Category Archives: 1988

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.

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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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388: Calling all 80’s and early 90’s Skate ‘Zines

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Fish*Eye Issue 1 Vallely cover by Todd Laffler

Jason Oliva

‘Zines rule I happen to have a copy of this gem (chock-full of East Coast/Shut/Cheapskate greatness) I also have a Lapper or two (thanks to a generous donation from Singapore of all places..thanks again!)

Anyway I dug making cards/stickers/Photo annuals back in the day. I know the hard work peeps put into their ‘zines. SteamZine Made by Charno and Tag was killer although short-lived (2 issues) I guess The House of Steam really is a really huge ‘Zine as well. So I figured since everyone digs dusting off their photo albums they would dig sending in some ‘Zine media for the archive. I received this issue of Fish*Eye and was stoked, hopefully peeps will email me some cool covers and content.

Never know until you try, so here is a list of some old school ‘Zines if you are out there and are the creator of one of these or if you have a copy….fire up the scanner and send us some love.

email jasonoliva@gmail.com and put zine in the  subject.

 

Some Skate ‘Zines circa 1988 I would like to add to the archive:

SKATER OF FORTUNESAN JOSE, CA

BOARDERLINEHB,CA

RANSOM NOTE- EL PASO, TX

BONMEALEDINA,MN

SKATE THREAT-LANDCASTER, PA

THE DAILY GRIND- LA,CA

THE PAGEALAMAGORDO, NM

SKATE SCENE- SAN JOSE, CA

GEEK ATTACKNANUET, NY

GULF COAST SKATEFT. WALTON BEACH, FL

SKATE & MATE- SAN DIEGO, CA

BLASTALTA LOMA, CA

TIGHT TRANSITIONSST. ARCADIA, CA

V.S.S.R.ARCATA,CA

SLAMMORAGA,CA

VERTICLE URGEBERKLEY, CA

PAD ROTMATHEWS, NC

PREPARATION SPALISTINE, TX

SKATEVISALIA, CA

WALL SKATE JOURNALLAFEYETTE, CA

SLIMEBOAT- LAFEYETTE, IN

ASSUMED CONTROLMOORPARK, CA

KILLER DORK SESSIONGLENDALE, MD

SNOB CLUBFRANKLIN LAKES, NJ

408 SKATE MAGSAN JOSE, CA

CHOASJERONE, ID

RIP THE LIPBLOOMINGTON, MN

FLOWHOPKINS, MN

MR CLEAN SHRED SHEETLYNCHBURG, VA

STUFF FOUR- FLINT, MI

LAPPER MAGAZINE- FALLS CHURCH, VA

URBAN RAGECARLISE, PA

HEMPLINCOLN, NE

GRINDING TIMESW.P.B., FL

ROLL IN SCOTTSDALE, AZ

100% FUNIRVINE, CA

BOW TO NO MANSCOTTSDALE, AZ

GROWING FEARSOCEAN SPRINGS, MS

SPUNKNEWARK, DE

UNZINECOLUMBUS, OHIO

THIS IS REALITYUNITY, ME

SKATE CONFUSIONSTAMFORD, CT

GUIDE TO INSANITYNEWCUMBERLAND, PA

CONTORTBOSTON, MA

LAP YOUR TEETH- IBERIA, LA

BISCUITSPENSACOLA, FL

S.H.I.T.DALLAS, TX

GUT FEELINSANTA BARBARA, CA

NAUGHTY NOMADSMONTECITO, CA

SCHMEGSAUGAS, CA

EDGERHARRISBURG, PA

SHRED OF DIGNITYSAN FRAN, CA

BURNT CEREALBATTLE CREEK, MI

SKATE OR BE BOARDWINCHESTED, VA

COPING ASSAULTGREEN BAY, IL

MAMMOTHALEXANDRIA, VA

FULL WILSONWENDAL, NC

LAYBACK- FAIRFAX, VA

THE HARSH REALMDENTOWN, TX

FREAK ACCIDENTBAKERSFIELD, CA

G-TURN- SAN MARCOS, CA

BELLY BONE- NEWARD, DE

SEEKIN- CAMPBELL, CA

 

If you have any others that you own, know of or created send me an email or leave the info in the comments section. Sorry if my research skillzzz did not turn up your Zine!

Thanks in advance,

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385: No Way its Jay!! Jay is back and he dug up two classic shots of two legendary skaters(Jamie Godfrey & Tom Groholski)…At CCCC none the less.

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Jaime Godfrey Backside air Cedar Crest Country Club, VA
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Tom Groholski Andrecht Cedar Crest Country Club, VA
Photos by Jay Henry
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I don’t really know what to say about these pictures, just a couple of classic shots of a couple of classic skaters, Tom Groholski and Jamie Godfrey skating a classic ramp, Cedar Crest Country Club. They were taken in June of 1988, and I barely remember skating with them that day. I think I went with Tom, but I may have just met them there. I do remember thinking how cool it was to be skating with Jamie, seeing as he was a skater I had heard of so many times, he was one of the Bones Brigade! Of course it was cool skating with Tom, but then again it always is.
Jay Henry
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Jay these rule! Total Coolness…Glad to have you back on the THOS payroll. Dig out your Kona pics, you have left your fans bodies limp with breathless anticipation…
Lets get more pictures of Jaime Godfrey into the archive as well…fire up your scanners boys!
jason-oliva

337: Todd Laffler, 1988 N-JAY…Best street plants ever!

Todd Laffler, NJ 1988

Jason Oliva The House of Steam

I recently got in touch with Todd and he has sent me some uber photos for the archive, real classic stuff. Todd grew up near Rodney Smith in NJ and I believe you can see the Noside banks in this compilation video.

Crazy good street plants, I used to wish I could do that jazz, still do I guess…coolness!

 

Oh yeah Todd is a sick photographer as well check him out.

Jason Oliva

328: I Skated Cheap Skates in the Long Cold Winter of 88

Here it is the elusive “Holy Grail” of stickers. I have received a lot of emails asking about this sticker and after 2 years it has finally turned up. We can all thank Irene Ching for saving this one from extinction. If anyone needs a Hi res scan of this for tattoo purposes let me know and I will shake IC down for one.

Thanks again Irene, you rule

 

Jason

316: Mount Trashmore 1988, Mike Cresini, Eddie Gutierrez, Oscar Quiamboa

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

Jason Oliva

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