News From August 2009

Street Style 101

 
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Cruised bro-style with Austin this weekend.  Pretty sweet.
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He got over a skinny hippy...
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Scoped a Tempster opener...
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Got into the possibilities...
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Potential Lakai shit...
Posted August 31st, 2009 by Serge Trundowski
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Meet a Loyal Pawn #1

The first in a new series of better knowing the skaters that pledge their allegiance to the Master Company.
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Report by M. Sinclair: Hello Ed, I met this kid at the Benicia Skatepark yesterday. He told me I had a nice board, I was riding a J-Lay. He told me he loves Toy Machine and this is his third Toy Machine board. He has only been skating for a very short amount of time. Anti-Hero just didn't work for him since he has been trying to jump down stairs but Toy Machine is much better for him. His first board was a grey Toy Machine with the eye ball, his second was the Trapasso Chief and Austin is his third. He says our boards are stronger and he can tell that Toy Machine is good quality. Just thought I would share some random 9th graders insight with you and on a side note Tony Hawk snubbed him a few months back.
Posted August 30th, 2009 by Your benevolent overlord.
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Austin's Weekly Video Pick Vol. 9

Mike Daher keeps it classic in Stereo's "A Visual Sound".




Also in video beeswax, Toy gets a woody over here, and Dekline does the same but over at this site.

Ed also has an interview for art world staple, Juxtapoz.
Posted August 28th, 2009 by This Was My First Video
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Mild Riders

Riding Mild into the Woodward West video footage on TWS.com...

And just for rivalry sake...

Check out the Dekline dudes' Woodward time over at Skateboarder.
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While stretching up on the session lately, Matt spied something out of the ordinary.
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It was all-around bad-ass Kyosuke teaching Austin how to ride a moped.
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Lots to learn.
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Everybody got in on it.
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Grif got in something else.
Posted August 27th, 2009 by Quadrophenia
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Toy Gets A Woody Part 3


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It was Austin's birthday on out last day.  He celebrated by taking to the skies.
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Walliride.
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Everybody ended up in the foam.  It was awesome.
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Matt was still out there getting creepy.
Posted August 26th, 2009 by Photo Help By Shin Ishikawa
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Toy Gets A Woody Part 2

 
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Matt tried to get on some Silverstein shit, but he couldn't keep his mind off Leo's 25 over at Skateboarder.
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This could be a bad idea.
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In keeping with his general demeanor, Bennett got creepy.
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After such a  launch, Matt B need to hit the jacuzzi with the bros.
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It did him right.
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Then it was off to bed for everyone.
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Rob was dead tired.
Posted August 25th, 2009 by This Time It's Personal
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Toy Gets A Woody

 
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In a sea of Extremity, Austin conceived of a new action sport.
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Dan Lu was stoked on it.
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"Do I have to shoot that?" Bart Jones seemed to say.
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Sinclair was busy at the mobile command center.
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The Harmonys were just kicking it, eatin' Dots.
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Jordan and Alex, reunited.
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Grant was practicing for his Abercrombie shoot, apparently.
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J-Rog looked on with scorn.  
Posted August 24th, 2009 by Ozzy Is The OG Camp Director
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WOODWARD WEST - Mega-Post of Doom!

Complete with action shots galore and "behind the scenes" snippets that may or may not bore you depending on your outlook on life. Leave your comments at the end, abuse is welcome, but praise is feasted on with great relish.
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Josh Harmony firing up the shred-sled for some Hairy Larry action...
Watch the new Video-Drone while you are here, might as well.
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Matt B gets his mini-ramp on with a tail swoosh at medium speed.
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"Yes Kevin, I intend on shredding the demo, how can you even question my willingness?"
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"Guys, my legs feel wierd, I think I have a flesh-eating virus, can you take me to the hospital?"
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Turn away from the light, and go into the dark.
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A-Stone approaches a board set-up in a very zen-like fashion. "If you can escape your mind while assembling your equipment..." Says Austin, "...then the shred-zone is so much easier to get into."
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I came to a Toy demo and all I got was this plastic for the landfill, thanks Toy Machine for fucking up my future childrens' lives. What dicks.
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Bluntslide - attack from the backside.
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Toy Machine's latest technology cuts down deck weight 14%, eat that shit sandwich other brands!
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Matt B. navigates around the right angle of this curved ledge while balancing on only the back axle casing of his "trucks" pitting aluminum against painted concrete mixing velocity and weight into this interesting physics equation.
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Grif, Grant, Shin, and D. Lutheran look on while wishing for a tasty beverage to wash this scene away.
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Josh completes a five-oh grind, and judging from his body torque, most likely spinning one hundred and eighty degrees before he lands.
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Products are being meted out like punishments from an abusive father.
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Back Lip via Daniel Lutheran.
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The team awaits objects which they will gladly sign into the world of ephemera.
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Yet another gripping shot of life clunking along...
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Nick T. is very relaxed and comfortable while fliying through the air and flipping his board in various ways, each way festooned with an elaborate name that only skateboarers understand.
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Who is this child lipsliding his way into these onlookers' mental space?
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Bite sized chunks of once living creatures are freely flowing in the mess-hall.
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"Pass me the hose dog..." The hose at Woodward West dispenses red wine starting at 12:00 noon and all the way until 2 AM. Wierd!
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Bluntslide - attacked from the front.
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A conveyor belt of autograph giving.
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Jordan Taylor gets twisted.
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Neal Hendrix, my old New Deal teammate I think runs the camp?
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J-Lay flexes his "Ups" for the adoring crowd of young men.
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Fatty to Flatty
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Flash, a-ahhhhhhhhh!
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Lutheran, Dan.
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Johnny in the big air zone, a zone he often inhabits.
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Austin Stephens tailslides into his own hillbilly future.
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Joshua Harmony displays the blending of style and skill that makes his skateboarding so exciting to watch.
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Not this guy again. Oh he has a Toy stencil, thats cool. But then he has a Powell one too? That's like mixing oil with water.
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Rob - rocks you like a hurricane. I know, lame song reference, but fuck, this post is really long, and I'm not as funny as I would like to be.
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I think we saw this one already, but with better lighting?
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Austin smith grinds his way backwards into his sordid past. A place he would rather not revisit.
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If you look carefully, there is a dude front blunting the ledge.
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Kevin. Yeah, Kevin.
Enjoy your weekend young website creepers...
...you only get a few while you are this age.

Staple Magazine - From Western Australia...
Posted August 21st, 2009 by Try to understand but get underwhelmed...
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Woodward West - Day One

Toy Machine + Toy Riders' Individual Posse's = Mega Demo o' Fun...
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Sinclair surprised Nick and his bros in the morning with a drive up north...
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Arf.
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"Its not a collar, he just wears a permanent beer bong."
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"Lets brew up some Man-Chowder in this boiling spa."
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The Gatorade was free.
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The facility looks massive. Tomorrow I better see some blasting air rather than sitting indian style.
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This is actually an Alien Workshop spy robot, Mike, not a "giant cricket."
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The Wayne and Garth of Jacuzzi Life.
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"Where's the stripper?"
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Just another roadside attraction.
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Arizona pride, yo...
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Its always a good time for a nap...
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Especially when theres BMXers on the course.
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They give you super-sized TV dinners!
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Harrison has his own Chill-Tube.
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J. Taylor refrains from applause.
Posted August 20th, 2009 by just the pre-lim
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Don't Ask

 
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Just watch Video-Drone.
Or perhaps this RVCA action.
Posted August 20th, 2009 by This Post Secretly Worships the Devil
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The Fiesta Returns

 
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Back to Mexico to go with the new Video-Drone!  
Diego met lots of new and interesting people.
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Austin took in some of the local art.
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When birds die in Mexico they explode.
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Our last night it rained like mad.
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Matt and Diego were caught up in a street fiesta.
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Matt made the mistake of getting his rain dance on.
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Then the downpour began.
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They criddled under a tarp to try and keep dry.
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Didn't work.
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Saw a baby cowboy when entering the airport.
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Upon arrival home, Matt had to get one more trick at the car rental lot.  Ender ender.
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End of transmission.

Unless you count this sweet RVCA coverage at the Berrics.
Posted August 19th, 2009 by Diego Rivera's Wife Had A Uni-Brow
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12 Hours Of A Whale's Vagina


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Austin paid homage to the Tempster by going frontside on this oldie but goodie
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The day started normal enough.  We surprised Jordan by breaking through his home's Labyrinth layer...
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And knocking right on his front door.  He seemed hesitant to let us in.
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Now we know why.
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We got sucked into the tracker beam over at the 'Box, where A-Stone mumbled something about back smithing the ever-loving shit out of something.  
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Before I could ask him to speak louder, he was up on some coping getting sweet.
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Man, and this is how he skates when he's hurt.
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Then to a secret pool spot.
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This is about all the skating we got in before the neighborly boot.
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What the hell?  Why was Josh climbing a tree?
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Oh, to give a what up to the luminous Joey Shigeo.  Consider yourself blogged, good buddy.

Check out Josh, Leo, Austin and Ed over at the RVCA website------>
Posted August 17th, 2009 by 10 Tricks? JMT's Still Got It
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RCVA Demo in La Verne, CA

A RVCA demo is pretty much a Toy demo, so here is some coverage.
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Harrison Harmony was getting in on the autograph action along with Leo and Josh. Young Piscopo laments the awkwardness of puberty.
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Action shots? Damn right. Josh tackles the 6-inch high hubba with a 5-0.
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A-Stone flies over the whole box to front board. This demo was freaking bionic.
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The crowd was mostly mom's. Parents outnumbered kids!
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The two-fold spawn of J. Arrighi lived through the event. I hear it was 50% more boring than a Spongebob repeat. But Jimmy preferred it over the Spongebob movie which I made him go see.
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I am certainly getting old, but there was a certain disconnect between the pro and amatuer skaters and the crowd who came to watch. They all have skate gear on, but don't know who you are. I can understand not knowing who I am, I'm not in the mags as much anymore, but not knowing Leo Romero or Josh Harmony? Skateboarding seems to be an interest that one needs not do anymore? Like I watch basketball on TV but don't even own a basketball. Is that where skating is? You like it, and may attend a demo or the Xgames, but don't buy videos or magazines. You are only aware of the most widely available form of skating that is on cable TV. It must have not been as fun skating a janky setup for mostly kids who want to see "big-air" and not the amazing nuanced skating that a skate team can provide. Oh well, fuck it, it's still skating, and it blows anything else on earth away.
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Girls love Julian, this one who could have been his mother was hanging out with an even older one who miraculously made daisy dukes look bad. Julian slipped her his phone number since she was after his young meat all day. Might as well provide.
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There was a multitude of candy there which we passed onto the kids.
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Yet another female who wanted Julian. Look at the kid in the background. What is he thinking?
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Art with a capital A
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Josh Harmony, worlds nicest and most handsome boy. I wasn't skating because I shattered my finger.
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Austin Stephens is entering his "Hillbilly" phase. I bet he trades in his fuel-efficient Honda for some old gas guzzling pickup truck that he'll park on his lawn.
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"Is this for the Toy website?" Whoa! you go there?
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Closer is usually better. There you go, a free photo-tip from the Tempster.
Posted August 16th, 2009 by Ed
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Austin's Weekly Video Pick Vol. 8

The star-making part from Tom Penny in Etnies "Hi Five".




Also, scope the RVCA team tear the Berrics a new one.
Posted August 14th, 2009 by The Dirty Aussie
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A Leaf From Jeremy

 
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Matt B got stoked on Klein and had to get to the Beryl Banks.
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He made Jordan get rad, too.
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Shit, no personal items.
Posted August 13th, 2009 by Ewww
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Harmony In A World Of Difference

 
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Josh was out leaping gaps both literal and cultural.
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Finally found that Jesus.
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Apparently, the little girl from "The Ring" is down with him.
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Also included in the mural is the customary old-guy-with-rifle-about-to-blow-away-dude-with-bottle-about-to-smash-kneeling-person-representation.
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The old guy then bashes the freshly saved kneeling dude with a tire iron.  Naturally.
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Not sure where the story goes from here...

Hey, Leo Lovers!  Scope this.


Posted August 12th, 2009 by Richard Dawkins
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Slashie

 
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Inspired by Diego's recent all-in-one approach, Johnny has taken to filming himself lately...
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And the ripping of the bro contingent.
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JLay is taking it pretty seriously.  He had some trees delivered to give the clip more fung shui. 
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Shin was flabbergasted. 
Posted August 11th, 2009 by Obsolete Cog In An Out-Dated Contraption
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Stateside For A Day


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Back in the USA, Diego gets bad ass over a sweet ride.
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Grant was just plain bad-ass.
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Being BA is dangerous.

Billy Marks wants you to scope the new BlakTaffi video...
Posted August 10th, 2009 by 29 and Holding
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Austin's Weekly Video Pick Vol. 7

He may not be Mexican, but he sure is smooth.  Chico Brenes from FTC's "Finally".








Scope this Fan Art! <<<
Posted August 7th, 2009 by Meza Knows What's Up
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Mexican Fiesta Part 4

Diego's epic photos.
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Ed absolutely hates these window washers
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Knives, of course.
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Watch and see the epicness that is >>> Josh and Leo <<< over at Skateboarder.

Still feeling Mexican?  Check out a chance to win Leo's board!
Posted August 6th, 2009 by Who's The Best Argie Photog/Filmer/Designer/Skater?
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Mexican Fiesta Part 3

A day of hitting the streets.
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Stole this angle from 'Teebs.
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Austin found a sweet wall and threw up his tag real quick.  
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Then he got to shredding what Mexico has to offer.
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Matt B looked on with awe.
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Again, Diego was very popular.
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Eventually people got hungry.
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So everyone took part in a traditional "drowning sandwich."  Delicious.
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We even had time to take in some sweet tourist sights.

Hey, Leo Lovers, check this out.

Also see Leo in some crazy situations, along with J Harms and more, videos, photos, polariods!
Posted August 5th, 2009 by General Santa Anna Was A Pussy
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Mexican Fiesta Part 2

Back to a more traditional web-log.
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All the guys were given their own bulldozer to drive around.  Diego was down.
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Austin kept it a bit more mellow yellow.
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Ran into the Mexican Bennett.  Of course he was hella tight.
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Diego was very popular.  Wherever he went people were asking for photos and autographs.
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ひどい人である
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He made lots of new friends.
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There was even a press conference.
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Being latin american, Diego easily fell into some of the Mexican trends.
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It spread throughout the group.
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Ran into the Predator.  He sent over some of his pics.
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He was trying to fight Diego.

Speaking of fighting and Mexicans, check out this Leo link to win his board!
Posted August 4th, 2009 by Speedy Gonzalez Was A Meth-head.
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Mexican Fiesta Part 1

This week will be all posts from the Toy Machine/Dekline Mexico trip.  Things start off weird with a Matt Bennett-Eye-View of the time.
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Posted August 3rd, 2009 by Gringos Get Got
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So Extreme I could join the Navy

More from the X-Games in Los Angeles...
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I wonder why weight is important to have on there?
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"I always wanted my name up in lights"
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Nick "kept it real" by going mysterio on everyone.
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This is a fucking skateboard contest? This is starting to freak me out, and I have seen it from the beginning. I heard rumors that Flip got only 4 passes, and those were only for the riders. It is a fucking nightmare getting authentic industry people inside this event. You have to "apply" for them on line. If the owner of a company or a team manager can't easily get in to watch then it is no longer skateboarding. My definition of skateboarding at least. Where's the community?
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Feeble the hard way.
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BS flip 180 nosegrind, or not. Look at that ass! Ladies, am I right?
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Billy flies high.
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Johnny doing what Johnny does best, switch tre's
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Daniel L. took a lipslide in practice...
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Billy looking at himself on the jumbo-tron, and he is not amused.
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Layton gets interviewed by Erica Yary.
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Type your own registration form?
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"They got me! Oh, right in the temple."
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My Daily Routine?
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"I wonder if he could kick my ass in a fistfight?"

Every American needs to see this.
(spoiler alert: it does not involve skateboarding, directly.)
Posted August 1st, 2009 by That is all I have time for on this lovely weekend.
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