Ed Hardy: Flashy or fine art? New exhibition showcases the tattoo artist's work through the years

Ed Hardy: Flashy or fine art? New exhibition showcases the tattoo artist's work through the years



well ed hardy is incredibly important to the history of tatoo he was one of the first fine art trained artists to become a tattoo artists and to practice as a tattoo artist when he started in 1967 there were very few fine art trained tattoo artists I think he's very much responsible for bringing it up to the the point in our culture today where it is a popular phenomenon when he first started out tattoo imagery was considered a subculture art it wasn't even elevated to the form of folk art although that later would be true he's always been very supportive of efforts by cultural anthropologists and curators to promote tattoo as a fine art form let's face it I think that the the ed hardy merchandize phenomenon gave it an extra boost it sort of elevated it to you know more of a mainstream American cultural viewpoint I'm still you know in shock I just saw the installation a few days ago and of course I'm overwhelmed I can't adequately describe what it means to me to be recognized this way by any people at nights might have said oh I didn't own an inn Hardy garment then it got so popular because it was on all these meatheads from you know Jersey Shore some show people exhibiting traits that weren't probably in my you know high estimation and they thought oh this is this is junk people wearing those clothes or these kind of people it's just like saying well person with the tattoo is that kind of person that it's not necessarily true absolutely thrilled and I'm thrilled not only for me personally but again for all these nameless faceless people some tremendous people tremendous intellects tremendously talented artists that were tattooing a lot of these old characters that helped me and shared things with me and that I admired and it's kind of giving them some credibility because they were so looked down upon with so-called polite society two images

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