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February 3, 2010 at 3:51 pm
Q: What is Your most favorite graphic of a deck created by Yourself? What are the further ideas?
A: The one with the guy with TV glasses and the syringe in his ear injection him with religion, politics, and lies. If I knew what the Further Ideas were I would be much richer, and perhaps even worshiped.
February 3, 2010 at 5:01 pm
Q: Ed, you are considered to be one of the key street skaters who took the torch from the pros of the eighties and helped develop the technical era of the nineties, which some people think was an era that sacrificed artistic expression and style for sheer technical prowess. As an artist, what do you think of that assessment and, if you agree with it, what is the relationship or conflict you have between your genuine appreciation for art and your role in the development of an arguably non-artistic period for skateboarding? (note: This is not to say you didn’t have any style - your skating had a great deal of style, but your signature trick back then was the most progressive of that era, and one of the most technical tricks ever that inspired skating to be pushed even further.)
A: I disagree that style ever left. Many of the great tech-skaters do it with great style. That is what makes them awesome to watch. There are some skaters who are super robotic. But it is hard to see a correlation between the way a person skates and whether there is less art in skateboarding. There can be 100% of people skating 100% tech and still skateboarding is more artistic than every other "sport" - hands down. And even if all of the people looked like robots, that does not mean that they are not champions of the arts off their boards, or even artists themselves. Many of the greatest artists were assholes in real life, they cheated on their wives, or were terrible drunkards. That does not mean their artistic endeavors are discounted. What I am saying is that there has always been art in skateboarding, it's just that the skateboarding you see on TV is more "Jock-esque." When more people become skateboarders (or adopt the skateboard lifestyle and look but don't skate) it tends to "Normalize" the subculture. Meaning that skateboarding will look publicly more like any other culture. But the core of skateboarding is still creative, just obscured a bit by the public face. And as far as I personally am concerned, I don't have any problem with skateboarding, the only part of it I control, myself and my company, I feel, are always promoting creativity and art.
February 3, 2010 at 5:20 pm
Q: What inspires you to come up with the designs of the toy machine boards?
A: This is a vaporous question to answer, so perhaps a vaporous answer is allowed? Being alive. Everything and anything can inspire a skate graphic. The team and their styles and ideas, things I see or am thinking about. Thinking of funny things for the characters to do, anything.
leon do says:
February 3, 2010 at 6:11 pm
Q: What camera do you use most often?
A: People are so interested in what cameras people use... I use a Leica M6, or a Canon AE-1, usually with a 50mm lens. No fancy tricks, no filters, no digital trickery. The camera does not make the photo, the photographer does. My photos look the same regardless of what camera I use, the expensive Leica or the old cheap-ass Canon.
February 3, 2010 at 6:58 pm
Q: Mr. Templeton do you think that in the future you would want a partner to help you run Toy Machine, and who would it be? Past toy machine riders?
A: I get help right now from many people. All the people working at Tum-Yeto help me in a million ways. Nilo who is the computer person down there helps with catalogs, and all sorts of stuff. Then I have Matt Barker who figures out everything else. Then I have Mike Sinclair and Kevin Barnett who act as team managers and help me with their opinions about daily decisions. So I feel like I have partners already. Maybe one day I will just give it to Kevin to run.
Chris Dazzo says:
February 3, 2010 at 7:08 pm
Q: Ed i was walking to the train station to go back home from Art “School” in Chicago IL, and a Hobo stepped out in the middle of the side walk and started taking a piss… Me not knowing what to do I stopped dead in my tracks and tried to think of something. so being the kinda weird person that i am, I tip-”Pie” toed over is smooth flowing river of piss and said “Nice day out isn’t it?” as he was still Flowing gracefully (He called me an *******, and told me to **** off)… my Question to you is What would you have done, or what should i have done in this situation?
A: I would have taken a photo, of course. You should have laid down and let him piss all over you, that would have been "weird."
Armando Rodriguez says:
February 3, 2010 at 7:09 pm
Q: Hey Ed, I’m a big fan of your art and am an artist myself. I just wanted to know, what gets your mind set on putting out a product that fits exactly what you imagine in your head?
A: There is always a slight difference between the idea in your head and the practicality of doing it. So there is always a bit of a difference I guess. For me I have learned to be decisive and quick. I think up something, and trust my thought, and then just execute my idea onto paper or the computer. That takes time to develop. In my early years I agonized about what to do, and thought about it so long and worried if it was good. But now I just think it and do it, no worries. If it sucks, make it better next time.
February 3, 2010 at 7:28 pm
Q: What are five things you love about your wife?
A; Her style, her softness, her outlook, her art, her beauty.
Q: What do you think about Morrissey?
A: I love his music.
Q: Name one non-skate company you’d ride for?
A: Hav'A Chips.
Q: What would you say was your most embarrassing moment?
A: I do so many stupid things its hard to pick one.
Q: Do you sing in the shower?
Q: What are you going to do/did for Deanna
on Valentines day?
Q: What board companies do you like besides Toy Machine?
A: Ant--Hero, Girl, Zero, Flip, Alien... I have friends at all of the companies really.
Q: What magazines do you subscribe to?
A: FOAM out of Amsterdam, National Geographic, Bust (Deanna) Harpers, and all the skate mags.
Q: Do you ever watch porn. If so,what kind. If no,then why not?
A: Yes. The computer is filled with it.
Q: What will you name your first born child?
A: I don't think I will ever have one.
Q: Do your farts ever bum everyone out?
A: Never. Maybe Deanna once or twice.
Q: Have you ever had a job besides skateboarding?
A: No. I have done work outside of skating in a free-lance way that I get paid for, but an official job? Never.
Q: About how many more years do you see yourself skateboarding?
Q:Are you going to operate Toy Machine until the day you die/are incapable of normal human functions or will you eventually hand down the company,Or bring Toy Machine to an end?
A: Everything comes to an end.
Q: If you could eliminate one thing from the world. What would it be,and why?
A: Lies. What if nobody could lie? That and mosquito's.
Q: Do you ever see yourself going to college?
A: No. Teaching college maybe.
Q: What’s one Hip Hop song that you like?
A: I'm so white I can't even name one. Probably an old one like De-la-Soul or something. Does Public Enemy count?
Q: Do you ever go to local punk shows?
A: Once in a while.
Q: What are five books you’d recommend reading that aren’t photography/art books?
A: Painted Bird by Jerzey Kosinski, Stand Still like the Hummingbird by Henry Miller, Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, Letters from the Earth by Mark Twain, The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins
Q: What questions make you feel awkward when people ask them?
A: "You still skate?"
Q: Are you afraid of becoming old?
A: Afraid, no, does it suck balls? Yes.
Q: What do you think is appealing about skateboarding?
Q: What’s your favorite breakfast cereal?
A: I stopped eating breakfast cereals really. When I do eat cereal it is the equivalent of the brand Grape-Nuts. Although sometimes I eat this stuff from the health store that is a rip-off of peanut butter Cap'n Crunch. I used to love cereal, my favorite was Cocoa Pebbles. Then Cap'n Crunch.
Q: Who’s your favorite up and comer skateboarder?
A: Collin Provost.
Q: What’s your prediction for SOTY ‘10?
A: Leo Romero.
Q: What do you think would happen to skateboarding if Thrasher shut down?
A: We'd all be pussies! Something would fill the void.
Q: Are there any people you hold a grudge against?
A: Yes. Bigots, Racists, Lame Cops, Brain-Dead republicans and Religious Zealots, like the Pope.
Q: What do you do on lonely nights?
A: I never have those.
Q: Do you drink bottled water?
A: Yes. Distilled.
Q: Are you gellin?
Q: Do you think of Ptah everyday?
Q: Do you have any hobbies that no one knows about?
A: I watch every Lakers game.
Q: Do you miss any non-vegan foods?
A: Not really. Sometimes a dessert looks so good that I wish... but then I think of all the shit inside of it.
Q: Will there be a “Welcome back to Hell” tour?
A: Yes. Someday.
Q: What do you think makes Toy Machine stand out as a company? What does Toy bring to the table that other companies don’t?
A: The best team, the best ads, the best graphics, and nobody wants it!
Q: When was the last time you went to church?
A: I went in December for some Christmas thing with Deanna's brother and our niece Sophia. Really awesome to watch actually. People are so tweaked!
Q: Who stole the cookie from the cookie jar?
A: The Cookie Monster or maybe the Ham-Burglar.
Q: What does G-CODE!!! mean?
A: Fuck, I don't know. Maybe Gangster Code?
Q: Do you have a razor scooter?
Q: What are your feelings on Large Corporations in skateboarding?
A: As long as they are in for the long haul and give back to skateboarding and skaters, then I can tolerate them.
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