Many people might associate the name Ed Hardy with colorful T shirts and rhinestone-emblazoned trucker hats. But Don Ed Hardy first drew attention as a barrier-breaking tattoo artist in the 1960s. He graduated from the San Francisco Art Institute before foregoing a Yale arts fellowship to study tattooing in Japan. Today, Hardy focuses mainly on painting and printmaking, but still owns a San Francisco tattoo shop. We talk to Hardy about his work, about tattoos becoming mainstream and how he feels about his brand being associated with “Jersey Shore” stars.
- More information on Skin Deep: The Art of the Tattoo exhibit
- DonEdHardyArt.com (Mentioned On Air)