South Africa 1999

Went with Mike V. and Lance Dawes.
We spent much of the time not skating or exploring with airsoft guns. Mike and Lance are trying to hit a bird.
These fuckers hurt like hell though.
At the elephant watering hole. We ditched our "escort," much to his dismay, and rented a car and took off to go experience South Africa on our own. This was Addo Elephant Park, north of Port Elizabeth.

Mike tortured Marnie, the guy charged with getting us around.
Getting back on the plane in the Sol Islands after a refueling stop, it's a damn long flight.
I'm just dumping all the photos up here, so not all of them need a caption.
Addo. When we drove in, an elephant crashed through the trees and crossed right in from of our car.
"My roommate got a pet elephant. Then it got lost. It's in the apartment somewhere." –Steven Wright
Fixing a flat inside the park where you are NOT supposed to be out of your car.
Luckily this park did not have lions. But it still feels being out in a place so wild that you could easily get fucked up by the wildlife.
African grasshoppers are bigger.


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Posted October 21st, 2010 by brain exploding from the inside
this was in an old 411 i think... and they had a minor threat song or two for the segment. thats how i heard minor threat for the first time.
Posted By: vinny on October 21st, 2010 at 02:51AM PST
did you guys make a video when you went there?
if you did, is there a even a chance that i will be able to buy it?:)
Posted By: mario perez on October 21st, 2010 at 05:58AM PST
seeing elephants in person is very cool, but it must have been doubly as cool out in the savanna type setting. I have only seen them in zoos and I always feel bad for animals in zoos so then I regret going. while I was riding up to see the Toy Machine demo I stopped to look at a zoo since I was making such good time. My friends were having an awesome experience and I was bumming out like halfway through. Party pooper. but then I got to see Ed and they were bummed, so it all works out.

I was thinking to myself "oh. these pics must be from when it was TV, not Toy." but then immediately, a picture of Mike V in a Black Label t-shirt.

Did you guys have to get immunization shots before going to South Africa? I keep thinking of huge needles in the butt cheek. ow
Posted By: d1ggitydan on October 21st, 2010 at 08:38AM PST's pretty late right now for me leaving a comment time.
But don't worry,guys.

Someone must be a fan for a Bury the Hatchet board to be breaking news.
I think them making out would be more controversial. And have Jesus be black,and filling out papers for a Government Obamacare approved abortion.

I like this one the most:

I've never known you've been to Africa.
There aren't many reports on this blog coming in from China. Toy Machine/The Templeton's art needs to infect the far east.

In that link, you talk about the whole "Skate artist" thing. To me, it doesn't really mean an "Skate Artist" is any lesser.If anything, an artist that Skateboards seems more appealing to me, since the art is more relatable on that level. But I guess I can see how being labeled only a "Skate Artist" could be bad for your career. All your hard work to just be related to a Wooden toy with four wheels. LOLOL.
Whatever,people love your work. Don't worry.

Yeah,dan. Zoo's bum me out too. It's an animal in a habitat that isn't ideal. And on top of that they're trapped and have to do things when a Human says it's ok. Then again, I guess we're enslaved to our society/money as well, if you want to get all BF Skinner about it.

And what Ed said about being afraid of being out in nature. It's funny, because when I'm ever in the forest at night or somewhere kinda off the grid. I feel a little uneasy. But then remember "I'm an animal too. I live on this world too." but I'm afraid of other animals and only feel safe when those four walls are around me with a light inside.

Good job on the bold font advertising Deanna's show. My Psych Professor is named Deanna too. Cool coincidence.

Skull Blender sounds like a cheesy metal song.
Posted By: Jgonzalez on October 21st, 2010 at 07:04PM PST
being the successful artist that you are today, do you ever think about what type of artist you would be or how it would affect your style now if you went to art school?
Posted By: allison on October 21st, 2010 at 08:51PM PST
But I can't worry about it too much, because it's not going to happen. I am what I am, without the school. I think it would have been fun, and I bet I would have learned a lot, but also I could have been taught the same as everyone else and not be doing anything different.
Posted By: ed on October 21st, 2010 at 09:03PM PST
Do you prefer school?
I'd rather learn as much as I can about something on my own.
Discovering little things about what you love is one of the best feelings, but I never feel that way in a class (unless the subject is interesting to me). I figure an AA looks better on applications & resumes.

Carolyn's oldest brother was kind enough to rent us their office in Costa Mesa. I feel so much better already. Internet (so I won't miss these posts), a bed & a room with a bathroom. I don't know how much rent is yet...

As for these photos, they are some of my favorite.
The one of the guy with the two pistols is fucking radical.
Who is that? That Dawes guy?

Fuck the dog parks all around Orange County, it's about elephant parks.
Africa has the right idea.

Mike V. is a man's man.

Did you cry when they were shooting at the bird?
Just playing, I would too.
Posted By: Jacob on October 21st, 2010 at 10:43PM PST
So very good to see these old pics and story as I was apart of the tour with Ed and Mike V ...I was the driver who took the boys around and spend time with them and boy oh boy I would do it all again if I ever had the chance .I know there was a sk8 mag that came out of the tour but I can remember which one it was or even can get one .

Miss you guys now I live in the uk
Posted By: marnie raath on March 17th, 2015 at 05:15PM PST
So very good to see these old pics and story as I was apart of the tour with Ed and Mike V ...I was the driver who took the boys around and spend time with them and boy oh boy I would do it all again if I ever had the chance .I know there was a sk8 mag that came out of the tour but I can remember which one it was or even can get one .

Miss you guys now I live in the uk
Posted By: marnie raath on March 17th, 2015 at 05:20PM PST
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