News Tagged ‘Toy Machine Skateboards’

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.

Toy Machine skateboards drop

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!


Black Sheep family member Jiri Bulin for Piilgrim clothing

Wednesday, July 1st, 2020

 

Stoked on this for all kinds of reasons but not least as it sees Black Sheep family member Jiri Bulin take the curtains. ‘Chrysalis’ is the suitably psychedelic latest release from Mark Kendrick’s ethically-minded clothing brand Piilgrim. For those of you who don’t recognise Mark’s name – he’s been a face on the UK skate scene for many years, as both a ripper in his own right and the man behind the camera.
Piilgrim’s mission statement is to create clothing using ethical processes and to attempt to reduce waste involved to as close to zero as possible. Highly commendable stuff indeed.

For a more in-depth insight into Piilgrim and Mark Kendrick’s back catalogue of video produce to date – hit the link earlier in this sentence and read the interview that Jenkem Mag did to coincide with their online premiere of Chrysalis back in the darker depth of the Covid-19 lock down era.

 

Anyhow, onto the meat of this particular sandwich, (vegan meat substitute that is obviously). Chrysalis serves up a veritable smorgasbord of North West related rippers including Black Sheep family member Jiri Bulin, plus the likes of Keanu Robson, Zach Riley, Ricky Davidson, Jeremy Jones, UK legend Franklin Stephens plus recent US additions Corey Duffel and Pat Burke. The whole thing is absolutely banging from start to finish and all involved deserve hearty back slaps. If you missed the online premiere – now’s the time to wise your eyes up. Go peep.

 

In related Jiri Bulin news, our very own Czech Manc, his lovely family and an assortment of local heroes have also been hard at work during lock down creating DIY gold in otherwise unused space. If you’re keen to get involved with that project, either by donating funds, materials or your labour then go check out the Instagram account @beesidediy and/or sling them some funds through their Go Fund Me here.

 

Jiri is sponsored by Black Sheep, Toy Machine, Pig Wheels, Etnies, Theeve trucks and Piilgrim clothing.

Black Sheep family member Jiri Bulin


Axel Cruysberghs – Welcome to Toy Machine

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

 

Earlier this month via the wonders of Instagram it was announced that Axel Cruysberghs would be officially being added the the Toy Machine Am team. To correctly celebrate this achievement, Toy Machine have released his welcome clip online, it may only be a minute long but you can see why he’s been added to the roster. From his stand out part in Where We Come From (2015) , his current ripping on this years king of the road and his now Am status Axel doesn’t seem like slowing down any time soon.

 

 

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