Courtesy of Luis Garza: You’ve heard of Ed Hardy, the $500 million lifestyle franchise, but do you really know the man behind it all? Did you know that Don “Ed” Hardy turned down a scholarship in art from Yale University to pursue the questionable profession of tattooing?
Beginning September 20, New Video’s Docurama Films presents award-winning director Emiko Omori’s feature documentary about the West Coast legend, in which he personally recounts his art studies, his apprenticeships with Sailor Jerry Collins, Phil Sparrow and Horihide, breaking new ground with Realistic Tattoo and Tattoo City, and more stories from the crazy days of hot rods, surfing and back alley tattoo parlors – vividly supported by a treasure trove of archival photos and film.
At the age of 66, after decades of building a business, Hardy is finally returning to the artist’s life, creating new paintings, prints and sculptures, drawn from his far-reaching knowledge of historic Japanese and Chinese forms of expression.
The film premieres on September 20 on Cable VOD, iTunes and DVD.
The Unruly Art of Don Ed Hardy, an exhibition and installation, is on display at SF-MOMA’s Fort Mason until Aug. 25. Tattoo the World has previously screened at San Francisco Art Institute, the Museum of Modern Art (NYC),and the Hammer Museum (L.A.).
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