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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.


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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

Jason Oliva The House of Steam

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

Jason Oliva The House of Steam

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145: Rodney Smith contributes to the Noside Skate Jam Discussion (Steve Kasper does a street plant on a cop car) and adds a little history about the dawning of The SHUT era too!

Murph Rodney Mike Valelly Steve Kaspar Edisen 86 jason oliva the house of steam

Jim Murph, Rodney Smith Mike Valelly and Steve Kasper Noside (EDISON NJ) Skate Jam 1986

Steve Kasper 86 Edison jason oliva The house of steam

Steve Kasper Street Plant on a cop car 1986 Noside Skate Jam

Hey Jason…Whats up man…What up V

Yeah…Mike has summed that photo up. My two cents goes something like this. I think that 1/4 pipe is a section from Groholski’s Demo mini ramp set-up.
If I’m not mistaken the sections came from the same spot ( Staten Island skate park) as his Big ramp. The first time I ever saw (
Jim)Murf, Tom(Groholski),(Steve) Herring, (Chuck)Treece was at a 4-H demo in Jersey some where. Tom’s dad talked to my dad and told us they had purchased the Staten Island big ramp. He told us we where welcome to skate whenever sessions went down. Stoked ! Beyond words.
My friend Steve Willis and I would train it to New Brunswick and skate to North Brunswick…F’n far ways. Willis would bug the shit out of Tom (Crazy questions about how to do tricks) so much I thought he was going to ban us from the ramp. Tom and is entire family are some of the coolest people in the world hands down.

Mike (Valelly) rode the Action East deck because that was all I had to offer him at the time. I think he wore his Powell deck to shit or broke it… I worked at Freestyle in Woodbridge center mall, Woodbridge N.J. And would have hooked him with something. The Variflex boxes had stopped coming to me ( not knowing it was all toy store and no Pro program existed anymore) and Losi started his thing shortly after that.

Mike might have forgotten this fact…Powell/Peralta had lost contact with him for a minute when he moved back to N.J. From Virginia Beach. My manager said Stacy Peralta had called the shop trying to get a number for Mike. I guess nobody in VB had a number ( No cell phones…) for him. I called Stacy back and told him I would give Mike there number to call them back.

By 1986 the NYC crew and myself skated all the time. I was hitting N.Y. City on the regular and that is when the early Shut members grouped together ( as sponsored skaters) to travel and compete locally and out of own. Eli Gesner and Arron Lennox skated for SMA and Z ( George Wilson), Jeremy Henderson skated for Dogtown and Indy, Harry Jumogi skated for HOSOI, Ian From was flowed by Powell and Soho skates, Bruno Musso and Aly Moore repped Blockhead, Beasley and a few more heads got hooked up by us. we made sure heads had stuff to ride.
This was one of the original crews that made lots of noise in the city. A posse with no title, just skills. The Shut era had began and we didn’t even know it yet.

It was the end of 87’ that we assembled together to form a rebellion against the industry for producing shitty decks that only catered to Vert riding. Of course nothing against Vert riding( we skated whatever to our best abilities) the decks back then showed “ True Colors” of weakness as far as all around skating was concerned. SHUT was born to self cater to our needs. Bruno, Aly, Jeremy and myself took it upon ourselves to make a change.

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Thanks as always to Rodney (Click for SHUTNYC)...Derek Rinaldi (especially for getting this history out to the world) and Mike V (hardest working man in the Skatebusimenship, go see Revolution Mother perform!!)

This stuff is priceless. One pic with Murph, Rodney , Mike and Kasper… that crew covered every aspect of skating, music, business, travel… just living, that I can think of.

In my opinion this was a pivotal moment in East Coast Skate History let alone Skate history as a whole.

This is what The House of Steam project is all about…Keep it coming fellas!!!

If you where at the Noside event send your stuff to us (hell send what you got regardless)