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610: Mike- Moose- Tom – Frazier- Barn – Blue- Groholski’s

Killer video straight out of our wheelhouse…

No comment necessary except for the fact that either you knew Mike V ripped on vert or you found out three years ago:


Killer eppy Mike.

Jason Oliva

I think we are gonna need a bigger boat!

604: Mike V by I Ching: [BTS] By The Sword Skateboards!

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Mike V back in the day
Photo by I Ching

Lot going on in the world of Mike V looks like his feet are firmly planted on the [DIY] side of the fence, I for one am stoked for him.

“By The Sword is an act of necessity. I’m going into the garage and I’m doing it my way and I’m not asking for anyone’s permission. Corporate Skateboarding sucks. It sucks because it’s soulless. See, I still love and value skateboarding and know it to be a profound and sacred experience. I’ve always been about this as a professional skateboarder but I’ve also always had to navigate my way through sponsorship deals that haven’t always lined up with who I am and what I represent. Those days are over. Win, lose or draw I’m doing what I’m doing for fun, so really, I can’t lose.”

– Mike V

Looks like the revolution has just been kicked up a notch…. Onto the battlefield- let the combat commence.



PS: A little slow lately I have been on a bit of a tour myself.

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601: Mike V Glory Bound SKatepark Tour 2010

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Glory Bound Skatepark Tour Starts In 13 Days + New Date Added.


July 18, 2010

Kids That Rip Skateboard School
1927 North Gilbert Road
Mesa, AZ 85203-2851

July 20, 2010

Woodward SP
3000 Grapevine Mills Pkwy #519
Grapevine, TX 75061

July 21, 2010

Doc 36 Skatepark
931 Highway 80 W
Jackson, MS 39204-3912

July 24, 2010

Woodward SP
5900 Sugarloaf Pkwy NW #325
Lawrenceville, GA 30043

July 25, 2010

No Name Skatepark
1524 Roper Mountain Road
Greenville, SC 29615

July 26, 2010

Anti Gravity Skatepark
371 Chatham Drive
Newport News, VA 23602-4382

July 27, 2010

Charm City Skatepark
4301 Odonnell Street
Baltimore, MD 21224-5237

July 28, 2010

Woodward SP
1943 Franklin Mills Circle
Philadelphia, PA 19154

July 29, 2010

Rye Airfield
170 Lafayette Road
Rye, NH 03870

July 30, 2010

Garden SK8
321 Changebridge Road
Pine Brook, NJ 07058

July 31, 2010

Subliminal Skatepark
590 Lake St #2
Shrewsbury, MA 01545

August 1, 2010

Vertigo Skatepark
105 Grays Bridge Road
Brookfield, CT 06804-2612

August 2, 2010

Edison Skatepark
100 Municipal Blvd
Edison, NJ 08817

August 4, 2010

Skate Time 209
5164 Route 209
Accord, NY 12404

August 5, 2010

Evolution Skatepark
216 Navarre Road Southwest
Canton, OH 44707-4047

August 6, 2010

The Flow Skatepark
4252 Groves Road
Columbus, OH 43232-4103

August 7, 2010

Ollie’s Skatepark
8171 Dixie Highway
Florence, KY 41042-3233

August 8, 2010

4 Seasons Skatepark
3226 Progress Road
Madison, WI 53716-3345

August 9, 2010

4 Seasons Skatepark
200 North 25th Street
Milwaukee, WI 53233-2559

August 11, 2010

Killer Skate Park & Shop
1315 N. Cullen Ave
Evansville, IN 47715

August 12, 2010

Warp Skatepark
9244 Trinity Drive
Lake In The Hills, IL 60156

August 13, 2010

Ramp Riders Skatepark
2324 Salena Street
St. Louis, MO 63104-2890

August 15, 2010

Woodward SP
14500 W. Colfax Ave
Lakewood, CO 80401

August 17, 2010

Skate City Skatepark
4915 Steptoe Street
Las Vegas, NV 89122-1925

August 18, 2010

4226 Valley Fair Street
Simi Valley, CA 93063

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341: Time to sweep 2008 under the carpet, lets give Mike Vallely the honors: Sayerville Skatepark NJ 1987 Todd Laffler adds to the archive!

Mike Vallely Sayerville Skatepark

Mike Vallely Sayerville SKatepark 1987

Photo by Todd Laffler

Jason Oliva The House of Steam

Here is a glimpse of some of the cool pics that will be heading into our archive in 2009 from Todd Laffler. 

Hi Jason,

I lived about 3 miles from Rod, and always looking up to him. In fact I bought my first “real” skateboard from him when he was working at a mall in Woodbridge. I also remember hearing all the lingo Rod had made up for stuff, like juicy= a drink, cakey=food, buggy=car etc. Whenever I get around to talking my buddy Woody we always revert back to talking with Rodisms.



Thanks Todd cant wait to see more images and videos!!

PS here is Woody(matt wood)


woody 1988 CheapSkates

Matt (Woody) Wood Cheapskates PA 1987

Photo Todd Laffler

215: Mike Vallely first invert at The Barn 1985…Mike Spotte talks about Rodney Smith, Mike V, DJ King Weep and skating in NJ.

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Mike Vallely circa 85 First Vert Invert The Barn NJ

Photo Mike Spotte

Jason Oliva The House of Steam

How vintage is this!! Thanks MS for this one. Mike V back in the day at The Barn.

Checkout this amazing video of Mike’s Skate career.

  • Notice the Tom Groholski deck he is riding and the amazing footage of Tom’s back yard ramp (only video I have ever seen)
  • Have you forgotten what a crazy good vert rider Mike is.
  • The ollie at the Brooklyn Bridge banks over the divider and onto the off ramp makes me miss NYC and Weep.

You rule Mike!!! Thanks for all you support of The House of Steam!!

..its nice to have a bodyguard.


Now everyone go see REVOLUTION MOTHER…so says The House of Steam:

Revolution Mother the House of Steam

Photo Derek Rinaldi


Mike Spotte here

Ah, I remember that day well. Cold as a witch’s tit in the Barn. I can still recall pulling the trigger on that shot and thinking “holy shit, I think I caught it”! Being the pre-digital days and a grom with no money, it would be a few weeks before I would get the prints back and show them to a psyched Mike V. Not sure if I gave him a copy back then, but I attended one of his demos at Charm City skate park in Baltimore in 2004 and gave him copies of that shot and others. The look on Mike’s face was priceless and similar to the one he had when he pulled off that first vert invert and when he saw the print for the first time.

My introduction to the central jersey skate scene began when I got a job at Freestyle Surf Shop in Woodbridge Center. My manager, Rodney Smith (SHUT Skates!!)set me up with my first rig, Sims Screamer, that I ticked tacked all over the store, house and parking lots every where. From day one, Rodney took me (and others) under his wing. He didn’t care if you couldn’t keep up with him or what tricks you could or couldn’t do, it was “just skate man”, “have fun”. That’s what we did…

One day, Rodney tells us of some ripper groms in Edison that we should go skate with. We roll up to some parking lot across from Tops Appliance and jam with these bros for hours and hours. They all ripped! There was George (G-force) and Mike Dehr, Al, Kevin, Don and of course this skinny blonde kid with shins that were bloody knee to ankle named Mike V. That blonde kid stood out as far as talent goes, but those other guys were no joke. Don (sorry, forget the last name) was sick. He and Mike would go trick for trick while the ‘no ways’ came from the rest of us.

Mike Vallely Noside skate jam

Mike Vallely Noside (Edison NJ) Skate Jam 1986

Photo Derek Rinaldi

Some of the best times (for me) were when we piled into mine and/or Rodney’s cars and would drive to the river banks at Rutgers. After spending hours there, we’d hit some downhill in the close by parking garage before tormenting the crew at Stuff Your Face or the White Rose late night. Every once in a while Murph would come down from his dorm and be joined my Tommy G. and Chuck to session with us at the River Banks. I can’t speak for the rest of the guys, but when those three joined us groms the excitement level and pure fun of skating elevated to levels unknown.

Many more memories/stories from those days at the Barn, Tommy G’s ramp, Spotte Banks, the Ditch as well as our trip to visit Mike V. in Va. Beach and getting chased by the feared Va. Beach Ninja Gang, that will have to wait for a later day.

Jason, your site rocks! At 40, I am as passionate about skating as I have ever been. I was never the most talented skater, and am not able to get out much with the exception of hitting Lansdowne for an occasional carve, but I love skating to my core and your site has brought back so many memories! Keep it going!

One side note: I never knew Weep while growing up in Jersey during my skating days. It was not until I moved to Jackson Hole, Wyoming to snowboard for a couple of years. I able to hook up with him after Rodney gave me his contact info. DJ King Weep rocked the Valley and was (and still is) loved by so many there. I would stroll into Mountunes where he worked and he’d pass me on to the newest shit to ride to. My best Weep story was when we rode together one day and decided to hit Corbets Couloir early after a nice dumping of 6” the night before. We roll up to the ledge, I hit the goat path with one turn and I’m in. Two turns later in flat light, and I’m on my back head first doing a 40mph dealth slide for 300 yards down the Couloir finally coming to rest in Tensleep Bowl. I sit up, glasses frosted over inside and out, shaking and almost in a panic. Along comes the calm Weep stopping just uphill of me saying “that was sick” and his calm demeanor. Good old King Weep sat there with me for about a half hour (on a sick powder day) until I stopped shaking and was confident enough to stand a make a turn again.

Weep rocks! We rode the rest of the day and for the next two years we laughed about that every time.


Jason Oliva The House of Steam


Killer stuff Spotte!!

Thanks for sharing…Mike Vallely, Rodney Smith, Weeps…all top on our list at The House of Steam.

Be sure to checkout SHUT’s website(cool interview of Rodney by Mike V) and see how Rodney and gang are going to revolutionize skating….again!


This just in!!!!!

  1. Mike V Says:
    August 24th, 2007 at 5:25 pm eHouse Of Steam…
    I’m truly honored to be featured here on this site… You guys (Murf, Tom G, Tag, Bernie, Jay, The Kane’s, Rod etc… etc… ) were my heroes. This shit means more to me than most anything else in my skate career… Being acknowledged by the real motherfuckers…No stopping until I’m dead.– Mike V

Speechless…. – Jason O

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