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Ed Templeton was born July 28, 1972 and raised in Orange County, California. He has easily been one of the most influential pros of the past three decades based not only on his trick innovations, artistic output, and photography, but also via his helm at the Toy Machine Bloodsucking Skateboard Company. In 1985, Ed saw a stranger Ollie up a curb and started skateboarding. In 1987, he and some friends followed Mark Gonzales home to his house and watched him skate a quarter pipe. From that moment on, Ed was hooked. Ed and his friend Jason Lee would take tricks they saw freestylers doing at the pier and do them down stairs and up onto benches. Jason became known for his 360 flip and Ed, the impossible.
After stints with Circle-A, where Ed got the first photo of a 50-50 on a handrail ever in his first ad, then Schmitt Stix, he turned pro for Schmitt Stix’s reboot called The New Deal in 1990. Going on to win a string of world championships, including Munster, Germany, 1991; Barcelona NSA 1991; and the Antwerp Nike Air Attack 1993; in 1995, Ed became the first ever World Cup Skateboarding street champion. In 1992, Ed launched his own company with Mike Vallely called TV. After the departure of Vallely, Ed launched Toy Machine skateboards in 1993. Collectors of Ed Templeton’s fine art include Demi Moore, John Waters, Neil Patrick Harris, and Judd Apatow. On November 3, 2012, Ed shattered his tibia and fibula at an Emerica demo in East LA. He hasn’t felt 100% since, although he just got back on his board in January 2016. Ed Templeton has influenced an entire generation with his style, innovation, and creativity. Here’s to you Ed.