Fashion Fotografy For Fledglings

Although I have done this before, I feel like a newbie.
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Shot Rob Straser, and his lovely Jaqueline (above), and Grant H, and his graceful Ashley in a fashion shoot for Color Skateboard Magazine in Canada.
See Ashley's Blog for her much more complete blog about this. (I was shooting film all day!)
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"If we go on the way we have, the fault is our greed and if we are not willing to change, we will disappear from the face of the globe, to be replaced by the insect." –Jacques Yves Cousteau
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Mila flew down from Vancouver just to style these young humans.
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Grant is often stoic, but never without passion.
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Rob submits to the whims of Synmia and Mila.
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Can't have any dog hairs in my shots. This shoot was for winter, although we shot it in the crushing summer heat in Southern California.
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Jackie was wrapped in velvet.
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The young Cecile was the toast of the shoot, and puppy-pooped by the end of the day.
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I'm out.
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I wish we had waited for this creamy orange light, but alas we had already stopped shooting.
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Deanna and me on our way to LA...
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Yup. The quite agreeable Dean and Randy of No Age were so kind to secret us in.
Thank you boys.
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My first time at the Hollywood Bowl, Deanna's too.
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We were terribly late on account of the fashion shoot and the aquisition of fuel for both car and bodies.
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No Age!
Posted October 2nd, 2010 by well maybe next time we'll shoot for summer
pavement
sonic youth
no age
nice
Posted By: nick on October 2nd, 2010 at 02:58AM PST
I`ve seen the Sonics like 10 times since "Dirty" came out and in my opinion they just get better.There will be always people disrespecting their progress and all they want to hear on a sonic show is burning spear and shaking hell and don´t like "the commercial shit" since dirty.They just don´t get it, I think they´re more interested in an image then in music.NYC, Murray Street, Nurse, all great records. I really can´t say that they have a less interesting album. Nice that you´re into the Sonics, Ed.
Posted By: S van Oversea on October 2nd, 2010 at 05:33AM PST
4th photo,I have a shirt just like that.Same color and whatever. only worn it once.

Looky lou. It's ROB.

Fashion article in a skateboard magazine?
Speaking of Magazines, it looks like Thrasher has fully embraced the "SB" division of Nike corporation. And all the acolytes of skateboarding now accept it,since the magazine totally dictates others thoughts.

I guess Sneakers are out, little boots and dress shoes are in.

I like the face Rob is making while people are touching him and getting him ready.

Aren't No Age fans of yours? So I guess that's cool you get access to their shows and stuff.

I guess we aren't supposed to watch that DVD of Morrissey Live at the Hollywood Bowl.

I always hear about good Bands that are playing in The Bay Area, and there's always really good bands playing in the LA area. Makes me wish I was closer since Live Music is one of my favorite things. But I don't think I'd like to trade Trees for Strip malls.

I still haven't really listened to any No Age. Maybe I should, I'm on the internet for Christ's sake.

That Do It yourself Doodler(DIYD) link was cool.
Posted By: Jgonzalez on October 2nd, 2010 at 09:30AM PST
I was gonna try to listen to them but my speakers broke, new laptop for my birthday, 3 days and I'll listen to them
Posted By: john on October 2nd, 2010 at 04:45PM PST
I love that song erics trip by sonic youth.I seen no age last year.Pretty fun night.
Posted By: josiah on October 2nd, 2010 at 05:53PM PST
the chic with her face realy close to the other chics butt reminds me of that dildo lipstick comment that other guy made:)
Posted By: mario perez on October 2nd, 2010 at 06:31PM PST
Peanut Butter is now Kryptonite:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FZFG5PKw504
Posted By: Jgonzalez on October 2nd, 2010 at 07:55PM PST
That show sounds like one of the best shows you'll ever see. I hope you enjoyed it.
Posted By: Mike on October 2nd, 2010 at 11:37PM PST
my fellow comrades this man ed templeton has committed
most horrid crimes against man. look at what he has.
he gose to many bands concerts, travils the world, eats
many vegan foods and owns many books and art work and we
the many are just supposed to live vicariously through
him well he throughs in our faces all he has on his idiotic blog. this man is nothing but a fool he has done all this becaus he can use a skateboard my friends a skateboard is nothing but a toy it would be like a man getting many things from using a slincky my fellow comrades let us reclame our lifes from this fool boycott all things to do with him we should seez his property and take by force what rightfully belongs to the many my comrades the time is upon us for we must rise against this beast of a man death to our oppressor DEATH TO ED TEMPLETON!! in the name of the people i will not stop till we are freed from this idiot i will keep posting this every day and not just here i am on a mission to bring this beast to justice. long live freedom long live people long live the revalution death to the tyrant
Posted By: anti ed templeton manifesto on October 3rd, 2010 at 12:43AM PST
I'll be coming to Wichita, Kansas...
Posted By: ed on October 3rd, 2010 at 01:14AM PST
anti ed templeton manifesto probably doesn't skate.he pushes mongo on his longboard then gets upset when the graphics of some lame beach get scratched.

Throw away those New Balance shoes and cut your ponytail,brah. Then talk shit.
Posted By: Jgonzalez on October 3rd, 2010 at 09:13AM PST
http://i485.photobucket.com/albums/rr212/Takorax/trollface.jpg
Posted By: Jgonzalez on October 3rd, 2010 at 09:14AM PST
Anti Ed is actually the same guy who use to do all those letters to Thrasher about how gay Ed is and how much he sucks. It was like this one guy who just wrote all these really shitty letters that contained nothing but stupid comments about how bad Ed Templeton is and shit.

so awesome!

Pavement was suppose to play here at the Target center but I never got tickets and I think that boat has already sailed.

Personally I like "Goo" and "Dirty" the most out of all the SY library but that's probably because it's what I was introduced to first. I don't dislike Murray Street at all, there are a few good tracks on it, but I like the angsty loud wailing distorted sounding SY as oppose to the very "happy clean" SY like on Rather Ripped (not to say I don't listen to Rather Ripped, I just prefer one over the other if I have a choice)

it feels weird to have SY referred to as "the Sonics" for some reason.
Posted By: d1ggitydan on October 3rd, 2010 at 05:10PM PST
"anti ed templeton manifesto" can not spell for shit. It's probably just a troll, but you never know, people are so fucking weird. The comment he left is weird. It's not like Ed is forcing people to see his blog....this dude is taking time out of his day to look at it. How about you just don't visit the blog? haha. Whatever though. It's probably a troll, but he did leave a vague threat. Fool's just jealous. Some people don't know how to be happy for others.
Posted By: Mike on October 3rd, 2010 at 05:12PM PST
fuck anti ed T!
THat guy is a waste of internet space.
Theres always a hater especially when you are a succesful artist/skateboarder.
Posted By: josiah on October 3rd, 2010 at 06:46PM PST
why not just ignore him.how´s the weather?
Posted By: S van Oversea on October 3rd, 2010 at 11:04PM PST
Busy shooting last minute stuff for the Brainwash vid, will post more later...
Posted By: ed on October 3rd, 2010 at 11:43PM PST
it was big brother not thrasher magazine that had those
i hate ed templeton letters im sorry about spelling
mustakes english is not mu native toung but i am trying to free you from this man look at what he is doing he probably masturbates well reading thees comments every one telling him how great he is he is brain washing you and then openly tells you he is look he dose not even have the guts to respond to what i said ed templetons a child rappest death to the tyrant best ed templeton
Posted By: anti ed templeton manifesto on October 4th, 2010 at 12:30AM PST
I responded to you Mr. anti ed templeton manifesto, I said I'm coming to Wichita, Kansas.

What else should I say? That blogs are not narcissistic? They are. You're bummed on me for traveling and owning books?
EASY SOLUTION: If you hate all things Templeton, don't come to the Toy Machine website, and especially not to the Ed Templeton part of it.

Problem solved, you will never be bothered again.
You will never have to grapple with the joke you are missing...
Posted By: ed on October 4th, 2010 at 01:55AM PST
But maybe I should come to the Montreal, Canada area instead...
Posted By: ed on October 4th, 2010 at 01:57AM PST
This kid lives in Warwick. I know where.
Posted By: Canadian Enforcer on October 4th, 2010 at 01:59AM PST
I think it's Moncton, I'm on it.
Posted By: Canadian eh? on October 4th, 2010 at 02:02AM PST
O.k., he´s young, that´s not his fault. He has read some Lasn and McLuhan
wich is good and the sweet fountain of youth anger gets sparkling and something needs to be done.But he just got something wrong here.
Doesn´t Mc Donalds have a blog we can recommend him to, spending his frustration.
Posted By: S van Oversea on October 4th, 2010 at 05:23AM PST
But on the other hand you and Koston are propably right.There isn´t much of a difference between the swoosh and the Sect;)
Posted By: S van Oversea on October 4th, 2010 at 05:28AM PST
Let's all just enjoy this moment, hold hands, and breathe.
Don't hate, navigate.
I have no idea what that means.
Oh no maybe I do.
Posted By: Eggs McManus on October 4th, 2010 at 07:54AM PST
i guess to be completely blunt; I remember when the Toy Machine website had a flash animation game where a very poorly drawn Ed Templeton would ride freestyle stuntwood around the screen saying "I'm Ed Templeton and I'm gay" or something like that and you had to stab him.

then again, there can be so many layers to every joke. So you see, this anti ed is just a joke in itself. the fact that someone would harass Ed Templeton to begin with is fucking stupid but then again, if it is real then it's funny anyhow.

unfortunately- I feel myself over the whole thing immediately. For some reason I'm starting to think about when Maldanado was on the team. I watched a thing recently where they are resurrecting Axion shoes.... and Maldanado was skating some east coast demo with some other guys. It had a super old school vibe to it for some reason, but yeah. . . It's so weird.
Posted By: d1ggitydan on October 4th, 2010 at 08:19AM PST
ed templeton tell everyone why its allright that you have so much in life and everyone ells has nothing most people just dye in the street you openly supported obama you contributed to war your just like every other neoliberal i dont know why you saying your going to those places has anything to do with me you think your a genius and your just like all americans and if i wanted to talk on a mc donalds website whould i be jelous of him throwing in our faces all the vegan food he eats allso what joke am i missing because i can see you ed just tell me why you get everything and everyone ells is supposed to be so happy for you your a phony and you know what happens to phonys death to the tyrant
Posted By: anti ed templeton manifesto on October 4th, 2010 at 09:48AM PST
ed if you answer my qwesstions seriously and tell us why you get so much and addmit you only care about your self then i will not post anny more stuff also im sorry for insulting you im just jelious of you im sorry everyone
Posted By: anti ed templeton manifesto on October 4th, 2010 at 09:56AM PST
ok evetyone knows ur jealous already since like the first comment.ALL IN ALL YOU JUST PROVED HOW RAD ED REALLY IS.
Posted By: josiah on October 4th, 2010 at 10:40AM PST
By great fortune I was born in the USA, but I had no control over where I was born.
Yes, I support Obama. Becuase we have two VIABLE choices in the USA. I already spent votes in the past for candidates who were not part of the Democratic or Republican party, so this time I wanted my vote to count and voted Obama. Would the war have been different under McCain? Are you suggesting that a vote for McCain would have stopped bodies dying in the streets?
Where I travel has nothing to do with you, and would still if you didn't come to check up on me. Stop checking.
What do you mean by I get everything?
I worked hard for everything.
Posted By: ed on October 4th, 2010 at 11:17AM PST
DevinBriggs.com
Posted By: Devin on October 4th, 2010 at 11:20AM PST
im only going to respond one last time
first you suggested that your responces about kanses had something to do with me no i was not suggesting mccain would be better i was saying that your just a cliche like all neoliberal your arrogant like all americans you think you deserve everything how is skateboarding working hard your like every celebrity you get everything for being a asshole your just like lady gaga a big meaningless show you put on for everyone how many times will you stand next to a sighn that says things you can relate to your ass and pull your pance down you think your art is good its shit like you its just like everything ells in this world it belongs hanging at burger king every time you get anything its just another case of the rich getting richer you dont care one bit about your fans or about the sufferings of others allso you know nothing about humanity or the world your inhuman you think your a genius because you can photograph your penis as if everyone ells is stund by seeing a penis look at your wifes photography its so much better than yours your a horrible photographer just tereble no tallent what so ever of any kind i have seen art exsabitions were children were given cameras or the metaly ill and theres was one million times better then yours your a full admit you just want money and do not care about any one but your self and your ego from this day on know there is some one out there who sees through your lies i could make a list of every stupid pseudo art thing you have done playing with dildos shooting bb guns molesting paintings and statues your crule to people im trying to help them you are not using your privlegise in life to help people sorry about the spelling mistakes i dont have a english spell checker
Posted By: anti ed templeton manifesto on October 4th, 2010 at 12:19PM PST
i allso would like to say a few more things ed you call humans the cancer of the earth look at home many trees have been destroyed for you to skateboard all you dumb skaters even break bords on purpose killing trees you use to have big mini vans like most gas guzzling americans you live in a suberb yet you insult suberban life all the time its not even clever its just dumb you are sponcerd by companys like emerica who use animal flesh to make shoes and theres gelitan in film you sit around playing bord games operation is no difrent than skateboarding you ones said jeremy kline was an amazing person and he destroys wild life all the time and is crule to cats you hung a pictur of your shit on your wall you are a hypocrite you destroy everything skateboarding destroys things you allways say that skateboarders see things that have no use and give it a purpose but hand rails have a use to help people get down and up stairs i have seen you celebrate 4th of julu your a nationalist you have christmass lights up all the time that waist electricity your steeped in american hypocrasy and every one on heres first reaction is to insult me thats the kind of people who are your fans not kind people just mean ones with big egos skaters are allways skate and destroy you allways do that stupid horn finger thing you contrubit to the creation of ephemeral things that just contribute to consumption you pulled that tampon out of your pance that was totaly sexist your like a modern andrew dice clay or gg allin not a artist addmit you do not care about the sufferings of others your just a sexist low life fake artist with no ethics what so ever
Posted By: anti ed templeton manifesto on October 4th, 2010 at 12:55PM PST
Dude,anti ed templeton manifesto. Weren't you supposed to come over to my house so we can suck each other's dicks? You also wanted to show me your Plan B board.

Quit promising shit than backing out, bro.
Txt Me later.
Posted By: Jgonzalez on October 4th, 2010 at 01:07PM PST
Modern GG Allin?

GG Allin+Andy Warhol=ed
GG Warhol
Posted By: Jgonzalez on October 4th, 2010 at 01:13PM PST
One more thing.

anti ed templeton manifesto, leave a comment on my blog. Tell me what you think:

http://jgonz4ever.tumblr.com/
Posted By: Jgonzalez on October 4th, 2010 at 01:16PM PST
lunatics are always prone to raving, anti-ed is no exception. seriously though, this persons probably some dumb troll who likes the attention were feeding it--ban his sorry ass!
Posted By: truth on October 4th, 2010 at 03:42PM PST
twobitrooks.blogspot.com

Ed, this guy just wants socks...

How's everyone besides that fuckass?

Anybody have a room for rent for a few months?
Posted By: Jacob on October 4th, 2010 at 03:56PM PST
Maybe Jacob could rent the top bunk of Ed's race-car bed?
Posted By: Jgonzalez on October 4th, 2010 at 03:59PM PST
somebody needs to jack-off and release that inner torment that urges to get released... and its not me nor jgonz ;) (not right now)
...dont hate, masturbate! (yea, enjoi ad rip-off)

jacob, add anti ed to the sock team.
official team leader!

i agree with truth.

ANTI FOR PRESIDENT!
Posted By: fresh from mex on October 4th, 2010 at 09:54PM PST
Dear anti ed templeton manifesto,

I will try to answer your questions as honestly as I can. I doubt you will sympathize with them, because you have already formed your opinion of me it seems. So here you go.

AETM(anti ed templeton manifesto): im only going to respond one last time
first you suggested that your responces about kanses had something to do with me no i was not suggesting mccain would be better i was saying that your just a cliche like all neoliberal your arrogant like all americans you think you deserve everything.

ET(me): What would not be cliche? If me saying I support Obama makes me a cliche, then whoever voted for McCain is a cliche for the right, and those who don't vote are a cliche of the jaded americans who are too lazy to get out and vote, right? Or would you rather have me say nothing? Maybe if I censored myself I could be cooler. The truth is I voted for the green party candidate in the past, because the views of Ralph Nader were more closely aligned with mine. I hate how corporations have so much control over everyday life. But that is probably a cliche too. I'm not smart enough to become a non-cliche. This year I voted Obama as the lesser of two evils. Obama is far from perfect, but MUCH less worse than McCain in my opinion, which is obviously cliched. I don't think I deserve everything. I make enough money to be very happy, and yet I support politicians who would raise my taxes for the betterment of the poor. I'm totally OK with that. I have enough, and I don't mind paying higher taxes. And I'm not even gonna go into the money I give to charity.

AETM: how is skateboarding working hard your like every celebrity you get everything for being a asshole your just like lady gaga a big meaningless show you put on for everyone.

ET: I have been a pro skateboarder for over 20 years, and although the public face of skateboarding makes it look all like fun and games, I can assure you it's not. I have watched friends of mine literally be driven insane by the pressures, and unlike many pros, I have taken my career very seriously. I show up on time, I try my hardest, my body has paid a price. I broke my neck, and have had 6 concussions. I'm the first to say that this is the best job ever, but it is not easy. I have also run a company for 17 years. Doing every single advertisement, and almost every single graphic. Making every single decision and managing a team. And also driving the van across country every year, getting my group of guys on time to each demo on a tour that I set up from scratch. I guess you wouldn't know how much work and time goes into making a skateboard graphic, but I can tell you that I spend many hours in front of a computer to make all of this happen. Clearly you don't understand what it takes to have a career as long as mine, or what goes into running a company, so I'm not sure why I'm wasting my time with this answer. Was I an asshole to you personally? Have you ever met me? I'm not putting on a show, I'm living my life. My life is Toy Machine. If the "show" is meaningless to you, I'm sorry. I'm not claiming that I'm a genius, but to me there is a meaning in both my artwork and in Toy Machine. It may not be the meaning you need, maybe other companies or artists do a better job to you, that's fine with me. Some artists mean more to me than others too.

AETM: how many times will you stand next to a sign that says things you can relate to your ass and pull your pance down you think your art is good its shit like you its just like everything ells in this world it belongs hanging at burger king

ET: The times I have pulled my ass out have been to make me and my friends laugh. Sometimes I do stupid things. I'm human, I'm often ridiculous. If you don't find it funny, I'm sorry. You are entitled to your opinion about my artwork. I can't say anything to that.

AETM: every time you get anything its just another case of the rich getting richer you dont care one bit about your fans or about the sufferings of others

ET: What do you mean by "Getting" something? Money? Praise? I'm thankful for the things I "get." I share them with others. The rich do get richer, but I'm not making my living by fucking people over. If you boil it down, I'm offering things for contemplation or sale. Through Toy Machine or art shows you can either look at or buy what I'm offering, and it's your choice to look at or not look at, or buy or not buy it. How do you know I don't care about the suffering of others? WHat does that even mean? Do I care about skateboarders? Flood victims in Pakistan? be more specific. Did you give money to the Flood victims? Or to the earthquake victims? Fuck you on that one. You don't know what I care about or know me personally from this blog. Ask my fans if I care for them. I'm always nice to my fans.

AETM: allso you know nothing about humanity or the world your inhuman you think your a genius because you can photograph your penis as if everyone ells is stund by seeing a penis

ET: Again, you do not know what I know. I don't claim to be an expert on anything. I don't think I'm a genius. Where have you seen a photo of my penis? Penises are part of life, I doubt anyone is stunned by them, I'm not, my audience is not. You seem more stunned than most by even mentioning it.

AETM: look at your wifes photography its so much better than yours your a horrible photographer just tereble no tallent what so ever of any kind i have seen art exsabitions were children were given cameras or the metaly ill and theres was one million times better then yours

ET: Deanna is a great photographer, probably better than me. You are entitled to your own opinion of course and I celebrate that.

AETM: your a full admit you just want money and do not care about any one but your self and your ego.

ET: That is not true. Look at Toy Machine! You think I'm getting rich of that? I could go totally corporate if all I wanted was money. Again, you don't know me, so you can't presume to know my intentions, especially from you what you learn about me via this blog.

AETM: from this day on know there is some one out there who sees through your lies

ET: I'm sure you are not the only one.

AETM: i could make a list of every stupid pseudo art thing you have done playing with dildos shooting bb guns molesting paintings and statues

ET: Dildoes are funny, I'm not making an art statement with them. BB guns are usually Billy Marks' idea, and they are fun too. You are seemingly making anything fun in the world into something I am forcing on the world as my own art. Is that what you think I'm doing?

AETM: your crule to people im trying to help them you are not using your privlegise in life to help people

ET: what "Cruel" things have I done to people? You don't know what I do with my "privilege." Back up your claim with some FACTS.

AETM: i allso would like to say a few more things ed you call humans the cancer of the earth look at home many trees have been destroyed for you to skateboard all you dumb skaters even break bords on purpose killing trees

ET: Skateboarding is what I love, and it involves wood. There is nothing I can do to stop that. I can't argue that. But I try to offset that by being vegan and driving a hybrid car. (But I'm sure somehow that makes me a dick)

AETM: you use to have big mini vans like most gas guzzling americans

ET: How else would you drive 15 people to a demo across the USA? By bike? I would love that, but it's not practical.

AETM: you live in a suberb yet you insult suberban life all the time its not even clever its just dumb

ET: Ironic isn't it?

AETM: you are sponcerd by companys like emerica who use animal flesh to make shoes

ET: True, but every shoe with my name on it is non-leather. So I am doing my part to make Emerica more animal friendly. You can't change the world by dropping out of it. You have to lead by example.

AETM:and theres gelitan in film

ET: Yes. But again, I love photography and have chosen that as my life path, and am willing to live with the fact that there is gelatin in there, even at the risk of being a hypocrite.

AETM: you sit around playing bord games operation is no difrent than skateboarding

ET: I believe it is different.

AETM: you ones said jeremy kline was an amazing person and he destroys wild life all the time and is crule to cats

ET: I lied about Jeremy Klien

AETM: you hung a pictur of your shit on your wall

ET: Sorry if it was not amusing to you.

AETM: you are a hypocrite

ET: I'm not perfect.

AETM: you destroy everything skateboarding destroys things

ET: Destruction is part of life. You can incorporate it or cry about it.

AETM: you allways say that skateboarders see things that have no use and give it a purpose but hand rails have a use to help people get down and up stairs

ET: You nailed me on that one. I suck.

AETM: i have seen you celebrate 4th of julu your a nationalist

ET: I'm not. The 4th is a reason to get together with people who have the day off.

AETM: you have christmass lights up all the time that waist electricity

ET: Not for the last many years. The computer you are using to write hateful things about me uses it too. So We are all destroying the planet, every flush, every wash of the hands, every TV watch and computer look. Every burger bitten into does so much more damage that those things.

AETM: your steeped in american hypocrasy and every one on heres first reaction is to insult me thats the kind of people who are your fans not kind people just mean ones with big egos skaters are allways skate and destroy you allways do that stupid horn finger thing you contrubit to the creation of ephemeral things that just contribute to consumption

ET: Your speech is free here, and so is everyone else's. I can ban you at any time, but I don't.

AETM: you pulled that tampon out of your pance that was totaly sexist

ET: I don't remember doing that one.

AETM: your like a modern andrew dice clay or gg allin not a artist

ET: OK.

AETM: addmit you do not care about the sufferings of others your just a sexist low life fake artist with no ethics what so ever

ET: You know me so well! Being vegan for 20 years is totally unethical, making my companies that work with me use no animal products on my stuff show no ethics.
That is like me saying you like to rape little kids. But I don't know you and have never met you, so how would I know that?
Posted By: ed on October 4th, 2010 at 11:13PM PST
I'm sure taking the time to respond to the person who hates me(but comes to my blog every day) will somehow make me even a bigger asshole in his eyes. I can't win.
Posted By: ed on October 4th, 2010 at 11:25PM PST
thankyou for responding ed i have a few mor questions
please if you could just respond to thees first there is a video i believe for thunder trucks were you pull a tampon out of your pances and imply that some how removing this makes you mor of a man and there for a mor risk taking skater also i am not saying i know everything about you our what you think im responding to the information you make avilible to the publich i have all your books and video parts have been following you from 1990 and i just could not take it anymore my real question is why do you think you deserve everything you have and then show everyone exspecting them to be happy about it please read my questions carefully also look your own fan comperd you to gg allen hes a monster of a human allso why do you go to disney land or what about how nike sponcers art shows your in or hanging out with stand up comidians who say sexest things on stages or sponcering idiots leo romero is a fool hes sexest uses words like fag and pussy billy marks is a monster hes all porn and cookies and berr i was trying to say you do certain things to make your self look like a free spirited american ed please answer this why are americans so dummed down dont you ever fell like you are contributing to it please respond please
Posted By: anti ed templeton manifesto on October 4th, 2010 at 11:57PM PST
allso ed im sorry for insulting you i did not mean to be crule i had no right and i appoligis please forgive me
i aplode you for responding onnestly and for allowing me to keep posting i will not say anything crule again i am sorry i realy am i hope you can forgive me i was just jelious thankyou
Posted By: anti ed templeton manifesto on October 5th, 2010 at 12:00AM PST
I meant no offense for the Thunder video. It was supposed to be funny. I of course do not think that females are inferior to men, and perhaps the comedy was incorrect. I think things are funny sometimes because they are wrong.

I don't know what you mean by "Everything"
Seeing Sonic Youth play? You can do that too. It is not special or exclusive.
I don't get everything.
I work for what I have.
I buy things with money I earned.
I like books, I like music. I go see these things.
I think everyone deserves everything.
Some people are better at getting what they want than others. It takes both work and luck.
I am the first to admit that many things that have come to me have been through luck, or from my time as a pro skater. Many opportunities have opened up to me.
I am no saint, I'm a regular dude with a regular wife. I live in the suburbs. Nothing is different about me.
I just made my life in Skateboarding, and I am trying to make it in Art as well. Can you blame me?
I'm not trying to show off.
I just report what I am up to every day on this blog, or I post photos of my travels.
Very simple.
I'm sorry if it comes of like bragging.
Perhaps I should not do a blog anymore and just keep my life private. I have been thinking about that a lot lately anyway.
Sometimes I feel like the things you accuse me of are true.
It makes me feel like shit.
It makes me not want to make art, it makes me feel like everything is stupid so why do it.
I should kill myself because I did not make any difference in the world.
Because I could not stop the suffering of world through my art or skateboard company.
But I'm optimistic more than pessimistic.
I would rather live and try to be better.
Envy is a waste of time.

Don't waste time on jealousy. Sometimes you're ahead, sometimes you're behind.
-Mary Schmich

It is not love that is blind, but jealousy.
-Lawrence Durrell

Never underestimate the power of jealousy and the power of envy to destroy. Never underestimate that.
-Oliver Stone

The knives of jealousy are honed on details.
-Ruth Rendell

You will not accept credit that is due to another, or harbor jealousy of an explorer who is more fortunate.
-Abbott L. Lowell

Do not overrate what you have received, nor envy others. He who envies others does not obtain peace of mind.
-Buddha

Envy is the art of counting the other fellow's blessings instead of your own.
-Harold Coffin

To venture upon an undertaking of any kind, even the most insignificant, is to sacrifice to envy.
-Emile M. Cioran

Again, I'm truly sorry for the mistakes I make.
Posted By: ed on October 5th, 2010 at 02:10AM PST
it got weird in here
Posted By: Templeton reality show on October 5th, 2010 at 09:04AM PST
You could quit the blog if you wanted to.but then it would be boring.An I kinda take your blog as directions for everyday life as a succesful man.And yea noone is perfect but oh well.Life is too short.
Posted By: josiah on October 5th, 2010 at 09:45AM PST
I have to be honest here: This is the first time someone posted something that opted for a hardcore reaction that gave insight into Ed's mindset. He exhibits feelings of depression and anxiety, but also satisfaction and individuality.

What I mean is; even though this guy is serious ( I think ) and acts like some hard boiled paparazzi, it creates this weird atmosphere that usually doesn't make an appearance in this blog. First of all, I don't want this blog to go because it's the only place I check every single day and I have idolized Ed from the first day I started skating back in 1994.

Maybe it's time for other people to speak out and let AETM know why we are fans of Ed in a non confrontational manner. Where I grew up, I was considered a freak. I had long hair and listened to obscure bands that my older sister listened to. I skateboarded (which was a non existent hobby in La Crosse Wisconsin back in the early 90's) to the point where I was actually considered a satanist/anti social child and kicked out of two seperate schools for "rollerboarding" (as it was called before skateboarding oversaturated and was known everywhere believe it or not) and finally around the end of the 90's it started picking up and got to the point where everyone was skateboarding. Through this period in my early life I would get videos from friends in bigger metropolitan cities and friends of my older sister that were into skateboarding. I got to see Virtual Reality by Plan B, I got to see Blind Video Days, and most importantly I got to see Toy Machine Jump Off a Building. I got to see a skate section by ed where there was sonic youth playing in the background and he was doing these awesome impossibles. I had all the videos Toy Machine was putting out. I was living a life on an island seperate from the social structure that was laid out in front of me through skateboarding and watching videos. I would watch Heavy Metal and in my head I knew it was a super fucking cheesy video but that's why I liked it. It made it awesome to me.

I ended up getting a little older and I started losing sight of skateboarding to the point where I was working a suit and tie job and hadn't skated for over 2 whole years. I lost sight of what made me happy. my hair was buzzed off, I was depressed and anxiety ridden with stressful due dates for assignments. There are a lot of things I would rather not get into about this part of my life because I don't have the time right now, needless to say I forgot about Ed Templeton and Jump off a building and skateboarding and every little thing that made me happy and human. I was making a shit ton of money and dating a girl who I thought was making me happy.

Then I snapped one day; I ended up standing up in a board room meeting and telling the directors literally; "Fuck you all, this job is corrupt [banking] and so are you..." I had a mental breakdown and randomly moved away with the money I had saved up. I had never moved away from my hometown before. I had never lived in a big city before. Now I'm up in Minneapolis (For AETM:a big city in Minnesota). I started getting back into art and am going to college for it. I don't make a lot of money, which is good for me, I feel. But here is the part that was bittersweet; I am old now. I got fat after years of being a skinny little twig. I break boards now. I actually have to wear a bigger sized waist pant. I get back pain if I sleep wrong. Ed templeton randomly was up here doing a demo with the god forsaken Zumiez couch tour thing, and let me tell you, it put me back in the right direction. I was depressed over being old and fat. I got to meet him face to face for the first time in my life and it re affirmed the fact that I was happy skateboarding and doing art.

Ed is not a feeble old piece of neo liberal shit that you are trying to make him out to be. He is a man with piercing eyes of interest when you have something to say. He is an inspiration. He may have a gut now and shit, but guess what? that doesnt stop him from doing what he likes. and I'm going to continue to be happy and live my life in his example. really, I'm not changing anything I'm just going back to the way things were before when I first found out about him.


he rattled me awake out of some sort of retarded drunk stupor of hating how I was and made me think twice about feeling sorry for myself.

and for that, I am eternally a fan. I have been and will continue to be.
Posted By: d1ggitydan on October 5th, 2010 at 10:20AM PST
diggitydan thats a beautifull story i hope you are doing good now i was wrong i admit it i am a fan to i just lost it eds responses prove i was wrong im sorry for focusing on only bad aspects of this blog please do not stop with this blog ed it means a lot to some people please update it soon your right about jeliousy i should focus on my own life and not insulting your i hope you can forgive me maybe you could earase my post im sorry
Posted By: anti ed templeton manifesto on October 5th, 2010 at 10:54AM PST
also im going to leave now forever i will never post again i realy am sorry please do forgive me ed you have given many kids hope you have done quite a bit your nice to everyone im sorry i was wrong onnestly i just lost it im unhappy and i took it out on you good bye for ever
pro ed templeton manifesto
Posted By: anti ed templeton manifesto on October 5th, 2010 at 10:58AM PST
I'm bummed on this AETM guy.
Look at the personal responses he's gotten, and he didn't even have to use his real name. The internet is a sometimes wonderful, sometimes horrible place. You can openly say anything you want to anyone, and you don't even have to identify yourself, and Ed's going to read it because he cares enough to put his life on display here. It's just like insulting someone to their face, except they can't see your face to insult you back. Without trying to be too nasty here, it's really cowardly.
I'm also confused as to why you've followed Ed since 1990, buying all of his videos and books, only to insult him about it all in 2010...20 years later...on the internet...using a fake name. I follow Ed's work because I admire it. His skating, his photography, his painting, and this blog all function together in such a way that you feel like you know this complete stranger who has enjoyed a life supported by art and skateboarding. There's definitely something to envy there, but hating like this is pointless and cowardly.
The following is my own Anti-Anti-Ed Templeton Manifesto Manifesto:
Anti-Ed Templeton Manifesto, I'm calling you out for being a coward. My REAL name is Sean. I don't have much to say for myself except that I work a shitty desk job, skate every day I can, and play guitar in a band. Like you I envy the life of Ed Templeton, but unlike you I have taken a positive approach of admiration towards expressing that envy. I think you are a coward for insulting a good man and using a pseudonym to do it. I find your accusations irrational and baseless. Furthermore, I think that you are wasting Ed's time, your time, my time, and the time of everyone else reading this blog by posting your irrational and baseless hatred on this blog. I take full ownership for my words and hope that you take them into consideration.
Posted By: Sean on October 5th, 2010 at 11:28AM PST
And in true internet age fashion, taking too long to craft a somewhat intelligent and pointed response has resulted in my response being irrelevant. Thank you, technology.
Posted By: Sean on October 5th, 2010 at 11:35AM PST
I don't have some story of how I've been following you for 20 years, I'm only 15, and my name is john. Three years ago I saw I toy machine in my local shop, so I bought it. I don't know why, maybe the art on it, maybe not. But I remember coming back to this site everyday and commenting since then and only buying shit from toy. I still skate everyday, and I'm a fucking twig, I way 130 pounds and I'mm like 5 10, (maybe, I don't have a good sense of height but I'm tall and skinny.)Hopefully I won't end up like you. I was never into art until last year, which is probably when I started commenting on the ed part of the site. I've been a vegetarian since I was 12 so it was cool when I found out you're a vegan. You influenced ma and you still do.
Posted By: john on October 5th, 2010 at 12:29PM PST
Hey DiggityDan, that´s actually my story, including the backpain, getting fatter and finding back inspiration in life by remembering what´s good and what good things you already experienced and that was mostly skateboarding and the interest in culture and art, somehow I feel that we´re not alone with that part of the story.
Posted By: S van Oversea on October 5th, 2010 at 12:44PM PST
I thank you all from the core of my being.
Posted By: ed on October 5th, 2010 at 12:54PM PST
We (atleast I ) thank You. TOYARMY! ( without guns, of course, but like songs and boards and brushes!)
Posted By: S van Oversea on October 5th, 2010 at 01:04PM PST
ed, like john im only fifteen. you are the man i want to be like when i grow older, i wish to be just like you. your life is amazing, you get to travel, you have a wife, your admired by people that share the same thoughts as me, and you own an awesome skateboard company. of course, your life has consequences like your broken neck and concussions, but, you cant let anything let you down. (i mean this in the most non-homosexual way) i love you Ed, i wish i were your son, i wish i can someday be on the toy machine team, and if i ever do, i will try my best to be be great on the team. dont stop blogging, your an inspiration


-Loyal Pawn for Life.
Posted By: mario perez on October 5th, 2010 at 07:55PM PST
i kinda sound like a creepy mega fan who worships ed in the comment i left above:)
Posted By: mario perez on October 5th, 2010 at 09:01PM PST
funny people whit funny dreams
Posted By: :D on October 17th, 2010 at 07:18AM PST
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