Map of the Inner War: The Opening

I was mostly frazzled all day, this is the bare bones of what I was able to shoot.
I woke up excited and got all gussied up in some nice jacket Deanna had got for me a while back.
When I opened my front door to drive up to LA this is what I saw. Fires had erupted not far from my house and a black wall of smoke was slouching towards the ocean...
The smoke was a dark grey orange. I hope Billy Marks is OK out there in Corona!
We started off with a book signing, That is Matt Leines signing his new book there next to me. And that is loveley Betsy from the gallery selling books like hotcakes.
A closer view of Matt Leines at work signing his book...
And this is May who was working at the gallery modeling the Templeton RVCA shirt made just for the exhibition. Sweet times.
This is Dave. His wife just had a baby, and he was awesome enough to drive up to see the show!
He works with my picture framer Dick McCoy, and basically framed all of the 250 photos and drawings on the walls... The dude is epic.
This is Dave Naz and his signifigant other Oriana sandwiching Deanna and me...
Then Neil Patrick Harris showed up with his handsome boyfreind David Burtka and couldn't stop talking about Deanna's vagina.
Lets do a bad-ass one!
Mark Rodriguez was there holding the newest hot off the presses ANP Quarterly magazine.
Natas Kaupas showed up! Whoa! Brendan had a mini meltdown over him, it was super sweet.
A random shot of the opening as it was starting to wind down a bit.
Hunter Burgan became a collector!
Stacy M took some photos for me...
The place was packed!
Some views of the evening...
A close up...
A close up of one of the big heads...
Amber, Allison, and Janean were all smiles.
A view askew.
The crowd was a rowdy mix. Both art-damaged weirdos and skater-kids. I loved it.
This man wasn't satisfied with the nudity on the walls, he was scoping out the young ladies...
Afterward, we ducked out to a local restaurant and got some (vegan) dessert. Look how stoked I am!
Salty chocolate torte with soy-milk foam. So good. The waiter thought it was my birthday and kept saying happy birthday to me, I just said, "Thanks!"
It was an amazing night. Thanks to all who came, and to all the well wishers. I appreciate it so much.
Thanks to Deanna and all the wonderful people at Roberts and Tilton. Support the arts! Go see shows!

Lots of Photos from the opening at

Some other peoples recaps:
Salman Agah
The Skateboard Mag
Daily du Jour

Posted November 16th, 2008 by Thanks to all who trudged out!!!
so awesome! Thanks for signing our books! come to soletech!
Posted By: six shooter on November 16th, 2008 at 11:07PM PST
Looks nice friendly & colorfull! Congratulations.
Posted By: Pieru on November 17th, 2008 at 12:30AM PST
I had an orgasm when I got there.
Posted By: devin on November 17th, 2008 at 12:48AM PST

I like this photo Devin...
Posted By: ed on November 17th, 2008 at 02:06AM PST
I still dont get how you make those faces.I could have an artshow too.Right.I could.
Posted By: Do what you like on November 17th, 2008 at 03:21AM PST
Almost as good as being there. Thanks for the update.
Posted By: garry on November 17th, 2008 at 04:17AM PST
Whats the issue here?Well you get four issues.Chess mate,checkers.
Bonded by blood.Make it really sore.I'm just looking for an victim,to stab down with my knife.Bonded by blood.
Posted By: Sapricorn on November 17th, 2008 at 07:52AM PST
You're such an inspiration,ed.That audition looks great.
Posted By: linearis on November 17th, 2008 at 08:42AM PST
congrats ed. stoked to see dave naz there. i told him he was slacking by not yet having "deformer" a month ago.
Posted By: sea cliff vert ramp on November 17th, 2008 at 09:14AM PST
Damn,ed.Lookin' sharp in that coat!
It looks like a dragon has been awakened in that cloud of smoke.
Joy Division,guilty of being artsy.
NEILPATRICKHARRIS!NPH.Yeah,i've only really seen him in those Harold and Kumar movies.
Does anybody ever try and make out with the heads?
Do you ever get homeless dudes that go into exhibits because it's fucking cold outside,and there's free ritz crackers?
Well,congrats Ed,mission complete.
Posted By: Jgonzalez on November 17th, 2008 at 09:34AM PST
the show looks amazing i cant wait to check it out and absorb all of the creative vibes
Posted By: theponderer on November 17th, 2008 at 10:25AM PST
show looks like a huge sucess! congrats...sweet artist series rvca shirt also.

i'll be heading to the show before it ends just have to pick an appropriate time. would love to purchase a painting for my new room!

hope you had a lovely anniversary!
Posted By: mikeyb on November 17th, 2008 at 10:33AM PST
Those profile cut-outs are painstakingly amazing.
Posted By: tommy c on November 17th, 2008 at 10:46AM PST
Thanks everyone!
Posted By: ed on November 17th, 2008 at 11:37AM PST
Ed, show was amazing! Thanks for the good times my friend, sorry if I was being rude and/or obnoxious. It was awesome though. Wooooweee!! Niiiice!
Posted By: boosh on November 17th, 2008 at 11:52AM PST
well done Ed nice exibit
Posted By: Lolercopter on November 17th, 2008 at 03:19PM PST
Congrats! Active Erica has a pic of herself in front of one of the huge paintings on her myspace. Wish I lived close enough to go.
Posted By: Duckets did stuff. on November 17th, 2008 at 03:37PM PST
This dude is rockin' the sect
Posted By: Jgonzalez on November 17th, 2008 at 04:42PM PST
That is French Fred! He did the Sorry video and all the Cliche videos, and he is a pal of mine. Fred Rules!
Posted By: ed on November 17th, 2008 at 05:14PM PST
shits sick
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