News From February 2010

THANK YOU !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

To all the people who came to the opening, I appreciate it very much.

I'm sorry I was barely able to talk to anyone...
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I didn't get too many photos. I was too busy talking to people and freinds and bestowing signatures on my skateboard minions, aka Loyal Pawns of the bloodsucking company. So I will wait for other people to blog it up, and will try to link them here. It's early, but this guy already posted some photos.

And Timothy at Emerica blogged it up with great photos <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

And TWS came and got an interview before the opening <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

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I went minimal for this show, a departure from my usual chaotic display. But there was a theme and concept for this show that I stuck to. All photos were shot from a moving car, and all hung in a straght line.
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So here are some shots from Thursday after we hung the show...
An article from an LA paper.
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These photos come from 15 years of shooting from the car as a passenger and a driver. In fact this is only half of the stuff I made, the other half is going to Belgium. There will be a book of this work too, coming in April from Seems Books. And this other book too, Drinking the Kool-Aid. (Which will also be an exhibition in London.)
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Transistor Sect showed up...
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...With a posse of homies, all of them regualrs to the Toy Machine website. (Minus JGonz, who decided not to drive down from Nor-Cal)
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The Loyal Pawns came out in force!
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DevinBriggs.com and his longtime girlfreind came, HB shirt repping. As you can see, Deanna bought me a tie, and I wore one for the first time ever last night.
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This kid drove all the way from Arizona just to see the show! With his whole family! I met his mom, a very nice woman, who brought the kids out to LA to make a weekend trip based around my show. What an awesome mom! Consider yourself lucky young man!
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Loyal website Pawn ANTHONY!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Ori and Dave.  ----  Neil Patrick Harris was there too, but my Loyal Pawns kept me too busy to have a good talk with him.
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Ashley B, (the lovely GF of Grant Hatfeild, who printed a lot of these photos in the show for me!) who came in a wheelchair! Her first outing after being smashed by a car while crossing the street in LA a few weeks ago. Serious Lawsuit.
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Grant sent me his pictures from last night, so I am mixing them into this post too! This is me with Ashley B.
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Grant's title: Art Mosh-Pit
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Signing the tote-bag...
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A close look at the FREE tote bags that Emerica made possible.
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Grant documented some guy documenting me having a chat with The Cobrasnake.
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Grants title: Art Poach. That's Yoshi.
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This guy was amped that all the prints were printed by hand on fiber-based paper. Kicking it old school.
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The kid in the Sect Suit, Israel... This guy ruled.
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Yes my own creation, I will sign your postcard.
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The kid above brought me a gift that he made in the car on the drive up from San Diego.
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This young man made my night. He brought me a shirt with a touching portrait of me on it! Whoa! Taking it to the next level. Thank you so much. Everyone was so amped on the shirt. Oh yeah, and this kid and his friend were both born on my exact birthday! July 28th. That is pretty much kick-ass.
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Here is a detail of his amazing work.
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Speaking of gifts, Jared Hager's girlfreind Loren Steilen, made me handmade kale chips! Amazing! Thank you so much! I already chomped them all.
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While we are talking about gifts, Jesse from Primal Strips sent a case of them to hand out at the opening. I hope everyone enjoyed them!
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Jacob of comment section fame.
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Deanna wheeled Ashley B out once the show was coming to a close.
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Austin and Lana, came, and Matt B, and J-Lay came too. Thanks for the support homies!
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Kevin and Tree, as the night wore on and we discussed Rule #1: Always go Buck.

I wish I had got some crowd shots when it reached it's peak, but I failed in the 'documenting through photos' part of my job last night.
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Grants title: Exhausted Artist. Yes, but not exhausted enough.

Some new links: SK8Face

And some insights from Marsea at New Image...

Answering Questions Part 3 is up...

Seth Green rocks a Templeton RVCA shirt...

And Dennis McGrath, who printed many of these photos in the show at my home darkroom, has an epic blog from his days as a globetrotting skate photog... Great stuff. There is an interview with Dennis on this website too.

Posted February 27th, 2010
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Toy Machine Sock Team

The continuing saga of my feet and the socks that cover them.
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"Always give a word or sign of salute when meeting or passing a friend, or even a stranger, if in a lonely place." –Tecumseh
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"There are basically two types of people. People who accomplish things, and people who claim to have accomplished things. The first group is less crowded." –Mark Twain
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"Never confuse movement with action." –Ernest Hemingway
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"A masterpiece... may be unwelcome but it is never dull." –Gertrude Stein
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"Trash has given us an appetite for art." –Pauline Kael
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"You can't find any true closeness in Hollywood, because everybody does the fake closeness so well." –Carrie Fisher
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I successfully set up The Seconds Pass show today, and Friday night I will endure the anxiety of everyone looking at it while I am there.
"A crust eaten in peace is better than a banquet partaken in anxiety." –Aesop
Deanna can agree.
More Questions Answered, this time on video, part 2.

A Seconds Pass book? Yes.

Posted February 26th, 2010 by welcome to my world young men
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Again: More Questions Answered

And ongoing series of answers for those burning life questions:



vladimir hernandez says:

February 3, 2010 at 7:41 pm

Q: When you met the Gonz for the first time, did the thoughts that you had about him match with reality?



A: The Gonz or JGonz?  JK.  The first time I ever saw the Gonz I was too clueless about skating to know it was him or even who he was. He lived in my hometown of Huntington Beach, CA in 1985, 86 when I started skating. My friend knew who he was and pointed him out to me. At that point I was just learning to ollie. Then over the next few years I became much better at skating and  started skating with Jason Lee. We finally started skating with Mark Gonzales here and there and I can testify that he is MUCH better to watch live than on video. He actually never even had a video part that really showed or reflected what he means to skateboarding. So sad really that the best street skater of all time was never properly documented. So yes, he matched my imagination and then some.



Bob says:

February 3, 2010 at 8:39 pm

Q: Why are you so creepy man!



A: I guess I was born like this. Maybe since my first sexual encounter was with a MUCH older woman, I have been tweaked.



August says:

February 3, 2010 at 8:40 pm

Q: At the round’n’round art show, what was your favorite arts Mr. Gonz put on papers?



A: That show in New York? I had my eye on this one sharpie marker drawing on paper, but it's too hard to describe here. I wanted to buy it, but I thought it was a bit too high for me. That show ruled because it was a bunch of stuff from all different times.



eggy says:

February 3, 2010 at 9:13 pm

Q: Dear Ed, why is Deanna so awesome, and how can I meet a girl as awesome as her?



A: Luck. One idea is that we met really young and stayed together. So we grew together as humans. You have to put in hard work for a relationship to last, many people give up when things get tough. She is awesome because she has always let me skate and do what I need to do. She always supported me and me her. To meet someone like this you have to look for the quirks, and be ready to jump at those quirks. Deanna was not some sort of "Perfect no-brainer" when I met her, her legs were hairier than mine, and her pits too, and she wore some pretty crazy clothes. But I could tell instantly that her strangeness was authentic, and jumped at the chance to be with such a lady. It paid off.



anthony says:

February 3, 2010 at 9:35 pm

Q: What are your thoughts about Austin Stephens as a skateboarder and person?



A: Austin is an awesome person. You don't meet many people smart enough to change their whole belief system on their own through self learning. He has been on the team longer than anyone besides me at this point too. He even lived with me for a year. He has the smoothest style on a board, is fun to be around, and is down for a good debate.



JAWSH says:

February 3, 2010 at 10:10 pm

Q: If you were a geometric shape, what would you like to be?



A: An equilateral polygon.



 johno says:

February 3, 2010 at 10:30 pm

Q: When is the next toy machine video? You should release the templeton 1 shoe again those shoes are the best



A: This summer we hope to put out a PROMO video called Brainwash. and it will DOMINATE YOUR LIFE. Yes, I like that shoe too, but it does not fit into today's styles.



Elias says:

February 3, 2010 at 11:51 pm

Q: When will the next Toy Machine video be released and are you wearing any underwear at this particular moment



A: See above. Yes.



Silly says:

February 3, 2010 at 11:54 pm

Q: Is it really going to be that hard to pick your favorite question?



A: No, I'll just answer them all. Anything for my minions.



Spopovitch says:

February 4, 2010 at 2:56 am

Q: Do you like ranch or bbq chips, or would you prefer an apple instead?



A: I don't eat "Ranch" flavored foodstuffs. I'll chomp a BBQ chip once in a while, as long as they are from the health store and don't have any dodgy ingredients tucked in there. You have to read the labels, there is sugar in literally everything! An apple would be much better for you, but I usually prefer chips!



So today I set up the art show, I hope to see many Loyal Pawns there!
Posted February 24th, 2010 by some random dude
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Three photos from Laguna Beach

My most recent photos...
Posted February 24th, 2010 by come to the show - come to the show -come to the show
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More Questions Answered

These are questions NOT asked on camera for the Active thing...



Justas says:

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.



mikebythesun says:

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.



Charlie says:

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.



Danny says:

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.



 jgonzalez says:

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?

A: Yes.



Q: What are you going to do/did for Deanna on Valentines day?

A: http://weliketoeatvegan.blogspot.com/



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?

A: One.



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?

A: Everything.



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?

A: No.



Q: Do you think of Ptah everyday?

A: Almost.



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?

A: No.



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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Posted February 23rd, 2010 by I have way more...
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Random Proof Sheet Check

I opened a folder at random and selected a proof sheet that I had not yet filed into my digital archive.

And now the photos are here for you to be bored with.
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1998, Memphis, Tennessee, some MTV skate contest. yeah, MTV did a skate contest.
All the photos on this roll (and blog post) were shot in one day at this event.
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Overview of the event.
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Loved that stupid mohawk.
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Ann Vallely, talking with Deanna.
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"Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings." –Salvador Dali
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Austin Texas on the drive to Memphis, TN, same roll.
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Rick Howard argues with security. Koston wonders if he is gonna have "to go."
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Sean Sheffey on a shuttle bus.
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Sheffey, Rowley, a young Brian Sumner.
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"A man who lives everywhere lives nowhere." –Marcus Valerius Martial

I have a new portfolio of photos on Tiny Vices.com

Deanna.
Posted February 22nd, 2010 by More Questions and Answers coming...
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Questions Answered

Am I gonna be posting answers to questions that did not get read on camera. (Some questions that did get read on camera, may be edited out, tough luck on those.)



I did this thing with Active, where people send in questions over the internet, then a camera guy comes and films someone asking me the questions, and me answering them. Then they post it on their website and YouTube. There were so many questions that I though I would answer some that were edited out here:



Here we go:



Sean says:

February 3, 2010 at 12:42 pm

Q: Ed, if you had one question to ask yourself and that question would win you some cool stuff from one of your sponsors, what would that question be?

A: So I get to ask myself a question? That I know how to answer? And the consequences of this question being answered correctly is get free stuff from my sponsors? #1, they are my SPONSORS, that means I get free stuff already! #2, the consequences of getting free stuff does not make this question very important. So to answer you, my question to myself would be: Why do you even spend time blogging?



drane says:

February 3, 2010 at 3:07 pm

Q: ed, you seem to be incredibly prolific and responsive to life -what do you think your ‘purpose’ in life is? if you believe to have that all figured out, how and when did you settle on the answer, and have you ever second guessed this? has your ‘calling’ changed over time? what led you to finding the path you are on now and do you feel there is something you are really supposed to be doing? or are you just existing doing what feels good/what works?

A: These are some loaded questions! It would take a book to fill the answers properly, but I will attempt to do it in a very short manner. Purpose in life? I know we all grow up with this idea that everyone has a "purpose." but that is bullshit. We are all born - something we have no control over, and like any animal, need to survive. Where you are born and by what parents, again, we have no control over. The circumstances into which you are born will be the biggest deciding factor of your life. I happened to be born in Southern California, and relative to the rest of the United States and the entire world, that is a pretty lucky birth, even if my family was poor, and my dad was an asshole. I was born into a rich suburb- (relative to the rest of the state, country, etc.) -a big leg up. My purpose is the same as yours, through total random chance I was placed where I am, and all that is left is survival. Survival is relative too. For me to survive I had to navigate my family, my schooling, my society, and what is expected of youth in my society. So for us in the USA survival means do good in school, get a nice job. Pursue a hobby, maybe even get famous. These things get falsely labeled as "purposes." Since we are calling Survival "Purposes" now, I can move to your next question, When did I figure it all out, and have second guessed it? I don't have it figured out, I never will. People who say they have it figured out are liars, or filthy rich, or both. I have been very lucky to have made a life doing things I love to do, not many can say that, so I feel very fortunate. But I don't have all the answers. And as far as second guessing. Even for me, with so many things to be thankful for, of course you second guess. There is always the question of "What if?" Has my "calling: changed. Yes. I have been transitioning from a person who functions as a paid athlete, (a finite endeavor as age progresses,) into a company owner, and artist. Everything is constantly changing and no goal is fixed, they always move. I don't have feelings that there is something else I should be doing, and for sure I just do what works, but with guidance towards an ideal.



Vinny says:

February 3, 2010 at 3:08 pm

Q: I heard you’re currently searching for the next heir to the toy machine throne (since you’re getting so old and stuff) and that 5 boards in the next Toy Machine deck series are going to come secretly packaged with golden tickets, kinda like a willy wonka maneuver. Is this true, Ed?

A: No



dave kleiser says:

February 3, 2010 at 3:13 pm

Q:I don’t read much, so when I do I like to make it count. Out of all the books you would have a 22 year old caucasian artist/musician read, what's the one book you think I should read?

A: I would say stick with the classics. Read some Mark Twain, or Kurt Vonnegut. Cat's Cradle I liked. I really like Jerzey Kosinski, so I guess I would say you should read "The Painted Bird" by J. Kosinsky.


Posted February 21st, 2010 by lemm know if you want more or not...
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Another proof sheet selected at random

This one had some cool photos of Spanky and Herman on it.

But I will be using them for something else. This is the rest.
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"Disease, insanity, and death were the angels that attended my cradle, and since then have followed me throughout my life." –Edvard Munch
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Ted: Spanish girls tend to be really promiscuous.
Fred: You're such a prig.
Ted: No, I wasn't using "promiscuous" pejoratively. It's just a fact. They have completely different attitudes toward sex.
Fred: Well, I wasn't using "prig" pejoratively.
–From the film Barcelona, 1994
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"Age shouldn't affect you. It's just like the size of your shoes - they don't determine how you live your life! You're either marvellous or you're boring, regardless of your age." –Steven Morrissey
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"The few remaining truths are graffiti, suicide notes, shopping lists." –Francesca da Rimini
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"I've decided something: Commercial things really do stink. As soon as it becomes commercial for a mass market it really stinks." –Andy Warhol
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"If beef is your idea of 'real food for real people,' you'd better live real close to a real good hospital." –Neal Barnard
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Plucked Chickens, and a plucked Bryan Herman, Barcelona.
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"A person buying ordinary products in a supermarket is in touch with his deepest emotions." –John Kenneth Galbrait

Who has time for Deanna's blog?

I have a portfolio up on Tiny Vices - check it.
Posted February 19th, 2010 by for your weekend pleasure.
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Recent Proof Sheet

Took some shots off a very recent single proof sheet.
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Brendan and Aaron find a free speech area. Finally.
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"It is by the goodness of God that in our country we have those three unspeakably precious things: freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, and the prudence never to practice either of them." –Mark Twain
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So today I did the on camera answering of all the questions you all wrote in for the Active thing. I answered questions from JGonz, Benzen, and Jacob on camera, probably more of you - but that is all I can remember right now. I don't know when it goes up... This is up.
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Too late for the upcoming show...
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These might have been in too...
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"I love Los Angeles. I love Hollywood. They're beautiful. Everybody's plastic, but I love plastic. I want to be plastic." –Andy Warhol
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"An escalator can never break: it can only become stairs. You should never see an Escalator Temporarily Out Of Order sign, just Escalator Temporarily Stairs. Sorry for the convenience." –Mitch Hedberg

Since that quote had nothing to do with the photo, here is a new one:

"No one is free, even the birds are chained to the sky." –Bob Dylan
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"I remember when the candle shop burned down. Everyone stood around singing 'Happy Birthday." –Steven Wright
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"Adapt or perish, now as ever, is nature's inexorable imperative." –H. G. Wells

Deanna concurs. Books.
Posted February 18th, 2010 by Senior moment
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Choosing a random Proof Sheet

I just opened a folder today and extracted some photos from an un-filed proof sheet. Enjoy.
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it was from Barcelona, Spain.
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This kid was stoked on watching us skate.
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"In my photographs it is apparent that there was no posing at the moment I released the shutter." –Jerzy Kosinski (one of my favorite writers)
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"From my rotting body, flowers shall grow and I am in them and that is eternity." –Edvard Munch
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"A woman reading Playboy feels a little like a Jew reading a Nazi manual." –Gloria Steinem

"Fascism is capitalism in decay." –Vladimir Lenin
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"Truth is a demure lady, much too ladylike to knock you on your head and drag you to her cave. She is there, but people must want her, and seek her out." –William F. Buckley, Jr.
Posted February 17th, 2010 by phtoos from the edge of time
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The Seconds Pass coming in hot...

Come or don't come, the choice has always been yours.
Posted February 16th, 2010 by running out the door today...
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Disneyland Drained

There are so many skatespots in Disneyland, it's crazy. If we couls only drain all the fountains and get all the tourists out of there for a day, we could really film a quite nice section for our video.
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This is the river going over to Tom Sawyer's island, totally drained.
Posted February 15th, 2010 by never happen
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Valentine's Day - Dildo's and Sex

For the horny young men (and especially women) who are regulars...
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"Friendship is love minus sex and plus reason. Love is friendship plus sex and minus reason." –Mason Cooley
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The word "dildo" is possibly a corruption of Italian "diletto" (for "delight"). The word may derive from the words "Dil Doul", literally meaning an erect penis. The phrase is used in an old song named "The Maids Complain for want of a Dil Doul".
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A double-bed and a stalwart lover, for sure, these are the riches of the poor.
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Some larger dildos are intended for visual appeal only and should not be used for penetration. Dildos can transmit disease between users in the same way as other forms of sexual contact, and should not be shared among users where this is a concern. This is particularly true for dildos made of porous or micro-porous materials, such as most soft synthetics. On the other hand, smooth stainless steel or Pyrex dildos are easier to clean, non-porous, and can be more easily sanitized, either chemically or by boiling.
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"Sex is as important as eating or drinking and we ought to allow the one appetite to be satisfied with as little restraint or false modesty as the other." –Marquis de Sade
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"Lust is to the other passions what the nervous fluid is to life; it supports them all, lends strength to them all ambition, cruelty, avarice, revenge, are all founded on lust." –Marquis de Sade

Los Angeles, soon.

Deanna's photo web-log...

Upcoming events to be at.
Posted February 14th, 2010 by whoa
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It's Friday and I'm at wits end...

So here is a photo of Diego from a while back.
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"You want to become filmmakers? Then you’ll have to be ruthless. You’ll have to steal and forge documents, because bureaucracy is the worst enemy of film.” –Werner Herzog

Deanna

Art Show
Posted February 12th, 2010 by listen here, see, your curtains, - curtains I tell you!
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Preview of Belgium

I will be in Belgium most of March in prep for my early April opening...
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I will be painting these guys in early March.
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This amazing guy named 'Bas' made these for me, he's a master woodworker.
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I already painted one last year, so now there are 3 more to do. Deanna will help me.
As far as sculpture goes, I'm an amateur. Come to a local signing!
Posted February 11th, 2010 by These things take time, I know that I'm...
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long suffering days spent walking...

...shoeless on the sand, chilly waves lapping at my feet.
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"All rivers, even the most dazzling, those that catch the sun in their course, all rivers go down to the ocean and drown. And life awaits man as the sea awaits the river." –Simone Schwarz-Bart
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"Christ, seven years of college, down the drain." –John Belushi
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"As Daddy said, life is 95 percent anticipation." –Gloria Swanson
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"It was the Law of the Sea, they said. Civilization ends at the waterline. Beyond that, we all enter the food chain, and not always right at the top." –Hunter S. Thompson
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"Land and sea, weakness and decline are great separators, but death is the great divorcer for ever." –John Keats
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"The breaking of a wave cannot explain the whole sea." –Vladimir Nabokov

Deanna have you updated your blog? Don't sleep on us your fans!

Come to the art show!

I scored a clip in a group of dutch boys' park footy when I was in Holland last time to visit Stijn Huijts. His son Sammy skates and took me to their local park. The guy from the skatepark was shocked that an old man wanted to skate the park.

Posted February 10th, 2010 by Young girls frolicing in the surf...
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Super Bowl Sunday bad timing?

I never thought that skaters were such jocks, but maybe it was their parents? Either way, not a lot of people wanted to see the RVCA team on Super Sunday.
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Leo's signature has gotten worse over time if that's possible.
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Just saw the RVCA website, which has all of these exact photos but with better commentary. Jimmy is funny as hell.
That's Leo's dad.
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Then there is this kid. Marked for life with Toy Machine.
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"Me and my tattoo have already been on your website."
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If it wasn't for Leos entire family coming, there may have been only 3 people there.
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"You better not get that girl pregnant."
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"Oh my niño pequeño!!!!!"
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Whoops.

PS: I got my first Drunk Dial from new rider Collin Provost. I love these little things.

Posted February 8th, 2010 by Ed the oldest and shitiest member
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Something for Sunday

An old photo of Geoff Rowley...
Posted February 7th, 2010 by demo, sort of, today
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Portraits from the archives...

These may have been on before in the past, but I can't remember.
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Costanza Carboni, an Italian woman from Rome.
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Bennett Roberts, (as in Roberts and Tilton) Spain.
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Tussnelda and Rune Glifberg. (3:32 on...)
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Paulina Brown, (as in the wife of Don Brown.)
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Joe Lally and his child.
Posted February 4th, 2010 by running around with your head in the ground
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Orange County Museum of Art's new painting.

Go see it in thier collection!
Posted February 3rd, 2010 by busy day in the nay-bore-hood
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from an old photo album...

Photos of Deanna and Justin Regan, my longtime friend.
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Lo and Behold, she has a blog.
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I hope justin comes...
Posted February 2nd, 2010 by Yeah, I was really into Janes Addiction.
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This month, something to ward off boredom...

Yes, an exhibition of photographs. Come see and enjoy.
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A little taste, albeit small, of what you could be seeing. I have a width limit on this website, and these things are kinds long...
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"A major advantage of age is learning to accept people without passing judgment." –Liz Carpenter
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"There's all these ways to instantly communicate - cars, computers, telephone and transportation - and even with all that, it's so hard to find people and have an honest communication with them." –Jason Schwartzman
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A little break in this post to remember pixie stix.
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"Our educational system is like an automobile which has strong rear lights, brightly illuminating the past. But looking forward things are barely discernible." –Hermann Oberth
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Deanna shows up alot.
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"Joy in looking and comprehending is nature's most beautiful gift." –Albert Einstein

Come, And see.
Posted February 1st, 2010 by OK I'll stop harping on this now.
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