Tag Archives: Dennis Kane

492: My Inbox: Dennis Kane, Jay Henry, Graven Image…1984

From: “Jason Oliva” <jasonoliva@gmail.com>
Sent: Saturday, January 30, 2010 4:46 AM
To: “Dennis Kane” <thekanes13@>
Cc: “Jay Henry” <johnmarshallhenry@>
Subject: Re: Where is Jay?

Jay send us some info…lets post this gothic gem!!


On 30 Jan 2010, at 00:18, Dennis Kane wrote:

Hey Jay,
What’s up bro.  I have been wanting to thow this pic. into the mix.  I have almost no Jay Henry pics. in my album.  You kept them all very close to your heart.  But you gave me this one and I know it was considered poor quality, so you let it go.  It looks as if it was developed in a home made or school dark room and it “burned.”  I think you told me that this was from down south before you moved back home.  I tried to mess with my scanner to get it to lighten up.
Dennis<Jay Mute Air.jpg>

from John Henry <johnmarshallhenry@>
to Jason Oliva <jasonoliva@gmail.com>,
Dennis Kane <thekanes13@>
date Mon, Feb 1, 2010 at 9:10 PM
subject Re: Where is Jay?
mailed-by hotmail.com

Joey Boisineau’s Ramp – RVA – circa 1984

The picture from Dennis is from Joey’s Ramp in RVA. This was the first vert ramp I skated in Richmond after starting school there a few months earlier. I was originally taken there by the Late/Great Duane Curd (singer for Graven Image, Joey played drums for them) and later started getting rides from the one and only Chip Jones. This was pre-Tracker days for me, as you can see by my Gullwing trucks on the tuck knee handplant attached. Chip took that photo, and when we got them back he laughed so hard and said “Man look at your feet, no one would ever believe you landed that” – oh but I did ladies and gentlemen, I did. I wasn’t totally sure that the mute air from Dennis was at Joey’s, but you can see the same black mark on the coping in both pictures. This ramp was 24 feet wide, and at one point before it’s demise, we had actually layered that thing in fiberglass…no comment. I skated there a lot, and really started to get some of my tricks wired, and advance my skating. It should be noted that this is also the ramp that I broke my ankle/leg on, almost breaking the foot of the end of my leg, while never even falling off the board until after it happened. I’ve also attached a backside boneless, ENJOY!!!


480: Saturday Night Live at The Barn – Circa 1986..Thanks to Mike Vallely

I’m not gonna say much about this video except thanks to Mike Vallely for getting this filmed back in the day and giving it to us for the archive and another thanks to Larry Ransom for his editing and THOS support throughout the years. Another big thanks goes to Dennis who after searching the web for this footage decided to go to the source and clinched it all. The still images are of Mikes early Vert days at The Barn and the song is Revolution Mother “Night Ride” (pretty fitting) If you comment with a time and a name I will create a gallery of screen grabs…I will get the ball rolling with an important one: 1:24 Weep on Deck.

Enjoy the show…The time is now!!

Jason Oliva Artist


This is great. Mike talks about the first video he was in. “Action East” If I remember correctly, they showed up at The Barn with all this high-end video, lights and sound gear. It was right in the middle of a hot session. I was like, “What the hell is this???”

The guy who owned the company was like, “Can we film a video here?” and I said, “What’s in it for me?” (as if I was going to say No). This was way beyond squeezing 10 bucks out of some squid for “the new layer.” So he flowed me a “No Fun Joe” deck, a t-shirt and some other free shit and I said, “Go for it!” Of course, our power situation was a 300 yard extension cord to the house that kept blowing out. The next contest I entered as….sponsored by Action East.

Let’s see if we can get this classic film posted.

Skater by order of appearance:

1st couple stills Mike Vallely

Papo Capillo No Shirt Red Shorts

Dennis Kane Silver helmet after Papo…Big Indy Air later on

Jimmy Kane Yellow helmet white Tee no sleeves

Mike Vallely Yellow helmet layback air

Papo on roller skates?

Matt padulo Red shorts Layback Air/Backside Air

Tom Groholski Black Shirt Inverts/Layback Air

Bernie O’Dowd No Helmet Frontside air/Invert/Layback Air

Who does the big air with the pink helmet?

Loads of peeps on the deck and on the couch too

471: Dan Tag, Rocky Vertone at The Barn photo Dennis Kane

Dan Tag Layback Air The Barn circa 1986

Tag is blasting a big Layback Air on the pool cope side.  That was our first set of pool cope before we put down Masonite. Rocky Vertone. with an old Steve Cab deck and an Evan Feen Barfoot snowboard poster on the wall.

Dennis Kane

Nice one Dennis!! Remember the days of being able to eat pizza twice a day and riding the Barn kept you looking like Bruce Lee.




400: More from “The Smoking Twins” – Dennis Kane

kane 2 handed frontside air

Dennis Kane two Handed Frontside home at The Barn
Photo by Ken and Steven Deitz

350 entries into the archive now, our museum keeps growing. For this milestone who else should adorn the walls but DK himself sporting a brandy new Gator (most likely given to him by Tom) with a fresh lick of silver paint on the cut away helm which with time would slowly wear away back to safety orange. Also check out all the peeps piling in the door. Thanks for The Barn Dennis (and all the great commentary on The House of Steam as well)


334: and it was all probably just another random Wednesday at the Barn: PART 3

Dave Padulo Ben Cornish

Dave Padulo Mute air The Barn NJ (Wednesday night) Circa 1986

Jason Oliva The House of Steam

Part 3 in our ongoing series of pictures. I am going to create a category called Wednesday Night for the interested parties to follow along. Here is a gem of Dave Padulo…Mute air on the pool coping side with Ben Cornish, Jimmy Kane and Stevie “D” Mannion looking on. The Padulo brothers had that mid eighties Tony Hawk thing going on. 

Stay tuned for a lot more!

Ps. Just counted there are over 166 skaters represented in The House of Steam  archive…crazy stuff!

Jason Oliva

314: And it was all probably just a random Wednesday night at The Barn:Part 2, Stevie “D” Mannion

Steve Mannion  The Barn New Jersey circa 1986

Photo Dave Padulo


 Listen you Punks Skate at your own risk Spray can mural on the wall…All those years at the Barn and that was all the Insurance protection the Kanes required, too cool.

188: Team Steam 1987 NJ, Dan Tag, Jason Oliva, Dennis Kane, Jimmy Kane, Steve Mannion, Bernie O’Dowd, John Ballon