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Ed Templeton: Wires Crossed

Ed Templeton: Wires Crossed

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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.

Illustrated by photographs, collages, texts, maps, and other ephemera from Templeton’s journals, Wires Crossed offers an insider’s look at a subculture in the making and reflects the unique aesthetic stamp that sprang from the skate world he helped create. Templeton occupies the rare position of having been a professional skateboarder, a two-time World Skateboarding champion, as well as a photographer and artist working within the skateboard community as it gained increasing cultural currency in the 1990s and beyond. His work first gained recognition as part of the Beautiful Losers collective loosely gathered around Aaron Rose’s Alleged Gallery on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. This work, much of it previously unpublished and unseen, explores Templeton’s own journey as an image maker, as well as the lives of professional skateboarders as they spent long hours crisscrossing the world on tour, reveling in their newfound status as rock star–like figures and the eternal search for new terrain to skate. Interviews between Templeton and fellow pro-skaters and friends add compelling detail about the pressures and pleasures of life on the road, and what it’s like to obsessively pursue an art form—whether on their decks or behind the camera.

Ed Templeton: Wires Crossed was made possible, in part, with generous support from RVCA / Artist Network Program.


To celebrate the launch of Wires Crossed, bookstores worldwide will offer their own unique Ed Templeton: Wires Crossed sticker editions, containing one exclusive sticker featuring artwork by Ed Templeton — a nod to the timeless accessory of skateboard culture — placed on the inside of the book.



Title: Wires Crossed
Publisher: Aperture, 2023
Author: Texts by Ed Templeton, interviews with the artist, Brian Anderson, Erik Ellington, Justin Regan, Elissa Steamer, Deanna Templeton
Photographer: Ed Templeton
Graphic Design: Ed Templeton and Karina Eckmeier
Format: Hardcover
Size: 22 x 28 cm, 264 pages
ISBN: 9781683952541
Edition: limited advance sticker edition
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