FROM THE BOOK: ED TEMPLETON


ED TEMPLETON: SKATER, PHOTOGRAPHER, ARTIST, FOUNDER OF TOY MACHINE SKATEBOARDS AND EARLY ADOPTER OF MONSTER CHILDREN.ED GOT IN THE MAG IN OUR FIRST YEAR, ISSUE 4 IT WAS, AND WE WERE OVER THE MOON TO HAEVE HIM INVOLVED-IF ED DUG WHAT WE WE’RE DOING WE MUST HAVE BEEN DOING IT RIGHT.

FOR OUR TENTH ANNIVERSARY WE ASKED ED WHAT IT IS THAT MAKES MONSTER CHILDREN THE BEST MAGAZINE IN THE HISTORY OF PRINTED WORD. THE BOOK FEATURES INTERVIEWS DATING WAY BACK TO THE MAGS INCEPTION AND SOME OF THE GREATEST ART AND PHOTO FEATURES YOU WILL EVER SEE IN YOUR LIFE.

UNTIL CHRISTMAS YOU CAN GET A COPY OF THE MC BOOK FOR $39 AUS OR $29 USD WITH A FREE EVEN HECOX TOTE BAG, SO GO ON, GET IT .

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Jason: What was your first issue of Monster Children you ever saw?

Ed: I saw the first issue! Mike Mills and Mike O’Malley had stuff in there. Ten years is a blink of an eye now.

Jason: Did you like it or did you think it was a big, fat, horrible lump of shit with corn in it?

ED: MY IMPRESSION OF IT WAS IT WAS A COOL MAGAZINE WITH COOL PEOPLE. I’M BOTH FRIENDS WITH AND A BIG FAN OF MIKE’S WORK.

Jason: What have you done with the mag?

Ed: I’ve kept a few, thrown a few into the recycle bin. Some I have just looked for the page with the naked body. Mostly I flip to see great articles/interviews with people I like.

Jason: What’s the best thing about the mag?

Ed: When you put me on the cover.

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Jason: What’s the worst thing?

Ed: The worst thing in every magazine is the ads.

Jason: Think about a time when you were truly happy. Was Monster Children near by?

ED: IT’S NOT A LIE TO SAY THAT BEING IN MONSTER CHILDREN HAS GOTTEN ME LAID, ALTHOUGH I WAS ALREADY MARRIED.

Jason: If you had to write a haiku about Monster Children what would it be?

Ed: Monster Children is my friend

It can be yours too

Not a fish wrap?

Jason: Since Monster Children launched your career, what have you gone on to do?

Ed: Since I was on the cover of issue 4, my skate career has declined and I broke my leg

Jason: What’s the first page you turn to when you get a copy of Monster Children?

Ed: Table of contents

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Jason: Which do you prefer? Monster Children or long hugs?

ED: HUMAN CONTACT WILL ALWAYS WIN OVER PAPER AND INK.

Jason: Besides the design and photography and paper stock, binding, format, print job and reasonable price, what would you say is the best element of the mag? What was the best feature you ever read in Monster Children?

Ed: The best most recent one was an interview with Atiba Jefferson.

Jason: On a scale of one to ten, how excited are you to be featured in this book?

Ed: Ten.

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Jason: Where do you see the mag in ten years?

ED: HOPEFULLY NOT ON AN IPAD.

Jason: Where do you see yourself in ten years?

Ed: Walking the HB pier every day with my wife.

Jason: Will print die?

Ed: No.

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