Toy Machine Skateboards was founded in 1993 by artist and professional skateboarder Ed Templeton. In the early 90s, the brand added a touch of evil and weirdness to the skateboard culture, which at the time was dominated by the laidback vibe of the Californian skateboard brands. Toy Machine became best known for Ed's unique graphics. Whether it's dark demons or sulky turtles, Ed's illustrations are instantly recognisable. The fact that some people find the graphics weird or shocking makes no difference to him; after all, Toy Machine isn't for everyone.
Toy Machine "Bloodsucking Skateboard Company"
Besides Ed's recognisable house style, the 'Bloodsucking Skateboard Company' is known for its groundbreaking videos, which are just as hardcore as the gear the company produces. Skateboarding films like 'Welcome to hell' (1996) and 'Jump off a building' (1998) showed a whole new type of skateboarding. In Toy Machine's videos, there were no long technical runs on smoothe schoolyards, but lightning-fast montages of skaters throwing themselves off huge stairs and handrails. Skaters like Chad Muska, Bam Margera and especially Jamie Thomas went bigger and harder than anyone else. This take-no-prisoners mentality is still at the heart of Toy Machine. Although the brand has seen many team changes over the years, the team still consists of stuntmen on a skateboard, including Leo Romero, Daniel Lutheran and Jeremy Leabres. Toy Machine founder Ed Templeton is also still going strong.