Tuesday, September 22, 2020
"Three hundred sixty four days out of the year I'm traveling, and then on that other day, I'm in space."
Caswell was on Toy Machine for about six months before he turned pro. He headed home to ride for enjoi in 2004. His reason for leaving was that he wasn't around many of the guys on the team due to geographic differences.
A fun fact about Toy Machine is that they were running completely different two page ads in Transworld at the same time. Ed didn't recycle the same content for the two magazines.
For the quote: Transworld - March 2004 Volume 22 Number 3
Thrasher - July 2002 Volume 22 Number 7
Monday, September 21, 2020
"Can you focus this close? I must be disgusting."
So begins Ed's part in Emerica's This Is Skateboarding video from 2003. Set to the noise rock sounds of Butter 08, the Tempster delivers a section full of his classic tricks. There are noseblunt slides, lipslides, Smith grinds, feebles, a couple impossibles, boardslides, and 180 nosegrinds. Ed even hucks a frontside flip down some stairs. The above frontside bluntslide is in there, too. The ender is a huge lipslide down a handrail that ends with Ed breaking the tail on his board after rolling away successfully.
Note: Butter 08 was a brief project of Yuka Honda and Miho Hatori from Cibo Matto, Russell Simins of the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Rick Lee of Skeleton Key, and artist Mike Mills.
The frontside bluntslide picture is by Dave Swift.
Front feeble: Thrasher - May 2002 Volume 22 Number 5
Front blunt: Thrasher - June 2002 Volume 22 Number 6
Friday, September 18, 2020
Ed pieced together a new Monster Squad to start 2002 and had a full crew by the fall. Most of these guys stuck around for a long time. In fact, Billy Marks and Josh Harmony are still on the team to this day. Diego came over from Think as an established veteran pro so that helped get the rebuilding process off to a good start.
I dig how Ed included the first logo ever in the new ad.
On a non-Toy Machine note, I purchased a pair of the Lakai Mike Carroll OG reissues and have been skating in them. The soles are on the thicker side, but I am OK with that. It means they will last longer. The upper is fairly faithful to the original. Or it is close enough to what I recall a shoe from twenty years ago looking like. I'm glad Lakai made this shoe happen again (and did a good job at it) because the first Carrolls were one of my favorite models.
Rebuild The Broken: Thrasher - March 2002 Volume 22 Number 3
New Millennium: Thrasher - October 2002 Volume 22 Number 10
Thursday, September 17, 2020
The San Jose Shark.
Caswell had been on Powell up until the end of 2001 when he decided to test the free agency market. He soon found a spot at Toy Machine and was turned pro by the summer of 2002. His time on Toy lasted until 2004 when he left for enjoi. Although Caswell is known as more of a rail and gap skater, he's an all terrain talent who can skate everything.
Check out the Chomp On This t-shirt that Lance's son doodled.
The backside kickflip photo is by Pete Thompson. Ed Templeton took the picture of the feeble grind and Lance Mountain, Jr. drew all over the ad.
Backside kickflip: Thrasher - January 2002 Volume 22 Number 1
Feeble: Thrasher - February 2002 Volume 22 Number 2
Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Things were going along smoothly for Toy Machine until the end of 2001 when everybody quit. Brian Anderson departed for Girl, Brad Staba went to enjoi, and Elissa Steamer split for Bootleg. This left Ed Templeton as the only pro with Austin Stephens as the lone am.
The photo is by Geoff Rowley.
Thrasher - December 2001 Volume 21 Number 12
Tuesday, September 15, 2020
In 2001, Ed celebrated ten years of being pro. Thrasher did a big feature interview on his history in the July issue. His other sponsors at the time were Emerica, Rusty Clothing, Thunder, Ricta Wheels, G-Shock Watches, and CCS. Some of his favorite tricks that year were frontside feebles, Smith grinds, nosegrinds, noseblunt slides, frontside bluntslides, impossibles, 180 nosegrinds, and lipslides. He was skating with the Toy Machine team, plus Mike Vallely, Vinnie Vegas, Mark Appleyard, Brian Sumner, Arto Saari, and Geoff Rowley. Ed would probably have been starting to film for Emerica's This Is Skateboarding video at this point, too.
The photo is by Michael Burnett.
For the info: Thrasher - July 2001 Volume 21 Number 7
Thrasher - November 2001 Volume 21 Number 11
Monday, September 14, 2020
I'm going to spend the next two weeks looking at Toy Machine from fall 2001 through to the end of 2002. This was the period where everybody quit and Ed Templeton had to rebuild the team. I went a tad overboard on the feature, but it all looked good spread out on the basement floor. I didn't know what to omit so I put everything in. If you're a big fan of Caswell Berry, this is going to be your moment. Surprisingly I hadn't posted any of these before and had forgotten what many of the ads looked like so this feels fresh.
Brad is from the Cleveland, Ohio area. He moved out to California and eventually settled in Walnut Creek. He has ridden for Foundation and enjoi in addition to Toy Machine. Brad expanded his Skate Mental company to include skateboards around about 2007. As of 1999, some of the bands he likes are Bjork, The Breeders, De La Soul, and The Swirlies. Brad is into photography and might play the drums.
The photo is by Jon Humphries. I believe the illustration is by Andrew Pommier.
For the info: Transworld - October 1999 Volume 17 Number 10
Thrasher - October 2001 Volume 21 Number 10