Photographer, artist, pro-skateboarder and business owner, Ed Templeton is a legend in both the art and sports world. He turned pro in 1990 for New Deal skateboards, and then started his own skate company, Toy Machine in 1993. In his own words “I am a dork who runs a skate company, and I don’t do it very well, because I am always skating or taking pictures instead of working.”
Templeton is a featured artist in “Beautiful Losers”, a touring art exhibit, collected art book and feature documentary film, which includes the work of various contemporary artists. A lot of the art included in Beautiful Losers provides skateboarding and other urban themes. Templeton and some members of the Toy Machine team skated on ramps (and even a car) setup at the base of the Cincinnati Contemporary Art Centre in the summer of 2003 for the temporary showcase of Beautiful Losers. Ed Templeton is also an interviewee and his work and career one of the subjects of the Beautiful Losers film.
In 2008, after eleven years of selection and research, Ed Templeton has published Deformer (also the title of a 1996 documentary film about Templeton directed by Mike Mills), the summary of his personality as an artist in which he speaks of his human and aesthetic growth in the “incubator of suburban outskirts”, Orange County, California. Templeton is also a co-editor of ANP Quarterly, an arts magazine started in 2005.