Peter Smolik – Even Murderers Wear Osiris? #RetroRippers

Peter Smolik – Even Murderers Wear Osiris? #RetroRippers


This time in Retro Rippers, we’re
learning all about Peter Smolik. Let’s get started. Welcome to Rad Rat Video. Here on the
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this series which is called Retro Rippers. Today we are talking about ODS
or Ol’ Dirty Smolik. Peter Smolik. This video was suggested by Steve-O, so
hopefully you’re out there checking this out. Smolik had a huge impact on
skateboarding in the late 90s, but let’s go back to when he first started. So
Smolik had a really small one-minute video part in Etnies high-five. That was
in 1995. But in 1998, that’s when he really blew up. He was in Fulfill the
Dream by Shorty’s. And this video was huge. It got a lot of awards: best video part,
best style, all kinds of other stuff. And he tells a story about how, after that
video part came out, he was getting a lot of interest from shoe companies. He was
the biggest guy in skateboarding at the moment, and so he put in his contract
negotiations that he wanted a snow camo Lincoln Navigator, and also matching snow
camo Timberland style boots, and his pro model shoe to match as well. It was just
kind of crazy. He never actually ended up getting that, but the fact is that he
wasn’t laughed out of the room for asking for that. He was just that big at
the time. If you imagine most of the time, skaters will just be happy to be getting
a deal at all, but to just demand ridiculous stuff like that was pretty
crazy. Only he would have done that. But one of the things that’s most
interesting about his skating in particular was that he was really
starting to push tech to come back. And so, in the late 90s, tech was still a
little bit uncool to a degree. You had Daewon and Rodney doing all kinds of
stuff like that, but the thing is, Smolik was on Osiris. That’s the one he
eventually went with. Osiris was huge. They’re one of the biggest skate brands
in the world. They were are a huge shoe company in general. Even people who
didn’t skate had Osirises. So the fact that he had this huge spotlight on him
like that really made a big difference, and the kind of skiing that he was doing,
the kind of skating that the Osiris team was
promoting was — became cool, and that’s what people wanted to do. So he really had a
big impact in that way. But more than just influencing skateboarding, he was
making tons of money. He talked about getting 50 thousand dollar checks from
Osiris every month. It was just ridiculous. These guys are like rock
stars. Check out my video on Josh Kasper. He was
also on that team. The amount of money these guys are making was just
ridiculous. Josh Kasper would fly into demos on a
helicopter. Like, all that kind of stuff. So they were definitely in the spotlight
of skateboarding, but Smolik wasn’t just putting his name on shoes, he actually
came up with some of his own products. So his shoe was called the ODS, and it has
this little velcro strap on the back of it, and these actually matched up with
his pro cargo pants he came up with. Just look at this ad! That just looks like 2000,
you know. That looks like what things were like at the time:
huge oversized baggy pants. But the point of them was that you could sag those as
much as you wanted, and it would clip to the velcro on the back of the shoe, and
that way you would never step on the bottom of your pants. It seems like such
a ridiculous thing, but back then, I would have probably loved that because I had a
lot of jeans back then, but I would always be stepping on the back of it, and
I would eventually wear away the pant cuff. So that happened, and those were
actually kind of successful. But back to the shoe. So in 2001 the Osiris ODS shoe
was actually the center of a murder investigation.
So a woman named Tonya Hart — she was shot, and the only piece of evidence that they
really had was the shoe prints. So they brought in the FBI investigator and
figured out that that was an Osiris ODS shoe, and they used that as their way to
figure out who the guy was. They had some descriptions of the suspect, but they
weren’t very clear. Just average height, average looking guy. But the shoe print
was what they had to go for. So they went to the suspects house, they looked
through all of his shoes and they didn’t find that, well they found an Osiris Defcon shoe. And so the treads didn’t match. It wasn’t quite right, so
this must not be the guy. But during the trial, they actually got a spokesperson
for Osiris to testify, and this is what he
said: “The Osiris ODS gives more ‘board feel'” said Elders, and has a special
velcro swatch on the heel allowing skaters to attach a pant leg. The “sag no
drag” device allows skaters to wear baggy pants without damaging the cuffs. The
Osiris Defcon, on the other hand, was made with extra cushion for jumping down
large flights of stairs. I found that completely crazy, like they
are using this murder investigation as a way to sell shoes. But the thing is, he
was actually right! So this guy, their suspect, actually did have both shoes and
he ended up admitting to it and he went to jail. So that was actually the case.
Everyone needs to have more than one pair of shoes, including murderers. But
back to Smolik. He was in a lot of different video parts around the time,
including The Storm, which is one of my favorite skate videos of all time. And
something I found really interesting: check out his ender in this part. It’s a
switch front tail frontside 270 heelflip out. Now, if you fast-forward six
years to the Blind video “What If?”, this is Ronnie Creager in the ender part. His
very last trick, fade to black ender for the whole video, is a switch
tailslide 270 heelflip out. The exact same trick 6 years later, it was still ender
worthy, so that just shows you how far ahead of the times he was when he filmed
The Storm. A lot of his other video parts were also really good too, and things
were all looking really great for him until he eventually lost his sponsors. So
here’s what happened with Osiris in particular. They started to put out
colorways for his shoes that he never signed off on, so there’s one he talked
about, he says it was Ecto Green. It was a really bright colored shoe that he
didn’t like, and his name was on it, and he thought it was making him look bad. Like,
this was his design and it wasn’t. So he didn’t appreciate that, and I can really
respect that. So he had some integrity. He wanted to make the best product he could
and actually get involved with the process instead of just taking money
without actually worrying about what his name is going on. So I can respect that,
but maybe not the way that he handled it exactly. So he talks about how, at one
point, the Osiris people would come to his door and he would just hide behind
there. He might open the door and yell at him
that he wants his camo navigator, but that was about it. But with Shorty’s though,
they said that he just wasn’t doing enough for the brand anymore. So when he was out, he wasn’t wearing Shorty’s stuff, he was wearing Sk8mafia shirts. He was just
not really doing a lot for Shorty’s. At least, that’s what they told them in an
unsigned letter that they sent to him where they kicked him off the team.
Nobody took credit for it. He tried to figure out who actually fired him and
never got a name. So that was Shorty’s, and then what happened was, at that point
he decided to really build up Sk8mafia and turn that into a real brand.
So let’s actually talk about Sk8mafia for a second. Originally it wasn’t
supposed to be a brand, it wasn’t a company. It didn’t have any products. The
idea was that it was just skaters around the world can help each other out, and
we’re all one big group. So we’re all in the skate mafia. So everybody who skates
was included, and the actual pro team, when all that stuff, didn’t come until a lot
later. And in fact, here’s Chad Muska from Guilty, way back in 2001. “Ain’t no thing homie. Skate Mafia for life.” That was from way before it actually became a
brand. But let’s go to the about page on the Sk8mafia site, so what this says:
“This is this is the body of your about page. Viewers go to this page to find out
everything about your business–” My bad. So there’s this guy named Dan Connelly, and
he was in college. He was doing a project where he had to build up a fake company,
so he had opportunity to make assets for Sk8mafia. So, logos, t-shirt designs all
that kind of stuff. And then they used that as a basis to actually launch it as
a real company. Although at first, it was really more just making t-shirts and
giving them away, rather than having an actual business model and all that kind
of stuff. It was just really grassroots at the time. And let’s talk about their
hand sign. So at first, one of the ideas someone came up to Smolik and told him,
‘hey, you should do this.’ I don’t know what they’re doing with the pinkies. ‘You
should do this and that “S” is either Shorty’s or Smolik.’ And he’s like, ‘No man,
put the pinkies down and now it’s an M. Sk8mafia.’ And so that’s that’s what it
is. You have to do it like this, no thumbs allowed, left finger above the right one
so the S is right for the person watching, and that’s what it is. And he
was doing that all over town, people are always doing that in ads, it’s probably
the most famous hand sign in skateboarding. In 2004, they had their first tour and
what they did, they just got an RV packed with a ton of skaters, and they went out
and went from town to town. They made just enough money to keep going until
the end of it. It wasn’t very official, wasn’t very
legitimate, but it got them some momentum rolling. When they got back, they started
talking to distributors and what they had to do was finally put some stuff
down on paper. They had to get an official pro team, and an official am team. They had
to have a business model, they had to have everything on paper, and so they did
that and they finally launched officially as a legitimate company
around that time. And one of the really smart things they did with their
business model was, they came up with their Sk8mafia Saturdays. So this was
a weekly video series of the team going out in skating, and that was a really
really good idea at the time. So I could think about going out doing demos. You’re
seeing, you know, 100 people per city at most. If you have this social media
campaign, which they wouldn’t called it back then, it was able to reach out to a
bunch of different people all over the internet. All over the world. And so that
was a really smart way that they marketed their brand. Sk8mafia
survived a few setbacks along the way, like in 2014, they thought Blitz
Distribution was going to shut down, so they broke off with Just Live, JSLV, and
they started to work together and they survived that. Blitz also survived, just
in a different way. They have a lot of different brands now, and not quite the
same force that they used to be. But you know Smolik is actually not involved
with Sk8mafia at all anymore and we’ll talk about all of that in a second, but
back to Smolik and his skating for a second, my favorite video part of his was
from Transworld’s Let’s Do This in 2007. I really like the urban explorer kind of
vibe that he had going there, where he wasn’t doing the same old spots as
everyone else, he was skating on rocks. He’s doing all kinds of really cool
technical stuff, so he definitely, even after Sk8mafia started, all that. He was
still really at the top of his game. But what is he up to right now? That’s kind
of a tough question, and I really don’t even want to answer it, because
by the time I talk about it it’ll be out of date. Even his Instagram seems like
it’s out of date. So if you go to his Instagram lord_pillage, you’ll see that
he is sponsored by Laced. That’s Jake Brown’s clothing company. Their website is
shut down. They’ve posted one thing on Facebook in the last couple years.
I don’t even know if they still exist anymore. Plus he has his own clothing
brand anyway called Real Life Pillage, so I’m not
really sure what’s going on there exactly. But as far as decks, there have
also been quite a few changes recently. So as I mentioned, he did leave Sk8mafia,
which was a big surprise, being as he was one of the founding members. But he
joined Menace. So a lot of you guys will remember Menace. If you saw my Kareem Campbell video right here, he, Kareem Campbell started that company way back —
I think it was 94. It became City Stars and then somebody brought back the Menace
name. Not related to Kareem Campbell anymore. But Smolik joined them, and he said the
reason why he did that was something about how an artist has to express his
art. One thing you’ll notice if you see an interview by him: he is really hard to
understand. it’s tough to know what he’s talking about at any given point. But one
thing that he might have been talking about is just the literal art style of
the companies. So Sk8mafia, half of the graphics, that font is Impact. You just
type in “Sk8mafia” and you’re done. But the graphics and everything on Menace
were a lot better, a lot more interesting. Maybe that’s what he was doing. But we’ll
never know, because he actually left them right away as well.
And what he’s doing right now, it seems like his brand that he’s starting is
making their own decks too. So he’s posted up some concept shots. He’s
posted pictures of decks that he’s making. So that seems like what’s going
on with him right now. Aside from that, he’s also riding for Spitfire,
Independent, and Osiris, believe it or not. So last fall Osiris posted this
picture, where Smolik and Tyrone Olson are back on the team, and they’re working
on designing things again. And this was pretty cool. They talked about reissuing
their old shoes — actually making new shoes based on the old ones, because that
old tooling doesn’t exist. But making new shoes based on their old designs,
bringing the old team back together. Maybe even
making The Storm part two. Smolik says that he’s got another video part in him.
But the thing is, I don’t know whatever happened with that. If you look at the
Osiris website, they’re not on the team page. They’re nowhere on the site, either of
their names. And on Facebook. the only thing I saw linking them together still
was back from February. So I’m not really sure what’s going on there. If you know,
let me know below. It would be cool to see what they end up coming up with. But
he’s got so many different business ideas and things going on right now. I’m
sure we’ll see something interesting soon. So that’s what’s going on with
Smolik. Let me know who you want to see me talk about again below, and until next
time, here’s some more videos I did recently. I do a lot more different types
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100 Replies to “Peter Smolik – Even Murderers Wear Osiris? #RetroRippers”

  1. They say don't judge book by its cover. Some of the most bad motherfuckers look the complete opposite. The dude how runs this channel looks like he's never skated a day in his life, and If he does, I'm sure he piss pedals at a eight inch curb to slam his nose into it without ollieing and nose slides 4 inches.

  2. I was at the first tour for sk8mafia when they came they to Milwaukee. When all was said an done a my buddy an i walk out to chill with the team outside the park. While talking with smolik with out a studder he asked if we could find him an 8 ball. I was like 16 yo WTF lol

  3. I had totally forgotten about Shorty's!!! My friend who really got me into skate culture was aaaaaallllll about Shorty's, TSA, Spitfire, and Osiris… I don't remember him being too into Smolik, oddly enough… fun trip down memory lane! 👍

  4. I really enjoy your channel, it seems to me the volume is a little low… Even at my max it's quiet for me. Anyone else find the volume a little low?

  5. I was living in SD around 2000-2006 and the girl I was living w was dating him. He went by ALKA-SMOLIK by this time. He was kinda punched out on drugs n pills and was a little too “wigger” for us. Everyone goes though times n dips so no judgement. But he was all about skate mafia and another company called 2D or 2 drunk. Logo was clever w the s on the SD logo reversed. But w all the drugs and lack of skateboarding, I actually read that letter that was sent to him!!!! He was getting I think 20k a month. The letter basically said it’s been years since you had a vid part and aren’t repping the brand. Kinda sad at the time, I could tell he was crushed. But he opened a bottle n we went to a party in mission beach. I hope he’s doin better now. I should say he got my homegirls attention from doing some crazy pressure tre flip super casually by the roller coaster in mission beach. He was crazy technical, I think at the time he got lost in drinks alky and girls. (Why I left Sd). It was legal to drink on the beach so we’d have keggers in the sand. Really hard to be productive at that time there. Anyways, glad he didn’t murder someone, that’s what I thought had happened since I last saw him on a down turn.

    Keep up the cool content RAD RAT 🐀

  6. Worst era of skateboarding. A bunch of cry babies seeing rollerblading grow in popularity and rather than upping their own game they just decide to s*** on it and keep doing inch long Grindss on Chunked Up curbs… I wish I could make millions of dollars skating spots that toddlers can skate

  7. You should do a story on how skateboarding focused its marketing on the destruction of another new sport(blading) due to jealousy of the popularity in the late and mid 90s. it's 100% connected to the fact that skateboarding had been around since the seventies and was ina downward trend while rollerblading looked awful at the time and was still gaining more publicity. Rollerblading didn't deserve the notoriety while skaters who had been putting in years and years of work still weren't getting paid their dues… It's an interesting story. And we can all think skateboarding for scooters sneaking everyone now!

  8. It’s really crazy how many if these guys we grew up watching, just completely fell off… not cause they sucked, but just because of the sport’s economy.
    The amount of Pros who are living off skating full time comfortably is about 1/10 of what it was in the 90’s

  9. Great content!. But don’t get a true skater vibe from you..so kinda throws the vid off ..but very informative 👍🏼

  10. Man I can’t think of shortys without thinking of my dude Adam.
    He was a huge shortys fan and is who got me into skating around 99 and we skated until about 03-04 until his untimely death
    He was my best friend in the world.
    Sadly he got schizophrenia and killed himself.

    He was all about Osiris shoes and shortys boards and hoodies.

    I’d give anything to kick it with him one more time

    RIP buddy. I hope you’re up there still skatin bro!

  11. that is so coked out just like the time my sisters boyfriend put a lighter under my nose and then made me believe that becoming a porn star was not Satanic Sk8Mafia for life.

  12. Will you pleasse stop calling Timberlands "Timba-land boots"
    U realize your lily white off the rip so it sounds embarassing when you talk like that. .. Sorry i really love your channel but its embarassing. Just call it by its real name. They are called Timberlands. I dont even know why you call it that.. Weird….

  13. I used to wear D3s every day in 5th grade! My friends called them globetrotters. Great for recess kickball.

  14. it would be soo sick if shortys got revived and started a new team in 2020! i seriously think it would be a success partly because of a nostalgic aspect, but holy shit,if they put together a sick team with these new insanely good skaters nowadays, it would take the fuck off!!!

  15. When i lived in SD he lived in my building. We would kick it and play wii golf and smoke. Hes a character.

  16. I thought Smolik actually got a body. I thought skate mafia is really stepping their game up for a minute.

  17. Peter's grandparents are from Czech republic and as such he came to visit them from time to time. Grandparents of my friend knew Peter's grandparents so … one day my friend came to our local park, Stvanice (Prague, where Mystic skate cup is held annually) with Peter Smolik. And our group of skateboarding friends end up as Peter's local guide for a few days. Truth to be told, we didn't skate much these few days he was in Prague. We spend most of the time in pubs, drinking beers, smoking joints. Having good time. Nonetheless, a few weeks before he arrived we finished our DIY project. We fixed old concrete, water tank (4 meter deep hole in the ground with banks all around. You can find it even today, it's on the Vitkov Hill. When you visit Prague, it's the hill with the huge statue of a man on a horse. The water tank is near the actual military tank which is in front of national military museum located on that hill.) with a little bit of concrete here and there, cleaning it up etc. , but the thing was still extremely steep, rough and dirty. The best of us could do fs ollie and that was pretty much it.

    One afternoon, Peter wanted to skate and we thought, maybe he can do something there. So, onward. We arrived at the spot, he tried to cruise around, a few olies. And then? He did nollie bs flip, 360 flip, fs flip and a few more tricks in just a few minutes and he was satisfied and we returned back to the chilling in pubs. It was probably the most insane showcase of skateboarding skill I could see with my own eyes to this day.

    Peter is a great guy in the every aspect of the word.

  18. Always thought it was pronounced sMOE-lick. I’ll always remember him by the nose/tail slide 180 pop to nose/tail. Spent weeks trying to learn that. Never landed one haha

  19. Well, said person didnt try to sell shoes…he was called to testify the DIFFERENT style of shoe to clarify for the court
    Your twisting that statment waaaay to far

  20. Best skate shoe Erik Ellington 1s from emerica got a fat cushy tongue,ankle collar, and air cushioned soles on the heel for impact but the toe wasn't as bulky as the rest of the shoe with was great for toe flip tricks wish the were still available now

  21. Ol' Dirty Smolik! I absolutely remember those shoes and the pants that went along with them. They were a sheen material that reminded me of track pants/windbreakers.

  22. Fuck u talking bout lil pussy ass bitch!! Smolik out here drinking beer with men.. analyze that player! Jkjkjk but for real though

  23. His style always looks like he's holding an invisible beer can in his right hand. Him and Kalis ran shit in the late 90's.

  24. Man, I was in high school 1999-2003 and I had the Peter Smolik shirts board with him rolling the dice and the pigs behind him. Best board I ever had my dad bought it for me. I also had the Peter Smolik Osiris shoes. Dope shoes. So nostalgic it's crazy. I was a Shortys ride or die skater. I remember meeting Smolik at United Boards in Long Beach way way way back. He was working the registers. There was always pros hanging around there and was so stoked to have met him.

  25. Damn there’s so many pro skater. I can’t believe how fast time has gone by. I remember all the older pro skaters but I hardly know any of them today.

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