Category Archives: 6. Hall of Fame

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

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550: Hall of Fame (2) Poolside Tom Groholski

 

Tom Groholski POOLSIDE

When I saw this board on the internet years ago I flipped out because it was a Groholski and I always rode his boards ….because it was Black n Red and the Tony Squindo graphics were a modern steroid version of Tom’s first Vision board and because it actually had the state of NJ on it. Talk about getting things right! I became friendly with the Frankenstein of this Monster, Russel Phillips as a result. Russ has put out some killer boards over the last couple years via Wreckroom (the first commercial boards to have Team Steam printed right on em, with Dan Tag and Darren Menditto’s models) and now following up with DeathMarch and all new Tag and Menditto Steam boards. All great stuff so because of all that Tommy G PoolSide gets the latest entry into THOS Board hall of fame.

If you have one of these feel free to email me and gloat….. Seriously though feel free to email me and gloat because you deserve it.

Jason Oliva

Ps: here is the new “previously on THOS” function which will link to relevant archive stories to this post. I thought because there is so many older entries it would be a great way to explore what has come before (Poem!)

533: Hall of Fame (1): SHUT SUPERBAD!

SHUT SUPERBAD! “James Brown” Model

1986

Photo Jason Oliva

This is my first of many entries into the Hall of Fame for DIY-Independent-Underground & Guest Model boards.

1986 SHUT Super Bad! If you have one of these your name is either Rodney Smith or you just broke out of Rodney Smith’s office at SHUT Headquarters.. I am not sure if this was the first SHUT board or if it was that crazy clown one, maybe someone knows but this is definitely one of my favourites. Rodney told me a lot of harsh chemicals went into making these boards back in the day so if you do have one maybe you are not so lucky. The closest I have to one of these is a NOS SHUT Assault Vehicle given to Weepy by Rodney then given to me by Weepy…thats how it worked sometime back in the day…lotsa cools stuff traced back to Rodney.  SHUT and Rodney have grown incredibly since their DIY days into an International brand par excellance  they deserve a couple more entries into this Hall of Fame from their earliest years and I will get to those soon enough.

If you have any  suggestions for additions to the DIUGM HOF you can email me and I will add them to the laundry list.

Cheers,

Jason