when i first started chrome ball, if someone would have told me that it would take until #137 for ed templeton to come up, i would have laughed in their face. i would've told them that not only is the tempster one of my all-time favorite skateboarders, he is probably among my all-time favorite people as well (though I've never met him). but here it is, several months into this and he is just now making his presence known.
it wasn't through lack of effort, folks... the sheer enormity of his career in combination with a immense respect i have for the man caused me to kinda just keep putting it off (i was actually hoping he'd be #100). i've hinted at this before but its hard to tackle guys like ed because not only is his career 20 years deep of solid, steady coverage, skateboarding is also just one facet of the dude. he's an amazing artist and photographer as well... all of which tends to blur together within tv/television/toy machine, programming injection, anp quarterly and all kinds of other shit he's got going on. all in all, i guess i just wasn't sure where to start... but here it goes.
simply put, ed is ed. ed is gonna be doing his ed thing and that's just how its going down... for better or worse. he's gonna wear pants that fit in '92 and he's not gonna skate to hip hop in '96. he's gonna do impossibles and probably even some one-foots and he's gonna kill it. he's gonna take amazing photos and paint amazing pictures that may or may not include his dick and "onions" is not gonna wear deodorant while doing so. he's gonna teach kids about homophobia and veganism while embracing any backlash with the he-man ed haters club and ultimately, have the last laugh. he will constantly evolve and adapt, but on his own terms in the way he sees fit. easily one of the most self-deprecating and humble legends in any walk of life, ed is one funny dude with an endless/fearless creativity.
and that's more or less why i love the dude. he's an absolute individual who is not afraid to put shit out there and just be himself... a trait i'm recognizing more and more as i do these posts as to what makes a person truly great. dork.
so here it is. finally. it was hard editing this one down to 10... so many good flicks over the years. but a longtime personal source of embarassment no longer. i can rest easy now.
have a good weekend. and check out gino 10 while you're at it.