7.28.2009

chrome ball incident #314: a devil among the tailors







been wanting to do this one for a while: for the old(er) heads out there, O.G. east coast ripper Tom Groholski.

straight outta Jersey, 100% soul.

on an unrelated note, I had a few people asking me who my pick was for the Battle at the Berrics 2...

well, my man's got enough consistency and weird early-90's tricks to win it all if that injury (or p-rod) doesn't take him out. so far so good.

p.s. take care kathleen.

10 comments:

bobjohn said...

There was this huge air vs. lip tricks debate during the mid '80s with Groholski and Blender leading the charge. And to some degree it's still going on.

tp said...

Miss that old reading spot. A fun place to spend the day. He ruled that place long before I even knew where it was. Can't believe how long that place stayed their before they tore it up.

iSapien 1956672 said...

i remember cutting out the board from the ad in the top picture and pasting it on to some poster board then cutting that out as my finger board, using balsa wood glued as the trucks the axles and wheels from a matchbox car for wheels. that's how tech my deck was.

bobjohn said...

I had the yellow version of that top board. I got it a shop grand opening complete with a Gator/Ken Park jump ramp demo.

Giles said...

readng was wild. my parents took me there in '88 with some friends. i think it had recently been officially reopened. we had to wear helmets. some dudes in their mid 20s were doing these super old school early grab transfers from the snake run into the bowl. one of them landed on me! then i went back with a friend in '99. somehow i was able to find it. it was derelict, but we could skate a bunch of it. some random guy came by and said he'd been the manager in the 80s. it was kind of trippy. that said, those ollies reese forbes does there in ee3, hard to fathom.

David said...

So sad I never got to skate Reading.
Awesome post. I wonder what Tom is up to now?

Andrew said...

Great Post.
To David- I saw a pic of Tom pulling a lien on the extension at Sayreville back in april of this year on the web somewhere...

Keith said...

I don't think I've ever seen any footage of him skating and if I did, I wasn't paying attention. There's a good bit on him in Disposable about his Devil graphic.

Jason Oliva said...

Not a lot of footage of Tom available, here is something that just turned up recently:

http://thehouseofsteam.wordpress.com/2010/02/19/510-tom-groholski-buenos-aires-via-pocket-pistols-skates/

Great site!

Jason Oliva

The House of Steam

Anonymous said...

I bought my first real skateboard at the Reading park back around 1976. I moved to Alabama in 1979 and went back to Reading in 1987 while visiting relatives. The bowl was very funky. Groholski ripped it hard despite its kinked trannys.