A few Days in Sardinia - Part 2

After the show opened, and after our trip to the coast with Thomas and Regina, we went up north to Olbia, where from there we would explore the Costa Smeralda.
Speaking of graffiti, here is some in Olbia.

I was pretty shitty at taking digi shots on this portion of the trip...
Fast forward to the secluded cove we found at the southern end of Caprera Island, which I only found out today has some of the "sexiest" beaches in the world. Our starting point for this was the lovely town of Palau.
We anchored our rented boat and swam in to have a sit on the beach. Around the corner while we were looking for a place to swim we came across an old nude couple jumping off thier boat in the buff. And the other day I saw some guy driving his boat standing up, buns out, weiner flopping about. Clothing is totally optional here.
By default, (meaning I can't drive a stick-shift car) I was forced to get a much fancier than I would have preferred rental car. In this case, a convertible Audi. I can't deny that it was fun to drive around.
Costa Smeralda is crazy pretty.
I did my own graf on Downtown skate shop in Olbia. Sorry dudes.
Porto Cervo, rich people's hang-out.
The city center felt more like Fashion Island here in Newport Beach than a town in Italy.
Regardless of the wealth and the planned community feel, nothing takes away from the natural beauty of this area.
We watched one of the luxury yachts try to pull out of it's parking space, and in doing so it ran over a bouy that was tied to a small boat, pulling it under, and the boat with it, sending the poor guy driving the boat to jump ship and swim to the dock.

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My current shows:
In Nuoro, Sardinia, Italy: Il Cimitero della Ragione (Cemetery of Reason) at the MAN - Museo d'Arte Provincia di Nuoro.

In Los Angeles: "Come as You Are" at Prism Gallery.
In New York City: At the ICP
. (Perspectives)
In Orange County: At the Orange County Museum of Art
(New Art for a New Century: Contemporary Acquisitions)
In Penrith,
(near Sydney) Australia: Disorder-Disorder at the Penrith Regional Gallery.

Deanna's current shows:

In Heerlen, Netherlands: At the

In Los Angeles: "Come as You Are" at Prism Gallery.
Deanna's in the current Juxtapoz - !!!

6 Video Interviews From Italy <--------------
Good review of my part of the ICP Show <------
(As opposed to the bad one in the NY Times)
Order The Seconds Pass book
Buy the Drinking the Kool-Aid book
Drinking the Kool Aid Review at Photo-Eye Blog
Deanna's Blog
Dennis McGrath's Blog
Tiny Vices Portfolio
Ed and Deanna's Food Blog
Toy Machine Sock-Team
Kevin Barnett's Photo Portfolio
Grant Hatfield's Blog
Photos of the skate jam and opening in Nuoro.

Upcoming Event:
Event date: Thursday, August 12, 2010
Location: Orange County Museum of Art
Time: 6-8 pm (6 pm Galleries open, mingling, food; 7 pm panel followed by Q&A and film clip)

Posted August 10th, 2010 by What, me worry?
man overboard had me laughing. That is so sweet when something like that happens, to be able to see it I mean. Then you think later like "man... it would have sucked if that were me. I guess it's not sweet".

I would get a boner if I was on a nude beach and there were attractive ladies. Then I would fee self conscious about it.

'Walter the Baller'. coincidentally I was drinking a bottle of pino grigio and that graffiti made me lulz all over myself.

Ed; Driving in style, doing it with a smile. I would be happy to drive around in an Audi as well. I use to call Audis "mom cars" to piss people off that had them. Now I call them "wishful thinking".

Well I have to put ice on my ankle. It's swollen up.
Posted By: d1ggitydan on August 10th, 2010 at 05:43AM PST
dude, i wanna read the BAD review of the ICP show. give us a link. be objective.
Posted By: vinny on August 10th, 2010 at 08:48AM PST
that audi is a women only car in europe though
Posted By: nick on August 10th, 2010 at 10:15AM PST

I linked the bad review too.

In my defense, the reviewer doesn't know what he's talking about when he says I'm working in a style "Dash Snow popularized." I started shooting photos when Dash Snow was a 14-year-old kid. What bums me out is being called 'dated and derivative' when he is thinking of Dash Snow, Nan Goldin, or Larry Clark. Maybe if he knew who Tobin Yelland was his critique would have stung. I always see Clark and Goldin as a compliment when they are cited as influences in my photography, but anyone with an eye can clearly see the differences, and what is dated and derivative is using them - and out of left field Dash Snow - to dismiss me.
Furthermore, to only take photos of skateboarders and injuries out of a photo cluster of MOSTLY street photographs is also an unfair omission of the entire work. The fact that I'm a skateboarder made it easy for him to label me as a guy who just shoots skater kids and their lifestyle, when the piece for that show was originally made to be part of an exhibition of American Photography held at the Kunsthalle in Vienna, Austria. And it was specifically designed to show "America." There are about 26 photos of 'skaters' out of a 130-ish piece. And you would have to be a serious skate fan to even know who these skaters were. So he left over 100 photos out of his review so he could easily dismiss me. That's like saying Disneyland sucked as a whole because I didn't like one of the rides.
Posted By: ed on August 10th, 2010 at 10:16AM PST
Ya, What is it with people and disney land. Every vacation someone goes on over here it's always florida so they can go to disney land. People tell me that they have been their six times and they wanna go again.How great can it be.
Posted By: john on August 10th, 2010 at 11:05AM PST
I read a NY times review of a Mark Gonzales exhibition and they did, just about, the same thing: a very half-assed, mostly negative, review. The reviewer criticized Mark as a person (and how he skated around during the opening) more than his artwork.

Here's a good story that connects to this discussion: I had a garage and I had old used boards for sale, thinking maybe a kid would buy one for a couple bucks. But, some 30 year old cool guy bought all of them (about 15) for 20 bucks each. When I asked him what he was going to do with them, he said, "oh I paint on them, and old surfboards too, and I hang them up in my Tattoo shop. My point is, is that skateboarding and art together, can sometimes have a negative connotation. Especially if you're some smart-ass journalist.
Posted By: vinny on August 10th, 2010 at 11:09AM PST
I like that "Walter" piece. I tagged all over this one bus stop, then the next day the city tore it down. At least I didn't do a piece or something that required loads of work and paint on it. I got a scribe on the shitty skate shop that just opened though.

d1ggity, if you're nude, on the beach,and in Europe. Just jack off on the beach in front of everyone. It's YOU time not THEM time.Plus they don't know who the eff you are.

I bet the ocean breeze feels good as the mist blows past your 'scrote.

If there's a lot of mountains there,it would be fun to drive in the hills really fast in that car. We used to do that in my brother's 94 Buick Century. Roll down your windows all the way,play music loud,and drive fast. Half-assed rally racing.

The Templetons are going to get skin cancer,put on your skin creams.

Rich people don't know how to "chill the fuck out" properly.

3d,U mad?!
Posted By: Jgonzalez on August 10th, 2010 at 11:17AM PST
Full disclosure: We did it on the beach, totally nude. (the 5th photo down) A few boats went by, but who knows if they looked. Regarding skin cancer: We cover ourselves in sunblock, look how white we still are after all this beach action!
Posted By: ed on August 10th, 2010 at 11:33AM PST
Ewwww...38 year old sex. Just kidding. Well,I'm sure we've all your art A.K.A. excuses to show the public your dick...Are we supposed to high-five you right now?

I'm sure people on boats have binoculars, so they most likely zoomed in on the bonage going down. "Look,honey, It's that new Andy Warhol guy nailing his wife"

You should have parked somewhere atop a mountain with a big view, then done it in the Audi. Then honk the horn when you climax. Ahhh,romanticismo.

When Slap ran that 30 days of Mark G art. It was real good. That Ford Mustang Ollie pop was super sick. Anyone looking forward to Krook3d?
Posted By: Jgonzalez on August 10th, 2010 at 03:12PM PST
Ed's a pretty woman.

Those sharpie drawings are awesome. Who ever drew that took a good 10-15 minutes to draw those. I wanna hit up somma dat.

"So, if you're Italian & you're coming to Newps, you would love it. Jersey Shore will be comin' to town..."

I wanna have sex on a beach... The only outside sex I've ever had was in my uncle's backyard.
Posted By: Jacob on August 10th, 2010 at 04:46PM PST
at first I checked the Toy blog and then i came here and this day has cracked me up twice.

Thanks for the encouragement in creating "ME" time JG. I'll remember it the next time I'm out and about.

I guess you really do live the life Ed. It's crazy to think that you just do what you want when you want to- so I definitely second the idea that you should have honked at climax with the "mom car"

Mom car! Mom car! everyone point at Ed because he drives a mom car! .... oh wait. He goes to Mothers everyday... and he has drinks at the establishment named after him. Coincidence?

I love this blog so much. tootles
Posted By: d1ggitydan on August 10th, 2010 at 05:13PM PST
dude you can totaly see satan in the smoke comic out of the buoy
Posted By: dave kleiser on August 10th, 2010 at 08:28PM PST
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