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Ed Hardy, also known as Don Ed Hardy, is one of the most well-respected tattoo artists in the world. A good friend of Sailor Jerry CollinsHardy became the first Western tattoo artist to be invited to Japan, to study with the master Horihidein When he returned, he opened Realistic Tattoo Studio in San Francisco, the first known private, appointment-only tattoo studio in the US, where he focused on large-scale, custom Japanese style tattoos.
This style of shop, and the artistic style that Hardy imported to the US from his frequent travels in Japan, changed the face of modern tattooing. Bydemand for his work was so high that he opened a second shop, welcome to walk-in clients as well, called Tattoo City.
Destroyed by a fire inTattoo City was reopened in at a different location. Though it moved again inTattoo City still operates to this day. Hardy has authored over 12 books, most notably the Tattoo Time series, the first tattoo industry trade magazine.
Also a prolific painter, his work has appeared internationally in over 40 exhibits. InHardy completed a foot long scroll painting of dragons in honor of the millennium and the Chinese year of the Dragon.
Most recently, Hardy collaborated with the brainchild of Von Dutch clothing, Christian Audigier, by lending his name to a tattoo-inspired clothing line.
Many people in the tattoo industry believe that Hardy, in embarking on this venture, traded in ethics for money. Regardless, the importance of his contributions to the world of tattooing cannot be overlooked.Don Ed Hardy brought tattoo artistry out of the dark and into the glamorous world of fashion.
Don Ed Hardy quickly became recognized for his incorporation of Japanese art form and American style. In , Hardy stepped into the fashion space when he licensed his art designs to be made into a clothing line. Hardy Don Ed Born in in the US, Ed Hardy is a tutelary figure of tattooing.
His career, his work and his commitment to the medium make him one of the historic names of the modern . Ed Hardy, also known as Don Ed Hardy, is one of the most well-respected tattoo artists in the world. Biography Born in in Southern California, his destiny seemed clear when, at the age of 10, he opened a makeshift tattoo shop in mother's house where he drew tattoos on the neighborhood kids.
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Don Ed Hardy: (American, b. ) This one-time protégé of Sailor Jerry earned his own fame as a tattoo artist as well as the nickname of “The Godfather of Modern Tattoo.”On Sailor Jerry’s recommendation, Hardy also studied Japanese classical tattoo under master artist, Horihide, and began to incorporate Japanese style techniques into his own artwork.
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