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Ed Templeton Deformer Art Show In Paris!

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Call him what you will--skate hero, role model, living legend--Ed Templeton has long been a true representative voice for today's empowered youth through his art, skateboarding and spirit. The mission continues, as Emerica proudly announces the opening of Ed’s highly-anticipated Deformer exhibition on May 29, to be displayed through July 1 at the Colette concept store in Paris, France.

The show will include a series of 18 select images taken from Ed’s new book, Deformer, which explores his upbringing in suburban Orange County, California, through photographs, stories and writings from his youth and teen years, giving readers an intensely close and personal look at his coming of age.

During the show’s opening, Ed will customize 30 pairs of the Emerica Ridgemont shoe to be sold as a limited-edition at Colette. In addition, Sold Out will sell Ed’s customized Ridgemonts throughout the month of the exhibition.

Titled after a word Ed uses to describe someone’s life experiences, Deformer intertwines photographs, paintings, drawings, sketchbook pages, disciplinary letters from his grandfather and religious notes from his mother. Ed plunges readers headlong into not just his chaotic and sometimes brutal existence, but also his use of art to address its stresses and joys. With over 30 years of material collected and a vision that took 11 years in the making, Deformer captures a raw and unflinching glimpse into Ed’s own life and the lives around him.

Ed Templeton's Cul-de-Sac of Awesome!

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Ed Templeton is an inspiration to skaters the world over and has been an important part of the Emerica family forever. His skateboarding history is legendary; and his raw, unique perspective on life has catapulted him into celebrityhood in the art world.

Emerica and Ed now come together to produce a very special offering: Ed Templeton's Cul-de-Sac of Awesome, featuring the Heritic 2, the Ridgemont, the Ed Hat and the Templeton Slim T-shirt all decked out in vegan-friendly materials and eye-popping artwork by the one and only. Any way you look at it, the eyes have it.

Collect 'em all at a skate shop near you.

Self Educated #5

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Title: Self Educated
Publisher: Steven Ayers
Issue Number: #5, January 2005
Page Size: 8.5" x 11"
Page Count: 14
Printing method: Black and white photocopy
Price: Email the publisher
Email: selfeducatedmagataol.com (Use the @ symbol instead of the word "at".)

I like old things. Well, maybe not all old things, like your grumpy old grandpa, but some old things. Extinct ice age mammals immediately spring to mind, as do far-away galaxies, antique furniture and issue number five of Steven Ayers' Self Educated 'zine, comin' straight at ya just a stone's throw from the middle of the Sunshine State. This is the One Year Anniversary issue from January 2005, way back in the good old days before Steven discovered the double-sided copy feature on the Xerox machine.

This first annual celebration includes a lion's share of eye / mind goodness, like a short discussion of entropy, a Photo Showcase, a profile of Ziggy Herman Bryan Stardust that charts the similarities between the trajectories of David Bowie's album and Herman's life, a most excellent profile and photo gallery entitled Inside the Mind of Tobin Yelland, an essay called Why Skateboarding's Different, and a closing article explaining the local Tampa phenomenon of Shaqueefa Clothing.

If any of this sounds even slightly intriguin' to you, fire off an email to Steven right now, and for a nominal fee, he'll probably load you down with some thoughtful literary goods, both old and new.

You Interview Ed Again!

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It's time for number 17 in our never-ending series of Blab Interviews conducted by you kids. This month, we're going to hit up Emerica pro Ed Tempelton for the second time.

Just ask a nice, short question right here in this post and one week from now, I'll choose a few of the best and give Ed a call. Read Ed's bio and first Blab interview, so you don't ask anything that has been already answered there.

Skate Nerd

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Based out of Philadelphia, Skate Nerd keeps it simple and artistic with a clean home page and just four sections:

Minnow is a page for their physical and online stores, where they sell unique, limited, hand-drawn T-shirts, stickers, buttons, etc. and hold rad art shows. There's a cool gallery in there, too. T-Shirts offers Skate Nerd shirts, of course, as well as a handkerchief and a pin pack. Skatepark features the Schuylkill River Skatepark Project, an insanely nice (and giant) skate plaza currently in the planning stages in Philly. Sk8links features a nifty pull-down menu linking to many different facets of skateboarding.

Then there's the Journal on the far left side of the home page that covers a wide range of local and general skateboarding concerns. Whether you're East Coast or not, Skate Nerd is a Web stop of choice for the thinking man's skateboarder.