News Tagged ‘Toy Machine’

25 minutes of Vans Europe destruction with ‘Tom’s Tales’

Monday, May 11th, 2020

 

 

Fucking hell Vans Europe! That really ought to suffice as far as the text for this post goes but Google doesn’t accept honest exclamations of sheer shock and awe so bear with me. Released today under the moniker of ‘Tom’s Tales’ – the clip above features the Vans Europe crew absolutely decimating spots everywhere from Athens to Paris.
And when I say ‘decimating’ I’m not being hyperbolic – the skateboarding on this clip is absolutely mind-bendingly good. Spot diversity, the number of countries involved, the variety of styles and types of skating covered: this really does have everything. In an age where skate videos are free and nobody pays for anything, I can honestly say that if Vans Europe decided to bring this out on a DVD, I’d buy it. This is how you make a team video people – Vans do it again. Book ended with full sections (more or less) from Martino Cattaneo and Victor Pellegrin (both of who absolutely go in) – regardless of whether you like beautiful Parisians in next level fits bouncing off walls, or you prefer sweaty moshers doing the unthinkable and nearly smashing into cars at 20 mph – you’re covered. Seriously cannot praise Vans Europe and co enough here. A masterpiece.

 

Some of these names might be new to some of you – some of them won’t be but for the sake of giving due props – here’s the roll call of names: Martino Cattaneo, Pepe Tirelli, Yellen Moens, Joseph Biais, Val Bauer, Oscar Candon, Mika Germond, Robin Bolian, Jan Hoffman, Hugo Westrelin, Roberto Aleman, Thanos Panou, Sam Partaix, Kris Vile, Dustin Dollin, Chris Pfanner, Daniel Lutheran, Axel Cruysberghs, Albert Nyberg, Alexey Krasniy and Victor Pellegrin.
Honestly – stop reading this and go watch it. And then watch it again.

 

 

Vans Europe

 

During the process of writing this it occurred to me that during the Covid-19 carnage we somehow forgot to post another Vans backed recent video masterpiece too – this time in the form of the first ever all-female Vans production, (that’s all female riders, filmer/editor and photographer). Shameful oversight on our behalf really. I’ll punch myself in the face as soon as I’ve finished typing – promise.
If you somehow managed to miss Credits – you can wise your selves up here.
Featuring the talents of Breana Geering, Una Farrar and Fabiano Delfino plus a host of other female rippers including our very own Helena Long. Go peep – don’t sleep.

 

 

Vans Europe


Toy Machine – Chinese Destiny

Tuesday, February 6th, 2018

 

Toy Machine – Chinese Destiny

 

 

The Toy Machine crew headed for a Far East excursion in late 2017 with photographer Bart Jones along for the ride to document their antics for Transworld Skateboarding.

 

Colin Provost, Leo Romero, Jeremy Leabres, Daniel Lutheran, Blake Carpenter, Axel Cryshbergs and CJ Collins put plank to bank, marble and bump to bar and more.

 

The resulting edit from the trip is an enjoyable two and half minutes of bangers and lines put down on an assortment of spots that look too perfect to be real.

 

However, the real highlight of this trip is Daniel Lutheran’s write up which features excellent character studies of his teammates and we highly recommend giving it a read by clicking here.

 

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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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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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Jiri ‘George’ Bulin For Toy Machine

Friday, February 26th, 2016

 

 

 

 

A number of years ago the people of Greater Manchester were graced with a European hippy from Czech Republic. This was all due to our stock keeper Stu Reynolds because he paid a visit to Prague in Czech and was greeted by an old friend Marcel and a young lad Jiri, aka George. From there the guys spent 5 days smashing various spots and making the most of the cheap lager on offer. On the last day, after an eventful trip, Stu mentioned to George that if he ever wanted to come to England he has a place waiting for him at his. From there George turned up 3 months later and hasn’t turned back since. It’s pretty obvious to the local Manchester shredders, who I’m sure will agree that has most definitely proved himself in the Manchester scene. Not that anyone needs to prove themselves, he’s just been a pleasure to have on our streets. He has even accumulated a fluent Mancunian accent too aha. Anyway, over the years we have seen a huge progression in George’s skating/style. He is a footage machine and is one of the most productive skaters from Manchester at this minute. It has payed off too, as I can now announce our shop rider, Czech legend and great friend has bagged himself a spot on the UK Toy Machine team. He will also be riding Pig Wheels from now on. Good work George! It wasn’t a surprise really as the welcome edit above is bloody brilliant.

 

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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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