20 years ago back in 1996, Toy Machine (then just three years old) released its third video titled Welcome To Hell. It was a dramatic change compared to Live! from 1994, when the team was made up of Ed Templeton, Jerry Fowler, Ethan Fowler, Joe Nemeth and others like Joel Danenhauer who could be found skating the Huntington Beach skate park. That progressed into Heavy Metal, Toy Machine's second video offering from 1995 which saw Jamie Thomas take most of the control in the video and directing side of things. At that time, skateboarding popularity was on the up-rise. The X-Games had premiered on television (1995) and having a career within skateboarding was looking more viable. The early-90's Goofy Boy stage of tiny wheels, giant clothes and oh so tech ledge combinations was faded away and by 1996 the emphasis came back to style and speed. That summer the team went on a U.S tour and now 20 years later raw footage has emerged from Josh Stewart's archives. Ed, Jamie, Donny Barley, Brian Anderson, and the team skated demos on car parks with random obstacles in front of mellow crowds. There are baggy jeans and, of course, cargo pants, and there are early Zero T-shirt sightings. In the years that followed riders came and went but Ed stuck with Toy Machine. Welcome To Hell helped inspire an entire generation of skateboarders. Click play on the clips below for a glimpse of mid-90's nostalgia.
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