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600: [Weep] rolling in- Groholski’s ramp circa back in the day

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Chris [WEEP] Blank
Groholski’s Ramp NJ
Photo by Greg Colescott

Archive addition number 600! thought I would give it to Weep with this cool ‘below the coping’ Jeff Roenning waiting for a go…at Tom Groholski’s.

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581: [THOS] 1000th+ archived photograph: Patrick Allen The Pipeline, Upland CA 1978


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!

Also thanks to all the people who have been using the referral code to sign up for DropBox, all of THOS is backed up there and the extra free storage you and I receive for using Dropbox has been invaluable…especially when I receive picture files that are 20+ Mega Bytes each…(600 wide, 72dpi, saved for web..please) and loads of new videos for THOS.TV

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577: Jeff Roenning’s Backyard skatepark Tom Groholski deck

Jeff Roenning NJ Backyard circa early 80’s

Killer shot of Jeff Roenning making those first ventures onto the invisible transition that lied above the coping. Piloting the original Vision Tom Groholski ‘Jersey Devil’ board as well. So many people road this board back in the day..everyone I went to High School with and Mike V for starters. Tom’s backyard ramp was the only ‘public’ skatepark in existence at the time when this board was out so it was like if you went to Graceland and Elvis gave you a TCB necklace…you wore it. There was no  Euro or paypal back then Groholski decks were the preferred currency of choice.  Before going to The Barn I road the magazine boards myself…First Steve Olsen then Tony Hawk for example but something changes when you see people like Murph, Tom, Tag, Herring,Bernie, Jay and John Ballon amongst others skate in person. Suddenly you want to ride the boards you see clanking the coping and flying past your chin while standing on the deck…it was no longer the California fantasy of the mags (I credit Jeff Turko for that phrase) which made one think if I had that I could do that…. it switches immediately after you see some one  like Tom skate in person to ….if I ride that I have no excuse for not being able to do that other then my own abilities and ambitions. Seeing people ride the gear like that in person put the emphasis back onto the person where it belonged. Skating ability is so democratic if you were good the board just didnt matter..I once saw Bernie do his entire repertoire of tricks at Ocean City while riding some kids long board…wish I had a video camera that day…inverts to fakie on a 4 foot skateboard is a site to behold. Anyway were was I?…Oh yeah its a simple equation of this begets that.

When in person-Seeing this(photo by Dave Padulo):

Begets that:

Then when you actually Beget(Father) something it leads to bequeathing to them this via ebay(for their bedroom):

and the beat goes on…as long as this graphic doesn’t give your kids nightmares (let us know Dave)

This really should have been a Board Hall of Fame post… I will remedy that soon


PS. JR has re-discovered a box of old media so the Skate.Jpeg business is good!

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.

561: The House of Steam Wants You! : New THOS Video Podcast Premiere episodes

The House of Steam Wants You!

We launched THOS Video Podcast because some footage just deserves  better packaging. Just as THOS was the archive to dust off a thousand skate albums and encourage the archiving of new and existing photographs THOS Video Podcast was instituted to encourage the dusting off of  VHS tapes and encourage original and unique new filmmaking. Footage from past and present with great music…that simple. Things are different in Itunes land and projects like this need to be viewed regularly and updated frequently or Steve Jobs comes in and pulls the plug personally (seriously). That is what makes projects like this all the more exciting though.

So if you want to support this new project the number one thing you can do as always is to contribute! Videos, Itunes friendly music, suggestions etc etc

We need you to head over to Itunes and write a couple sentences about why you dig THOS!  The podcast already has subscribers in the three digit realm and is steadily climbing the skate ranks even before I write this. More reviews, quality episodes and subscribers will take us to the front page of Itunes.

Because of the nature of this project I have also added a donation jar to The Podcasts Website anyone who feels compelled to assist with the financing of this ongoing project will have  their names, their links or ‘anonymous’ displayed prominently on the site and in upcoming vids and become forever known as natural born world-shakers.

There is also our ever growing Emporium of Coolness where the story continues as told by the products. (more on this later)

So lets break it all down:

Contribute (Link for sending  in large audio and video files)

Write a review and tell the world what you dig about THOS.

Donate because you are a natural born world-shaker.

The Emporium of Coolness

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Some special thanks  to Sophie ,Mike Vallely, Larry Ransom, Totally Skateboarding, The Philly Warehouse Crew, Steve Mannion,The Raging Lamos, The Spaced out Weirdos, FDR’s mystery filmmaker, anyone who ever visited The Barn, Jim and Dennis Kane, Team Steam and everyone I ever went to school with.


Jason Oliva Artist


Onto the show!




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
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

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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