News From April 2010

A walk in London...

From Regent Street down Piccadilly along Green Park to Hyde Park Corner, then down Knightsbridge and Brompton roads to the Victoria and Albert museum, and finally the Serpentine Gallery. These photos are just a few from that walk.
In this photo you can see an inadvertent self-portrait. Busted!
A bunch of photos of the Cemetery of Reason opening and such...

"A leaf fluttered in through the window this morning, as if supported by the rays of the sun, a bird settled on the fire escape, joy in the task of coffee, joy accompanied me as I walked." – Anais Nin
"How young can you die of old age?" – Steven Wright
"A severed foot is the ultimate stocking stuffer." – Mitch Hedberg
"Men talk of killing time, while time quietly kills them." – Dion Boucicault
"I was with some Vietnamese recently, and some of them were smoking two cigarettes at the same time. That's the kind of customers we need!" – Jesse Helms
Mother: You want me to give you a quarter so you can masturbate in front of my son?
Chicken Lady: YEEEAAAAHHH!
Mother: I'm calling the police
"I was about half in love with her by the time we sat down. That's the thing about girls. Every time they do something pretty... you fall half in love with them, and then you never know where the hell you are." – J. D. Salinger
"One touch of nature makes the whole world kin." –William Shakespeare

Get the FREE poster, still.
Order The Seconds Pass book, they only made 1000.
Drinking the Kool-Aid book, get it while the volcano is sleeping.
Deanna's Blog
Dennis McGrath's Blog
Tiny Vices Portfolio - See it!
Food Blog-age
Toy Machine Sock-Team
Dude, Arto Saari has a blog...
NEW ----> Grant Hatfield's Blog <<<< Check it!
Posted April 29th, 2010 by The long legs of brutality vs the short stumps of will
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Gent and Brussels, two towns...

Everybody has heard of Brussels, but after that, most Americans would be hard pressed to name another city in Belgium, and Bruges doesn't count since that movie with Colin Farrell. Some new photographs from my recent trip there:
"I've decided something: Commercial things really do stink. As soon as it becomes commercial for a mass market it really stinks." – Andy Warhol
"Babies don't need a vacation, but I still see them at the beach... it pisses me off! I'll go over to a little baby and say 'What are you doing here? You haven't worked a day in your life!'" –Steven Wright
"There's a lot of talk of how damaging graffiti is and the destruction that happens with graffiti, but there's actually no damage. It all can be removed or painted over with a roller. So there's the media's idea of damage and destruction, this thing that's slightly askew. To me, if there's commercial jingles from the '70s or '80s that I remember and that are stuck in my head, that's damage to me. Like you're driving down the street and all of a sudden you're humming along to some commercial that you remember when you were a kid - to me that's far more damaging. The billboards are very subversive, and advertising is very subversive, whereas most of the stuff that's done on the street is very close to the truth. There's not so much subversion involved" – Barry McGee
"All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That's his." – Oscar Wilde
"I don't mind that I'm fat. You still get the same money." – Marlon Brando
"And so we remained till the red of the dawn began to fall through the snow gloom. I was desolate and afraid, and full of woe and terror. But when that beautiful sun began to climb the horizon life was to me again." – Bram Stoker
"I like to behave in an extremely normal, wholesome manner for the most part in my daily life. Even if mentally I'm consumed with sick visions of violence, terror, sex and death." – Courtney Love
"If Jesus had been killed twenty years ago, Catholic school children would be wearing little electric chairs around their necks instead of crosses." – Lenny Bruce
"Faith is the great cop-out, the great excuse to evade the need to think and evaluate evidence. Faith is belief in spite of, even perhaps because of, the lack of evidence." – Richard Dawkins
"World Domination!" - Tim Van Laere
Posted April 28th, 2010 by yeah, one of these posts.
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Some extra photos from Belgium

For your viewing pleasure, even though my guess is that you are quite sick of it. But then again, not many of you will get to Europe to see it, so fuck it, here is more.
Some photos by Davy Van Laere.
The booksigning...
A close up of a photo of Austin, and Arto too...
Art or something like it.
The director of the museum asked me to deface a book by an artist he didn't like, so I had some other people help me deface it. This is Peter Rogiers defacing the book.
Running with a strange crowd.
Kevin's sketchbook film.
"That is so MySpace bro..." – Teenage skater kid
Big Polaroids.
The hotel I stayed in while I was in Gent for a month.
Heavy discussion. "Who should we kick off the team?"
The booksigning again...
Booksigning ephemera being created.
Posted April 26th, 2010 by my life is close to halfway over?
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Belgian days, Belgian nights...

Belgian thoughts? Can one really think Belgian thoughts? Yes. It's possible.
Thomas Caron, curator extraordinaire...
Shouldn't have taken those pills, man.
"You can't be an artist without doing a little coke here and there" –some lady
I'll see how far I can go into this world without doing any. – E.T.
Posted April 24th, 2010 by The author regrets not having more time
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A nice little video...

Percy the Emerica Europe team manager put this together...

Posted April 22nd, 2010 by nice little view of that time
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Some Time Spent in London

A little extra imagery from our UK days. Luckily just before the volcano of death.
Piccadilly Circus was neither a circus nor a peccadillo, but it is in the center of it all.
Deanna marvelled at the lack of people on this particular night.
No matter how cold it is in London, girls will have 105% of their legs showing. (That is 100% leg and 5% ass check or crotch.) These girls were rare in that they had coats to keep their upper body a bit warmer. Many are just out in almost nothing, and on a windy night - you can see the sacrifices made for fashion.
Vader v. Yoda along the River Thames.
This is some random chain restaurant in London, but EAT is also my initials, so Deanna insisted that she get a photo.
Grants face update: Still lookin' good. (Also, that Phil Frost mural has been there in good condition for soooooo long!)
"Lick out my toe-jam you bald bitch." Being worshiped has it's privileges.
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How to interpret this photograph in the most literal way: "Ed Templeton in England"
How to interpret this photo in a non-traditional way: "Deanna hates all the corporate imagery that invades every facet of our lives."
One of those awesome things that happens in big cities, we ran into our pal from LA, D.V. Devincentis at the National Portrait Gallery, both of us looking at art and enjoying life.
Came acorss a film premiere happening in Leicester Square, Deanna and I remarked on how pretty this lady was...
The guys next to us starting fucking with her super hard, it was quite embarrassing. They said, "You don't remember us? Oh man, that is so lame!" And she didn't know how to handle it, she wanted to be nice, but didn't know these fools.
The weirdness of posing for a bunch of photographers behind a barrier...
Lets look closer at that.
Grant's face update: Yet again, lookin' tight, even on the famous Carnaby Street...
Posted April 20th, 2010 by time spent, time wasted, time bought, time leaves
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Last Days in Gent

A look back at some of the good times I had in Gent...

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Thomas flips one of his famous vegan pancakes, a tradition started on the last Sunday I was there, He cooked Kevin, his GF Regina, Deanna and me, sweet vegan pancakes with fake butter and maple syrup. Ruling so hard.
I cooked a few myself...

Regina, Deanna, and Kevin eat 'em when they come...
The Sunday paper had an article about the show. "A skater in the SMAK..." How original for a title.
A non-exhibition I was in?
There are some great shops in Gent, mostly I only saw them via sheet glass.
Speaking of shopping, I made a duvet cover...
There was a restaurant named Lucifer. Aside from the name, there seemed to be no theme of fire or evil.
A skatespot Kevin and I spied through a fence, this is as close as we could get.
People blogging...
This reminded me of Josh Harmony, so I shot it. "Shoot it fat-boy!"
A video interview I did at the SMAK is now up...
Posted April 18th, 2010 by because now I realize what my life really is
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Book Signing in London...

I thought nobody would show up, but was mistaken, both sadly and happily.
This chap scored some gold spray painted shoes that were thirsting for some sharpie marker lines. Bought the new book, and brought some older ones. It took 4 hours to sign everyone's stuff with the TLC it deserved.
This young woman asked me to draw on her arm and I obliged – but near the end of the short drawing Deanna asked her if she was planning on getting it tattoed... (Deanna sensed it...) She answered, "Yes." About a half-hour later she returned with the drawing inked in, flaws and all, including my signature! I don't know what kind of effect I have made on this girl's life that she would want to immortalize our meeting and my mark on her arm, but I can only hope I live up to the honor...
Her name is Alana, and she blogged about it on her own blog.
That was a surreal experience to say the least.
Did you know Emerica made a video about the show in Belgium?

After the signing, Deanna and I escaped to the streets of London, where we steal souls all day long and walk great distances.

Oh the book signing... They sold over 130 books!
The world famous Camden Locks. The locks aside, that area is trying super hard to get people's attention. The smell of patchouli and incense wafts all around, and the currencies of raw hippies burst from every stall and booth, shiny trinkets and beads, posters of Che, Marylin Monroe, Bob Marley, colorful fabric, bracelets and jewelry. Counter-culture for sale without any sacrifice. I wouldn't be surprised to see a "Hippies for War" t-shirt. Punks with huge flamboyant Mohawks and face piercings (rest assured, we know you are bizarre.) actually sit out front of the punk rock store. "Get your punk costume here!" One store, selling fluorescent rave gear in all black-light was like descending into hell, for me at least, but I did it just to see what hell was like, and I have to say – it's sort of what I expected.
This fountain made me feel like Ponce de Leon...
If it wasn't so cold I would have taken a dip.
The Tower Bridge is often mistaken as London bridge, which is in fact the next bridge over... And when people sing the famous nursery rhyme, London Bridge is Falling Down, they are not singing about this beautiful feat of architecture, but about the plain, flat, and totally regular London Bridge, which was too lame to even take a photo of.
Posted April 14th, 2010 by lifetime of pressure to live up to these things
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London, Drinking the Kool-Aid

The opening as seen through my eyes, the same as your eyes.
Grant's face was all over London, what a handsome man.
Paul from Elms Lesters, at Elms Lesters...
Inside the gallery, some professional style vinyl lettering, and a case with some recent and new books in it...
The first wall had a mini cluster...
A straighter look at the first wall...
Another wall, wall two if you will.
Wall three.
The 4th wall...
And the hallway...
The outside of Slam City Skates in lovely Neal's Yard, Covent Garden. Grant rears his beautiful face...
Lets fuck up that face by putting mine in there.
The outside of Elms Lester's.
We're not in Europe anymore...
The opening was prety crazy. I don't know how many people came, it had to be over 500. Over 300 people alone RSVP'd for the free beer...
This was at the end when things were getting a bit thinner...
Tim was trying to tell me in Belgium, my shows are pussy attractors. Meaning lots of young pretty girls come. That may or may not be true...
At one point it was shoulder to shoulder, you couldn't even move.
Clifford came all the way from Liverpool to see the show. What a homie! Thanks Clifford!
Here's a shot that shows how packed it was...
I went over to Valerie Phillips' opening the street over to see what was up. The cops were busting it up. Too many people in the streets. Check her work out!
Posted April 11th, 2010 by how different does each human see things?
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Some video from my show in LA

Posted April 10th, 2010 by week-ender's vision...
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London day 6, 2010

Tomorrow is a book signing, if you are a Londoner, come get a book signed. I'll even sign the Bible.
The tide comes in an all work is washed away, like time and every human...
Posted April 9th, 2010 by listen to me, I know of which I speak...
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More Belgium Action...

I had more photos, so here they are...
Painting the word bubble...
Photo by world famous © Deanna Templeton

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If you are in London, I had a show opening TONIGHT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
You were probably at some club with girls with skirts so short thier crotches were visible.
You should come if you can, it's only open for a few weeks.
Why does everyone speak Russian in London?
There are 51 photographs to look at.

Some Blog coverage from the London show...
I'm writing a story one of the museum guards told me about when he was a boy at the end of World War 2. He saw people beating up Nazi soldiers and butchering a horse for it's meat.
This is Gilbert, (pronounced Zheal-Bear, the French way) the museum guard who told me the story.
This is Dave, The Overlord of the production staff.
This is the vegetarian sushi Deanna demanded that I shoot a photo of because it was cute. I handed the camera to her and she shot this photo, then ate one of the sushi's and quickly spit it out because it was laced with wasabi, a spice Deanna cannot abide by.
God Cares...
Closer look at that cluster...
Elke enjoys the cluster of death.

Why not get yourself a FREE poster from this show?
Deanna and Kevin enjoy being alive and inside the warm friendly museum.
Another room with a view.
A collection of paintings on paper.
Kevin is secure with his sexuality, don't worry young men, it comes with age and maturity. Even earlier if you have intelligence.
That is too close for a family site like the Bloodsucking Skateboard Company Website.
The corner piece lives to occupy another corner.
"Dude, when did you secretly shoot my ass?"
Closer look at one of those paintings on paper...
Another one...
Looking up at the two faces...
Things are getting better.
Without people...
A painting from 2003...
Posted April 5th, 2010 by Actions are louder...
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The Cemetery of Reason

Coverage for your perusing pleasure.
Got to the museum in the afternoon so I could give a guided tour to a pack of museum guides, it started off awkward, but got pretty fun. It's hard to just stand there pontificating about your own artwork.
People putting on vinyl letters...
Todays De Morgen newspaper, literally means "The Morning." and there was a very posed looking photo of me in there. I need to start not listening to photographers' instructions, especially when it will make me look like a doosh.
This says something about the sexual photos in the show...
On the bus ride to the museum, there was a poster of Deanna advertising the show...
The opening had just started...
Tim and Bennett, looking bad ass.
This guy came with an OG shirt I made around 1990 for New Deal, and an OG Sheep hoodie.
Kevin was already tired...
The place was packed. Switn was with a cutie.
OK, here are some shots of the show...
Another room.
The other side of the one on top.
Crying girls...
Closeer up.
The biggger room.




Toy Machine's own Kevin Barnett ladies and gentlemen...

Fear Faith / Faith Fear
A random close-up...
Posted April 3rd, 2010 by God loves his children?
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The Time Has Come...

I have been working for this moment since last July, and ever more intensely as time got closer until the last month here in Gent, Belgium hanging and installing everything...
I couldn't help but leak out one sneak peek for you guys...

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Posted April 1st, 2010 by The Cemetery of Reason...
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