Results tagged “Don Ed Hardy”

Nov201122
05:07 PM
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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?
No, I don't think it will ever go away. My standard points are: I don't know why people get tattooed. I don't think there's a good answer. It's like, Why do you like art? It's just something that's a total mystery. That's part of the attraction. I think that for whatever reason, it's an impulse for our species--not for everyone, but certain people are just Bam!

Almost like a tattoo gene?
That's exactly it. Knowing how science has advanced over the centuries, maybe they'll figure it out, and at some point go, Yes, this is what it is. But right now, the best we can do, and what we all have done, is emphasize the positive aspects and put it into a better social context. That's much more important than who is the best tattooer. We have to look at the bigger picture. Of course, that's important too-people striving to further the art and do stuff that's going to be more interesting.

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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.
Before Christian Audigier, I was approached by two guys who had a cool business; their whole thing with clothing was introducing an Asian feeling to their casual garments. They actually responded to an article about a painting show that Bob Roberts and I had at Track 16 in Santa Monica. I don't remember if it was 2003 or 2004, but they had seen the paintings and dug the Asian references in them. So I got into it, and that's how it started. Then Christian saw it and just went ape shit. He said, "I must have this license!" He's really from a different world. [Laughs] He said that he'll make this huge thing, and of course I was like, Right, take me to the moon. And then it went. But he did have that genius eye to recognize that people would respond to it strongly. Really, all the stuff we were using was essentially classic flash. A lot of the images I originated and a lot were reused from old classics. It was just like that bold, beautiful, well painted, heavy shaded, Sailor Jerry aesthetic thing. Everything that makes classic tattoos cool or makes them appealing to a wide body of people. Then of course I started getting shit from all kinds of people. I loved hearing it.

What kind of shit?
Well, "Hardy's really sold out." I'm like, What do you think this is, the Sistine Chapel? Relax. Get some humor about it--as long as things are being presented right. We had some problems when my designs got screwed with for a while and some legal things about that. Essentially, it is just a facet of my art, and I'm proud of all the flash and all the classic tattoos I did.
Read more in Inked.

UPDATE: The full article can be found online here.
Oct201125
11:30 AM


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.

But I know the playing field is so completely different now. People are always coming up to me saying, "Oh, I have a nephew or niece or whatever, who wants to be a tattooer, what's your advice?" And I say, "Well, they probably shouldn't do it. It's so crowded. It's not a sure thing, but if they are really driven to do it, maybe it will work." There was an interview with Bob Dylan, maybe about a couple of years ago, and someone asked him, "If you were 18 and going to get into music today, what would you say to people?" and he said, "I would never do it." Because he got into music at a time when it was right. I got into tattooing at a time when it was right.
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.
Oct201118
10:55 AM



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.

Sep201021
05:10 PM


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.
Nov200924
11:50 AM


Haven't seen the Hori Smoku Sailor Jerry documentary yet? Buy a DVD now  (Amazon Sale: $22.49).

It's not only an intimate look into a man who revolutionized tattooing, as told through his contemporaries including Don Ed Hardy and Mike Malone [RIP], but it also includes ridiculously funny scenes with Philadelphia Eddie.

Just check the scene with him above that didn't make it or this Pineapple Juice outtake. Granted some may question the veracity of Eddie's tales but he can pour a good story.

Via Jason at Inked Mag
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