Category Archives: 1989

244: Wow, I havent been on the site in a long time. Jason Oliva Washington DC 1989…….OR “Commonplace events become adventure when you start recounting them” -> Jean-Paul Sartre!!

Jason oliva washington DC Lincoln Memorial reflecting pool

Jason Oliva 1989 Drained reflecting pool Lincoln Memorial.

Washington DC

P.S. I am wearing a sweatshirt that said College across the front Ala Jim Belushi Animal House…Wish I still had it.

Photographer: Name Forgotten (You went to GW and we used to skate, email me!!)

Jason Oliva The House of Steam

DC was a great place to skate back in the day. The police where so busy with CRACK and maintaining the “Murder Capital of the World” status skaters slipped under the radar. I remember riding amazing public properties (Welfare Building) for months (not days, not hours, not even minutes…yes months)

Some memorable places:

An empty pool at a DC Hotel that we would get chased out of every autumn/winter.(ok this place was private so it was one skater 2-3 hits then scram, always dry though!!)

Jason Oliva DC 1988

Jason Oliva runnin for the fence. Alva Team Shorts (gift From Dan Tag) Dan Tag Brand X prototype (another Tag hand me down, still riding it too)

A couple favorites where the fountains at Malcolm X park(Meridian Hill Park) (try to avoid the days the DEA raids the place though) The Crack dealer’s hung on the balconies an we skated the empty fountain….very harmonious.

Malcolm X park 1988

Also one time they drained the reflecting pool (that large body of still water in front of the Lincoln Memorial and I got to skate in it. Too cool!! (SEE ABOVE PHOTO)


There was also a great ditch (Shady Grove Ditch) outside a parking lot on one of the last Metro Stops In Maryland (sorry no pics, but I am sure its till there).

Proximity to Cedar Crest was paramount!! I actually chose GWU because it was near the most challenging ramp in the universe (CCCC) Anyone out there applying to GW let me know I’ll give you a booming recommendation.

There was a great music scene in DC too:

Hung out with The Bad Brains:

Jason Oliva and the Bad brains

Saw every Fugazi show and took tons of Pics:

Fugazi picture by jason Oliva

Even Guy Picciotto liked my photography


Wow – these shots are crazy ! Great vibe to them —I don’t remember having that weird plastic G taped to my mic stand or much else about the gig though I remember really liking Crash Worship. Thanks again for letting us check your photos out – very cool of you –

Peace – Guy


Weird Plastic “G” in question.

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Fugazi July 6, 1990 St. Augastine’s School (slight loading time but worth the wait)
Photography: Jason Oliva
Music: with permission, Fugazi

John Stabb

John Stabb Photograph: Jason Oliva

Even had John Stabb of “Government Issue Fame” perform (and Crash) at the house I was living in.

Hope your feeling better John!!!! (John recently had a bad mugging which I can relate too, and a benefit show for him in Aug 07 )

Hey Jason,

Very cool stuff that seriously captures a feeling long gone in WDC scene. I forgot that it was you who took that picture of me being a Madchester Man-ha! Ian Brown wishes he could’ve been that cool-ha!

Looking forward to your book in the future.

– John

Worked at The Bayou/Lisner Auditorium/Constitution hall and met: Ray Charles, Public Enemy, All of The Ramones, Mike Muir, MArk Arm, Mick Jones, James Hettfeild (we played Pinball, then he got thrown out of the Bayou for doing to many girls in the club) Henry Rollins at DC Space, Hunter S. Thompson (your welcome Missy/Hunter!) Belinda Carlisle, and a bunch of other cool musicians as well…….

I even spooked Bob Dylan back stage at Constitution Hall…. A story I am saving for my memoirs! (due out by Random House of Steam publishing 2023)

Good times!

Oh Yeah…Shudder to Think ruled!!

Anyway (back to 2007) I got this email today:

Hey Jason,

My name is Jimmy and I came across your photos and such while digging for things for my movie I’m working on in the next few years. Then I recognized your name and tried to figure out where i knew you from and it all came back to me. I met you in 1988 skating in dc. I think you went to GW university. My foster mom drove us to cedar crest a few times. Man those were the good ‘ol days. Anyway, it’s so rad to come across the photos you had of cedar crest and such. I’m doing a movie on the history of dc skating from the 60’s to now. The highlight will be the pulaski park era which i was involved in for 20 years. I was wandering if you have any photos of skating in dc. or maryland , cuz they had a huge scene as well. Mike mapp told me he’s got stuff from 1980 and up. cedar crest too. he helped buid it. i remember you giving me homemade stickers of team steam. i wish i still had those. —–you can check out my website : —later—jimmy

Jason Oliva The House of Steam

How Crazy!!

20 years later! Yep those where good Ole times for me too. Flying solo with only the occasional Team Steam Member visit. Jimmy and I met skating probably outside the Welfare Building in DC (great spot!!) and he took me all over from there (he was DC local royalty, I was invading Yankee College boy)

Check Out Jimmy’s web page: and his 45 mile skate, MS charity raising event(always time to donate to MS still). Sorry The House of Steam was late to the party but you are now dually noted and recognized by our community.

Nice one Jimmy you count on our involvement in your film project!


For more Washington DC go to: “Theres no place like home”



Tom Groholski Vision Ad The House of Steam

Vision Ad circa 1987? Glenn E. Friedman picture Reading Skate park PA

Jason Oliva The House of Steam

This ad ruled, the photo, the place, the quotes, everything.

I bought 3 of these Tommy G Hurricane graphic decks when they came out. First thing I did was turpentine the graphics off and hand em over to Dan Tag for some proper ART-STEAMIFICATION and rode em all into the 90’s. They where kinda flat but a cool size for the little guys like me.

Tom Groholski Vision deck The House of Steam

How to properly Steam-up a Tommy G Deck.

1. Remove gr

aphics but leave the man’s name on the Board! Respect!

2. Get Dan Tag to draw on it.

3. No matter how much you regret it later allow him (Tag) to draw STEAM using illustrated swimming sperm (on the nose)

Jason Oliva 1987 Team Steam

Jason Oliva Halloween 1987 New Jersey (Froncek’s Ramp)


231: Frankie Hill

221: Ban This 1989 Chet Thomas and Bucky Lasek

181: Skateboard World Cup 1989 Germany:Part One Allen Midgett, Allen Losi, Bod Boyle (GBR), Buck Smith, Lincoln Dyo Ueda

172: THE House of Tom!!: EAST COAST PRIDE by Tom Groholski.



Skateboarding was way underground back in the early 80’s

after the parks closed and lots of people bailed. The fire was not

out though, not in our neck of the woods. Ramps were built in

backyards, the woods, and, yes, even barns. If you wanted to

skateboard in the Northeast, you had to work for it — build it yourself —

get out there and help others build theirs, and get it going.

The weather was also a huge obstacle. Rain was always a bummer,

but snow and ice was where it got interesting. Shovel the ramp before

the driveway. When the driveway and sidewalk were done, the ramp would

be dry. Chipping ice and melting it with space heaters was common.

Getting to ride was the payoff.

The one place shovels weren’t needed though, was the Barn. The

Kane brothers, along with Jay “Damn it!” Henry and the future Team Steam,

beat the elements with a 12′ wide, 8′ tranny, and 1′ vert ramp with angle iron

for coping. 12′ Wide was cool, but 16′ was better, and soon the ramp was

widened, layered with masonite and topped with pipe coping on the dark

side and some chunky rock top pool coping on the other.

From my vantage point, I couldn’t see the coping on the next wall

from the deck due to the beams that held the lights and the barn together.

Your hands would sometimes hit the beam if you flailed. Bats would fly,

rats, possums and raccoons dug the place and kept it interesting.

Skating at night was a bonus, but when someone would trip over the

extension cord outside, you’d better hope you weren’t riding.

You never knew who would turn up. The door would open

and “No way!” You were greeted by friends you haven’t seen in a

long time. The locals would session all of the time, but Wednesdays

and Saturdays were when the out-of-towner’s would know there would

be a session. Heavy sessions went down. Total aggression. Punk and

metal blasted, and so did the skaters. It was all happening fast, so you’d

better be paying attention.

Unreal times, great memories, and lifelong friendships, all thanks

to skateboarding. Talk about East Coast pride — mine stems from the

places we built and rode, but most importantly the people I’ve been

fortunate to get to know along the way.

Tom Groholski

For The House of Steam 2007

Tom Groholski Barn 85 Jason oliva The House of steam

Tom Groholski 85 The Barn NJ

Photo by I CHING

Not gonna say much here, Tom said it all…

I will add though the chunky pool coping was taken off of my folks back yard pool!!

thanks Mom and Dad.

Along with this crazy good essay Tom has sent us 12 seriously vintage photos so lets call it The House of Tom while I get em all posted.

Thanks to Wendy and Tony for getting it all together…(Check out

Squindo Skull The House of Steam

and Tom for the big Ole stamp of approval!!! You Rule!!




159: Chuck Treece, Ray 157: Ray Barbee (Ban This) , Mike Watt and a Nichols Charnoski Production

Ray Barbee and Chuck Treece

Check out Chuck Treece Jamming with Ray Barbee and Mike Watt (Minutemen/ Firehose) in Cally.

Footage was shot by Team Steam’s Rick Steamboat Charnoski.

Click the NCP Logo an go check out Chuck!!


Weepy used to play Double Nickels on a dime in my car all too often. I remember desperately trying to get him to take it out an put in something ridiculous like King Diamond in. I learned my lesson sooner then later. (Keep in Mind Weeps thought Cookie Puss was the greatest Beastie Boy single ever)

I did get the opportunity to see “We Jam Econo” the film about The Minutemen at Lincoln Center and sat infront of Dez Cadena (Black Flag singer) time


If you dont know who Ray Barbee is then you must go study at the university of wikipedia! … and watch the Ban This video as well.

Cool stuff!

Triumphant Ray Barbee jason oliva The House of steam

Buy Rays music… So Says the House of Steam 


Uprising has reissued “absence of sanity”

so click the pic and go check it out (buyit)

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