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

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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

411: The House of Steam in The Smithsonian!..Everyone say thank you Jim Murphy…..Thank you Jim Murphy.Ramp it up Opens June 12th at The National Museum of the American Indian, Washington D.C.

War Ppony

Members of the 4 Wheel Warpony skate team (White Mountain Apache). Photo courtesy of Dustinn Craig (White Mountain Apache/Navajo), 2008.




National Museum of the American Indian

“Ramp It Up: Skateboard Culture in Native America” Opens at the National

Museum of the American Indian

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian will open “Ramp It Up:

Skateboard Culture in Native America” Friday, June 12, in the Sealaska Gallery. One of the most

popular sports on Indian reservations, skateboarding has inspired and influenced American Indian and

Native Hawaiian communities since the 1960s. The exhibition celebrates the vibrancy, creativity and

controversy of American Indian skate culture and will be on view through Sept. 13.

The exhibition includes 28 objects and 45 images, including rare archival photographs, film of

Native skaters and skate decks from Native companies and contemporary artists. Highlights include a

never-before-seen 1969 photograph taken by skateboarding icon, Craig R. Stecyk III, of a skate deck

depicting traditional Native imagery and 1973 home-movie footage of Zephyr surf team members

Ricky and Jimmy Tavarez (Gabrielino-Tongva).

“The museum is eager to show how Indian Country has embraced and changed skateboard

culture in America. The exhibition honors tribal communities’ efforts to connect with their young

people through a positive activity like skateboarding,” said Kevin Gover (Pawnee/Comanche) director

of the National Museum of the American Indian. “It is a vibrant visual documentation of an emerging

culture unique to Native American youth.”

The exhibition features the work of visual artists Bunky Echo-Hawk (Yakama/Pawnee), Joe

Yazzie (Navajo), Traci Rabbit (Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma) and Dustinn Craig (White Mountain

Apache/Navajo) and highlights young Native skaters such as 20-year-old Bryant Chapo (Navajo) and

10-year-old Augustin and 7-year-old Armondo Lerma (Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians).

As skateboarding continues to rise in popularity in Indian Country, Native skaters and

entrepreneurs have combined core lessons learned from the sport: strength, balance and tenacity with

traditional tribal iconography and contemporary art to engage Native youth in their history and

culture. “Ramp It Up” examines the role of indigenous peoples in skateboarding culture, its roots in

ancient Hawaiian surfing techniques and the visionary achievements of contemporary Native skaters.

Skateboarding combines demanding physical exertion, design, graphic art, filmmaking and music to

produce a unique and dynamic culture. “Ramp It Up” illustrates how indigenous people and tribal

communities have used skateboarding to express themselves and educate their youth.


Jason Oliva


So how cool is this! Not only a first for American Indian skate culture but a first for skate culture in general being recognized by The Smithsonian. Jim Murphy will be a big part of this due to his years of activities with  American Indians and his Wounded Knee skate company.  In addition who do the major museums call when they need a “rare archival photograph”  of Jim Murphy for a world class exhibit? Well they call the ultimate online skate Museum…The House of Steam! That’s right folks (thanks Jim & Betsey!) we have contributed to the 45 images that comprise the exhibit…A fine hour for the THOS community, a fine hour indeed. Whether or not I will be donning a Tux and attending the shindig in July remains to be seen but if anyone in the D.C. area does head out to see the exhibit please email me some pictures. Hopefully they found a great place to Honor Team Steam member Jim Murphy with this gem….


proud to be involved,




Jim Murphy 1986 Edgewood

Photo by Jason Oliva

315: The Captain John Ballon and Jim Murphy. Captured by Ben Cornish

The Captain John Ballon and Jim Murphy The Barn

Photo by Benjamin Cornish

A true classic from the Ben Cornish vault. This image does more to transport one to The Barn then almost any other I have archived here. Its the coolest skate picture and yet no one is skating. Check out The Captains shorts and sneaker. Too cool. Great one Ben.

27: Jim Murphy at Edgewood 1986


Jim Murphy at Edgewood Maryland 1986

photograph jason oliva

Spot the giant car with the huge grill? That was the “Tagmobile” (that’s Dan Tag for the uninitiated)