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Ed Templeton: Wires Crossed

Ed Templeton: Wires Crossed

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264 pages, 278 images

8.6 x 11 x 1.25"

Part memoir, part document of the DIY, punk-infused subculture of skateboarding as it came of age in the 1990s and early 2000s, Ed Templeton’s Wires Crossed pulses with the raw, combustive energy of Templeton’s image-making from the last twenty-plus years.

Photographs by Ed Templeton. Interviewee Brian Anderson, Erik Ellington, Justin Regan, Elissa Steamer, and Deanna Templeton .

Ed Templeton (born in Los Angeles, 1972) is a star skateboarder, entrepreneur, painter, and street photographer. He has published over twenty books of his photographs, not including the volumes of zines he has self-produced over the years. His work has been exhibited worldwide, including at Alleged Gallery, New York; Roberts and Tilton, Los Angeles; Modern Art, London; and Aki-X Gallery, Tokyo, and in solo museum exhibitions at Museum Het Domein, Netherlands, and Palais de Tokyo, Paris. He is considered part of the Beautiful Losers, a group of artists who, in the 1990s, defined the high-brow/low-brow mix of graffiti, skate culture, and art.

Brian Anderson is a Queens-based professional skateboarder. Anderson was named Thrasher magazine’s “Skater of the Year” in 1999, the same year he won the World Cup of Skateboarding title.

Erik Ellington is a professional skateboarder, designer, and entrepreneur based in Los Angeles. He is the founder of Human Recreational Services, a luxury footwear company.

Justin Regan is head of global brand and product marketing at Vans Skateboarding.

Elissa Steamer, one of the first women to become a professional skateboarder, is a four-time X Games gold medalist.

Deanna Templeton is a photographer based in Southern California. She has exhibited widely and published multiple books, including What She Said (2021).

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