Book Corner #6: Scratch My Name on Your Arm

The book corner section highlights the most original aspects of Californian culture all summer long, through works selected and reviewed by Angelo Cirimele. His pick of the week is ‘Scratch my name on your arm’, a book of Deanna Templeton’s photographs. The series documents a quintessentially L.A. trend: getting top skaters and surfers to sign fans’ bare skin, drawing both the attention of the signer and of bystanders to one’s nearly-naked body. 

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"An old cliché about Los Angeles that never dies is that you can spend the whole year in a swimsuit. What’s proven to be even more interesting is how American teens pass the time in their swimsuits: armed with marker pens and stencils, they draw autographs, phone numbers and even logos on their friends’ bodies, sometimes even on people they have just met… It isn’t a tattoo, it is something much simpler and lighter, like a game that detracts from their nudity yet at the same time is inherently deeply sensual. The series of images was shot by Deanna Templeton, wife of Ed Templeton, a professional skateboarder and artist born and raised in California. Despite the ever-present sun, the series is in black and white, without staging and offers a collection of portraits of smiling, carefree teens – perfect to kick off the start of summer."


'Scratch my name on your arm', Deanna Templeton, 2010, 128 p. Ed. Schunck.
Kenzo, 60, rue de Rennes, Paris.