Scratch My Name On Your Arm.
Photographs by Deanna Templeton. Introduction by Stijn Huijts. Foreword by Ed Templeton.
Schunck, 2011. 132 pp., 7 color and 127 black & white illustrations, 8¾x10".
For the past five years, Deanna
Templeton has been photographing
skateboard demonstrations, surfing
competitions and other beachside
congregations of kids in southern
California. The photographs in
Scratch My Name on Your Arm document
a sexy trend emerging in
Californian youth culture for getting
famous surfers and skaters to autograph
bare skin and underwear.
Where once the autograph of an idol
served primarily as a souvenir or
keepsake (a scribble in a diary, on a
poster or T-shirt), nowadays autographs
on skin or intimate underwear
have become the preferred
method for drawing the attention of
both the autographer and
bystanders to one’s scantily-clad self.
In Scratch My Name on Your Arm,
Templeton’s black-and-white photographs
record both an ephemeral
form of calligraphy and body art and
the burgeoning customs and styles
of a subculture in the making.