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Welcome to Hell – huge Toy Machine skateboards drop in stock

Thursday, February 4th, 2021

As we edge into February we’ve been blessed with a huge Toy Machine skateboards drop which gives us an excuse to delve in loyal pawn history.
Toy Machine skateboards was founded from the ashes of the earlier abortive Ed Templeton and Mike Vallely 90s skate brand TV (as in ‘Television’) in 1993, and was Ed’s first solo-effort following his huge success as the headline pro of New Deal Skateboards.

Looking back on the trajectory of Toy Machine since (which incidentally has to be one of the best brand names in skate history), it’s hard to to think of it as the tiny brand populated by a bunch of largely unknown skaters that it began life as on their inaugural video release ‘Live!’ (see above)
Featuring such household names as Charlie Coatney and Pete Lehman, (although admittedly backed up by Ed T, a young Ethan Fowler and Jahmal Williams), Live! made Ed’s decision to ditch the mighty New Deal at the height of his fame seems somewhat foolhardy to say the least.
However, in much the same way that the creepy vegan predated the highwater Dickies trend by two decades, his decision to start up Toy Machine skateboards under the Tum Yeto distribution umbrella as a solo effort also found vindication (and more) as time progressed and the team picked up various heads who would go on to to have a huge impact on skate culture.

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Toy Machine skateboard‘s second video ‘Heavy Metal’ (1995) introduced an entirely new team (with the exception of Ed T) with the likes of Josh Kalis, Satva Leung, Panama Dan and Jamie Thomas hopping on.
Heavy Metal also introduced the world to the filming and editing skills of Jamie Thomas and set the scene for the truly epoch-forming third Toy Machine video, which we’ll come to in a minute.

The third full-length release from Toy Machine a year later in 1996 saw Ed T’s fledgling enterprise finally come of age and drop what has gone on to be one of the most influential skate videos of all-time. Not only did Welcome to Hell set in motion the second wave of Pat Duffy inspired handrail mania, it also resurrected the tradition of slam sections, alongside blowing global minds with the first ever proper female street skater part in the form of the utterly timeless Elisa Steamer section.
It probably sounds like an exaggeration read in 2021 but honestly, Welcome to Hell changed everything.

If you’ve never seen it before – prepare yourselves.

Obviously, from 1996 onwards Toy Machine evolved further, lost team riders, acquired new ones and has gone on to create a lot of noise to this day, even within the extremely crowded skate brand universe of 2021.
If you want to know more about the ups and downs of Toy Machine life span then you’d be well advised to give Ed Templeton’s Epicly Later’d series a watch – peep below for the first one.

Anyhow – that’s it for now – stay up hombres!

Emerica skate shoes latest video ‘Green’

Sunday, February 23rd, 2020

Emerica skate shoes latest video ‘Green’ is here and it’s an amazing 18 minutes of the traditional, progressive street-hammering we’ve all come to expect from the brand.
Emerica is one of the stalwarts of the skater-owned shoe universe: the brand that gave us epoch-forming video sections from the likes of Andrew Reynolds, Heath Kirchart and Ed Templeton to name but a few of the greats who have at one point laced up signature Emerica shoes. Over the last few years the brand has suffered the loss of a few of its biggest names – Heath Kirchart to retirement, Ed Templeton to vegan ice cream and creepy pier photography, Jerry Hsu to the world of Sci Fi and Fantasy and, most recent and most notably, long time flagship rider Andrew Reynolds shifting over to an as yet not entirely explained in full deal with Vans.

Emerica skate shoes latest video 'Green'

The Emericans have taken it on the chin and have come back swinging with this latest 18 minute online follow up to the equally incredible Made Chapter 2 (their last full-length release), which you can see below.
Newest recruits Dakota Servold and Erick Winkowski absolutely kill it, as do Emerica long-servers Figgy, Colin Provost, Kevin ‘Spanky’ Long and various others. The curtains belong to Deathwish’s own recently sober leader of farm-hand inspired street wear and by God, does John Dickson come through. For such a beefy dude, his finesse is untouchable and despite being dressed like Lenny from Of Mice and Men, I’d trust him to pet my new puppy, no problem.
As always with Emerica – this is straight forward, zero gimmicks skateboarding.





On a related tip – fans of the ever popular Emerica Reynolds models can still get their hands on our remaining stock at super cheap sale prices – hit the image below and get them whilst you still can…



If this one’s left you hungry for more Emerica, then we recommend checking out the 2016 History of Emerica skate videos clip below. Lots of classic footage from riders new and old and some reminders of why their video back catalogue is one of the most iconic in skateboarding.

New Deal Skateboards are back

Monday, September 23rd, 2019

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New Deal Skateboards are back with a reissue of their original range of skateboards, soft goods (featuring the iconic Andy Howell crafted logo that first launched the brand), along with reissues and re-jigs of various OG logos on stickers, which will please all the archivists and arthritic skate fans who love the brand.


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Founded back in 1990, New Deal Skateboards was one of the first iterations of the skater-owned skate company as far as modern skateboarding is concerned.
Created through a coming together of UK skateboard impresario, liptrick innovator and general force-of-nature Steve Douglas, legendary industry figure Paul Schmitt, and artist/technical innovator Andy Howell, New Deal followed in the wake of the early 1990’s shake up of the 80’s skate industry initiated by Steve Rocco and his World Industries enterprise.



To those of you too young to really get the influence that New Deal Skateboards had, it was born at a point in skate history where the major brands that dominated the industry had become bloated, slow to move with the evolution of the culture and resistant to the rapid fire changes being spearheaded by street skaters across the world. Rather than the over-produced, high-budget skate films produced by the likes of Powell-Peralta, (which often looked dated by the time of their release due to the speed at which skateboarding was changing), New Deal skateboards took a similar route to that of H-Street and World Industries.
The focus was off camera tech, big budgets and cheesy narratives: instead New Deal’s initial video output focused on trick evolution and innovation, mixing a line up of established pro skaters, (including co-founders Steve Douglas and Andy Howell among others) with a crew of virtually unknown rippers whose skateboarding spoke for itself, without the need for the industry to have co-signed them first.

Their first video release summed up this DIY attitude and approach perfectly.
Simply entitled ’15 Minute Promo’, this was a statement of intent from the fledgling brand and set their stall firmly within the wider skateboard culture by concentrating on the skateboarding itself, set alongside cameos of the kind of tweakers instantly recognisable to anyone out skating street in the early 1990’s.



We’re super stoked to be a UK stockist of New Deal skateboards and will be carrying the full range of New Deal gear beginning in October of this year. There’s just so much history tied into this brand and so many amazingly influential skaters who have ridden for New Deal over the years that it’s impossible to mention even a fraction of them here but, if you’ll indulge us, we’ll throw a few of our personal favourites into this piece.

Before we do that however, we suggest that you all follow @newdealskateboards on Instagram for a curated feed of historical gold, and go explore the #mynewdealstory to see and read a bunch of stories from skaters across the world relating to their own memories relating to the New Deal skateboards brand.


Additionally, you could do a lot worse than to get up to speed on the entire history behind the creation of New Deal skateboards, (along with nearly 2 hours of related skateboard history) from the man behind New Deal, liptrick evolution, 411VM, Giant distribution and a host of other highly influential pieces of skateboard history – none other than London’s own Steve Douglas.
Hit the link below to listen to a fantastic in-depth interview with Steve Douglas courtesy of the always excellent UK-based Looking Sideways podcast.


We can’t recommend this podcast enough – for those of you old enough to remember New Deal Skateboards the first time around, just as much as for those of you who aren’t. Steve Douglas has had such a massive influence on global skateboarding culture and has touched all of your lives, whether you know that or not.

We’ll update you all on the ins and outs of the product related to the fact that New Deal Skateboards are back soon but for now, consider this your historical input feed whilst you wait to see the proddy.


As stated above, there are way too many insane video parts to include in here so we’ll bang a brace of our own favourites below. Once you’ve watched those – head over to the New Deal Skateboards YouTube channel to see the entirety of their earliest video releases uploaded from the original masters.

With that said, here’s co-founder Andy Howell’s section from New Deal’s first full-length release, the epoch-forming * useless wooden toys. Imagine not only filling your section with new tricks that nobody had ever seen before at the time firstly, then imagine having tricks in your section released 30 years ago that nobody has ever replicated to this day. Pretty heavy right? (0.30 in for the nerds).

It’d be churlish to mention New Deal and to not include Ed Templeton‘s first full section too so, here you go.
This was also the ender of * useless wooden toys – even now, 30 years later, it’s not hard to see how far ahead this one was when it came out.

Finally, for now at least, is the truly incredible Danny Sargent section from the same video.
If Gonz is the John Coltrane of skateboarding then Danny Sargent is Ozzy Osbourne. Raw as fuck.

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Toy Machines Axel Cruysberghs ‘Free Lunch’ interview

Thursday, January 25th, 2018


Toy Machines Axel Cruysberghs ‘Free Lunch’ interview.


Toy Machine Pro Axel Cruysberghs comes through with his ‘Free Lunch’ for the Ride Channel.

In Axel’s Free Lunch he talks about P-Stone memories, What tricks Lizzie can do that he can’t, how many languages he can speak plus much more! Is a new Toy Machine video on the cards? Be sure to click on the link below to view Axel’s Free Lunch!




This weeks ‘Free lunch’ is with Toy Machines very own Belgium handrail slayer Axel Cruysberghs. Axel first appeared on the European contest circuit more than a decade ago and was instantly recognizable with his fast and solid style on a skateboard. After proving himself as one of Europe’s top skateboarders he started riding for Ed Templeton’s ‘Toy Machine’.  After a short spell as an amateur on Toy Machine he was turned professional for one of the best skateboard companies out there.


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Welcome To Hell – The Raw Tour Tapes

Saturday, October 22nd, 2016


20 years ago back in 1996, Toy Machine (then just three years old) released its third video titled Welcome To Hell. It was a dramatic change compared to Live! from 1994, when the team was made up of Ed Templeton, Jerry Fowler, Ethan Fowler, Joe Nemeth and others like Joel Danenhauer who could be found skating the Huntington Beach skate park. That progressed into Heavy Metal, Toy Machine’s second video offering from 1995 which saw Jamie Thomas take most of the control in the video and directing side of things. At that time, skateboarding popularity was on the up-rise. The X-Games had premiered on television (1995) and having a career within skateboarding was looking more viable. The early-90’s Goofy Boy stage of tiny wheels, giant clothes and oh so tech ledge combinations was faded away and by 1996 the emphasis came back to style and speed. That summer the team went on a U.S tour and now 20 years later raw footage has emerged from Josh Stewart’s archives. Ed, Jamie, Donny Barley, Brian Anderson, and the team skated demos on car parks with random obstacles in front of mellow crowds. There are baggy jeans and, of course, cargo pants, and there are early Zero T-shirt sightings. In the years that followed riders came and went but Ed stuck with Toy Machine. Welcome To Hell helped inspire an entire generation of skateboarders. Click play on the clips below for a glimpse of mid-90’s nostalgia.





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Welcome To Hell

Wednesday, December 9th, 2015


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Toy Machine, a company that has been nothing but solid from the start (1993). It was created by Ed Templeton, one of skateboarding’s veterans who with out a doubt has one the best FS nose-blunts in the game! Initially, at the birth of the brand Templeton couldn’t decide what name to give this new comapany. It was a choice between “Toy Skateboards” or “Machine Skateboards”. It was when his good friend and fellow professional skateboarder Ethan Fowler suggested a combination of the two propositions, giving you Toy Machine Skateboards.


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Templeton was born in Orange County, California, US and began skateboarding in 1985. You would have found him cruising the streets of his home town, that was Huntington Beach with his good pal Jason Lee who you may recognize from the popular comedy series ‘My Name Is Earl’, otherwise it’ll be for his mad quirky style on a board. With Templeton he saw nothing but a career in skateboarding, fully committed from an early age, ‘The first thing that I ever saw was a kid skating down the street and he ollied up a curb; that was, you know, the thing that got me started. I thought that was the coolest thing ever, like, how could this guy just keep cruising down the street and not have to stop and pick up his board.’ I’ll have to agree with that too, I thought it was magic. He most definitely didn’t see himself going back to life as a normal human being anyway. He obviously made the right choice as he went on to produce some powerful video parts that have included the best style/selection of tricks I’ve ever seen. His part in ‘Welcome To Hell’ was bonkers!




Holy shit, the One Foot FS lip at 1:30, mind blowing. Templeton has produced many more parts too that I highly recommend you watch, Toy Machine: Jump Off A Building, Emerica: This Is Skateboarding, Toy Machine: Suffer The Joy, Emerica: Stay Gold, the list goes on. As-well as having an incredible career in skateboarding Templeton is also a well respected artist which connects hugely with Toy Machine as the really familiar graphics used in conjunction with the brand have mostly been designed by himself. The well known character featured below can easily be renown as the face of Toy Machine.



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Other graphics that come to mind are the Toy Machine Knuckles, The Eye and the Devil, all of them are brilliant designs. Not only are the graphics on fire but their team is also one to be proud of. You will find Diego “The Butcher” Bucchieri, Billy Marks, Josh Harmony, Leo Romero, Matt Bennett, Collin Provost, Jordan Taylor, Daniel Lutheran, Blake Carpenter and Jeremy Leabres shredding the boards. Some of the skateboarders who joined the company during its early period were Brian Anderson, Elissa Steamer, and Brad Staba. However, all three quit the company at the same time. Austin Stephens also joined the team, he actually became the longest-serving team member aside from Templeton but sadly retired from professional skateboarding in December 2013. To commemorate  Stephens’s career they released a tribute skateboard deck and Templeton officially stated:


I recall Austin coming to me at the Toy Machine Halloween demo a few years back saying that he didn’t think he could do it anymore. And I said, “Do what?” and he said, “Skateboard. My ankle doesn’t work anymore.” … I respect a man who is willing to see things as they are and make an honest choice. So it was with great sadness that we retired Austin Stephens, the rider who was on Toy Machine the longest aside from me.


It’s a really shame loosing skaters that many of us have looked up too from an early age due to injury. Although let’s not dwell as I’m sure the current team will go on to produce many more eye catching videos for us all to get hyped on. Here’s Nick Trapasso’s part from one of Toy Machine’s more recent videos, ‘Brainwash’. More style than Vivienne Westwood right there.





I love working in a skate shop, none other than here but it’s amazing when you can reminisce about a brand you’ve grown up with. A new drop of Toy Machine boards have just arrived and it takes me right back to being a kid staring at the yet familiar graphics that were plastered on a wall in my local skate shop. I’m pleased to say, you can still find them now on display including here at The Black Sheep Store. All I ask is that you take time to consider this skater owned brand next time you’re thinking of replacing your old whip with a new plank. It deserves a lots of respect and I’m extremely glad my bosses are willing to support one of skateboarding’s finest by constantly stocking Toy Machine. If you’re from Manchester or just appreciate good music you’d be mad to miss out on the new Joy Division inspired graphic.




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