Toy Machine Helloween!

October 31, 2009

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There was a manny pad in Leo's way. So he backside flipped it.

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Leo... avoiding the manual pad again.

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Guess who the new Toy rider is!

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Billy violates the Tempster.

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Phelps was there!

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Harmony was a penguin.

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Austin was an owl.

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I think this kid won the costume contest.

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This kid didn't.

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Captain of the Machine.

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Nick Merlino. Frontside flip.

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Planet of the Laypes. Johnny ollies the gap and an owl while an old lady in PJs and Phelps gawk.

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Austin. Gap to tail.

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I love Ed, but there's something really funny about this gap to noseblunt slam while wearing green onesie pajamas, with "Phelps" cheering him on and Leo tailgating. It's the chaos that is Toy Machine.

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Strange World...

October 30, 2009

In an attempt to avoid the seemingly popular "I'll snarkily rant about a new skate video ad nauseum on my blog" thing that's been all the rage lately... I'll just say that Marisa ripped and Garrett Hill has come a long way. Can't wait to see his part again. Oh... and here's a warehouse video part worth noting before you see Strange World...

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Hug the nearest hipster...

October 26, 2009

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It's a day of mourning for them... And if they actually have lenses in their glasses, maybe you could take those off and wipe the tears dry for them too.

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Flat boobs...

October 26, 2009

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This was meant to go in the Damn Am "coverage," but I blew it... I hope it doesn't become a trend with the ladies. I, myself, prefer round boobs. Not that you asked.

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Damn Am '09

October 25, 2009

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Oklahomie gap to 5-0.

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Lazy costume.

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Cute shoes.

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Cute girl. In black and white... for art's sake.

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Luan has a large kickflip.

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Dylan got bloody.

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This guy barged the course... hammered. It was awesome.

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But not before he took another drink.

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"ALVAAAAAAAA for liiiiiiifffffeeeee!"

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Schaefer had to regulate... in full costume.

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"Not so fast, buddy!"

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"Go back where you came from!"

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Dude from Black Label had to get pushy...

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"What happened?"

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Derek Elmendorf sports the "Man G." Why isn't this dude called "Deathwish" anymore?

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An Alien Workshop moment...

October 19, 2009

Almost stepped on this dude on the way out of a spot today. He was big.

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I like skate tours because...

October 12, 2009

... You'll walk into a room on any given morning and see someone like Danny Garcia doing bizarre headstands for no apparent reason.

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Double angle!

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On another éS tour...

October 9, 2009

Love this crew...

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The Showdown...

September 29, 2009

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Really, all that mattered on Saturday at the Downtown Showdown was Leo Romero. But he was skating too fast for me to shoot... so you get some Big BA BSTS steez instead. Not too shabby.

Editor's side note: if Busenitz was there he would have absolutely destroyed the China Girl Banks.

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Dear Eric Stricker...

September 24, 2009

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Blair and Eric. December 2004. Analog best trick contest at etnies Skatepark.

...Way back in 2002, I begged my friend Tim O'Connor for your email address at Strength magazine. He kindly hooked me up with it, and after pitching myself to you, you were not only kind enough to write back, but cool enough to give a completely inexperienced and aspiring writer his first break and first interview assignment at a real skateboarding magazine. For that, I will be eternally grateful. And I never hesitate to tell people, even to this day, that you were that guy for me.

Tonight, many years later, I'm writing you for a very different reason...

It's really fucking weird that less than 24 hours after we were late-night emailing back and forth about how to push for a digital archive all of TransWorld's back issues so that our closets wouldn't be so full of magazines for the rest of our lives, I found out you passed away. Really weird. We weren't as close as we could've been in the last few years, but then again... such is often the case in life.... and for that, I'm a bit sad.

I'll miss finding rare and old shoes around the Sole Tech offices to send you for your insane collection... it was always nice to stoke you out with that. I'll miss the red curb sessions in Carlsbad that we had when I lived down in Vista. I'll miss hashing out article ideas and working on them together and making them a reality even though the last time we did that was a few years back. And I'll miss the way your teeth kinda showed through your smile when you were happy.

Thanks Eric, for being a friend when I left home in NJ and came out to California all alone. And for opening the door for me and giving me me a chance so that I could write for two amazing skate mags and have the wonderful career and life in skateboarding I have today. I owe you one in the next life...

Your friend,


My sincerest condolences to Arnette, Skin, Blair, Cullen, Carleton, Ben, Clyde, Jason, Fitz, Stoddard, Haydee, Gretchen, Jamey, Ken, O'Meally, Oliver, Seu and all of the TransWorld people Eric worked with, as well as all the friends and family of Eric in this tough time.

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