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632: [The New House of Steam]

Hello Everyone,

Well I have been real busy over the last year or two making my transition back to the states. I have also been a bit laid up recently as well so I thought it maybe time to do a bit of ‘House’ cleaning. I am going to make some template changes to enhance the archive searching and visual appeal. THOS has had the same template since day one in 2006! So if you see some changes that is me just tinkering away on the live site. In addition if you have any photos, stories(no news announcements please) ideas, hopes and dreams for The New House of Steam..hit me up at jasonoliva@gmail.com.

Hope everyone is well

The Time Is Now!

Cheers

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631:Hosoi: My Life as a Skateboard Junkie Pastor…The House of Steam Review

Hosoi : My Life as a Skateboarder Junkie Pastor. 2012, Harper one ISBN978-0-06-202430-5

Written by Christian Hosoi along with Chris Ahrens with a forward by Tony Hawk.

I was surprised when I received an email asking if I would like to review an advanced copy of Christian Hosoi’s Autobiography. It was also no surprise that Christian wrote this book because it was obvious that there was a story to tell. Without scanning the table of contents you know what Christian wants to say and why he is saying it…”My life as a skateboarder Junkie Inmate Pastor” as a subtitle to his book really tells everything about the story. It really is amazing…Christian jumps right in and lets it rip from day one in a cool conversational way. Writing alongside added inserts by a cast of recognizable names from every era of skateboarding, all chiming in as the book progresses  in an oral history way. It is also littered with great photos and laid out in a way that feels like you are holding a hard bound issue of Thrasher with a long article about Christian. The quality of the book is top notch and the inside of the dust jacket has a killer surprise via the one and only Grant Britain.

I have to admit I could not wait to read it. I think like most people who grew up skating in the 80’s (and are now in their 40’s) we were all thinking…what the hell happened? We all new Christian via mags and videos and then suddenly boom he was gone presumably off the rails and no where to be seen when skating reemerged during the first X-Games. I will not spoil too much but I think if you read The House of Steam and the sub title of Christian’s book its safe to say “drugs were what happened” without  spoiling any surprise.  I had no idea how prevalent drugs were in the west coast skate seen. It was  not like that on the East Coast for me, maybe we were too busy shoveling snow off of our backyard ramps to even have time to discover hard core drugs…I was astonished by this while reading Christian’s tale. Half way through reading I stopped and emailed Groholski and had a brief back and forth about the book, Christian and drugs…he said:

Jason,
          I hear it’s an interesting read…  Christian & I are, and
always were cool with one another–  I skated with him earlier in the
year, and have seen him a couple of times in as many years.  Too bad
the drugs were such a distraction, and a theft of time.  Glad he’s
free and rolling again!

…man the drugs were a theft of time. But just like Tom everyone was cool with Christian…Tony Hawk chimes in quiet a bit throughout with similar sentiments to Tom’s.

Like all great books or movies this one starts in media res with Christian about to take a major fall and then the book flashes back from there. Its a great read especially for those that grew up with Christian’s influence. He was the right age to be at the birth of a counter culture and he seamlessly bridged the gap between the Dogtown days and the Bone Brigade days. He duked it out with Tony Hawk for the number one and two spots of every vert contest while creating companies and garnishing sponsorship money. He made the transition from vert to street and then into the death of skateboarding as an occupation. All the while abusing drugs. He hits rock bottom and reinvents himself and his entire world view through the acceptance of religion and then rises up and offers a lifetime of the highest-highs and lowest-lows to some people who are in serious need. Its hard  not to write 1000 words here and spoil all the great little details and facts that Christian offers up in the book. Some f my favorite things involved the business side of skateboarding in the 80’s, the number of Hammerheads he made, riding for Stacy in the early days etc etc…its all there for you to enjoy.

Although I have been in Christians presence on two occasions I cannot truly admit to having met him or to know him. The first time I saw Christian in person was in New Jersey in Jeff Roennings back yard. He came to do an in store appearance and then dropped by Jeff’s ramp. He was shirtless and wearing yellow jimmy z long pants. Even in NJ ‘shirtless’ was a uniform for Christian. He ran up the transition, jumped on his hammerhead while in the vert section, pumped once and then front side ollied the channel…with no pads. Unreal! He proceeded to skate and blasted face high airs all to our astonishment:

It was a mountain top moment for all of us…He was not much older, he was not much bigger but he was skating in another realm and after reading his book he would not mind me saying he was more then likely high.

These next two following pictures also illustrate what was going on in the skate world and also how it influenced the minds of skate teens at the time…I am standing in the middle on the platform wearing Jimmy Z shorts and a Green Tony Hawk T shirt…completely torn by the only two culturally waring factors in my world…There was Tony and Christian…Batman and Superman…who was cooler. I was obviously straddling the fence at the time. I know Tony won out by looking at my stack of old Hawk boards and then Groholski trumped them both for me…its hard to best a home town hero like Tom from 3000 miles away. It is fascinating reading Christians book and looking back on your skate youth and see how wrapped up we all were in it. I have to admit looking back on this photo I recall alot of Caballerro in Rocky (in the Blue) and alot of Chris Miller in Jeff (in the red) and there I stand the Cancer/Gemini not wanting to take side yet,

The next time I met Christian was via stories in front of my high school locker…I lived on the wrong side of town and it was hard to get a ride to The Barn for the weeknight sessions but one morning I was floored when Ben Cornish told me that Hacket and Hosoi walked into the Barn (most likely with Tom) they were on route to NYC to film with the bones brigade crew the famed NYC scenes from Future Primitive (which makes more sense after reading Christian and Stacy’s early history in the book) . I was distraught for having missed it and as I write this I cant honestly recall if this occurred before or after he came to Jeff’s Ramp. All I know is I refused to believe it until this photo was presented to me as evidence. Hosoi blasting a seven or eight foot high air over Hacket at the Barn. I don’t care what anyone says this is the greatest vert skating photo ever taken…I wish it was in the book:

I cannot express to you how insane this is…but there it is (and there is Rocky with his wood finish Caballero!)

Now that you have taken a full ten minutes of silence to study this pic I will move on too the second time I saw Christian in person.

It was twenty years later in the east village he was doing a joint art show with Gonz…Gonz painted visuals for Christian’s favorite Bible passages…I had no idea what had happened to him Christian at the time, I was out of touch…it was surreal…there he was…we did not speak:

The 81st post on The House of Steam six years ago:

http://thehouseofsteam.com/2006/11/30/mark-gonzales-and-christian-hosoi-art-show-in-nyc-at-the-journal-gallery/

So hear we are 26 years later and The House of Steam has almost 700 posts and Christian and I have still not met but I feel like I know him now. He had good reason to write this book and it is without question that it will entertain as well as inspire a lot of people. After reading I do believe it is Christian’s hope that this book will save a lot of souls in the way he saved his own.

I have never written a book review before and I was  nervous, I was able to find some quiet time and knocked this out, I hope you enjoyed it and I hope I was not too self indulgent or spoiled anything with regards to Christian’s story. It is a cool book and I do believe there will be a lot of people better off for having heard Christian tell his tale of rising, falling and rising again.

We still have not met and Christian if you are out there and happen to read this send me an email jasonoliva@gmail.com I would like to formerly introduce myself and congratulate you on as Tom says – being free and still rolling.

Cheers,

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623:Jason Oliva studio visit from modern art master James Rosenquist: ‘Stripey Horse’ 2011

James Rosenquist and Jason Oliva
2011
Jason Oliva’s Studio in front of:
“Stripey Horse”
2011
Jason Oliva

Meeting and then having James Rosenquist visit my studio has been one of the highlights of my life and art career. He was solely responsible for putting the muscle into the art movement that would be called pop art. Being able to talk about life and art with someone with his accomplishments is something that I have not taken for granted…it has left me altered for sure. Especially having grown up staring at pictures like this:

and epic masterpieces like F-111:

Great stuff!

If anyone else would like to come down to Tribeca (21 Warren St.) for a studio visit just send me an email….there will be wine, or Bourbon

Cheers

Jason Oliva

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618: ‘Thirty Nine’ Portrait by Jason Oliva 2010

‘Thirty Nine’

Jason Oliva

2010

48″ x 30″

Acrylic on Canvas

Collection of the Artist

Portraits available upon request

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613: 3rd annual Shut Shop Skate Summit [SSSS] Michael Cohen, Jason Oliva, Rodney and Kieran Smith

Rodney and Kieran Smith and Jason Oliva

SHUT SHOP

Rodney and Kieran Smith, Jason Oliva, Michael Cohen

So I have been away working hard with regards to art but now I am back, somewhat. So we had the third annual SHUT Shop Skate Summit [SSSS]. I am glad to say that in a matter of three years attendance has doubled in size! This year Rodney and I were joined by Michael ‘The Concierge” Cohen and next gen Smith-Kieran. Michael was just randomly rockin the [EN-JAY] shirt when I turned up. As per normal we chatted and set the skate world to right but the hot topic for me was the new Jamie Affoumado board that Shut put out. Its got killer graphics derived from Jaime’s Karate certificate and sick shape….We are gonna get these up in the shop ASAP, in the meantime checkout the cool new SHUT shirts, Eli killed it with this ONE

Great time

Thanks my Brutha’s

Jason

PS – Thanks for the kick..Sean K!

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612: Cheers! Jason Oliva [New Paintings] Iphonage by Derek Rinaldi

Thanks to all the Skate Bruthas that came out for the show I only wish we could have had more one on one time. John Fudala, Michael Cohen, JR, Derek, two generations of Padulos, David Padulo, Lucas and Collin Padulo, Patrick Guidotti, an early appearance by Steve Rodriguez, Wig (who I embarrassed myself by not recognising but in my defense the last time I saw him we were in a police station, he was my height and it was 1987) Ken Deitz and his wife who went home with some art! and the King of all appearances Jay Henry and the lovely Amber. Jay it was so rad to see you as I was saying at the show you make up the triumvirate of my art heros: Jay Henry, Dan Tag and Steve Mannion. It was a great night that went on till the wee hours of the morning. I think the grand total was 4 double magnums of white wine and 12-15 Mag’s of red wine. And speaking of fine wine I even had a chance (I think sometime after Mid-night) to hand out the last of the fine wine…THOS and EN-JAY tee’s

too cool, cant wait to do it again.

Jason

Photos by Derek Rinaldi

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Michael Cohen and JR Cronheim

Patrick Guidotti and Nicole

Jason Oliva and Jay Henry

Midnight Tee Shirt’s

More Midnight tee’s and Drake drinking right from the bottle.

‘Red Annunciation’

John Fudala, Derek Rinaldi, Jason Oliva and Jay Henry

John Fudala, Derek Rinaldi, Jason Oliva and Jay Henry

The Lovely Amber and Jay Henry

Wig (Of DogWig) and Jay Henry

Jason Oliva and Jay Henry

Jason Oliva and Jay henry

Thanks a ton Derek! and thanks for the radio shout out as well.

very cool

Here are some bonus shots too:

John Fudala, Ken “The Collector” Deitz, Dave “The Collector” Padulo, Derek Rinaldi and Jay Henry

Lotta Barn Boys in this shot.

Photo Jason Oliva

Jr Cronheim, Derek Rinaldi and Wig

Photo Jason Oliva

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