Category Archives: 4. YEARS:

564: THOS Video Podcast Episode 005: There are no big scenes….Keith Lenhar Shady Grove Ramp 1980, Music by The Bouncing Souls

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Keith Lenhar 1980 Shady grove ramp. Special Thanks to The Bouncing Souls for providing the Music.

It is unbelievable the level of skating that Keith attained in 1980 not even sure where you would have even seen a pic of a frontside invert let alone try one back then…great stuff

Thanks to everyone who has subscribed and contributed to the podcast so far. It has been well received and is climbing up the I-Tunes ranks. If you enjoy what you see feel free to leave us a review.

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Jason Oliva

562: The House of Steam shop presents LandShark Wheels: Mike Vallely, Raybourn, Danforth, Svitak and the evolution of a skate shop decision.

Back in 2009 I was sent a vid of Romona from [En-Jay] Chris at S-one, that is when I saw Ben Raybourn huck a padless McTwist and was gobsmacked. Soon after I discovered LandShark wheels via another video of Ben killing it in the Bondai Bowl, san’s pads once again. I thought if you are gonna skate that aggressively with nothing to protect yourself but your wheels your gonna only ride good wheels. Then I discovered a video of Kristian Svitak skating while I was searching for a Damned song and got drawn in further. This all got my DIY Ethos Brain thinking and I suddenly wanted a shop that offered any choice of wheel as long as that choice was Landshark! So here is this new indy wheel company with these aggressive skaters, a great wheel that has a no flat spot guarantee with a name and a logo based on a bad  tattoo decision by founder Kristian Svitak and the band FANG…what more could push one over the edge to the realisation that this could be the the greatest wheel company of all time…..then Mike Vallely and Bill Danforth decided to ride for them!  That was it for me…. an email to Mike and a bit of back n forth and there you go….LandShark in THOS Shop and for all the reasons above I would be hard pressed to add another wheel.

So here is the multi-media recap:

Raybourn’s Pad less McTwist, catch a glimpse of Tag’s Frontside invert over the channel right afterwards too.

Raybourn kills it in the Bondai Bowl..LandShark discovered

Kristian Svitak discovered killing it on street to The Damned

Bad Tattoos make great Company names and logos….

FANG! Yeah I probably should have put up the LandShark song but this video is too badass to leave out.

Danforth is in……

so is Vallely.

So I put my money where my mouth is and THOS Shop is in too….

As you may surmise I am having a blast setting up and slowly building this shop, everyone is excited that it is growing via the community we have created and that it is supporting some old school values. Now that we are all burdened by the internet and its unlimited choices it feels cool to have a place that only offers ‘One’ Choice….the obvious one!

Cheers to everyone who helped make this happen. More to come…

Jason Oliva Artist

Mike V Photo by Mark Choiniere.

560: Asbury Park Pool Classic photo by Charles Samuels 1999: Andy Kessler, Bill Rogers, Tony ALva, Bud Baum, Tom Martyn, Bryan Lathrop

Asbury Park Pool

TOP: Andy Kessler, Bill Rogers, Tony Alva
BOTTOM:
Bud Baum, Tom Martyn, Bryan Lathrop

Photograph by Charles Samuels

Here at THOS we are in the JPG delivery business(tip of the hat to the Penny-Arcade business model joke) and when a JPG like this comes your way, well…business is good! This is what we call in the JPG trade…..Badass , Classic or a Gem. A big thanks to Charles Samuels for taking such a killer pic  and also Bryan Karl Lathrop (more on how BKL is changing the face of skate photography a little later on in THOS) for helping bring this to THOS archive.

Nice One!

Jason Oliva Artist

Jason
Spring of 1999. The Asbury pool had just gotten started, thanks to yeoman’s efforts by Tom Martyn (I recall him telling me that he left the pump running all night long, which spill many thousands of gallons of water out through the parking lot into the street. T.A. was in town because he was in philly frequently to visit his kid, Zephyr, who lived with his ex in Chestnut Hill. Philly crew hooked up w/ TA at FDR and set up a road trip from philly. Photo wouldn’t have happened if TA hadn’t been contacted by Charlie Samuels, who wanted to interview him for a documentary he was doing. Session lasted 4+ hours. Damn I miss that pool.

Bryan Karl lathrop

 

An amazing session that was! We shot video, 8mm film and stills for my documentary on the Wizard Skateboard Team (from Rockland County NY) due out this year. I not only met, skated with, cleaned out the pool with and interviewed one of my childhood heroes, Tony Alva, but I also photographed him pulling airs and I found myself in the same position Skateboarder magazine photographer Warren Bolster was in. Seeing T.A. through my lens brought me back to the days of combing through Skateboarder magazine — my bible in the late ’70’s.

Charlie Samuels


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559: Hall of Fame (3) 5 Boro Yellow logo circa 1996: Steve Rodriguez

5 Boro Logo ‘Yellow’ [8.5 x 32]


Back in 1996 5 Boro launched as a line of boards as opposed to one board but after talking with Steve Rodriguez I found out that the ‘Yellow Logo’ was the first sample he received so I thought that seemed like the deck to focus on for The Hall of Fame. Steve like a lot of us hails from [En-Jay] where all things east coast great and skate seem to claim some origin or connection. We all have similar Histories and stories with regards to NYC and skating. Such as taking the train or the Bus in, collecting toys from Children’s of Paradise, tofu Chilli dogs from Pupp’s place, heading up town with our skates for some other reason like a comic conventions and discovering a wealth of new skate spots, punk shows at The Ritz  and of course hanging out at the Brooklyn Bridge banks. It seemed like everyone was from Jersey hanging out there. I personally never really accomplished much when it came to street skating, couldn’t ollie a bottle cap but I remember thinking back then there were two types of street skaters those who can get over that damm divider and those who could not…Steve was one of the ones who could.

Its now 15 years later since he founded the aptly named 5Boro and the brand is still going strong. Steve has evolved into a major voice and consultant to skating and the people entrusted with decisions about skating in the actual Five Boroughs which is fine by me. So check out 5Boro today and dont be surprised if you are casting a vote for Steve R as Mayor of NY someday.

Jason

PS: As always if you have one of these gems send me an email pic, you earned the right to brag about it! I will add it to the post. Also feel free to leave some comments below about Steve and the brand as well.

5Boro 1996 Board Line at Launch

557: YouTubeSkate- Houston SUAS 1991 Vert Contest




556: YouTubeSkate- Tom Boyle 1994 CheapSkates PA

551: YouTubeSkate- East Coast Assault 1986 Pro Elimination Heat #1 John Lucero Jim Gray Steve Godoy Jeff Grosso Lester Kasai Mark Rogowski Pro Elimination Heat #2 Joe Lopes Mark Lake Tom Groholski Rob Roskopp Dan Wilkes Ken Park Neil Blender Steve Caballero