News From April 2005

Foundation Gareth Stehr was at the Yeto yesterday!!

Gareth Stehr was at Tum Yeto headquarters yesterday crunching board sales numbers. According to his calculations..sales should be thru the roof!

Posted April 29th, 2005 by el ztaffo

Toy Machine Active's coverage of the Toy Machine demo.

Saturday, March 23rd- Mission accomplished- The Toy Machine Demo! Every Toy Machine fan that was at the demo knows that these guys skated like there weren't 65 MPH winds going on. I could barely live in this wind and so skateboarding seemed to be a huge task. The Toy Machine guys all skated with ease and killed the course for hours. read more here.
Posted April 26th, 2005 by el ztaffo with help from Active.

Toy Machine Toy Machine demo at Active was off the hook!

Until you've seen them in person, you can't understand the power of the Toy Machine team. Videos like Good & Evil might bring you really close, but seeing the team skate live is a treat you'll remember your entire life.

The demo started off great. The Active team riders are all up and coming rippers, and they cruised the course while everyone got warmed up. Once the Toy Machine team got warmed up though, there was no stopping them! They pulled just about every trick that could be done at a demo. That's consistancy!

Go to the slideshows to see the TOY MACHINE DEMO AT ACTIVE!

p.s. Its the 3rd slideshow down.

Keep your eyes peeled for a full on Toy Machine demo section on Fuel TV's 54321 this next weekend. The piece is scheduled to air on sat. May 7th on Fox Sports Net (check local listing, it changes times in every region) and air the rest of the week on Fuel. Hey Ma, we gonna be on TV!

Posted April 25th, 2005 by el ztaffo

Toy Machine TOY MACHINE DEMO tomorrow (Sat. April 23rd).

Toy Machine demo!! With Active at their Norco location.

Who: Toy Machine - Ed Templeton, Austin Stephens, Billy Marks, Joshua Harmony, Johnny Layton, Matt Bennett.

When: Saturday April 23rd.

Time: 2 - 5pm.

Where: Active Norco. (909) 256-8622
Norco, CA 92860

What: Parking lot demo.

Call Active for directions!!

Posted April 22nd, 2005 by demo master

Foundation Gareth Stehr turns surfing upside down.

This photo scanned straight out of the OC Weekly. Will Gareth conquer the surf world like Jordan did to baseball? We'll see.

Posted April 21st, 2005 by green room

Tum Yeto Transworld Awards Nominees!!

Video Of 2004
Hot Chocolate--Chocolate Skateboards
Round 3--Almost Skateboards
That's Life--Foundation Skateboards
Subtleties--TransWorld SKATEboarding
Good & Evil--Toy Machine

Rookie Of The Year
Zered Bassett
Josh Harmony
Leo Romero
Chris Haslam
Bryan Herman
J.T. Aultz

Video Part Of The Year
Chris Haslam--Round 3
Billy Marks--Good & Evil
Justin Strubing--That's Life
Daewon Song--Round 3
Marc Johnson--Hot Chocolate
Stefan Janoski--Subtleties
Kyle Leeper--Subtleties

Street Skater Of The Year
Bastien Salabanzi
Jamie Thomas
Darrell Stanton
Corey Duffel
Daewon Song
Mark Appleyard
Paul Machnau

Vert Skater Of The Year
Jake Brown
Bucky Lasek
Danny Way
Bob Burnquist
Rune Glifberg

Team Of The Year
Toy Machine
Alien Workshop

Posted April 21st, 2005 by el ztaffo

Tum Yeto Ice Lounge web skating, for skateboarders.

Legendary Professional Skateboarder Salman Agah along with Industry Veteran Dave Metty Launch, a Skateboarding Community

COSTA MESA, Calif., (Mar. 9, 2005) – Fans, beginner skateboarders, professional skateboarders, and industry professionals alike have been flocking to to post their profiles, watch skateboard videos, and connect with new and old friends. is unique because of the support of the industry and the heroes of the sport. Professionals like Steve Caballero, Richard Mulder, Dan Drehobl, Jim Gagne, and Chet Childress not only have profiles on the website but are also very actively involved on the site blogging, messaging, and commenting with their fans. Professional videographers, photographers, magazine editors, and shop owners are also active on the site. “It’s a true community where everyone is involved and represented, not just a certain group. I’m just as proud to have a father post a picture of his daughter on a skateboard as I would seeing another pro, or a grom posing with his first board. ” says Salman Agah, co-founder of

In the first 2 weeks of the launch, thousands of members have registered purely from word of mouth spreading through the skateboarding community. Over 2,500 pictures and 400 videos have been posted. Page views in the first 2 weeks exceeded 270,000 and membership has been growing steadily at double digit rates daily. Membership is expected to grow at a much faster rate when the marketing campaign is fully implemented.

“We have much more in store for our community”, says Dave Metty, co-founder and musician. “Enhancements to the site are being rolled out almost on a daily basis. We are currently working on a streaming MP3 player so that members can create playlists and play songs uploaded by other members.”

Future plans include online skateboarding contests where members upload their videos to be judged, a “sponsor me” area where members will be represented to companies looking to sponsor skateboarders, and the Video On Demand Lounge where members can view exclusive content.

Please visit the website:

Posted April 20th, 2005 by el ztaffo

Pig Wood Pig Wood team in San Francisco!!

Heads up Nor Cal: The Pig Wood team is up in SF filming some last minute bangers to finish up the new vid. Slaughterhouse will own you!!
Posted April 19th, 2005 by el ztaffo

Deathbox Hackett Iron Cross deck report.

The Hackett Iron Cross LTD boards are done and there will be no more of these made, ever. We used 2 different top graphic color combos and the last 100 (roughly) were custom colors as to add to the whole cool-ness factor.

If you own one you're probably wondering were yours is in the whole mix. Here is the break-down of the whole run of 300:


These are unltra rare limited. Hand signed and number by David Hackett!! Only 100 left.

Posted April 18th, 2005 by Damon

Pig Wood Lizard King sighting in Phoenix, AZ.

Special thanks to andrew urban for being witness to these amazing photos.

See the Lizard sighting on the Slideshows page.

If anyone else out there has any photos of our riders and would like them to be posted up on our website for glory and fame....feel free to send em in.

Posted April 18th, 2005 by el ztaffo

Deathbox Shogo Kubo “Board Of Honor”.


Deathbox Skateboards Awards Skateboarding Legend Shogo Kubo “Board Of Honor”.

ONLY 100 of these will be made. All will be signed and hand numbered by Shogo himself. Stay tuned...

Skateboarding Pioneer joins Deathbox Skateboard Company's Signature Skateboard Series “Board of Honor” program. Other legendary Deathbox deck models have included Jay Adams, Dave Hackett, Doug “Pineapple” Saladino, Brad Bowman, Wentzle Ruml, Eric Dressen and Mike Folmer.

SAN DIEGO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 13, 2005—DEATHBOX Skateboards (, the “Old School” Skateboarding industry leader, announced today that skateboarding legend Shogo Kubo has been chosen and accepted the first “Deathbox “Board Of Honor” Signature Skateboard Models.

Shogo is well-known as one of the Original Zephyr Team Skaters and one of the Notorious “DogTown Z-Boys”. (a.k.a. “Z-Boys”), a ragtag group of scrappy, lower-middle-class kids from the (then) rundown Los Angeles beach communities, Santa Monica and Venice- nicknamed “Dogtown”. In the mid-1970s, the Z-Boys pioneered today’s Radical airborne style of skateboarding by adapting their aggressive low slung stylish surfing moves to the concrete waves of schoolyard banks and empty swimming pools.

The Z-Boys story was told in the 2002 Sundance Award winning documentary “Dogtown and Z-Boys” and is now soon to be released as a “Hollywood Production” entitled “Lords of Dogtown” written by former Z-Boy Stacy Peralta and directed by Cathryn Hardwick.

Along with long-time friendly rivals Jay Adams, Tony Alva, and Stacy Peralta, Shogo was instrumental in pioneering numerous early skateboard moves including the “Bert”, the “Layback” and was one of the sport's all-time biggest skate stars, and lead architects of “The Z-Boy Style” appearing in commercials, films, movies and some of the early pool riding contests.

At the age of 14, Shogo Kubo emerged as an incredibly stylish surf skate phenomenon and quickly became one of the most popular and powerfully stylish skaters in the sport's history. He popularized the “layback”, and helped invent some of the early airborne moves including “The frontside and Backside air, as well as the “Invert”. He formed a friendly rivalry with fellow Z-Boys Jay Adams, Tony Alva, Stacy Peralta, Wentzle Ruml, Bob Biniak, and Jim Muir to help propel skateboarding into the beginnings of a legitimate and accessible sport.

"Shogo is one of skateboarding's most significant and stylish innovative pioneers, and Deathbox is stoked to have him as a Board of Honor recipient," said David Hackett, Creative Director, Deathbox Skateboards. "He has not only helped shape and create the legendary Z-Boy style, but he has influenced many others to skate with style, speed and aggression. He's a great SurfSkate Ambassador; very humble and really cool. He is still considered one of skateboarding's most important and stylish legendary riders."

"I'm stoked to receive the invitation of the “Deathbox Board of Honor” said Shogo. "Back in the Day, I rode a lot of pools, parks, schools and pipes with the Deathbox guys; Hackett, Bowman, and Pineapple and I am grateful to those guys for the opportunity."

The New Shogo Kubo Deathbox "Board Of Honor" Deck will be a similar "Pig" style shape as his 70's DogTown Skates Airbeam Model, but it will be a 10.25"X31.5" Flat Nosed "ThickBitch" Deathbox construction, with a 3.5" Nose, 7" Tail, and a 16.5" Wheel base. Shogo and Hackett did the graphics combining the classic Japanese Flag style in red, white, and black with a Signature Medal of Honor style graphic icon in the center, all done in the classic hardcore Deathbox style. The deck will only be produced as a super limited edition of 100 pieces, all hand signed by Shogo, and will retail for about twice as much as a regular deck.

About Deathbox
Back in 2000 when the entire skateboard industry was dominated by the “Popsicle Stick” thin ply deck, Deathbox skateboards was the first company to produce an entire line of wide, thick ply decks and classic skateboard re-issues of legendary riders such as Brad Bowman, Dave Hackett, Doug “Pineapple” Saladino, Tom Inouye, Jay Adams, Mike Folmer, and Wentzle Ruml.

Deathbox designs, produces and distributes skateboards, wheels, clothing, accessories and related products for young-minded people and develops products that represent a radical lifestyle-driven from a “SurfSkate” heritage. Deathbox's authenticity is evident in its innovative products, Legendary riders, events, and retail success around the World.

Deathbox's primary focus is skateboards, apparel, and related accessories for young men, old men and everyone in between. Deathbox's products are sold throughout the world, primarily in skate shops, surf shops, and other specialty stores that provide an authentic hardcore products for our valued customers.

Look for future Limited Edition Series "Board Of Honor" deck releases coming soon from Deathbox Skateboards.

NOTE: For further information about Deathbox, check out

Posted April 15th, 2005 by limited edition.

Deathbox Hackett and Shogo sighting at the OB park!

Dave Hackett and Shogo were caught recently at the OB skatepark. Stylin that sukka out! A camera was on hand. Check out the footage Hackett & Shogo.

Rumor on the streets is that Shogo may do a limited, signed and numbered deck with Deathbox!

Posted April 14th, 2005 by el zraffo

Tum Yeto SLAP issue # 154 - May 2005.

Check out the newest issue of SLAP.

Ethan Fowler and Streetrake in the gossip section. Check out Streetrakes red eye. Ouch!

Billy Marks, Split ad, stylish 360.

Louie Barletta with a creative nose blunt nose pick. He's so fun to watch him always doing something different. Page. 116.

Posted April 11th, 2005 by poparazzi

Tum Yeto Sidewalk (UK) issue # 102 - March 2005.

Sidewalk is the UKs other premiere mag. Here is some updated coverage that Tum Yeto got in the mag across the seas!! Sidewalk (UK) issue # 102 - March 2005.
Posted April 8th, 2005 by poparazzi

Toy Machine Ed Templeton interview - as seen in Sidewalk.

Ed Templeton has been in the forefront of the skateboard industry, blood sucking the kids across the planet with his company Toy Machine skateboards and pushing his own skateboarding through every possible nook and cranny in the process. He has recently visited London through his wonderful art and photography skillz and met Zac at his recent exhibition in East London for a chit chat. Questions were chucked in from Ralph LD from Crossfire and many other skaters from forums in the UK and this is what went down...

Read the entire interview at

To get to the interview you have to go..... Menu >> Skate Zine >> Interviews >> Ed Templeton.

Posted April 8th, 2005 by el ztaffo

Toy Machine Toy Machine demo at Active!!

Toy Machine demo!! With Active at their Norco location.

Who: Toy Machine - Ed Templeton, Austin Stephens, Billy Marks, Joshua Harmony, Johnny Layton, Matt Bennett.

When: Saturday April 23rd.

Time: 2 - 5pm.

Where: Active Norco. (909) 256-8622
Norco, CA 92860

What: Parking lot demo.

Call Active for directions!!

Posted April 6th, 2005 by el ztaffo

Deathbox Signed and numbered Hackett Iron Cross decks.

Damon the wood shop master here at Tum Yeto command headquarters recently caught David Hackett on camera. While Hackett was here signing his limited Iron Cross boards.

Each board comes signed and hand number'd 1 to 300. That's right!! There will only be 300 of these made.

Check out the slideshow as undeniable proof of their authenticity.

The Hackett Iron Cross is 10 x 32 with a 16" wheelbase. These are going to be hard to find, check out our shop locator or call us at 1-800-TUMYETO and we'll help you find a shop in your area.

Posted April 5th, 2005 by photography by Damon Mills

Pig Wood Pig Wood filming trip!!

Pig Wood filming trip!! Ragdoll, Slash, Charlie Castelluzzo just left San Diego. They are headed to Vegas where they will meet up with Sammy Baca, Lizard and Shuriken Shannon. The entire team!! Filming mission for Slaughterhouse. Plus they are shooting with Sean Peterson so there will be an article in SLAP. Pig Woods first ever video 'Slaughterhouse' will be done in June!!
Posted April 5th, 2005 by el ztaffo

Deathbox Thrasher Magazine presents Beer Helmet.

Thrasher's video 'Beer Helmet' is out now. Featuring alot of sick footage from Sam Hitz.

Posted April 5th, 2005 by Sam Hitz rules the pool.