20 Years Later: The Coliseum 99' Video Reunion

Then and now - Coliseum founding fathers Matt Roman and Arty Vagianos.

Then and now - Coliseum founding fathers Matt Roman and Arty Vagianos.

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.

The 99’ video, alongside a few copies of The 02’ video.

The 99’ video, alongside a few copies of The 02’ video.

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.

What reunion celebrating the Coliseum 1999 Video would be complete without a screening of the Coliseum 1999 video? Fiona Apple outro? I’m sure tears were shed.

What reunion celebrating the Coliseum 1999 Video would be complete without a screening of the Coliseum 1999 video? Fiona Apple outro? I’m sure tears were shed.

The Romans! Peep that mint condish Coli shirt!

The Romans! Peep that mint condish Coli shirt!

Schizo has entered the building. 99% of Boston-based skateboards looked like this in 1999.

Schizo has entered the building. 99% of Boston-based skateboards looked like this in 1999.

Aaaaaaaand we’ve got some pizza.

Aaaaaaaand we’ve got some pizza.

Right: Wild Will, Left: Chris Valone, whomst tried to kickflip it but it was SO MOBBED.

Right: Wild Will, Left: Chris Valone, whomst tried to kickflip it but it was SO MOBBED.

Fancy Lad overlord Nick ‘Big’ Murray, whose decorated professional skateboarding career can all be traced back to the shop.

Fancy Lad overlord Nick ‘Big’ Murray, whose decorated professional skateboarding career can all be traced back to the shop.

Speaking of Fancy Lads…..ladies and gentleman, The Fiske!!!!

Speaking of Fancy Lads…..ladies and gentleman, The Fiske!!!!

‘Anyway, here’s Wonderwall’ - Tom Tweak

‘Anyway, here’s Wonderwall’ - Tom Tweak

Shea and Vey, a.k.a. The King of Freestyle. ‘Some of us failed, but Vey will get classic footage here.’

Shea and Vey, a.k.a. The King of Freestyle. ‘Some of us failed, but Vey will get classic footage here.’

Southie and Kordan. No wedgies were given throughout the course of this experience.

Southie and Kordan. No wedgies were given throughout the course of this experience.

‘And you get a Coliseum Sticker, and you get a Coliseum Sticker - everyone gets a Coliseum Sticker!!!’

‘And you get a Coliseum Sticker, and you get a Coliseum Sticker - everyone gets a Coliseum Sticker!!!’

Don’t fuck with The Larry.

Don’t fuck with The Larry.

Brian Leary and Bryan Wright - these two dudes busted their asses to make this happen. Cheers fellas!

Brian Leary and Bryan Wright - these two dudes busted their asses to make this happen. Cheers fellas!

Arty and Hector Gill of ‘Boston Massacre’ fame. This guy can switchflip.

Arty and Hector Gill of ‘Boston Massacre’ fame. This guy can switchflip.

Billy D and John Tweak - zoom function really comes in handy with that 02 Coliseum shirt.

Billy D and John Tweak - zoom function really comes in handy with that 02 Coliseum shirt.

Schizo, and his signature Coliseum bat.

Schizo, and his signature Coliseum bat.

Smiles all around.

Smiles all around.