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Ed Templeton: Lick it Good

Ed Templeton: Lick it Good


Lick © 2017 Ed Templeton & Cafe Royal Books


Former pro-skater Ed Templeton picked some gourmet shots from his archive for his new zine. Anne-Celine Jaeger slurps it up.

When you think of licking, what springs to mind? I’m talking beyond the sexual. For me it’s got to be El Classico. Winter. I’m five years old, waiting outside a friend’s house when I realise her letterbox has been Jack Frosted. Free slush puppy. Whoopee. I stick my tongue out, lick, and immediately get ice-velcro-ed to the flap. If Ed Templeton had been there, he’d have caught the moment.

The former pro skater began taking pictures in the mid 1990s. As part of the pro skate circuit, Templeton realised he was surrounded by an interesting cast of characters and suddenly felt it was negligent not to document his world. Seeing Nan Goldin and Larry Clark’s work, he claims, may also have spurred him on.

For his latest Zine Lick, published by Café Royal Books, Templeton trawled his extensive archive and discovered he had a prodigious amount of images of people eating ice cream. It made him think about the act of licking in public. The artist, who refers to his way of shooting as “sleuthy and voyeuristic,” says licking is “kind of similar to kissing except it’s sugar instead of a human you’re making out with.”

Lick © 2017 Ed Templeton & Cafe Royal Books
 

Lick © 2017 Ed Templeton & Cafe Royal Books

 
His zine is the lick. The curated compilation of people caught in the act of licking something includes a man licking his guitar, another licking his injury and all the variables of licking in between, from eyes open, to eyes shut, trance-licking, focused licking, anticipated licking, sculptural licking, luscious licking, shared licking, finger licking to the all out sloppy-slurpy-with-abandon licking. Lick is a study in human behaviour. Templeton demonstrates there are as many ways of licking as there are of living. What about you? Do you live like you lick?

Lick © 2017 Ed Templeton & Cafe Royal Books

 

Lick by Ed Templeton is published by Café Royal Books, £6.

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