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An exception 3-day event will be held at Kings Avenue Tattoo in Manhattan May 15-17: legendary tattooer and artist Don Ed Hardy will exhibit his most recent artwork, accompanied by the release of a new Hardy Marks publication, and a series of talks.
As noted in the Kings Avenue release, "Hardy will present a collection of his current and past artwork, consisting of mixed-media paintings that incorporate American an Japanese tattoo motifs, and 'kiddie flash' - traditional maritime-inspired designs that he drew as a tattoo-obsessed child in the late 1950s, rendered with colored pencil on looseleaf notebook paper, which has never been publicly exhibited."
There will also be the release and book signing of the most recent Hardy Marks title Lew The Jew Alberts: Early 20th Century Tattoo Drawings, a compilation of designs attributed to Lew Alberts, a Newark, NJ native who tattooed under the famed Bowery-based artist Charlie Wagner.
I'm also excited about the scheduled talks: On May 16th, Hardy's "Split Personality" will encompass a discussion of his 60-year career as a tattooer and artist, followed by a Q & A. Then, on May 17th, historian and author Michael McCabe, and the artist and former tattooer Ruth Marten will join him in a discussion of New York City's century-long history as a locus of Western tattooing. [If you don't have them yet, Mike's books are must haves for tattoo lovers: New York City Tattoo: The Oral History of an Urban Art and Tattoos of Indochina: Magic, Devotion, & Protection.]
Kings Avenue notes that their staff of in-house artists will be tattooing throughout the weekend, in addition to artists visiting from Tattoo City, the shop founded by Hardy in 1977. They add, "In a break from their usual practice of customized, large format designs, the artists will tattoo American-style flash designed by Hardy during the early years of his career."
Here are the details:
Kings Avenue, 188 Bowery, Floor 2, New York, NY 10012
Friday May 15th
-12 - 9pm: Installation open to the public (free)
- 4 - 7pm: Reception/book signing with Ed Hardy, Michael McCabe & Ruth Marten (free)
Saturday May 16th
- 10am - 12pm: "Split Personality": Ed Hardy to discuss 60-year career (ticketed)
- 1pm - 9pm: Exhibition open to public (free)
Sunday May 17th
- 10am - 12pm: Ed Hardy to discuss NYC tattoo history with Michael McCabe & Ruth Marten (ticketed)
- 1pm - 7pm: Exhibition open to public (free)
In the Dec./Jan. issue of Inked magazine, you'll find my Q&A with the inimitable Ed Hardy, a man who inspired fellow artists and tattoo collectors to move beyond the tattoo "menu" on shops walls and pursue custom, personalized art. For those outside the tattoo world, his name is associated with everything from trucker hats to condoms, and because of his Ed Hardy clothing line and merchandising deals, the Californian native was able to retire with a sizable nest egg and fully return to painting, ceramics, and other mediums after 40 years of tattooing. Of course, Hardy remains connected to tattooing, largely through his Tattoo City studio in San Francisco, Hardy Marks Publications, and the occasional tattoo souvenir for a lucky fan.
In this interview, Ed talks about the documentary "Ed Hardy: Tattoo the World" [recently released on DVD], the tattoo impulse, his fine art, and he briefly addresses the haters. Here's an excerpt:
Do you think the whole popularity of tattooing will dissipate?
It's interesting how the Ed Hardy brand and unexpected commodification of tattooing has freed you up to do fine art. It's seems at odds with commercialism in some way.Read more in Inked.
UPDATE: The full article can be found online here.
Congratulations to Amelia Klem Osterud and H Dwight Raymond IV, the lucky winners of our "Ed Hardy: Tattoo the World" contest, which we posted last Tuesday.
Picked by Randomized.com, Amelia and Dwight will each receive a DVD of the documentary by Emiko Omori, which also includes fun extras like deleted scenes, more tattoo and artwork images, and additional interviews.
I interviewed Ed earlier this month for Inked mag, which will appear in their next issue, and asked him what he thought was the most important thing he wanted people to take away from the film. Here's what he said:
I think the key thing, above and beyond any kind of subject is -- it's corny to say it but -- if you really have a dream, kids...For me, in the mid-fifties, the dream was tattooing. It was so not cool then. It was such a marginalized thing, and I was just driven to do it. When I got into it coming out of art school, it still was totally looked down upon, and I just thought it had a lot of great potential, primarily as a medium, and I wanted to pursue that. That's an important thing for people to know.Ed speaks further of his start in tattooing and his thoughts on tattoo culture today in the film. You can catch clips online or purchase the DVD on outlets like Amazon.com.
Thanks to all y'all for playing along. More contests to come!
UPDATE: If you'd like to see Ed's paintings in person and you're in Chicago, head to his "3 of a Kind" art show with Bob Roberts, Nick Bubash and Thom deVita from October October 28 - November 26, 2011 at Firecat Projects. The opening reception is October 28th, from 7-10 PM.
The documentary film "Ed Hardy: Tattoo the World" by Emiko Omori has screened at film festivals around the world since its 2009 debut (which we first posted on here) -- and to much acclaim. Now, you can watch the film in your own home with the recent release of the film on DVD, available on iTunes and Amazon.
BUT before you click "buy," I have two DVD copies for two lucky winners! Here's how we're gonna play this: the two winners will be selected randomly from those who comment on this post in our Needles & Sins Syndicate Group on Facebook. In one week, on October 25th, we'll put all the names of the commenters into Randomized.com and the internet gods will offer up the chosen ones.
The film is really a wonderful look into the life of a man who shaped tattooing into the art form it is today. And the DVD even offers extra goodies like deleted scenes, more interviews, and more tattoos and artwork.
To see other clips from the documentary, click here.
Last year, we wrote about the release of the Ed Hardy: Tattoo the World documentary, which looks at one of tattoo's most influential artists before the association with trucker hats, energy drinks and bowling alleys(!).
Director Emiko Omori takes a look at the artist, not the brand. [Omori is also co-director of the 2003 documentary Skin Stories on Polynesian tattooing.] The film chronicles Hardy's life since childhood, where as early as 10 years old, he began to "tattoo" his friends with eyeliner and colored pencils.
You can see a number of great clips from film online here in addition to the one above.
If you're in Los Angeles tonight, you can check it on the big screen at UCLA's Hammer Museum at 7pm. Tickets are available at the Billy Wilder Theater Box Office one hour prior to start time.