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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.


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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578: THOS.TV Episode 007! ’55 Nights on your Couch’ Plus:5BORO Stevie Rod still fighting the good fight.

Steve Rodriguez is a well-known rider and founder of a New York skateboard company called 5Boro. He’s also considered the leader of the local skateboarding community.

Julie Glassberg for The New York Times

There is a big article in the NY Times about the proposed four year closing of our Beloved Brooklyn Bridge Banks and Steve Rodriguez’zzz fight to save this treasure…AGAIN! It all centers around creating a staging area for the painting of the bridge – especially the parts that are scene mostly by pidgeons and skaters at the banks. They say they need the area for four years to paint!  Four years is a long time in painting even if you just hire one guy to do it you can get alot done in a four year time period. More concerning is 4 years in the life of a young skater, if you show up at the banks at 15, four years later you are off to college. For a young skater to sit out of a place like the Brooklyn Bridge Banks during their most formative years is a bit of a travesty…similar to an art history student not being allowed to see the aforementioned paint job while they cleaned it up a bit. The other problem is the liberties that are most recently given are the ones we fight to hold on to the hardest…and hurt the most when taken away…if you are reading this and have any authority on this decision do not site the laundry list of other parks that have been built…we are truelly spoiled by choice now but its the places that have been discovered and created by the skaters that help form their creative attitudes towards life…dont pull a skatepark off a shelf like Mister Rogers, hand it to me and tell me my entitlement is fulfilled…and dont think anyone will go there and start a lifelong network of friends and competitors either…but I digress

Well as for a leader and a spokesman dont fear the place is in good hands with Steve Rodriguez and if it does close for 4 years you can rest assure it was because some cigar chomping fat cat out spent everyone to land some longtem downtown free parking for his giant tonka toys and not because the city hates skateboarders.  If it does close well in the end I am sure there is another bridge somewhere surrounded by shark infested water with fires raging at both ends that has a sweet little curb on it, right in the middle…and some group of skaters will find it and go there….

But I digress again! its a Friday so its time for:  The World Shakin not stirred..Episode 007 of  THOS.TV.

I present to you the trailer to the upcoming ’55 Nights on your Couch’ filmed and edited by Tombo Colabraro with (producing duties) by Steve Rodriguez and skating from the whole 5BORO crew(who I now have a proper reason to add all their names to the archive). I look forward to seeing the entire film because it looks chock full of those sentiments we have just been talking about.

As always feel free to head over to Itunes and drop some 5 star reviews on us.


Jason Oliva

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571: New Adhesive Artwork for The House of Steam by Jason Oliva 2010

New! The House of Steam Sticker by Jason Oliva, 2010

Available now in the Shop! CLICK

Our newest Adhesive Artwork (Sticker) was created by none other then me. It is based on a portrait painting commission (you can see the original here) I completed in 2009.

Thanks to all the people who have supported THOS by grabbing some already and also for the cool photos.

Here are a couple of my favorites:

Steve Rodriguez 5 Boro– Cheers!

Patrick Guidotti Totally Skateboards– Killer!

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Thanks for all the support

Jason Oliva Artist

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.


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