Stuff in Target: Part 3


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This was on a folder inside Target. Expert symbol combination used to sell to middle-school kids. The skull is what the kids want on thier folders, god forbid drawing your own, but the parent will see the be-dazzled skull with a rose background and feel its safe enough. "Fabulous death smells sweet?"
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Robot Incredible Hulk. "Vehicle to Hero" that leaves me speechless.
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OK.
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"Mom, I want this folder!"
"Why? the one you have is fine."
"But this one is "good for the environment!"
"Since when did you care?"
"I dunno, I just like being in the green room..."
"What does that mean?"
"nothin.'"
future-slut.jpg
Practice now for your inevitable slut-dom. You can't get an early enough start. Belly ring, butt tattoo, pierced eyebrow and tongue. Get a jump on future regret!
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Finally.
need-I-say-more.jpg
Hey, I'm a just a guy. Uncle James has a record out!
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Cat Torture.

In other news: I got a bad review in the LA Times!

Come to my Slide Show at Family Bookstore this Sunday.
Here is a Pre-Veiw of the slide show:
"The self isn’t just a subtext to a Templeton show, it’s the main event. His photographs and paintings chronicle his  life and travels. Bits of gossip, protestations of loyalty, pithy and pretentious observations, manifestations of love, records of bruises, and rants about politics and religion spill together with all the confessional depth of a Facebook page."

Posted December 12th, 2008 by I'll try harder next time? Wait, thats the problem.
dang, the reviwed was fukkked
what an ass@
Posted By: dogeater on December 12th, 2008 at 02:30PM PST
glad you didn't go to walmart
Posted By: kmart shopper on December 12th, 2008 at 02:33PM PST
bitches be hatin
Posted By: weave on December 12th, 2008 at 02:37PM PST
it's okay, she's gonna be out of a job anyways.
Posted By: dbing on December 12th, 2008 at 02:45PM PST
WHAT THE FUCK??? AS SOMEBODY WHO'S LIFESTYLE, ART, SENSE OF HUMOR, EVEN HANDWRITING HAS BEEN MOLDED BY TOY MACHINE AND ED SINCE 3RD GRADE I AM FUCKING PISSED OFF. THIS STUPID CUNT IS TRYING TO SOUND FUCKING SNOBBY AND CONDESCENDING. WHAT THE FUCK DOES SHE WANT THEN?? SINCE WHEN DID SHE HAVE TO TELL YOU HOW TO EXPRESS YOURSELF. FUCK ART CRITICS. YOU LIKE IT OR YOU DON'T BUT IF YOU DON'T YOU SHUT THE FUCK UP AND DON'T EXPRESS YOURSELF THROUGH THE ART OF RIGHTING BECAUSE ITS SHIT. FACEBOOK??? WHAT KIND OF COMMENT IS THAT? PHOTO ALBUMS HAVE BEEN AROUND FOR YEARS SO ARE THE PEOPLE FROM THE PAST JUMPING IN TIME MACHINES AND IMITATING FACEBOOK? stupid bitch.
Posted By: Robert; ANGRY SINCE 2008 on December 12th, 2008 at 03:16PM PST
sorry i meant ART OF WRITING. damn ALL CAPS FUCK YEAH.
Posted By: Robert; mispelling since 2008 on December 12th, 2008 at 03:17PM PST
Art does have to be "x-treme" or daring
Posted By: crayons on December 12th, 2008 at 03:22PM PST
even the comments on ed t's page are full of sexist terms! wooo!
Posted By: yikes on December 12th, 2008 at 03:29PM PST
How the fuck do you take risks in Art?I guess having some guy cram various things up his ass on display would be "daring"
Greenroom?Reminds me of one thing,getting Bzaked.
Transforming hulk vehicle?way better than a mini-van.
Inevitable Slut-dom? I wonder if there's a operation for a girl to lose her gag reflex..
Digital photo frame snow globe...Another way to tell people you don't care about putting any thought into what to get them.
Posted By: Jgonzalez on December 12th, 2008 at 04:27PM PST
yikes is a pussy
Posted By: yikes is a pussy on December 12th, 2008 at 04:54PM PST
What makes your art great Ed, is that you don't just happen to do art, you live art. Consequently your art captures the beauty of everyday life; friends, nature, humor, skating, etc. I think doing this makes you more of an artist than someone who just locks themselves up in a studio their whole life obsessing over their own vain projects. Anyone can take a bunch of classes and get good at art, but no everyone has the passion to live it. You've inspired me to live with art, and not just do it. If people don't get that then forget them. Just remember how many people, like me, you've inspired to live out our art whether others like it or not. Keep it up.
Posted By: Jason Bleijerveld on December 12th, 2008 at 05:00PM PST
james taylor looks like ian mackaye. haha.
Posted By: nick on December 12th, 2008 at 05:11PM PST
I actually work at a target in virginia. its pretty sick. i get a sweet discount. i saw that notebook the other day and thought the same thing "who gets pumped on a drop in?". In my opinion though, I don't care. It doesn't bother me that tons of people skateboard for no reason or love Tony Hawk,(did you know they make a Tony Hawk brand BMX bike?), because it means that the pros out there are making enough money to keep skating. You can't just have the money aspect without the bullshit that comes with every thirteen year old wanting a new complete every month. yeah the kids at the skatepark who sit on their boards at the top of the pool suck, but thee moms are also writing your paychecks Ed...
Posted By: icantadd on December 12th, 2008 at 05:15PM PST
what a shitty review:)
Posted By: nick on December 12th, 2008 at 05:47PM PST
I'm out of the loop, in New Zealand, Napier, reading Toy news down the road from the local skate park. Next stop Palmerston North.
Posted By: garry on December 12th, 2008 at 07:21PM PST
"If only he took as many risks with his art as he does on his board."

This pertains to Ed's lack of handrail footage.

Holla!
Posted By: Half-a-Dolla on December 12th, 2008 at 09:00PM PST
I was doing handrails before you were born Half-a-Dolla!
(unless you're old like me...)

And to icantadd, Moms are writing part of my paycheck, but only the ones who buy Emerica Shoes, Toy boards, and RVCA clothes for their kids, those Moms rule. I don't see any money from a Tony Hawk Target board or BMX bike...

AND,

The woman who reviewed my show is not a "cunt."
She just doesn't like the show. It's one persons opinion. Sure its a bummer, but if someone isn't bummed you're doing something wrong.
Posted By: ed on December 12th, 2008 at 09:26PM PST
It's messed up how things are advertised to kids. I was listening to this guy lecture about credit cards and debt.

He starting talking about many examples that made him sick. One of them was a toy cash register that also used a credit card. He thought it was a great way for kids to learn about the concept of money. What he didn't like was that it was sponsored by CitiBank. They made it very apparent on the box.
Posted By: Ryan on December 13th, 2008 at 02:11AM PST
lack of handrail footage?:) this is skateboarding
Posted By: nick on December 13th, 2008 at 04:36AM PST
handrails are for suckers.
Posted By: for real. on December 13th, 2008 at 06:26AM PST
wow. that critic completely missed the point. did they even go to the show? It's a bummer that someone is employing this person to write such mundane drivel.
Posted By: critics are silly. on December 13th, 2008 at 06:27AM PST
Wow Ed. I think this is the first time i've ever heard you pinhole a genre of society(tattoo'd and pierced).
I'm gonna be honest, I'm a little dissappointed.

And I do realize that you are just releasing a great deal of frustration toward the way that society is taking all things and mass marketing(raping) them so that there is nothing left that is anywhere near sacred... but still dude... your wife has tattoos.
I guess i just hold you very highly in my book(and have for years now) so i'm like super sensitive or shocked to hear you say something i strongly disagree with.
Posted By: suckit on December 13th, 2008 at 08:04AM PST
hats for cats
keep cats warm
Posted By: Eggs McManus on December 13th, 2008 at 10:02AM PST
Dear Suckit,

I was not "pinhole-ing" a genre of people. Me saying prepare for your future Slutdom does not imply that every person with tattoos or piercings is a slut. In my head at least.

In attempting to be funny I used a generalization, a stereotype, and usually those are not politically correct.

So I'm sorry for any misunderstangdings or perceived judgements about a certain group of people, it was not meant to harm anyone.
Posted By: ed on December 13th, 2008 at 10:42AM PST
Ed- Welcome to the public.I know you know this better than most any of us, but once you hung your work and had books published, you invited all of us and our opinions in. You know I had an art show and the LA Times didn't even show up. You take the good you take the bad you take em both and there you have the facts of life.
I do not find it surprising that this person (an outsider) gave you a somewhat bad review. I say somewhat because it seems to me that she is trying to give a "Nice bad review". As if she didn't want to. A person who holds a reviewer position at the Times must be well studied in arts history ( what art was doing as opposed to what art is doing). She liked it but couldn't get past the influences (people she has been told by history to like) and see a new style.It is always compare and contrast. She is a student who has formed an opinion based on the opinions of others and given the "freedom" of opinion she chose to be safe and give it a nice bad review. I think she liked it but the structures of her brain would not let her embrace it.
Reviewers are rarely remembered anyway because they are rarely in the vein of or on the pulse of any forefront (they just say what they think about it as the world flies past them and they float from opinion to opinion).Been there done that, you know?
Without the tempster as he is this world as i know it would be drastically different in a way I cant imagine.
Posted By: Water On A Duck on December 13th, 2008 at 11:12AM PST
Hey Ed, I just thought I'd post a quote from Ratatouille(yes, that Disney Pixar kids movie) about reviewers that I find interesting:

"In many ways, the work of a critic is easy. We risk very little, yet enjoy a position over those who offer up their work and their selves to our judgment. We thrive on negative criticism, which is fun to write and to read. But the bitter truth we critics must face, is that in the grand scheme of things, the average piece of junk is probably more meaningful than our criticism designating it so. But there are times when a critic truly risks something, and that is in the discovery and defense of the new. The world is often unkind to new talents, new creations."
Posted By: Michael on December 13th, 2008 at 12:29PM PST
Blah blah blah who cares the bitch is a cunt and tattooed 13 year olds are whores. so what. is the sky falling now? is it? oh no i guess its not. so that being said...that bitch is a cunt.
Posted By: FUCK PC on December 13th, 2008 at 03:31PM PST
fuck pc is right. quit being such a pussy everyone!
Posted By: johnnynohands on December 13th, 2008 at 03:32PM PST
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Posted By: CUNT CUNT CUNT on December 13th, 2008 at 03:33PM PST
bad review.
=)
from the pictures I saw of the event it looked like a stunning gallery!
Posted By: vlada on December 13th, 2008 at 07:44PM PST
Thanks everyone!
Posted By: ed on December 14th, 2008 at 11:55AM PST
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