10.04.2010

chrome ball incident #538: mass mind control











that rooftop boardslide is still pretty insane.

forgot how amazing this cat was back in the day... crazy arms and all.

...but this shit is just painful.

I miss how loose and eclectic mid-90s Foundation was...

27 comments:

ODB said...

Yeah chops, excellent post.

Remember that sequence of him in BB mag doing a frontside 360 flip down stairs?

Stinking, totally stinking, but made me sit up and pay attention.

MRG said...

yeah, what happened to this guy?

Anonymous said...

That Tenticles part is so so good.......hubba destruction and ridiculous tech

Anonymous said...

for what I know he got on some tax evasion problems, and pretty much he's hidding somewhere in the states.

Olof said...

Steve Ingvar Olson was the man! Wonder if he has Swedish root's having Ingvar as middlename.
Those costumes he used to rock was kinda different to say the least, but the dude rocked hipster-prescriptionglasses lihgtyears before the term hipster was inventet, props for that!
And that freestyle is the worst, Tony Ferguson or Pat Washington would even win in a battle.
Great style and a hubba hideout thrasher.
Thanks alot for monday morning (work, eat, sleep, repeat) treats! Much needed in these colder/darker times.

Keith said...

man... Steve Olson is one odd looking skateboard. I saw his at the first Slam City Jam contest and he'd do a trick and it looks like a hail Mary no fucking way he's gonna land it and he ends up pulling it off. Pretty incredible.

Foundation really did have a solid team back then.

fs flip to fakie 5-0 is pretty nuts.

roof ride to board slide. wtf!

Ken said...

Do any of you remember the "What are you gonna learn today" Shorty's ad campaign, where Steve Olson busted a nollie heelflip backlip on a ledge? That was a mindblowing manuever. Chrome Ball, do you perchance have that ad? Keep up the good work....

Croupier said...

Look at that old lady! The photographer must have shit his pants.

K said...

It's raining and my ceiling is leaking. Yep, fall is back and it ain't pretty.

Might could have to rock a hoodie. Yea man, what the hell. This dude was taking shit to the next level w/shorties. Remember him skating to Gangstarr "Above the Clouds." And then poof - vanished!

Who's got the real story about what went down?

Ethan said...

Yes! Been missing this guy.

sprntrl said...

So hyped. That boardslide off the roof was done at 6am and his girlfriend filmed it. I got the chance to get to know Steve pretty well for about 10 years and let me say, theres nobody quite like this guy.

Watson said...

That's actually what all freestyle rap sounds like to me.

That video very easily should have been titled "Don't do drugs."

Also that shop is a fucking mess. Very unshoppable.

Anonymous said...

his triplexl yellow jumpsuits were strange

h/e/x/c/r/a/s/s said...

Ahhh Steve Olson was rad!!! He probably still is.

chops said...

odb, try to get in the next olson post. yours too, ken.

not really sure what happened to olson... last i heard he was working at some sandwich shop somewhere. unfortunate.

but yeah, I didn't get the xxl yellow sweatsuits either.

thanks guys.

Old School Sammy said...

I started skating in 1977, could never get over the fact that he was the "other" Steve Olson" The FIRST one (Alex' Pops) was and IS a legend.

Kinda sad he just disappeared after all that Muska-Era Shorty's hype, though...

Old School Sammy said...

I started skating in 1977, could never get over the fact that he was the "other" Steve Olson" The FIRST one (Alex' Pops) was and IS a legend.

Kinda sad he just disappeared after all that Muska-Era Shorty's hype, though...

Watson said...

The sweatsuits were more mustard than yellow.

platinumseagulls said...

The one time I met Steve Olson I had the pleasure of watching him try to boardslide a double kinker in Chicago. It took about 45 minutes, he waxed and rewaxed sections of the rail multiple times, would breakdance down the rail out of a bail, and took a good slam on his back too. His tricks on Hubba from Tentacles are buck.

Olof said...

Here is a freestyle by Cassidy from Philly. Punchline specialist!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=42tquxKjAQk
And for more fun wathe when he nurder the rapper freeway on youtube (two parts) but well worth checking.

Olof said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FHxOEQt0jqk part 1-

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fT-_3rq3P-Q part 2. Freeway is like put a beat on man. Wow what a decaputation!

daniel@gay said...

True story...one time I was out dancing at a house club in SF (I know, I know...but I love house, what can I say) and I opened my eyes and Steve Olson was like clowning me to my face. People were laughing and I was pretty embarrassed, but I've always loved this guy and still do. This post got me so stoked. Thanks!

t.a. said...

I miss this guy.

t.a. said...

Skateboarding needs more guys like him: ones with personality.

auntiesocial said...

Great post Chops,

I once went on a mini-tour in Canada with Steve Olson--this was during his orange/yellow suit phase.

In the van I asked him about why he wore them and he said that it was because he was a Buddhist. He said he'd tried skating in the real deal orange robes but they got tangled with his board, so the suits was the closest he could get. I remember most of the suits were made by Phat Pharm. And he had one that was made out of fleece and he rocked that shit for demos in ripping August heat. It was crazy. Dude lived it, though, he got his own hotel rooms so he could meditate all night.

Super nice guy, albeit a little out there. But skateboarding needs out there. Maybe now more than ever.

chops said...

both super good stories, daniel and auntie. thanks fellas.

Rippedlaces.com said...

I was just talking about Steve Olsen the other day too, trying to kick some knowledge to the youngins and then I fall onto this shit. Chrome Ball you got some splannin' to do!