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Ed Templeton Interview

Written by Noah Hanson   
Monday, 03 April 2006 15:04
This site is heavily skate influenced, so I assume you know who Ed is. ANP Magazine editor, pro skater, Beautiful Loser artist, Toy Machine owner, etc... This last September while I was visiting San Fransico from my home here in Seattle, I stumbled upon a large (ll"X17") magazine sponsored by the folks over at RVCA. It was called ANP Magazine and on the cover of the first issue was a photo of Margaret Kilgallen playing the banjo. I grabbed it and stuffed it into my dufflebag, where it waited until I was done with my vacation and on my way back home. A few weeks later some friends of mine opened up for a tall motavational speaker who goes by the stage name BARR. His real name is Brendan Fowler, and he ended up giving me issue number 2. He explained to me a little more about the magazine, and I soon found out that he, Aaron Rose, and Ed Templeton all were responsible for putting out the quarterly. After only 3 issues, the quarterly magazine seems to be making a strong impression. For starters, it's FREE, without advertising, and distributed around the world through galleries, bookstores, clothing, skating, and record shops. Almost anyone can get their hands on it.
Over the next short while, I will be posting short interviews with the ANP Team. First off, Ed Templeton. Proffesional skateboarder, world traveler, unique artist, and an ANP endomorph.

-Noah Hanson

Ed, can you gimme all your details? Full name, age, body type, zodiac sign?
Edward A. Templeton, 33, Ectomorph becoming Endomorph, Non-Beleiver.

I understand you just got back from Europe. What were you doing over there?
I went over to set up an exhibition at the ARCO art fair in Madrid, Spain. Then I went to Milan, Italy to set up my room in the Beautiful Losers show, that is starting it’s European tour there. Then I went to Paris and London for a few days to just relax.


I want to know about ANP magazine? How did you get involved? What is it?
Pat Tenore, the owner of RVCA wanted to make a magazine. He came to me and asked me who could do this. He was already thinking about asking Aaron Rose. That is who I thought of too. And Brendan Fowler. So we all went in and met with Pat about it. Next thing you know we were making a magazine. I am sort of the overseer of it, and someone to bounce ideas off of. Aaron and Brendan do the bulk of the stuff.


What's it like when you guys print it? Have you seen it during the actual, physical process?
Aaron has gone to the press to check it out. I’m not sure if Brendan did or not. Casey, our art director has. I have not been to the press. I am usually just happy to be done with the issue, and am not really interested in seeing it come off the press.

You're working with Aaron Rose on this project. What was it like to show in his Alleged Gallery, so long ago?

My first show at Alleged was in 1994, 12 years ago. I had another show with him in 1999, as well as a bunch of group shows. He was great to work with. Really mellow. He was bad at managing the money side of doing a gallery, and owes me quite a bit of money. 5 figures. But really, he has done so much for me over the time I have known him that the dollar amount is a mute point.

What about Brendan? He owe you money? How do you guys know one another?
He is one of my best friends. We hang out all the time, and he just moved to Huntington Beach where I live. So we hang out even more. We met at the Alleged gallery, but really met in LA after Alleged dissolved and he wanted to interview me for a zine he was making.

Here's an experiment. I'm gonna show you a bunch of pictures that I found just from googling your name on the internets. Tell me whatever you can about each one.

Rick Kosick shot this for an interview I did in Big Brother magazine. It was fake. I can’t really steal anything.
This was a postcard I painted on for some show over in France. I was sent two cards at random, and asked to paint on them. This one is some famous painting. I changed the book into the Bible, and the guy is commenting on it...
This is a shot of 4 boards I did the graphics on. The two on the left are slick-bottom boards I did back in the early to mid 90’s for Television. The next one is a Toy Machine board from 2000 or 2001. And the last one is a board graphic I did for Mike Vallely for our company TV. I made it when his wife Ann was about to give birth to his first daughter, Emily. Emily is 13 years old now. I made a portrait of her a few months ago for my show in LA.
This is a spread out of a zine I made for Nieves. They asked me to make a zine, and I put one together of photographs I took.
This is a photo of me after a demo. Probably somewhere in the mid-west of USA. I am sweaty and hanging out with some skate fans. This was when I was more ectomorphic.
This is a photo that Patrick O’Dell took of me at a demo just outside of Paris. I took a slam to my head and face, and suffered a concussion. I am laying in Kareem Campbell’s lap, and bleeding everywhere. I am still dazed in this photo, Patrick was on the scene quick.
This is a shot of my room in the Beautiful Losers show on it’s first opening in Cincinnatti, Ohio. I just hung this same stuff in Milan.
This is me giving a shit eating grin next to the collection of Toy Machine boards that Margaret Kilgallen did. She was one of the best people ever.

Good job. Did she make those boards specifically for Toy Machine, or did you use them after she passed away?
She made them specifically for Toy Machine. I asked her to make them for us.

Margaret seemed to be close to all 3 of you making the magazine, and it seems to me that everyone who knew her sees somthing important in paying tribute and remembering her spirit. How were you two so close?
We met at an Alleged Gallery group show in NYC, The Independents, I forget what year. Deanna and I met Barry and Margaret together, and we seemed to get along. They asked us to go see a movie with them, One of Mathew Barney’s Cremaster movies, and we all sat through it thinking that the other couple was feeling it. Afterward when we discussed the movie we both found out that we hated it and wanted to leave! That is when I met her. We visited them frequently in SF after that.

Brendan told me he just moved out to Orange County. Did you give him any words of advice, or some kinda O.C. wisdom?
They knew what they were getting into.

When you're not painting, not skating, not taking photos, not working on ANP, what are you doing?
Working on Toy Machine. When I am not doing that, then I am just watching TV or relaxing, eating...

Pooping too, I'm sure. On another note, is there anything worth owning?
The answer is both yes and no. I own lots of things, and I think some of them are worth owning.


Why did you get married?
I got married in 1991, I was 19 years old. I could not imagine breaking up with Deanna at the time, so I figured why not get married. She wants to really bad, and I am indifferent to it... I was right. We still have not broken up.

What can we expect from you in the future?
More. More skating, more photographs, more paintings, hopefully better.

Apologies to the reader.



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