This past Saturday in Wakfield, MA a crowd of old friends and skateboarders gathered to watch and celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Coliseum Skateboard Super Store’s 1999 skate video.
Anybody that visited the Coliseum during the 1990’s or early 2000’s knew that it was a special place, due in large part to owner-operators Matt Roman and Arty Vagianos, who encouraged hi-jinks and built an amazing community of skateboarders.
Coliseum entered the periphery of 'mainstream' skateboarding through the release of PJ Ladd's Wonderful Horrible Life in 2002. The video released to critical acclaim, and was widely regarded as the greatest independent shop video of all time. It catapulted the careers of not only those directly involved with the video, but served to inform the taste of countless others in the Boston area, and beyond.
It can be argued however, that there perhaps would be no Wonderful Horrible Life without the existence of the 99' Video, so it only made sense to honor the 20th anniversary of its release with a banquet-style reunion, a stone's throw away from Coliseum's original Melrose, MA location.
In attendance from the Coliseum team on Saturday were Colin Fiske, Dave “king of freestyle” Vey, Brian Leary, Southie, Dave Kordan, Arty Vagianos, Matt Roman, and John “Baby Schizo” Tracy.
Beyond OG riders and owner-operators, the event brought together a deeper crew of former shop locals, their friends, and younger skaters who continue to draw inspiration from the shop that gave so much to Boston skateboarding.
A big thank you goes out to Brian Leary and Butchie for putting this event together!
Additional thanks to Alex Gagne, Coliseum's original photographer who documented the shop's golden era, along with the reunion itself this past weekend.
Without further ado, here's a recap of the events that unraveled throughout this momentous occasion.