Ed Templeton is well known for having been a professional skateboarder, and is founder/owner of the skateboard company Toy Machine, which sells decks, t-shirts, and other merchandise; releases tour and promotional videos; and sponsors a team of eleven skateboarders. Ed is seen above in 2010, demonstrating his technique.
Ed Templeton and his wife of over twenty years, Deanna Templeton, are also well-known artists. Along with doing all designs for Toy Machine’s decks, Ed is a painter, graphic designer, and photographer, areas in which he has gained a great reputation. Photography Colleges identifies Templeton as “probably the most influential contemporary photographer.” He told the Huffington Post, “I’ve been wearing both hats for so long now. I had a solo show in New York in 1994 and started showing in ’93. So, from ’93 until now, I’ve kind of been doing both. I’ve been skating, going on tours, painting in the studio and doing a show and sometimes a mixture of both. Sometimes going on a tour and then leaving for a few days to go to my show.”
Deanna Templeton has been taking photographs since 1985, and has since become nearly so well known for her vision as Ed. The couple have for years also collaborated on limited editions of books and zines featuring their work. Boo-Hooray, Deadbeat Club and Ed and Deanna Templeton will present an exhibition of the Templetons’ books, zines, and related artworks at the 2015 Printed Matter LA Art Book Fair at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Los Angeles, from January 30 (preview on January 29) through February 1. Included are more than twenty years’ worth of obscure, difficult-to-find publications by the Templetons, some on public display for the first time.
The Templetons collaborated on a silkscreened photographic print for the exhibition, combining one of Deanna’s photographs with artwork by Ed. The print, to be premiered at the MOCA exhibition, will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis. (If you can’t make it to the show, it’ll also be available on the Boo-Hooray webshop). Boo-Hooray, Deadbeat Club, and the Templetons are also publishing a bundle of reprints of extremely rare zines by Ed and Deanna, and a new zine by the former. Again, these will be available — while they are available (and, that won’t be long).
Deadbeat Club is also publishing Deanna Templeton’s new zine “They Should Never Touch The Ground” for the Art Book Fair. This zine will be available at both the Boo-Hooray and Deadbeat Club booths.