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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
February 3, 2010 at 10:10 pm
Q: If you were a geometric shape, what would you like to be?
A: An equilateral polygon.
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.
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.
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.
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
Posted February 24th, 2010 by some random dude
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These are questions NOT asked on camera for the Active thing...
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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Posted February 23rd, 2010 by I have way more...
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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:
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?
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.
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?
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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