcome to THOS)
Here is a great picture of the DR doing something magical from Todd Laffler’s epic Fish*Eye Numero Uno. Besides being pretty darn cool this sequence reminds me of those worthless trick tip articles. The trick would be an egg plant with pictures of someone cool like Dan Wilkes and the captions would read….drop in and approach the wall with a moderate amount of speed …pump the transition and as you approach the vert grab your board with the opposite hand that you would use to do an invert ….now reach for the coping invert your body extend then compress let go land back on the ramp….then the inevitable……NOW PUMP AND DO ANOTHER…too ridiculous. I have tried to get Pump and do another into the everday vernacular of life but it never would stick and in most cases it sounds like a sexual innuendo. Next time you are done instructing someone finish by saying “Now pump and do another” …also if you can scan a ridiculous trick tip please email me one all my mags are in temporary storage. Most of them should just read….drop in with the trick in mind…spazz your body around in some semblance of what you imagine it would need to be doing….bail and slam enough times until the enlightenment of the fact that it is less tiring and alot less painful to just go ahead and land the trick…..THEN pump and do another.
Now as for Derek…approach the transitioned street obstacle with a blazing amount of speed…. utilise a lifetimes worth of hard work and practice in order to ollie ridiculously high…..take your front foot off the board and then replace it before landing….Now pump and do another.
Also Derek has landed (no Pun) a photo in the upcoming Full Bleed:New York City Skate Photography it is a picture of a gentleman who is well represented in our archive:
Mike Vallely 1988 Brooklyn Bridge Banks
Photo Derek Rinaldi
As far as Full Bleed:New York Skateboard Photography goes I do not know the peeps personally behind it but I am familiar with the peeps behind the peeps and that is the distributer PowerHouse Books in D.U.M.B.O. The place is worth a trip over the Brooklyn Bridge, have lunch at Bubby’s too and send me an iphoto of some pie! PowerHouse is an amazing Independent art/photography book distributer and book store. Its one of those NY places that you can spend hours milling around in and sometimes a band will be performing. So check out Full Bleed and then inundate PowerHouse with email requests for a THOS Book!! Great stuff!
Full Bleed: NY City Skate photography
by Alex Corporan, Andre Razo, and Ivory Serra
Distributed by PowerHouse Brooklyn 2010 and Published by Vice
with photo by Derek Rinaldi and a cavalcade of other talented skate photographers
Great work DR..Click for more info/pre-order on FB:NYYCSP and PHB then pump and do another…
PS Guess who that is on the cover?
PSS No its not me