But Who Is Don Ed. Hardy?

I just came back from the mall and I can’t believe it. In 2 1/2 hours of Christmas shopping I must have crossed 100 people (young and old, male & female) wearing some clothing or accessories featuring the Ed Hardy signature. I visited the 3 department stores Bloomingdales, Saks & Nordsdrom. All filled with clothing from Ed Hardy: tees, jackets, shoes, caps, belts, watches, and even pet clothing. So, for those in my Blogosphere who don’t know yet who he is (and who may already wear his gear), here a short presentation: Don Ed.Hardy is a painter, printmaker and is considered the godfather of the vintage tattoo. Fascinated by tattoos since childhood, Hardy has become a master of his craft while continuing his work in the more traditional mediums of painting and drawing. A scholar of tattoo history and lore, Hardy has curated tattoo exhibitions and written and published catalogs about the art of tattooing. In 2000, he completed a 500 foot long scroll painting of 2000 dragons in honor of the turn of the century and the Dragon year. Ed Hardy’s original Tattoo City shop is located at 700 Lombard Street (corner of Mason) in the heart of San Francisco’s historic North Beach. All of the artists at Tattoo City have amazing freehand drawing capabilities and specialize in the pace-setting high quality work that Ed’s shops have always been known for. A must visit when you are in Frisco (open 7 days a week, tel 415-345-9437). But how do you go from being a superb (and different) tattoo artist to a clothing logo that everybody wants in his closet in 14 different countries.  Just mix Ed’s talent with the one of French fashion designer Christian Audigier and you get an amazing line of Tattoo clothing appealing to everybody, from kids to surfers, from bikers to soccer moms, from computer executives to athletes, from struggling actors to famous singers, including Madonna! (Huh). I love the artistry of Ed, but too much is too much. Please, don’t wear at the same time the shoes, the socks, the tee, the jacket, the watch & the glasses or you are going to look like a walking Christmas tree. Personally, I will not wear any of his vintage tattoos, but I still dream of having one of his original paintings hanging on my wall. The one saying that ‘Love Kills Slowly” (so true). You can visit Ed Hardy’s shop at Tattoo City Website or shop online for his clothing at Ed Hardy Vintage Tattoo Wear.       

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8 Responses to “But Who Is Don Ed. Hardy?”


  1. 1 DJ Chopper God Dec 24th, 2006 at 6:54 am

    With all due respect to Don Ed.Hardy, Christian Audigier charges out the ying for an inferior product. The shirt quality sux!!! Secondly he helped desecrate Kenny Howard a.k.a. Von Dutch’s good name by selling stuff that would have made Dutch cringe in horror. Then he moved on to the Don Hardy $62.00 shirt ( Mens Basic T ) and hats in the $55.00 range. Don Ed.Hardy can make a deal with Christian Audigier which is fine, if you really want to plunk down that kinda coin. No self respecting biker or hot rodder would buy that stuff. Now if your interested in the real deal on Kenny Howard and some real Von Dutch stuff visit http://anticonformity.stores.yahoo.net/realvondutch.html
    Everything you will find here is done with the blessings of the Howard Family in co-operation with
    BOB BURNS. Hope my opinion doesn’t step on to many toes, because I do love Ed Hardy’s tattoos and art. Just food for thought. Speaking of food don’t eat to much over the holidays, or what the hell do what ya want!!! Happy Holidays. p.s. I’m saving my money for a Cyril Huze springer instead of buying these over priced Ed shirts. A much wiser use of money.

  2. 2 Andrew Sutton Dec 28th, 2006 at 9:39 pm

    Why are people downing Ed Hardy? Hardy’s the nicest, most respectful person you’d ever want to meet. Licensing his artwork for the Ed Hardy clothing line is a way to make tattoo culture more prevalent. Or should we keep it to bikers, criminals and servicemen as it was in the 60’s? When Ed Hardy started tattooing, there were about 500 people doing it. Now there’s over 50,000. Many people owe their lifestyle and fame to what Hardy helped build, to the rise of the modern tattoo culture. A $62 shirt is not expensive, look at some italian designers with $200 t-shirts. When you buy Ed Hardy, you wear art. The art has an intrinsic value and a history. When you buy Gucci, you buy a logo. Hardy’s a scholar-level historian on Asian art and the first American ever to be “let into” the Japanese tattoo world. Give your props to the most important man in tattoo, who is also the humblest man I’ve ever met. If you don’t want to buy a tee, don’t.

  3. 3 DJ Chopper God Dec 29th, 2006 at 12:50 am

    Props to Ed Hardy!!! No props to overpriced bad quality T-shirts.

  4. 4 Ralf from Germany Oct 6th, 2008 at 8:51 am

    Ed Hardy who realy like Ed Hardy
    i dont like him because this “streetwear” washes my brain. thats why all the People buy overpriced
    and bad quality damn colored shirts and shoes and what the hell they have
    i can see it anymore and i hope sometimes the fashion style will be banned and some new comes along

    and we will see how this style will be famous enough …..

  5. 5 Don Ed Hardy checker May 7th, 2009 at 7:03 am

    I like the Style form Ed Hardy and Christian Audigier.

  6. 6 adcehes Aug 20th, 2009 at 12:53 pm

    Sloth , like rust , consumes faster than labor wears
    http://www.hellojeans.com
    http://www.talkairmax.com
    http://www.topgucci.com

  7. 7 Alleinunterhalter Mar 6th, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    I dont know ! maby he is his brother 🙂

  8. 8 ANNIE HALL May 26th, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    THERE IS A METHOD TO ED HARDY’S MADNESS ! YOU CAN WEAR ED HARDY PIECES FROM HEAD TO TOE BUT YOU MUST BE A TALENTED DRESSER, NOT EVERYONE HAS THE KNACK ! FIRST AND FOREMOST A PERSON INTESTESTED IN WEARING ED HARDY AND CHRISTIAN AUDIGIER CLOTHING SHOULD DO RESEARCH AND INTENSIVE STUDYING . THIS WAY THE CONSUMER HAS AN ADVANTAGE, THEY CAN STUDY THE TATTOO AND THE DIFFERENT STYLES. THAT WAY THEY WILL DISCOVERY WHAT TATTOOS AND WHAT STYLES FIT THEM BEST ! THERE WILL BE A LOT OF TRIALS AND ERRORS BUT IF THEY LIKE THE TATTOO STYLE IT IS BEST TO KEEP UP WITH IT. FOR INSTANCE CA STYLE OF CLOTHING DO NOT COMPARE TO ED HARDYS. CA HAS SOME NICE SIGNTURE TATTOO SHORTS AND DRESS BUT HIS STYLE SUFFER BECAUSE THERE SIMPLY IS NO DIRECTION AND AT TIMES IT GET GAUDY AND GHETTO !
    ED HARDY STYLE IS VINTAGE , AND IT IS A DISTINCT COLLECTION OF TATTOOS THAT IS KNOWN INSTANTLY BY ANYONE WHO KNOWS ED HARDYS DESIGNS. ED HARDY CLOTHING ARE COLLECTOR ITEMS, YOU NEVER GET RID OF THEM YOU ADD TOO THEM LIKE BASEBALL CARDS.
    SOME BECOMES RARE AND ARE SORT AFTER BY COLLECTORS. SOME TATTOOS NEVER MAKE IT TO THE PUBLIC AT LARGE ! ED HARDY DESIGN WILL NEVER GO OUT OF STYLE, IT IS SIMPLY IMPOSSISIBLE. HIGH END CLOTHING LIKE LV , CHASE DOWN FAKES, EH DESIGNER LOVE IMITATORS, IMITATION IS THE SINCEREST FORM OF FLATTERY . IT IS A DESIGN BY THE PEOPLE AND FOR ALL OF MANKIND !

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