News From November 2008

Big Sky

A collection of holiday roadtrip skies for you to art out on. Usual skateboarding hub-bub continues tomorrow.
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Posted November 30th, 2008 by T. McG, Stratosphotograher
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Matt B and M. Sinclair go east for Thanksgiving...

Here is an update from the road on Bennett and Sinclair's Turkey-Day journey:
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Matt B gets acquainted with Lebowski...
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They drove from San Diego to North Carolina? Whoa!
Matt B slept most of the time.
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Lebowski was hanging in there...
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Chubbs and Bennett totally blowing it.
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Mike was deep in e-mails...
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Searching for a shop...

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Bennett had some deep thoughts over a Sonic meal

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Matt has uncurable athletes foot, he is now trying to burn it away with Rubbing Alcohol

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We stopped for a bit, NC is getting closer by the minute.

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Finally found a shop, but it wasn't open yet.
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I guess they waited...
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Thanksgiving in North Carolina-!!!
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The roast beast was appreciated and digested with a splash of Corona. A reminder of Matt B's hometown.
Posted November 29th, 2008 by Just a guy who cares about the web unlike...
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After Holiday Mega-Post: Austin Stephens


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I called Austin and told him about these abandoned buildings Grant found. Austin told me he had to finish up some work and then he would be right over.
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If someone put up a fence, it means that there is good stuff they don't want you to get at. This place is acres and acres of no one around so who is going to stop us?
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Austin saw something that caught his eye. Good thing that with a swift  kick to the lock the door was open.
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"I have been looking for a good chair. I might need this one."
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Who knows what this thing used to be. It had a crawl hatch on the roof and went underground. We all opted out of going in there due to the haunted creepy factor.
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With roof access, we could see across all of Orange County, and to the next building we should go inside of.
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Rob is the lightest one of us, and the only one fit to climb this sketchy ladder. He said the room up there was tiny and filled with old clothing but not that of bums.
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We went in one building that was seriously haunted. The only light we had was the flash of my camera. Everything else was cloaked in the darkness that lives in the concrete windowless building.
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Busted.
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Got him too.
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Taking a break from all the action.
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Rob found a toy.
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All rested up, Aus-Boss decides that this place would look better with some broken windows.
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You had a great day.

Did Billy?
Posted November 28th, 2008 by Brought to you by the Grif-Dog
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Happy Thanksgiving from Toy Machine


Posted November 27th, 2008 by Now go buy Toy Machine from Christmas!!!!!!!
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Fan Mail Bonanza, More Needed

Since the riders are not sending in photos for me to put up here, I have resorted to posting drawings that come in the mail from our demented (in a good way) fans.
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A re-make of the team page complete with hesh writing, a Dope J-Lay, and a Nick Trapasso with lazer-eye powers which he uses to kill bugs.
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Nice use of block letters, good idea framing photos of my face and putting them on your walls.
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Sort of a non-menacing emo-sect? Curious and happy-go-lucky?
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Circle of Life: You want a skateboard. You get a Skateboard. You fall off of your Skateboard and Die.
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Your guess is as good as mine...
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T-Sect pole vaulting to Stale-Fish in a Wal-Mart parking lot?
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This time, not only did Sect tweak that stalefish, the sun got dangerously "cool", by putting on sunglasses, wait... he's wearing glasses that protect him from himself? And grew some stubble with an extra goatee flair. I'm starting to think these "poles" have more meanings for this kid than is healthy.
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Turtle-Boy on Acid loves Josh Harmony..., Brilliant.

BILLY MARKS DAY IN THE LIFE #2 ------ !!!!!!!!

Posted November 26th, 2008 by Yes, there is way more...
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In the case that Kevin forgets to update...

Since he is on "Vacation" for Thanksgiving... (although he said he had 2 days of posts, this being the second.) I would imagine he would have posted by now.
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Fun is the main goal of most days.
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Skateboarding? Yeah, yeah, we'll get to it... relax.

Where is Part 2?
Posted November 25th, 2008 by So are you done posting?
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Rev Mo Rocks

 Ed tries out Mike V. and Revolution Mother.
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 With the recently battered lead singer/former teammate/old buddy Mike Vallely.
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 "I'm going to rock from right here..."
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 The show begins.
Posted November 24th, 2008 by Noted For The Shortcomings praised for Over-Extensions
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Robert Zemeckis Center For Half Cab Noseslides

 Los Angeles with Matt B and Co.
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 As the headline suggests.
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First things first, we stopped at a garage sale while waiting for Gareth.
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 Matt B came up on Adam and the Ants on VHS.  Deanna is probably in one of the videos.
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Look who decided to show.
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 Met up with a crew at the spot.
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 Just missed meeting up with J. Lee.
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 Cruised downtown for a suss.
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 Spot check.
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 Yeesh.
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 Back to the streets.
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 Mike took a pee.
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 Then raged a coffin.
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 Fun was had by all.
Posted November 23rd, 2008 by Stan Brakage
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A gallery of frame grabs for you to peruse and complain about. 
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Posted November 22nd, 2008 by Knox Herrington
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Everybody Splatter!

 A quilted rag tag post for you to enjoy.
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 Nick and Johnny are on separate trips right now.  Here's them at home in the midst of a heated session. 
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 Some warehouse dork fastidiously screening custom graphics for the team.  
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 Mike Sinclar training for his cross country trek this week.  SD to NC no stopping.  Yeesh.
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 Matt B is going out there with him.
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 So is little Lebowski.
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 Grant gives you some skate action.  Sweet.
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 Think this post is too random?  "Piss off" says the punker.

Check out the Billy Marks Day in the Life over at TWS...
It's only Part 1!

Of course there's always  Logan Kincade 17.

This week in footage from the web depths: Ed Rips?
Posted November 21st, 2008 by Betsy Ross Got Nothing On This
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Ditch The Web

 Here's a crappy frame grab of Austin schralping for you to chew on for a minute. 
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 Check out the Billy Marks Day in the Life over at TWS...
It's only Part 1~!!!!!!

This week in footage from the depths of the web: Ed Rips?

Listen up Loyal Pawns: The Archives and Comments will be put back up soon. Hold your horses. Don't trip. The site will be adjusted and back to normal soon. Relax.
Posted November 20th, 2008 by Forgot My Digi Cam aka
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Rain Dodging Propositions

A select few photos from a Sunday San Diego mission. 
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 Matt B ran into the Bronzie.  "Ehhhh!"
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 These little girls recognized intolerance and showed it in a child-like way.  They must be brainwashed by the liberal left...
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 This brought up tension in the crew as Matt and Jordan see-sawed back and forth over the issue.
Posted November 18th, 2008 by Brian Busby
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Ed Templeton's Big Exhibition!


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Ed's show was a big success! Natas Kaupas showed up!
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RVCA made special edition shirts just for the show...
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Neil Patrick Harris was there too!

Check out the FULL REPORT on Ed's part of the site...

Or scope TWS's coverage...
Posted November 17th, 2008
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Sunday Skate Day...


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Austin Stephens gets gnarly as seen in his latest Toy Machine advertisment.
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An early attempt.

Check the RVCA Blog.
Posted November 16th, 2008 by The ever present overlord-ish on
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Map Of The Inner War TONIGHT!

 You should come and scope it!
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MAP OF THE INNER WAR
ED TEMPLETON
Opening reception
November 15th, 7:00 – 9:30 pm
Show runs November 15th – December 13th, 2008

Deformer Book Signing, November 15, 6-7pm

For Map of the Inner War, Ed Templeton will be saturating the walls with over 250 new works including painting, sculpture, 
photography, and silkscreen. 

ROBERTS & TILTON
5801 Washington Boulevard
Culver City, California 90232
T 323.549.0223
http://www.robertsandtilton.com/
http://anthemmagazine.com/story/1006
Posted November 15th, 2008 by Neil (just Neil)
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The Last Attacka Of Cacka

 The final post of the Siege of Raleigh.
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 Matt got his final licks in at the hotel gas station.  Get that.
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 Nick's back had taken a beating. 
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 Fletch opted for the rail before departure.
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 Flow riders get freighted back home.
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 The rest of the team went through a luxury teleporter.
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Rodent was an epic host.  He even sawed rails no one wanted to skate.  Thanks, Rodentia!
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 The sun set on North Carolina and our journey.  Good times.
Posted November 14th, 2008 by Hungry Eyes
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Cacka Attacka Part 4

 North Carolina
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 It rained one day and we lurked into an abandoned warehouse.  Matt opened up.
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 Nick got lost in the wilds for a moment...
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 But found his way inside eventually.
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 Matt defied death.
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 Nick got his smoke on.
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 But things went haywire.
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 Matt kept his smoke plumes reserved.
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 Jeez.
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Oh dip, that's Matthew W. Bizzle, the architecture portraiteur.
Posted November 13th, 2008 by Pudding Brain
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Cacka Attacka Part 3

 Yep, you guessed it, more from NC.
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 Took a day off for shopping and parlour games.  Matt found a hat.
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 Nick schooled fools in pools.
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 But Matt came back for pain on the lanes.
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 Killed a bowl to make us whole.
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 Fishes with wishes.
Posted November 12th, 2008 by Matt B's Hairdresser
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Cacka Attacka Part 2

 Further coverage of the North Carolina trip.
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While chillin' with Crazy Ass Rodent, Nick caught up with some locals.
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 They showed him some moves.
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 Matt B was looking around for spots.  
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 Fletch was keeping it little.
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 Rodent  checked out a volleyball game.  He likes thick ankles.
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 Checked some spots. 
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 Fletch got up to get down.
Posted November 11th, 2008 by Zombie Eyes
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Cacka Attacka Part 1

 This week will feature posts of a road trip to North Carolina with Matt B and Nicky T.
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 The differences were pointed as we de-boarded at Raleigh/Durham.  We are apparently a notch below 9-11.
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 Hit up the Waffle House for dinner.
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 Matt got down before bedtime.
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 Lil' Fletch came along for the ride.
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 Generating.
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 Hit up a sweet skatable dish.  Matt loved it.
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 So did Nick.

What is Austin is up to...?
Posted November 10th, 2008 by A Tool For Usage
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Some things to see on the internet


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So far I am not feeling this new website layout. It seems harder to post stuff the way I had been posting it. I guess I will have to learn...

http://www.skateboard.com/blogs/blog/20081105/my_halloween_with_toy_machine-1814.html;jsessionid=95708738BAFA879C422DF68BD13DF988

So I tried to make this a link that said 'Active Erica made a blog!' but nothing happened.

Now I will insert the old HTML stuff like I used to below:
<a href="http://www.skateboard.com/blogs/blog/20081105/my_halloween_with_toy_machine-1814.html;jsessionid=95708738BAFA879C422DF68BD13DF988" rel="external">Active Erica made a Blog</a>

That didn't work.

I guess I will have to wait until Monday...
Posted November 9th, 2008 by youshuddupayaface
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Intertim Trim in the Meanwhile


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The comments and the archives will be restored next week.

Until then...
Posted November 8th, 2008 by listen you buttwipe, get a loaf
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Website Changes Underway: Bear With Us

We are in the process of making a few changes, and we should smooth out the kinks by next week!
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Matt B in a haze of smoke
Posted November 7th, 2008 by The all-seeing overlord of your
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A Day In The Whale's Vagina


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Matt B hopped right up to a front board in the 'burbs of San Diego the other day.
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Jordan had to test it first...
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But then got straight to biz.
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Matt found a dew rag for original SD style points.
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Jordan got weird and started finger sniffing.
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Cruised downtown and met up with some old buds.
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Scoped a wobbly spot.
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Matt gets on the wiggles.
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Oh, what up dog?
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Fuck a spare tire, get that spare rim, son.
Posted November 7th, 2008 by Doldrum Solo Bonham Style
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A Day In The Whale's Vagina

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Matt B hopped right up to a front board in the 'burbs of San Diego the other day.
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Jordan had to test it first...
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But then got straight to biz.
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Matt found a dew rag for original SD style points.
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Jordan got weird and started finger sniffing.
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Cruised downtown and met up with some old buds.
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Scoped a wobbly spot.
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Matt gets on the wiggles.
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Oh, what up dog?
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Fuck a spare tire, get that spare rim, son.
Posted November 7th, 2008 by Doldrum Solo Bonham Style
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Red, White and Blue and Yellow


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Matt posted up on some Ronald McDonald steps in between tricks.
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Grif alternately rocked out...
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And gave us smoldering glares during our McMission.
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Austin saw the orange stench of ignorance was everywhere. Where was that coming from?
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Oh...
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The penal codes had a distinctly casual feel to them.
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Found a Zero ad.
Posted November 6th, 2008 by Out Of The Woods, Not The Wilds
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Red, White and Blue and Yellow

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Matt posted up on some Ronald McDonald steps in between tricks.
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Grif alternately rocked out...
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And gave us smoldering glares during our McMission.
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Austin saw the orange stench of ignorance was everywhere. Where was that coming from?
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Oh...
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The penal codes had a distinctly casual feel to them.
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Found a Zero ad.
Posted November 6th, 2008 by Out Of The Woods, Not The Wilds
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Back To The Trenches


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Josh found an epic ditch in his old stomping grounds.
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He had it fenced off so no one else could get to it.
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Matt B called up all his homies and claimed shit left and right.
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Then he fulfilled his prophecy.
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Josh intimidated Matt with his jerky while Z-Harm threatened Bennett with homework. Damn those handsome Harmonys.
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Austin and Grif giggled with relief, knowing they were free from the Harm's wrath.
Posted November 5th, 2008 by Lowest Common Denominator
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Back To The Trenches

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Josh found an epic ditch in his old stomping grounds.
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He had it fenced off so no one else could get to it.
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Matt B called up all his homies and claimed shit left and right.
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Then he fulfilled his prophecy.
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Josh intimidated Matt with his jerky while Z-Harm threatened Bennett with homework. Damn those handsome Harmonys.
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Austin and Grif giggled with relief, knowing they were free from the Harm's wrath.
Posted November 5th, 2008 by Lowest Common Denominator
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Vote For Obama


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Because complacency is self indulgence.
Because apathy is a disease.
Because willful ignorance is sadder than informed optimism.
Because handing the country to the organized but irrational, idealistic but unrealistic fringes of our culture has led to war, recession, fear, and divisiveness.
Because we can't do any worse.
Because we've rarely done better.
Posted November 4th, 2008 by Kevin Barnett: Fingers Crossed (
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Vote For Obama

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Because complacency is self indulgence.
Because apathy is a disease.
Because willful ignorance is sadder than informed optimism.
Because handing the country to the organized but irrational, idealistic but unrealistic fringes of our culture has led to war, recession, fear, and divisiveness.
Because we can't do any worse.
Because we've rarely done better.
Posted November 4th, 2008 by Kevin Barnett: Fingers Crossed (Ed Agrees!)
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Halloween Mega-Post of Doom: Part 2


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All these photos were sent in by Mike Sinclair, posted by Kevin, and embellished by Ed...
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Darth Billy was popping Force floaters everywhere. Never underestimate the power of the dark side.
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Edward enforced a law of nose-blunting every demo for life. And doing impossible nose-taps too.
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The Myspace costume was my favorite.
Check out the Toy Machine Costume Contest !!!!!!!
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Ladies and gentlemen, Nicky Stardust and the Stoners from Phoenix.
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The lovely Active Erica and her sister. (in the Motorhead shirt: priceless.)
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Matt B followed the bluntslide law with this backside variety.
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"Now, you just need to get your wheels on top and make that screeching sound. Then you'll be in full accordance with the law and..." Photo Key
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Two old men, one real, one fake.
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Ed tore his pants and had to reel in his tackle.
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Johnny came as a lein to tail. He had to stay in the air all day. Photo Key
Posted November 3rd, 2008 by Thanks For The Memories Active!
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Halloween Mega-Post of Doom: Part 2

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All these photos were sent in by Mike Sinclair, posted by Kevin, and embellished by Ed...
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Darth Billy was popping Force floaters everywhere. Never underestimate the power of the dark side.
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Edward enforced a law of nose-blunting every demo for life. And doing impossible nose-taps too.
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The Myspace costume was my favorite.
Check out the Toy Machine Costume Contest !!!!!!!
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Ladies and gentlemen, Nicky Stardust and the Stoners from Phoenix.
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The lovely Active Erica and her sister. (in the Motorhead shirt: priceless.)
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Matt B followed the bluntslide law with this backside variety.
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"Now, you just need to get your wheels on top and make that screeching sound. Then you'll be in full accordance with the law and..." Photo Key
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Two old men, one real, one fake.
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Ed tore his pants and had to reel in his tackle.
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Johnny came as a lein to tail. He had to stay in the air all day. Photo Key
Posted November 3rd, 2008 by Thanks For The Memories Active!
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Halloween Mega-Post of Doom: Part 1

So this is part 1 of the Halloween Mega-Thon as seen through Ed Templeton's eyes (and camera)

There will surely be more photos coming soon from Kevin Barnett and Mike Sinclair...
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Darth Vader showed up and started light-sabering kid's heads off. If that wasn't lame enough, he then started skating the course...
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But he was ripping! And even with a cape! The force is strong with this one. Who the hell is this Dark Lord?
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Hell yeah! It's Billy Marks!
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Nick T was channelling some David Bowie.
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Grant and Rob came dressed as skate-dykes, scissor-kissing all the way up to San Dimas. It would have been great if Grant shaved his beard off, then he would have been just a do-able as Rob. I would totally tap that!
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Kevin came a priest, you can tell by the look on his face what he did to little boys before the demo. Crap, I should have arrested him.
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Johnny was - wait, just a mexican? Dude, we live in Southern California! Neil Heddings was just dressed as himself.
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Lets do that again without the pig, and throw me some mad-dog!
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Of course Active Erica was there, but I didn't take it too far like I did last time, and all you get is this innocent photo.
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This was Josh from Atascadero? We met him on tour. Remember his hand?
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Matt B was a tad creeped out by my commitment to being a cop. PHOTO KEY
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Logan Kincade showed up as Albert Einstein dressed as Griffin Collins,----weird.
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Einstein should be smart enough to not bend over in front of a horny Darth with a big orange light-saber schlong. Photo Key.
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I smell a gay porn film coming on...
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Ed with John McCain, one old white guy that will NOT be sleeping in the white house for once...
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Do you smell bacon? I think I smell bacon...
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These kids drove from Mesa, Arizona just to see Toy Machine. THAT is a Loyal Pawn. Anyone reading this from Arizona who didn't drive to California to see our demo on Halloween, is officially BLOWING IT.
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Kevin donned the Darth doppelganger and did due diligence in these dire days, duh.
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I was gonna use my 'death-deck' but I'm glad a didn't, because I shot my board at 100 miles per hour into some poor kid's shin. He would have been fucked.
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Like we always do, the team got right to schralpage. Austin kick-flipping into a back tail down the hubba...  The first thing I did when I started skating was to eat complete shit, and I am pretty sure I broke a rib. It was pretty hard to breathe, but since I was skating, it wasn't so bad. My cop pants did rip open and I may have flashed a ballsack at the crowd on accident, if so, I'm sorry.
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Josh Harmony was all business, his costume was 'worlds nicest boy' and he was ripping.
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The smoke machine was used to make our skating 'spooky'. It worked.
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Matt B was getting wicked on the obstacles. Backside 180 Nosegrind anyone?
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Man, Rob was looking pretty good, is he 18 yet? Marquise was there too!
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Chicks dig cops, I got dibs on the bearded lady! Man he looks like some art damaged hippie who just got done doing a fire-stick twirling routine.
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After the demo we signed autographs. This girl made these Toy character paintings that made mine look like crud. I was flattered. Look how creepy I am with a mustache. It magnifies the creepy I already have.
After the signing I left to go to Disneyland! That will be part 2 on Ed's part of the site later...

Check out the Toy Machine Costume Contest!!!!!!!
Posted November 2nd, 2008
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Toy Machine Halloween Costume Contest-!!!!

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The cooler kids who were not worried about looking cool wore costumes! What Champs! And they also put themselves in the running for a 'PHAT' box of Toy Machine product.
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Here are some of the costumes we had to choose from. I see a homeless dude, a self described 'old man ninja' and a, a, I don't know, Pornstar?
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Looks like a Whoopie Cushion, A chubby George Bush, The guy from the SAW movies, and is that the invisible man back there? Now that I think about it, the SAW guy should have won. Oh well.
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We have a Reno 911 guy and a John McCain here, in the background we have a Toy MAchine MySpace page... Photo Key.
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Here we have mini Dracula, giant skull head guy, I see a clown back there too...
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Some perp I brought in...
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Handmade matching Toy/Halloween shirts! They got my vote!
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Winner: Tapatillo Dude! He won the Toy package! They were filming for Fuel TV, so maybe this will be on there, someone let me know if it is, I never watch!
Posted November 2nd, 2008 by Thanks to Active for the fun times!
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Halloween Demo Date


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Looks like Austin had a hot date for the demo yesterday.
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Oh wait, that's Rob.
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Matt was late to meet up because he couldn't find a sitter.
Halloween mega-post soon to follow. Stay tuned.
Posted November 1st, 2008 by Steven Tyler Said It Best
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Halloween Demo Date

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Looks like Austin had a hot date for the demo yesterday.
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Oh wait, that's Rob.
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Matt was late to meet up because he couldn't find a sitter.
Halloween mega-post soon to follow. Stay tuned.
Posted November 1st, 2008 by Steven Tyler Said It Best
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