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570: Episode 006 THOS.TV- Todd Laffler 1988 [En-Jay]

Its a Friday so its THOS TV time!

Episode 006: 1988 [En-Jay] Todd Laffler

Todd mastered what it took to be a great street skater back in the 80’s and it was during the 80’s he got his start as a photographer  by  creating the Epic Tome of 80’s East Coast Skate- Fish*Eye. All that skate photography has led to his current career as a professional photographer. I follow Todd’s blog and regardless of his subject I am always blown away by his photographs…here is an example of his more current skate photography…pretty nuts? right? and how about this past gem of Todd’s work:

Chris “Dune” Pastras by Todd Laffler

Fish*Eye Issue 1 by Todd Laffler, Mike Vallely Cover

….and as Mike V brought his brand of east coast 80’s street style to the world stage via the cover of Thrasher Todd was there alongside the other [En-Jay] rippers contributing to its development it in schoolyards, parking lots and unfinished basements.

I planned on adding some titles such as …Do you remember todd? or just because you are not famous that does not mean you are not great but then I thought sod all that nonsense we have nothing to prove here at THOS…its just one of my favorite videos and I dig watching it…hope you do too.

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I am really excited, astonished and slightly nervous by the amount of subscribers THOS TV has and in such a short time as well. Thanks to everyone who is watching. If you want to support the show you can head over to I-tunes and leave a review or rating and in addition if you have anything videos you would like to submit please feel free to contact me.

Cheers

Jason Oliva

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479: Matt Wood..in THOS via CheapSkates

Matt Wood StaleFish Cheapskates PA

Photo Todd laffler

 

Been looking to get a proper picture of Matt Wood in THOS not  just a mention… TL delivers…Here he is killing the mini ramp at Cheapskate.

Nice one

Jason Oliva

477: Sean Sheffey Brooklyn Bridge Banks

Sean Sheffey Brooklyn Bridge Banks

Photo Todd Laffler

Weep used to always mention Sheffey….sheffey ollied this,Sheffey clear that, Sheffey could ollie across a street… at one point he seemed to become the yard stick in which to measure any street skating challenge. After seeing some of his video parts Weep was right….so  I always dug Sean Sheffey or at least the idea of him, we never met. He does have an unforgettable name, he rode for SHUT had ties to DC (I think via Maryland) and Freedom Plaza (I lived in DC for awhile) and lets face facts he was the Einstein of Street skating back when skateboards were the size of  Ford Pintos. The part of the bank he is on in the above picture is miniscule for those kinda hover board results. Looks like Sean is making a comeback and isgood mates with Mega Ramp Legend Jake Brown (Sean is standing in flat bottom of the ramp in this vid) so hopefully we will see a new ProgSkate Vid with a killer Sheffey part.

Jason

PS  Todd Laffler rules.

476: Derek Rinaldi doing who knows what. Photo Todd Laffler (Fish*Eye Issue 1)and Full Bleed: New York City Skate Photography

Derek Rinaldi

Photo Todd Laffler

Special thanks to Sean Kazelesky as well(Welcome to THOS)

Here is a great picture of the DR doing something magical from Todd Laffler’s epic Fish*Eye Numero Uno. Besides being pretty darn cool this sequence reminds me of those worthless trick tip articles.  The trick would be an egg plant with pictures of someone cool like Dan Wilkes and the captions would read….drop in and approach the wall with a moderate amount of speed …pump the transition and as you approach the vert grab your board with the opposite hand that you would use to do an invert ….now reach for the coping invert your body extend then compress let go land back on the ramp….then the inevitable……NOW PUMP AND DO ANOTHER…too ridiculous. I have tried to get Pump and do another into the everday vernacular of life but it never would stick and in most cases it sounds like a sexual innuendo. Next time you are done instructing someone finish by saying “Now  pump and do another” …also if you can scan a ridiculous trick tip please email me one all my mags are in temporary storage. Most of them should just read….drop in with the trick in mind…spazz your body around in some semblance of what you imagine it would need to be doing….bail and slam enough times until the enlightenment of the fact that it is  less tiring and alot less painful to just go ahead and land the trick…..THEN pump and do another.

Now as for Derek…approach the transitioned street obstacle with a blazing amount of speed…. utilise a lifetimes worth of hard work and practice in order to ollie ridiculously high…..take your front foot off the board and then replace it before landing….Now pump and do another.

Also Derek has landed (no Pun) a photo in the upcoming Full Bleed:New York City Skate Photography it is a picture of a gentleman who is well represented in our archive:

Mike Vallely 1988 Brooklyn Bridge Banks

Photo Derek Rinaldi

As far as Full Bleed:New York Skateboard Photography goes I do not know the peeps personally behind it but I am familiar with the peeps behind the peeps and that is the distributer PowerHouse Books in D.U.M.B.O. The place is worth a trip over the Brooklyn Bridge, have lunch at Bubby’s too and send me an iphoto of some pie! PowerHouse is an amazing Independent art/photography book distributer and book store. Its one of those NY places that you can spend hours milling around in and sometimes a band will be performing. So check out Full Bleed and then inundate PowerHouse with email requests for a THOS Book!! Great stuff!

Full Bleed: NY City Skate photography

by Alex Corporan, Andre Razo, and Ivory Serra

Distributed by PowerHouse Brooklyn 2010 and Published by Vice

with photo by Derek Rinaldi and a cavalcade of other talented skate photographers

Great work DR..Click for more info/pre-order on FB:NYYCSP and PHB then pump and do another…

Jason Oliva Artist

PS Guess who that is on the cover?

PSS No its not me

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.

Todd

 

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

PS here is Woody(matt wood)

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woody 1988 CheapSkates

Matt (Woody) Wood Cheapskates PA 1987

Photo Todd Laffler