Category Archives: Ocean City

472: “The Captain” John Ballon Ocean City Maryland

John Ballon Ocean City Maryland

I am gonna guess that this was taken by either Geoff Graham or Ben Cornish…the fisheye makes me think Ben…anyone know?

Jason

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413: Mailbag Friday: Darren Menditto, Tom Groholski “performing” at Great AdventureJeff Jones & The Blue Ramp from Bill Devlin

Darren Menditto 1988

Darren Menditto Ocean City MD 1988

Photo Bill Devlin

Hey Jason-

I stumbled across your great House of Steam blog yesterday, and probably spent a good hour just looking at a bunch of stuff (I think i initially googled Ken Salerno..an old friend of a friend…turned up some hits for your site). Definitely great to see someone in NJ made an effort to document and publish via the web the skate scene here. Some of the stuff brought back some fond memories. I was part of crew of SJ inbreds who tried to venture out and skate different ramps, etc. on the East Coast, and was always stoked when we’d get to cross paths w/ the likes of Tom G., Murph, Chuck Treece, or get to see and skate w/ some of the truly rippin’ guys from ‘up north’. Funny for example, how i know i skated the barn ramp at least once, but barely can remember being there. I do remember skating Great Adventure w/ Groholski when he invited us to skate w/ him between his ‘performances’ there (remember that? think they called it a ‘skateboard stunt show’ or some sh*t). Anyway, everyone was always cool to us, which we all appreciated.
Anyway, i came across a shot i took of Darren M. (pretty sure it’s him) I took during a few trips we got to take down to OC Maryland, probably like 88′. I just remember that ramp being slick as snot, yet all those guys ripped it without any fear. I thought i scan it and send to you for your archives/sake of posterity, since if i didn’t, it’d would sit in a box probably for another 20 years. Feel free to use or post, no need to credit photo either.

Bill devlin Blue ramp

Bill Devlin Blue Ramp, NJ

I also attached a shot of me at what we always called ‘Jeff Jones’ ramp’, aka the Blue Ramp. All i know is we just showed up there one day, and whoever answered the door was kind enough to let us skate w/ no problems. That ramp still there? Back in those days finding a good skateable ramp in Jersey was like a quest for the Holy Grail sometimes.
Great site, and checked out some of your artwork, awesome stuff.

Bill D

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Thanks Bill!! Great stuff. I think I will try and get together more of these emails and get them out on Fridays…keep em pouring in! (with pics!)

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410: MAN O WAR and Bernie O’Dowd in Power Edge 1989 Interview by Geof Graham

Bernie O'Dowd interview poweredge

Here is Bernie only a third of the way through his current 34 year skate Odyssey. Back then he went by the name Berne (apparently)

Thanks to K Deitz for this gemstar.

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Last Track Black wind, Fire and Steel was the best!!

Black Wind, Fire And Steel 

Full Moon Light Is Calling Me My Kingdom Lies Within
The Mystic Soul And Lion’s Heart Brought By The Talisman
The Ecstasy Of Battle Takes Me Where The Falcons Fly
Immortal Youth Was Granted Me
I Will Never Die

Born Of Black Wind Fire And Steel
Born Of Black Wind Fire And Steel
Born To Teach Them All To Heel
Born Of Black Wind Fire And Steel

Pounded By The Hammers Of The Giants Of The World
I Can See In Darkness I’m The Overlord
Single Combat I Await My Shadow Brings Them Fear
The Spikes Upon My Chariot Will Grind Them When They’re Near

Born Of Black Wind Fire And Steel
Born Of Black Wind Fire And Steel
Born To Teach Them All To Heel
Born Of Black Wind Fire And Steel

I Am An Outcast On The Path Of No Return
Punisher And Swordsman I Was Born To Burn
Black Wind Always Follows Where My Black Horse Rides
Fire’s In My Soul
Steel Is On My Side

Born Of Black Wind Fire And Steel
Born Of Black Wind Fire And Steel
Born To Teach Them All To Heel
Born Of Black Wind Fire And Steel

I Am An Outcast On The Path Of No Return
Punisher And Swordsman I Was Born To Burn
Black Wind Always Follows Where My Black Horse Rides
Fire’s In My Soul
Steel Is On My Side

Born Of Black Wind Fire And Steel
Born Of Black Wind Fire And Steel
Born To Teach Them All To Heel
Born Of Black Wind Fire And Steel 

 

Coolness!!

These guys are still going strong, and the penultimate “Battle Axe Band ” of all time. Some of their tracks are recorded in over 15 languages (Thats a record of somekind) Click the Album (Nice Destroyer homage too) pic and check their site (Dont skip the intro) and listen to Eric Adams DJ some ManOWar radio while the boss aint lookin.

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356: Dan Tag Interview by Jim Murphy in Juice issue 65, 2009

Dan Tag Jim Murphy Juice 65

This months Juice has an interview with Dan Tag by Jim Murphy…a must read!!
If you want the rest of the interview you will have to go out and buy a copy (hell! get a subscription) of Juice number 65…then call me on skype and read it into my answer machine please.

 

Dan Tag wins at OC Ton Boyle

Photos by Grant Brittain

Dan’s no stranger to frontside invert skate mag fame…this mag (Transworld I think) highlights his win at OC Maryland…Somethings never change.

How about Tom “The Rock” Boyle in that inset photo…

 

Jason

308: Rick Steamboat Charnoski Huge Mute air OC Maryland steel ramp 1988

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Rick Steamboat Charnoski HUUUGE Mute air OC Maryland Steel ramp 1988

Photo Dennis Kane

Skater, artist, filmaker and inspiration for the name Team Steam Rick Steamboat Charnoski.

While I was in High school Steamboat sent me this gem (via US post) and I made a ton of stickers of it. I can see the original artwork framed and hanging here in The House of Steam World Headquarters as I type.

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Be sure to buy Steamboats films!! They rule!

CLICK HERE TO BUY KILLER SKATE FILMS BY NICHOLS/CHARNOSKI PRODUCTIONS (NPC FILMS)

Coming soon!…. Rick’s SteamZine’s circa 1986

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299: Team Steam 1987 Photo Annual

All Photos By Benjamin Cornish (Photo of Bernie O’Dowd by Jason Oliva

Jason Oliva The House of Steam

With only one copy left to be known in existence (The Oliva copy) we are fortunate that the Team Steam 1987 Photo Annual (8.5″ x 11″) survives in its entirety. All photo’s layouts and printing(Xeroxing) were done by Ben Cornish and we thank him for it!

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298: The Unknown Skater 1. At O.C. Can anyone recognize?

 

Unknown Skater

Unknown Skater

 

Jason Oliva The House of Steam

I received this cool pick of OC Marylands Blue Steel ramp. It was taken in June or July of 1987. I get quite a few of these great shots(looking at you Dennis) of Unknown Skaters so I thought I would add a category (Unknown Skaters) and we can immortalize or identify these unsung heros who never buddied up to their photographer.

So any clues, Sherlock?

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PS The House of Steam will be 2 years old on July 20th. If you have anything nice to say now is the time to email some comments!!