When we packed up the van that morning, I realized the dudes in Billy's van have bought a lot of toys. Golf clubs and balls, a soccer ball, super soakers, paintball guns, slingshots, a keyboard, masks, and crazy shoes and skateboards.
The inside was getting cleaned out.
Today was a drive day, we had to motor up to Oregon. At one point we were stopped for construction.
When we got to Lake Shasta we couldn't help but stop for a dip. We found a spot where we could jump off the base of a bridge into the perfect water.
Then Austin remembered that he jumped from the TOP of this bridge before. The thing was GIGANTIC.
Here is how big it is. I put an arrow on a person at the bottom so you can see how ridiculously high it is. Austin and Matt B jumped off the top of that. See the footage in an upcoming Kincade.
When Austin hit the sound was scary, the impact cut the inside of his mouth. Matt B's impact knocked the breath out of him and tweaked his back and gave him slight whiplash. We realized there was 20 feet more water when Austin did it before, so 20 extra feet of dropping!
Kevin was amazed!
Rob was pretty freaked too, he was gonna do it until he saw the results. J-Lay was pretty amped too.
Matt was shaken by the event. He contemplates it here.
Then we were off to the north!
We hit Ashland, and moved into the hippie scene.
Finally! I have been looking for a place that sells additives, and sassy tattoos. Jimmy from RVCA was lookin' fer some.
Posted June 28th, 2008 by Land of Crunchy Granola Unbridled
Poor Josh's slam yesterday has really messed him up, and we decided to send him home from Oakland Airport. He says goodbye to you all, and hello to his wife Jenna and son Harrison. Thanks for schralping Josh!
Lets start from the beginning. We stopped at a co-op to eat and saw this dedicated bench.
Billy somehow acquired a portable Guitar Hero game, and was doing it non-stop.
A close-up for you.
Grif set up a chip station.
Nick slept. The ride north was pretty crappy.
We got out of the Bay area traffic and into highway 101 traffic around Santa Rosa. Here is the Jon Nguyen coverage you asked for.
There are fires raging in nor-cal, and this whole area was covered in a thick fog of smoke. We got to Ukiah, and started signing autographs...
This dude got a board for his son.
Grif tried to mack. Straight Simping.
I added some drawing to this kids handmade shirt.
We rocked masks to cut down on the smoke in the air.
Then J.Gonzalez, the kid who comments here every day showed up, driving 3 hours from Eureka! Now that is a Loyal Pawn! Fuck Yeah J.Gonz!!!! We gave him a new Toy Machine Shred Sled for his efforts.
I asked him for a photo for the website and he took his new board and made it into a giant boner in front of his mom who seemed a bit weirded out, awesome.
Then we went to the owners' backyard ramp kegger...
J-Lay ripped up the pool coping with a scorching back smith.
We all had a great time kicking back and enjoying the scene.
Billy was even getting his tranny on.
And his trampoline skills are pretty sharp in the pitch black.
Grif's ass got stuck in the kiddie-chair.
Matt B was feeling the effects of all the smoke in the air.
We then went to McDonalds and got wierd in the parking lot.
Rob and Billy had a slingshot and paintball duel.
They start out back to back, walk 10 paces, then turn and fire.
We found a hotel, one half of it was renovated, the other was completely mangled, haunted, and a murder scene. Matt B got that room.
Grif tried to jump from the kitchen to the bed.
Posted June 28th, 2008 by The days are stretching into weeks
Josh Harmony milliseconds before clipping his toe on the rail and going down big time onto his back and head.
But lets start with first things first. In Sacto, we tried to skate some spots, things were going well, Matt B was grifting some cash off some kids for used product, and the rest of the guys were seshing.
Until this doosh walked up screaming into his fake walkie-talkie 'Where is my pepper spray?' Oh, now we are scared.
I wonder if he could chase us?
Billy bought himself a keyboard at a thriftstore and started playing 'Jump' by Van Halen instantly...
At one spot, some kids showed up to lurk and poach footage.
They said, "Whats up Templeton? Are you gonna blog us?'
The sign in UC Davis is getting rad.
Josh was schralping...
Then a few Doosh-bags showed up and started shooting like it was their session. Josh then ate some seriously hard shit.
And was pretty shaken up.
So we got some food and a hotel run by Mongoloids.
Watch the L. Kincade 11 if you are bored.
Posted June 26th, 2008 by Off to Ukiah for something...
Kevin is channeling Guile from Street Fighter, or Chris Cooper from American Beauty.
Johnny enjoys his cancer in the form of grits.
Matt B is fun to be around.
This is Mike, he is the kid who has been showing us spots. It is very nice of him.
Here is an 'insiders' view' of the van in case anyone was wondering what that looks like.
And here is the outside, anyone who decides to roll the window down does so at their own peril.
Watch L. Kincade 11!!!!
And watch VIDEO-DRONE, Kevin (our award winning videographer's) monthly release of video-nuggets from the Toy Machine vaults.
Posted June 24th, 2008 by A new L. Kincade is brewing up on the horizon
We found out that George Carlin died last night, that sucks. Then in the morning we picked up Seu Trinh from the airport and went skating.
We mostly were getting booted.
Then we found the rock gap, home to a big black widow spider, and a bunch of pesky runts.
What an angel right? This is one of those pesky runts.
He held up Austin at nerf-point for his skateboard or a dollar, whichever came first.
Then went after grif.
Then he executed all of us and kept telling us to shut-up and give him a dollar.
'Shuttup bitch and give me a dollar' The future looks bright.
'Didn't I kill you?, shut your mouth.'
After a half hour of messing with us we finally gave him a dollar and he left happy.
Then Kevin traded a skateboard for a scooter ride.
The next spot was a rough wall that we tried to wax, but had the cops called on us for doing 'graffiti.'
The cop: 'You know Matt Rodriguez and the guy who broke his back in Australia? John Cardiel? yeah, I put those guys in jail. we carry a photo of them around to show skaters who we lock up.' and while searching kevins bag and finding a can of clear spray coating... 'Oh look, clear lubricant, that's what you use on your wife.' to a bewildered partner. good times.
Josh waiting for the cop to let us go.
Seu and Rob think Cardiel is bad-ass.
We then spent the rest of our night driving around doing monumental battles using paintballs and slingshots and super-soakers. The vans are getting fucked up. And I took a Billy shot right to the eye. Luckily I was wearing goggles. I took two to the cheek also, and I got him twice in the dome.
I was feeling pretty freaked out and fortunate.
I was cut in 3 places, and my cheek was throbbing.
Later that night, Grif talked Rob into trying to jump this pretty tall sign. He went for it, but went down mega-hard.
This is the only photo I shot today. It's Billy with a daisy duke wearing pirate at a Subway.
We drove north to Benicia, and skated at a cement park in a suburban housing tract. The heat was not as bad as the last two days, and the crowd was pretty good. The demo was a success, with the whole team killing it, leaving it smoldering in ashes as we left. L. Kincade 11: Oddity Odyssey Tour
Oh, and I found some video of a recent Toy Machine demo in Argentina for you to scope out too.
Posted June 22nd, 2008 by PHO vs Subway vs Lameness vs First Impressions
Woke up in San Luis Obispo, ate at Me Hung Low restaurant.
It was so hot out that skating was a non issue, so we drove to Morro Bay.
And took a dip in the freezing Pacific Ocean.
Morro Beach is famous for Morro Rock, behind Billy here.
People were out enjoying themselves in the sun and sand.
Josh and Grif started digging to China.
They were obsessed with digging a deep one.
It took a lot of work.
Then they used it to bury Josh up to the neck.
It was pretty sweet. We packed him in pretty tight, stomped it down real good.
It looked funny.
Then Billy pretended to punt his head...
And Josh Hulked out like a baby squirting out of the earth, newly reborn and fully corn-dogged.
Matt and Kevin lay their skinny white bodies down for some charring.
The demo, which I have NO photos of (because I was skating) was seriously an oven. When you walk into the park, your face starts burning, and it feels like your eyebrows were singing off. The dudes handled it like men. Then we signed autographs at the Esteem shop.
They held a BBQ for us too, Thanks!
Kids were chomping hot-dogs, totally unaware of how sketchy they are.
Josh scarfed one too...
And Billy was all over it. Look at Johnny, 'I want the relish."
The one armed man was there, he was telling us about his various attachments.
Then we hit a swimmin' hole with a rope swing into a deep pit of water.
It was just what we needed after getting so baked in the skatepark.
Billy was back to his old shenanigans, whacking golf balls at stop signs.
He has a pretty good swing.
Matt B hit the sign first try.
There was great light on these winsome young lads.
We drove back to SLO for dinner and messing around.
Logan K's foot was jacked, he had a blister from walking on the hot sand earlier at Morro Bay.
Posted June 21st, 2008 by Enjoy the post, everyone wants to leave, and...
When we got to San Luis Obispo, the team was attacked with a hippie influenced hackey-sack attack.
We did the demo in 850 degree windy weather, but fought through it. Billy Marks killed it, and the flow kids did good too. Afterward, kids lined up to suckle at the teat of greatness that is the Toy Machine team. Too strong?
The sect punch-doll was a hot topic.
More kid action.
Billy is more famous for his damn beer-pong stunts than for skating, here a fan asks him to sign a few balls.
After checking in to a hotel, we were off to eat.
Posted June 20th, 2008 by Aging overlord of all pawn-dom...
So I trudged myself out to LA for the TWS Awards, which are always exciting. My ears are still ringing, my throat is sorta scratchy from all the second hand smoke from both weed and grits, and I luckily escaped getting beer thrown all over me. (Throwing full cans of beer at the stage was pretty much standard for the entire evening) This is Nick before the action started, as usual, comfortably numb, toting a cute hippie-chick on one arm and a Pabst on the other.
When I walked up to this event on Hollywood and Vine in the heart of LA I saw a swarm of skate-rats pushing into the door like a ants' nest. Fuel TV was there trying to snatch people's souls into their airwaves on a red carpet style set-up. Then there were bikini-clad women roaming the crowd. I thought of my humble beginnings as a skater, learning how to ollie, or boardsliding a bench for the first time, then my brain just fast forwarded to this. What the hell is going on.
I ran into Erik Ellington. Long time homie who I have not seen for a while. It was nice to say hi, although in too hectic a situation.
Then after I barged through the rif-raf to get in with my posse in tow, I was stoked to see Ray Barbee and the Matson twins shredding it up live.
Here is a better photo of Josh Harmony. He had this footage of his son Harrison that he showed us. So Sweet.
I tried to shot some trolls, er, girls sitting in the aisles causing a fire-hazard.
Then I remembered a flash works better.
I was lucky to have old friend Miki Vuckovich sitting next to me. He has been skating since before you were born.
MUSKA! What up dog? "I've been living in New York and making art with my buddy Dash Snow."
Former Toy rider Nate Broussard was there...
He was hella drunk and hugging everyone. Then I saw Matt B...
And went over to get a photo with him. Yeah Matt B.
This is Nick after the video premiere (which he destroyed). "I said congrats on the part Nick!" But I don't think he even heard me or could focus on me. Just like before the premiere, comfortably numb.
Posted June 14th, 2008 by The blistering overlord of the apocalypse
WHO? The entire Toy Machine team (minus Diego who has to get knee surgery) + some flow pawns. WHAT? Live Skateboarding Action in or around your home town. WHERE? All up the west coast of the USA
WHY? If you don't know yet, get some rollerblades and become a cop.
1501 Froom Ranch Rd, San Luis Obispo,CA 93401
5850 El Camino Real, Atascadero, CA 93422
1120 Contra Costa Blvd, Concord, CA 94523
3642 North Freeway Blvd
435 North State St, Ukiah, Ca 95482
Exit Real World
505 Chemeketa St, Salem Oregon
11 NE Hancock St, Portland, Oregon
263 Yale Ave, Seattle, WA
Put yer driving gloves on and plan your road trip right now.
Anyone west of the Mississippi is expected to be there.
Posted June 11th, 2008 by Can we survive another tour>?
Ed Templeton has an art exhibition up in Copenhagen, Denmark at the Nils Staerk Gallery. (click for details) It features works on paper and sculpture.
He also has a book coming out this September called Deformer.
Posted June 7th, 2008 by The first event I suppose.