News From June 2007

A-Stone Highway

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Austin enjoys scouring the countryside for good times and hot skates. He's gone from one tour to the next and gets back tonight from the Wild Ride. Trooper through and through...
Posted June 30th, 2007 by Your Dylan-esque Ramblings Across the Globe
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Psychosomatic Grif eats a Mushroom

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This guy looked at Grif after he barfed. But it was all psychosomatic
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Based on some comments that Kevin looked like an Arabian guy in a metal band, I remembered that me and the team thinks he looks like these guys: David Blaine, Adam Goldberg, and Judd Nelson. (or Borat!)
Posted June 29th, 2007 by The Hand Shaker
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Mantics

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Ed uses tour as a time to get tough, sharpen his man skills. He seemed to be in some sort of tough guy contest with Grif and they were always ribbing each other to get gnarly in some way...
Anyway, It's not like this police brutality!
Posted June 29th, 2007 by Thanks TWS!!
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Billy ran into these guys in a Wal-Mart...

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They recognized him, and then he brought them out to meet me. They said they had signed up for the army and were now being shipped out to Iraq. Grif asked them for an inappropriate one... This is what Billy had to say about it.
Posted June 28th, 2007 by Fighting for Bush and bummed about it.
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This Plus This Equals This, Go Figure...

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Kevin and his Parents. They told me that he was an ugly baby.
Posted June 28th, 2007 by Only a Mother...
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All Grows Up

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Our little JLay is all grows up. He's got a shoe coming out and a house in the burbs. Maybe he gets down on life sometimes but he always comes back up. Atta boy Johnny....
Posted June 27th, 2007 by Wilson From Over The Fence
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White Sands Pee Stop

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Posted June 26th, 2007 by Willam Defoe's Nude Scene
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Bilbo Rider

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Billy ponders his future contest wins as Ed learns how to drive safely and listen intently to the thoughts of his team. He heard Billy think about this.
Posted June 26th, 2007 by Shotty Masonry Work
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The Twists and Turns of Tour

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With the constant signings, tedious demos schedules, loading up the van, sleeping on the road, and general dregs of tour life, a little spice must come and before you know it, you're gearing up for hockey. Life takes you to strange places...
Posted June 25th, 2007 by Lemieux Is A Pussy
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Pretty Girls Make Graves

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At that's what I've heard...
Posted June 24th, 2007 by Kansas City the new ATL
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This Sign Goes On Every Tour

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...and it comes in handy often.
Posted June 24th, 2007 by Learned Early
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It's A Mad, Mad Harmony

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Harmony is completely nuts. After ollie northing this motorcycle a cop busted him for reckless driving, but he was slow clapped into submission.
Posted June 23rd, 2007 by The Power of Mob Rule
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Excuse Me, I'd Like To Get By Now...

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This kid rules.
Posted June 22nd, 2007 by Garth Algar
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Strong Enough For A Man...

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It's usually a pretty big dude fest at skateboard demos but these girls came out in the tornado to show their suport. They even brought their moms.
Posted June 22nd, 2007 by Wet Preteens=Photo Gold
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Sky Rockets In Flight

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Josh gets epic while Ed lights up and arts out. Everybody got in on the action from Diego pissing around to Johnny trying to shoot the sun. Sometimes the piss stops are the best part of the day...
Posted June 20th, 2007 by Afternoon Delight
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Got Game

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Quit skating,play video games.
Posted June 20th, 2007 by Your Feelings I Care
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Billy Balls getting driven deep...

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Couldn't wait, did it right in the Wal-Mart parking lot into the freeway or people's houses. (allegedly)
Posted June 19th, 2007 by Errrrrr, that's safe.
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Josh has a soft-serve dipped in 'red'?

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What is this 'red'? Water, Sugar, Red. Somewhere in Kansas.
Posted June 19th, 2007 by SO happy to be eating...
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More from Nashville, Tennessee...

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This night was ludicrous.
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Bradford was 100% 'On Party'. And Grif was getting man-handled by sloppy street trollops...
Posted June 18th, 2007 by All in good fun, of course.
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Kevin was so happy tour was over...

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He grabbed a pole and did the strong man pose for 20 minutes...
Posted June 15th, 2007 by Haley's comet comes every 70 years?
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Billy was so happy tour was over...

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He built a bomb and lit it in the van!!!!
Luckily, he threw it out before it exploded.
This is the bomb before he fills it with gun-powder from cut open fireworks.
And in unrelated news, recent heavy storms have filled the Bondi Skatepark in Australia with sand...
Posted June 15th, 2007 by Billy Bomb-Maker Marks
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Austin, Texas, so hot right now...

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Even Diego was feeling Big ol' Texas. Next years' tour... Your Feelings, I Care.
Josh had so much energy after dinner that he almost focussed poor Kevin. Then the next thing you know, Grant is putting Josh in a toadstool.
Posted June 15th, 2007 by What is going on here?
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Don't get Johnny angry, you wouldn't like it.

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Johnny went Bruce Banner in the 'worlds most poorly designed skatepark'
It's in some suburb of Austin Texas, I forget the name...
It was our last demo of the tour, so we had a team dinner at some random Mexican restaurant, (and here's another angle) then drove around super-soaking people from the van. At the signing before the demo (while Johnny was still calm) this kid had Josh sign his Toy Machine inspired Tattoo.
Now that's a loyal pawn. Thank you, Toy Machine minion for the support.
Posted June 14th, 2007 by Too bad he doesn't have green skin like the Hulk
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The kids were desiring strange things in Oklahoma

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And so Diego went double fisted with the super-soakers and started doing damage. Nothing inappropriate like Griffin in Nashville, although that is not as inappropriate as this racist dude...
Posted June 14th, 2007 by Inappropriate as the Confederate flag...
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Broken Arrow / Tulsa Oklahoma...

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Kids with posters...
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Diego fans bring meat cleavers to please the master Butcher...
We signed posters after skating on ramps in a parking lot until a storm dumped its rain on us, ending the demo. I did a random inspection of a kids wallet and lo and behold, found a Garth Brooks trading card wrapped in plastic!!!
Posted June 14th, 2007 by Almost home yet so far away
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Josh was channelling Mick Jagger...

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As he sang Karaoke versions of Honky-Tonk Women, Brown-Eyed Girl, and Tumbling Dice by the Rolling Stones.
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The whole team got up on stage and started getting crazy... Josh even got up onto the bar and worked his moves for the crowd. Billy was in disbelief when he saw this go down from the outside.
Posted June 11th, 2007 by Lurk-Fest 2007 coming in HOT...
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Nashville was going off...

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The CMA festival was in town, and country music fans were out drinking beers.
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Poor Nick Trapasso was getting freaked by some middle aged married women. And they never stopped, even when he tried to leave. The bouncer made him dance with them...
Posted June 11th, 2007 by Witness to the mayhem
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Rob Strasser, BEFORE

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And AFTER...
Posted June 10th, 2007 by Super Soaker Super Boner
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Demo at Sixth Avenue Skatepark in Nashville

Went off! I don't mean to brag, but we nailed it.
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This Fireman brought his son to the demo, and even skated himself back in 1986!!!
Here is a kid from the last demo since I didn't shoot any digi-shots.
There was a mom with her teenage son, she was grabbing the large black dildo that some kids brought for Ed to autograph.
Posted June 10th, 2007 by Austin did a huge 3-flip
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RQ in Naperville BONANZA!!!!!

Kids lined up in front of RQ skateshop in wait of their master, the Bloodsucking company, Toy Machine.
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Super Pawns bring gifts to their Overlords, in this case a mini Transistor Sect.
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Josh Harmony revisits his hometown, and his young (and showing!!) wife Jenna...
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This loyal minion shows his appreciation by adorning his face with all things Toy.
Before the demo we bought Super Soakers and used them to intimidate Austin.
This Kid ruled. J-Lay marked his chest as a infantryman for Toy Machine.
We got a carved piece of wax in Monster form that Kevin licked, and Johnny thought was disgusting...
Later at the demo, Johnny scored this hipper while trying face high ally-oop frontside airs.
Posted June 10th, 2007 by Finally I get a hotel with wireless internet!!!
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Skaters from Naperville, Illinois...

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Some loyal Toy pawns who demanded to be on the website.
Posted June 10th, 2007 by The Master of all Pawns, your Overlord.
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Shotgunning rootbeers is so hot right now.

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Bradford...
They love root beer.
Posted June 10th, 2007 by Rob S did not shotgun one...
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This kid took his love for Toy Machine all the way

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Buy cutting our logo into his flesh... At the 3rd Lair in Minneapolis.
Posted June 6th, 2007 by The guy who saw it.
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I signed the same shirt as Dick Cheney...

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Scary! Dennis Miller is above me too. This guy was in Iraq and got shot, Purple Heart and all. He even had money with Saddam Hussein printed on it!
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Today was our demo at 3rd Lair in Minneapolis, it went very well. The guys there are cool, and the crowd was supportive. Nick T gouged his back on a flat bar and it took him out. Austin Stephens was killing it and did the demo-ending kickflip over the gap. Johnny practiced his one foots.
We picked up Diego the Butcher today too!
Posted June 6th, 2007 by The Tempster has been here
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Random Golf stop?

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On our drive to Minneapolis we stopped at a lake in hopes of swimming. But a local senior couple told us that the Fecal Matter in the lake was too high. Basically the lake was filled with poop. So Josh, Grant, and Rob tried to go fishing, while Billy teed up some golf balls and hit them into the water.
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We were talking about Galagher the other day. The next thing you know...
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Billy was whacking shaken unopened beer cans just for the explosion.
Posted June 5th, 2007 by The waste is shocking
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After the demo is when the action started...

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After our demo at South Skate roller rink in Des Moines, Iowa, we went into the back room to watch the last period of the Stanley cup playoffs game with the Ducks of Anaheim against the Ottawa Senators. Billy, Ed, and Grant, are the only ones interested really. But then we realized that the roller rink may have hockey equipment... They did! The dudes there are so rad, they let us set up a full game. And they gave us free Lik-m-aid Fun Dips. After the game, Billy got into the goalie gear and let us take shots at him...
Posted June 5th, 2007 by SLip and slide, at Taco Johns
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Toy Demo ends when Dallas R breaks ankle...

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In a bummer twist of events, Dallas Rockvam, TWS coverboy this month and HB park regular, was in Des Moines Iowa while we were there. He skated the demo with us, which ended when he came off a sketchy quarterpipe trick weird and broke his ankle. He currently sits in a hospital somewhere in Iowa getting surgery.
Get well soon Dallas!!!!!!!!
Posted June 5th, 2007 by Raging the rink
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We have not yet lost it, but it's coming soon...

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We will be crazy before it is over.
Posted June 4th, 2007 by UuuuuelRooooaaaaaalllbbb!!!!!
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Kevin's Mom inspects J-Lay's new Tattoos...

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She said, "Don't Fear the Reaper..."
Posted June 4th, 2007 by The hourglass says 'times up for your ass'
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Our filmer Kevin Barnett's 8th birthday party...

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That was 1988. We just left Kevin's hometown of Kansas City, and I asked Kevin's mother to e-mail me some old photos of Kevs. She busted this one out right away! We are in Des Moines, Iowa right now... Demo tomorrow at SubSect shop...
Posted June 4th, 2007 by Come to the demo you bung-tasters
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Griff gets all up in da mix...

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Black people love Griffin, and he loves them.
Posted June 3rd, 2007 by Got called a cracker 3 times last night.
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Escapist signing...

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The demo was EPIC!!!! The whole team slaughtered it. I can't explain how rad it was. I didn't shoot photos 'cause I was skating, but you can see it in our tour video later this year.
All I know is that this kid was amped.
Posted June 3rd, 2007 by Old dog, no new tricks
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Johnny played 'grab only' SKATE with Billy...

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You could do any trick, as long as it involves a grab.
Johnny's tricks were so high off flat that it looked like he had a ramp. Billy busted out kickflip roast beef/mute combos... Epic.
Posted June 2nd, 2007 by Enjoy your time on this brainwashing tool
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Signing and Demo TODAY at Escapist in KC!!!!!!

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Billy plays SKATE with Johnny...
All skaters who live in or around Kansas City Missouri/Kansas are REQUIRED to come to both our signing at 5:30 at Escapist skateshop. And our Demo at Penn Valley skatepark at 7:00.
Posted June 2nd, 2007 by Be there or consider yourself a crappy pawn
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Diego gets gnarly right before tour...

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And ends up doing the splits Van Damme style, ruining both knees at the same time.
Posted June 1st, 2007 by His Gnar-Boots are always on.
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