Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Back in 1996 Toy Machine stopped in Buffalo, NY on the Welcome To Hell tour. Urban Threads & Sleds hosted a demo and video premiere. They skated a parking lot with some janky wooden launch ramps and manual pads. Allow me to clarify that: the Toy Machine team skated the aisles in a parking lot since there were still a bunch of cars parked on the lot at the time. Saying parking lot makes it sound like the demo happened in an empty space. It was just about the whole team: Ed Templeton, Jamie Thomas, Donny Barley, Mike Maldonado and Elissa Steamer. I'm pretty sure Adrian Lopez was also there, but I don't think he skated. This was when Jamie was getting Zero started. The Chief did a big Benihana off the launch ramp. Donny put down a massive frontside flip off the same ramp. After the main part of the demo was done, the bulk of the crowd had gone to get autographs and watch the video while Donny and Mike kept skating. There was a 4' x 8' manual pad that got propped up, making a very steep bank. They both did a bunch of tricks on and off the makeshift bank. Donny closed it out with a 360 flip over the top.
The photo is by Adam Wallacavage.
Slap - December 1996 Volume 5 Number 12