Back in the 80’s it seemed like Weep(Chris Blank) knew everyone in NYC, mostly via his Tower Records cronies. So when Weep was asked to skate on stage at Irving Plaza during one of the Mars rap concert nights for Stussy he said, Sure! except Weep was hobbling around on a cane at the time…so he brought me in as his stunt double.
On opposite sides of the stage two quarter pipes were set up. Myself and one other guy skated across the stage all night like it was a mini ramp while Shawn had surf movies playing on a drop down screen with the PA playing all the rap of the day. We paused only when the DJ table for the rap sets were pulled out. A couple groups played, 2-3 songs each which was standard practice for rappers of the day. I remember seeing Ice-T in DC and he only rapped three songs and the crowd had a “I paid for that?” look on their collective faces- I think one of the groups this night was Stetsasonic:
We were paid the princely sum of : all the water we can drink, getting to stoke the crowd and meeting DMC and Jam Master Jay. I look back now and think we were over paid.
Weep took some pics as well and even Shawn slightly recalls it all:
Checkout all the new S-Double gear…I would wear the lot.
Jason Oliva – showing off the homemade ‘Steam’ shirt with the Jay Henry drawn Tommy G shorts.
Looks like 86-87 to me?
I ran out and bought that same Public Enemy T-shirt…still have it.
They pulled the DJ table out between the ramps and we sat on stage and watched the show
SHUT tag on the ramp…anyone recognise the other skater?
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Hank is the Man! and this new limited edition deck proves it.
Killer graphics, American Made,available in various sizes….none of that print on demand junk. Never Again has been putting out the real deal spending hard earned money and supporting quality artists, board manufacturers and skaters no free lunches along the way. You may also recall the limited edition Dan Tag Flying Pig that Hank put out via Never Again.
I talk to Hank most days behind the scenes hear at [THOS] and he has definitely inspired me and aspects of my ideas behind [THOS Shop] He is at the forefront of the skate small revolution and with boards like this he is fighting the good fight. I dig being in a position to help support Hank and companies like Never Again..its what it is all about for me.
Thanks for looking
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Patrick Allen The Pipeline Upland CA 1978
Photo by Gary Polit
The 1000th archived photograph! Well actually we are well passed 1000 now but before I even thought to check it had happened. I figured since there are only 365 days in a year it maybe 2013 before another similar milestone comes along so I better hand out the honor to a photo soon.
Patrick Allen during a warm up for a contest at the Pipeline in 1978! Patrick was a serious local at the park throughout the 70’s and 80’s and since next to The Barn and the NJ ditch the Pipeline was my favorite place I figured lets give the 1000th honors to Patrick for having the oldest photo of the coolest place. This is one of those vintage 70’s shots, when the boards were the photographic feature, like a car ad almost. This was taken in the bowl at the end of the snake run that gets interrupted by the full pipe that gave the place its name. Other then the combi pool there was not a lick of coping in the whole place. We will hear more from Patrick for sure especially now that I am wading into the ‘Vintage’ photo waters.
Since we are on the topic of skate photographs and the archive here is a primer for what I consider the categories for Skate Photo’s:
Photos from the dawn of man till 1981 Think anything up until the first Issue of News Print Thrasher are ‘Vintage’
Photos from 1981-around 1991 Think Powell/Vision, Cab, Hawk, Tom and Mike, Marc,Natas are ‘Classic’
Photos post 1991-2004(Think Danny Way, Colin Mckay,Bob Burnquist, Tom Boyle, Darren Menditto etc etc kick flips on vert) are ‘Modern’
Photos post 2004-present Think X-games ‘X’ Mega Ramp ‘Big Air contest’, padless vert riding and street skaters with rubber bones clearing sets of steps that make one feel more nervous then hanging your board out to drop into the mega ramp—-are ‘Post Modern’
Those are the four categories (Vintage,Classic,Modern, and post Modern. Later we can talk about the four types.
So enjoy the fist 1000 collection of archived Vintage,Classic,Modern and Post Modern Skate Photographs as I sort out the next 1000. Thanks to all the contributors who have dusted off their photo albums for safe keeping on [THOS]…your names are all listed to the right so you know who you are!
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Weepy turned me on to a lot of music and by turning on I mean looking the other way while he was manning the register at Tower Records NYC….Ah the sins of our youth…I grabbed this cassette on a Thrash Metal whim I believe Hallow’s eve, Man ‘O’ War , “Them” and Fast as a Shark were among that days haul. It was crazy to find out later that Overkill drummer Rat Skates was a Barn Local. Man I wore this tape out. Sorry metallica but 87 belonged to [En-Jay] ….too cool.
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Album: Taking Over(1987)
Song: Wrecking Crew
Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth – vocals
Bobby Gustafson – guitar
D.D. Verni – bass
Rat Skates – drums
Ain’t no job too big or small,
Just one sweep of the wreckin’ ball.
Put ’em up, we’ll knock ’em down,
Or knock ’em up, then leave town.
Demolition of the mind.
Desolation, left behind.
Light the fuse, dynamite.
Light the sky! in the night!!!
We will walk!
All over you!
‘Cause we are!
The wreckin’! Wreckin’ crew!!!
We are the wreckin’ crew.
We are the wreckin’ crew.
Destruction is a way life.
Destruction, mayhem, havoc, strife.
Crack a smile, here the sound.
Watch ’em crumble to the ground.
Innocence ain’t no excuse,
Slip your neck inside the noose.
Pay in blood I demand,
The wreckin’ crew is outta hand.
We’ll wreck your neck!
Turn to ashes, turn to dust.
We’re the ones that you can trust.
Evil smile, wicked grin,
Tear it down, begin to sin.
Think that you will end it all,
There’s no one left to ball or call.
When there ain’t nothin’ left to do,
Call upon, the wreckin’ crew!
We’ll wreck your neck!
Ah! Wreckin’ crew!