For the past five years, Deanna Templeton has been photographing skateboard demonstrations, surfing competitions, and other beachside congregations of kids in southern California. The photographs in Scratch My Name on Your Arm document a sexy trend emerging in Californian youth culture for getting famous surfers and skaters to autograph bare skin and underwear. Where once the autograph of an idol served primarily as a souvenir or keepsake (a scribble in a diary, on a poster or t-shirt), nowadays autographs on skin or intimate underwear have become the preferred method for drawing the attention of both the autographer and bystanders to one's scantily-clad self. In Scratch My Name on Your Arm, Templeton's black-and-white photographs record both an ephemeral form of calligraphy and body art and the burgeoning customs and styles of a subculture in the making.
Californian artist Ed Templeton delivers up his diagnosis of the contemporary human condition in a whirlwind of present-tense imagery, filtered through photographs, paintings, and drawings. Over the past decade and a half, Templeton has build and oeuvre that closely tracks his day-to-day reality, recording life in the Southern Californian suburbs, his flawed family background, his life as a professional skateboarder, his milieu, the relationship between the artist and his wife, Deanna and much else. The Cemetery of Reason is the first large monographic museum publication devoted to Templeton's work.
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