Under the bleachers during the championship game, in your mom’s station wagon, in the back of a dark movie theater after the scary part gave you an actual reason to put your arm around her. Oh, how teenagers find just the most romantic places to get it on! Artist and skateboarder Ed Templeton captured all the whimsy, passion and utter awkwardness in his collection of photographs of teenage kissers entitled, what else, “Teenage Kissers”.
The SoCal native and former professional skateboarder thrives on urban themes such as these erratic make-outs to create his art. Templeton was a part of “Beautiful Losers” in 2008, an exhibit, book and film that showcased several modern artists from all over the United States.
Templeton’s “Teenage Kissers” is a collection of youthful PDA, which wouldn’t be complete unless we saw a little unreciprocated tongue action and inept hand placement. You’ll laugh, you probably won’t cry (unless you yourself happen to be one of the gawky teens in the photos) and you’ll probably go home inspired to do a little necking of your own. The show is on display at Half Gallery in New York City through July 25.