TOY MACHINE TOUR “NOISY IN BOISE”

Jaws and Dakota Servold Doubles / photo: mehring

Jaws and Dakota Servold doubles / photo: Mehring

Leo Romero is in a band called Travesura, which is Spanish for mischief. Josh Harmony also plays music under his name. At some point someone said, “We should do a skate/music trip to Boise, Idaho and call it Noisy in Boise.” I jumped at the chance to tag along and we hit the road, driving from Long Beach to Boise over a couple of days while skating spots along the way. Mike Sinclair lined up a show and a demo in Boise and we were good to go.

Boise seems like a hidden gem in the middle of nowhere. One of those places where people are just living for themselves and making it work their own way. One guy we met, Paul Witworth had just built a skateable pool in his backyard and still had a bit of grass left over. Another guy, Matt Whitlock had a custom car/motorcycle shop in his garage and had built transitions up to his gate and a small quarter pipe next to the garage. They are people who are living the dream basically. We played the show one night and did a demo at a nearby park. The locals took us to some street spots. It was an epic road trip. – Jonathan Mehring

Leo Romeo's band, Travesura / photo: mehring

Leo Romeo’s band, Travesura / photo: Mehring

Dakota Servold - FS Wall Ride / photo: mehring

Dakota Servold – FS Wall Ride / photo: Mehring

Jaws - 5-0 Grab Out / photo: mehring

Jaws being Jaws / photo: Mehring

Lou of Lou Lou Land / photo: Mehring

We met this guy named Lou who lived at LouLouLand outside of Modesto, CA. “I’m a sculptor”, he explained. Showing off his creations dangling from trees and propped up against logs or the side of the house. “They’ve been trying to get me out of here for years, but I own the place so they can’t do nothin’” This guy may have been homeless except for the fact he owned the property. He was around 50 years old and soon his 20 something cracked out girlfriend showed up. Skinny as a rail, her shirt was barely staying on as she stumbled through the gate. “You see how lucky I am?” asked Lou.

Taylor Smith - Kickflip Back Lip / photo: mehring

Taylor Smith – Kickflip Back Lip / photo: Mehring

Ryan Spencer

Ryan Spencer – Hurricane / photo: Mehring

Leo Romero 50-50 gap out / photo: mehring

Leo Romero 50-50 gap out / photo: Mehring

Bro Styling / photo: mehring

Bro Styling / photo: Mehring

Josh Harmony / photo: mehring

Josh Harmony / photo: Mehring

Johan Stuckey - Front Smith / photo: mehring

Johan Stuckey – Front Smith / photo: Mehring

Jeremy Leabres - Kickflip 50-50 / photo: mehring

Jeremy Leabres – Kickflip 50-50 / photo: Mehring

Beard Man / photo: mehring

Living the dream / photo: Mehring

Toy Machine Monster / photo: mehring

Toy Machine fan taking it to the next level / photo: Mehring

Matt Bennett - Switch 50-50 / photo: Mehring

Matt Bennett – Switch 50-50 / photo: Mehring

This article should have been called "Stay high in Boise". 27 j's in 5 days, and that's just in the hotel.

This article should have been called “Stay high in Boise”. 27 j’s in 5 days, and that’s just in the hotel / photo: Mehring

Tour Kids / photo: mehring

Tour Kids / photo: Mehring

Jaws - Ollie / photo: mehring

Jaws – Suicide Ollie / photo: Mehring

Dakota Servold - Back Smith / photo: mehring

Dakota Servold – Back Smith / photo: Mehring


Photography & Words: Jonathan Mehring (@Mehringsbearings)
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Comments

  1. skum:

    I see GG Allin is alive and well in LouLou Land

  2. asd:

    Front shoulder aligned with back ankle. Good form

  3. Alex Traboulsi:

    Mehring’s photos really put you directly in his shoes. Incredible work.

  4. Flo_Bros:

    Johan on Foundation or WKND, Dekline or Huf??

  5. Vladimir:

    Very nice pictures, looks like you had a blast.

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