We call Ed Templeton the “(Sub)Culture King” this month, but he’s also the “New California King,” an artist and culture maven who defines what makes the state and its people unique. In the great tradition of Ed Ruscha, John Baldessari, Barry McGee and Margaret Kilgallen, Ed has reimagined the West as a place of both possibility and an end, where the Pacific Ocean defines a dream come true and the assurance of starting over.

There is Ed the skate legend, skateboard graphic artist, the skate brand owner; there is Ed the photographer and documentarian, and the collaborative duo with wife, Deanna. There is Ed the zine maker as well as artist with countless books to his name. Of course, there is Ed the painter.

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Also in the June issue:

—Bow down to our Appalacian queen: Rebecca Morgan
Josh Reames gives us the shapes of things to come
Leah Rosenberg has palettes for all palates
—Aesop Rock interviews Kim Jung Gi
Angela Boatwright's love letter to so-cal Punk
Jakprints' first film production: Stick to It
SFMOMA Reopens
—For photographer Stacy Kranitz, it's all personal
Ashley Rose Courture takes flight
Kid Koala is the Audio-Visceral composer
—...and Walter Bortolossi is the cultural Spin Doctor
—A field trip to Madrid, where Art History has history
Daniel Arsham's wall excavations at SCAD