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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


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


PS – Thanks for the kick..Sean K!

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533: Hall of Fame (1): SHUT SUPERBAD!

SHUT SUPERBAD! “James Brown” Model


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.



435: Andy Kessler: GRANDMASTER of 108, Leave your thoughts and comments below.

Avatar Jason Oliva

Feel free to express yourself , drop some memories or condolences in the comment section. If there is anything you would like to add do not hesitate to email me.



Here is a great video sent over by Juice Magazine there is a great segment were Andy talks about his work with Jim Murphy and Wounded Knee.

andy kessler montauk aug 14 2009

Celebrating the Life of Andy Kessler
Ditch Plains Beach, Montauk
August 14, 2009

Photo Michael Rovnyack, MJRPhoto.net

Special thanks to Irene Ching for this.

Andy Kessler

Andy Kessler Riverside Park, NYC 1979

Tom Groholski  Tony Squindo Andy  Kessler NYC

Tom Groholski, Glenn E. Freidman, and Any Kessler NYC 2008

Photo by Tony Squindo

Tom G interview juice Magazine

Andy Kessler Deathbowl to Downtown

Andy Kessler Deathbowl to Downtown

Andy Kessler Harry Jumongi Rodney Smith

The Kings of NY: Harry Jumonji, Rodney Smith and Andy Kessler

Photo Derek Rinaldi

431: Shut in the Caymans?



Now that is a place to have a skate camp! Does anyone else feel that the Rodney and the NEx-Gen Shut team are gonna be the first skaters to have a cameo on Entourage… This place even has a Pirate themed skate shop! Fricken SHUT and Pirates…throw in some Jedi’s and Ninjas and the world will beat a path to their door. Seriously though this Skate Camp has attracted the cream of the crop through the years…(Buck-E  L’Sick anyone?)

Nice work Rod, I can now add The Caymans as an archive Category!  hope you are lying in the Sun as we speak! Next year sign me up I can be a guest lecturer; have the first class room setting lessons, teach em all about Bruthahood and Junk!


Paging DR Rinaldi…Paging DR Rinaldi…

406: Happy 40ounce WeepStar!!


Weepee right in the middle of it head and shoulders above the rest, rockin the JG Tee and the Barfoot ride…G.O.A.T. Yo!!

Photo Deitz Bruthas
Jay Henry Layback air,  Ben Cornish(Sportin a Craig Johnson),  Chris”Weep” Blank, Steve Mannion(Overkill Sticker! Possible Tommy G hand me down Gator, Rick Holtzman, A Deitz Brutha (Stripey Socks)…Who is watching from the flat?

Jason Oliva
Yar Weep, remember that time we….. maaan that was dope.

Aaahhn, B-E-A-S-T-I-E go!

Drop some love comments all!

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

338: The House of Steam/Shut Skates presents The First Annual 2008: History of East Coast Skateboarding Summit.

Jason Oliva (The House of Steam) and Rodney Smith (Shut) Shut Store 158 Orchard St. NYC December 2008


Jason Oliva The House of Steam

I flew into NYC for the first annual History of East Coast Skateboarding Summit. It was a two day event and well attended (Me Adam and Rod),  alliances were formed, refreshments were served and some choice new SHUT gear and THOS Stickers were offered as take aways.


Rodney’s Office SHUT 2008

It was held in Rodney’s office were we sat down for hours trying to put the world to right. In the end we walked away with the knowledge that the story is being told and told well and The House of Steam is the place for it all to be and my continued stewardship is being watched and approved. Keep an eye out in your mailbox for an invite to the next History of East Coast Skateboarding Summit in 2009 were we will get together and continue the discussion about patch working this story together to better present our unity and roots.

Jason Oliva December 2008


Ps If you havent already get down to 159 Orchard and check out the Shut Shop…the coolest place to be.

Rodney Smith Shut Store 2008

Rodney Smith Shut Store 2008


And keep the media flowing in, I recently got a load of crazy cool new gems to add to the archive…

send stuff to: Jasonoliva@gmail.com