Photo - Anne Laurent

2020/04/01

SKATEBOARD LEGEND, JEFF GROSSO, PASSES AWAY

Jeff Grosso turned pro in the mid 80's, around the same time we did, he was in our generation of pro skaters. He was gnarly. A total power skater. I (Art) remember doing a demo in Milwaukee at the Turf skatepark and he was there, with a few other Santa Cruz riders. He was doing tail taps at the top of the vertical extensions on the round ends of the capsule half pipe.. It had a rounded lip and lots of vertical!. that was radical. We would always see him at contests and demos, occasional sessions at different skateparks and ramps... and of course at Exploding Fuck Dolls gigs! The last time we saw him was at the Vans ramp in Costa Mesa 2 years ago.  Below is an article from TMZ about his death. 


Jeff plugged us on his show "Love Letters to Skateboarding" and now we're doing the same for him. It's a real loss for skateboarding, especially to all of us from that generation. We were all kids, pro skaters, travelling, going to contests... doing our thing without any thought as to the impact any of us would have 35 years later!! 

Thanks Jeff for what you've done for skating. RIP


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7:11 AM PT -- Law enforcement tells TMZ Sports ... Grosso passed away Tuesday at Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach, California. We're told there is no obvious cause of death at the moment. An autopsy is expected to be performed.

Skateboarding legend Jeff Grosso -- one of the biggest skate stars of the '80s -- has died. He was only 51.
Thrasher Magazine's Michael Burnett confirmed the news ... saying on Tuesday, "Today we have the terrible task of saying a heartbreaking goodbye to beloved verticalist, commentator and friend of the mag, Jeff Grosso."
The details surrounding Grosso's death are unclear. We're working on it. He is survived by his 8-year-old son Oliver, who Burnett mentions in his tribute to Jeff.



"Jeff went from number-one amateur to '80s superstar to cautionary tale and back again. His latest role as lovable curmudgeon, host of his own history-packed web series and keeper of skateboarding’s righteousness, unafraid to offend or annoy in his quest to educate, was by far his greatest – second only to being Oliver’s dad."
The "cautionary tale" is a reference to Jeff's struggles with substance abuse. He talked openly about issues with pain pills and heroin. In fact, Jeff OD'd 3 times before 2017.
"He will be sorely, sorely missed. Our hearts go out to his family and many friends. RIP," Burnett said. Jeff shot to skate stardom in the '80s and went on to host "Vans' Love Letters to Skateboarding."



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Jeff was also BELOVED by skate legends like Tony Hawk -- who paid tribute to Grosso.
"Jeff was a true skateboarder at his core, and a great wealth of entertainment, insight and valuable philosophy to a younger generation. I was lucky enough to skate with him over the last four decades and occasionally featured on his Vans’ Love Letters series.”
Hawk continued ... "One of the last times we spoke, we talked about how ridiculous it is that we still get to do this for a living and that anyone even cares what we do or think in terms of skateboarding at our age."
"I believe Jeff is a big reason that anyone truly cares, and skateboarding was lucky to have him as an ambassador and gatekeeper to its history. He was also a great father, which is obvious in his last social media post. Thank you Jeff, words cannot describe how much we will miss you."
Originally Published -- 6:56 AM PT
Originally Published -- 6:56 AM PT

http://www.tmz.com/2020/04/01/jeff-grosso-dead-dies-skateboarder-tony-hawk.

2019/06/24

THE FUCKIN GODOYS - EARLY SUMMER TOUR



BE THERE... PLAYING BACK CATALOG INCLUDING EXPLODING FUCK DOLLS, DENIZ TEK, THE LAST OF THE BAD MEN SONGS AND FUCKIN GODOYS CLASSICS. 

2019/03/06

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SKATER CON PHOENIX ARIZONA!!!

PLAYED THE FLOGGING MOLLY BOAT CRUISE!  FUCKIN RIGHT!!

OSIRIS/H-STREET TRADE SHOW PARTY!!! LONG BEACH CA


CHINA TOUR WITH DENIZ TEK AND KEITH STRENG!!!

US AND OUR CHINA ROAD MANAGER TING TING!!!!

AT THE 'SPECTRES' CLUB IN SHANGHAI!!! 

"WE'RE HUNGRY, AGAIN. WHERE TO?" CHINA TOUR.

2016/12/10

H-STREET- MAGNIFICENT 7 SOIREE - NOV. 26, 2016



On November 26, Tony Magnusson held the H-Street soaree in  Encinitas to commemorate the release of the Magnificent 7 series of skateboards and the release of a few new shoe models from Osiris. For those who rode for H-Street and were involved in it's evolution, it was more than that.

H-Street was, in it's time, a ground breaking company who's rise and industry  take over seemed to happen overnight. The late 80's climate, in the industry was perfect for a new company like this, who showed what could be done with what you had in front of you.  Before it's rise, the magazines showed images of pros that were inaccessible and unapproachable due to egos or geographic location, pros who were doing tricks on the current terrain (half pipes) in California that most of the kids in the world could not and would never be able to do or travel to.  Not every city in the world, in those days, had a skatepark with a good vertical half pipe.. H-Street made skateboarding accessible. A kid could open a magazine and see a street skater in an H-Street ad, or pop in an H-Street video and realize that there was no need for a half pipe and that there was no need to admire pros who would not give you the time of day. The pros and riders on the team were the best, the most original and down to earth. They skated the streets because that's what they did. They were cool and approachable and accessible. 


From our perspective, being directly involved in skateboarding as recognized professionals, we could see that for us to fit as pieces into this puzzle was going to be virtually impossible. This meant conforming to the hollow painted representation of what skateboarding was at the time, being put out there by the 3 main industry controllers.They controlled the magazines, the contests, the fashion… some innovation but mostly the fashion based mid to late 80's style that contaminated what WE and many others recognized as a naturally rebellious and aggressive way of life.

At the time Steve was riding for Circle-A and I was on H-Street, yet we BOTH contributed to the graphics which helped shape the direction the company would go, artistically. We remember ideas just coming to us, we'd draw, submit and the'd use.the images. or not.. other pros -  Danny Way, Elguera, Ron Allen and Schultes asked for graphics, Tony did too…

We had just come off a very unsatisfactory relationship with a company who's views were not consistent with ours and there wasn't any choice but to leave. I (Art) heard from Jason Jessee, that Tony Magnusson was starting a new board company, so i got out to California to see if there was any opportunity there.  A meeting was set up and as usual, not expecting any positive feedback, I went to meet Tony and Mike Ternasky. They told me the plan, told me who was on the team, what boards will be coming out and when… We skated Andy's ramp, this was sort of part 2 in the interview process… I did the best I could. I got the job! I couldn't imagine having to peddle a resume which would have been rejected by either the big 3 or any of the smaller companies who were trying to fit into the stereotypical image format of the time. So many virtual "no name name professionals" with no ability were being mass marketed to the kids by huge companies.. Huge undeserved royalty checks being paid out and profits made… if only you were able to suck the right dicks.

WAY, SHULTES, STEVE, ART, TONY, ELGUERA, HENSLEY, ALLEN

H'-Street accepted us.. Gave us all purpose and livelihood. So many years have passed so quickly that until that night, it was hard to find time to stop and realize what H-Street was and what it meant to all of us.

That night, in attendance were the magnificent 7, should have been the called magnificent 8; Tony Magnusson, Ron Allen, Matt Hensley, John Schultes, Elguera, Danny Way  and me and Steve.
We also saw Steve Ortega, Michael Crum, Cookie head, Alphonso Rawls… hung out with Daniel Cuervo and lots of other old associates.



There was a museum of sorts, with rare boards, shirts and memorabilia, live music… the Fuckin Godoys killed, like we always do. Matt Hensley, Steve Ortega and Danny Way joined us on stage to play one song. There were speeches and finally a Cake… 


Speeches: Danny Way "They got me a plane ticket..."

ALL MAGNIFICENT 7 DECKS ARE AVAILABLE THROUGH H-STREET.COM

THE ART GODOY SHOE IS AVAILABLE THROUGH H-STREET.COM AND OSIRISSHOES.COM


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