ED TEMPLETON’S PHOTOGRAPHY DOCUMENTED THE 90’S SKATE SUBCULTURE, SHAPING THE YOUTHFUL AESTHETIC OF THE LAST DECADES, BECOMING AN ICON IN BOTH THE SKATEBOARD INDUSTRY AND THE ART WORLD
Ed Templeton professional skateboarder since 1990, defines this job as the best ever, as “getting paid to do what you love the most, traveling alongside other young skaters like yourself, you start feeling like the world is yours.”
In 1994 he realized that he was living a dream, and he’d missed four amazing years of shooting, so he started carrying the camera everywhere, trying to document the skate subculture at its full.
By 2000 his remarkable hyper-documentary “Teenage Smokers” won the first price in the “Search For Art” Competition in Italy. He became one of the main artist of “Beautiful Losers” touring art exhibit including collectible art book and featured documentary that depicts skateboarding and other urban themes.
As a well known and polyhedric artist in 2008 he published “Deformer” a summary of his personality as an artist that tracks his human and aesthetic growth in “the incubator of suburban outskirts” – Orange County, California.
Youthful life lived to the fullest has always been central to Templeton’s work. From his paintings to his board graphics, to his photography.
While almost everyone who rides a skateboard considers themselves an “artist,” very few have been able to make a successful leap into the fine art world. Templeton is one of those few.