"Pictures of the Gone World" with Don Ed Hardy
You may recognize the name from his eponymous clothing and accessories brand, though in the tattoo world Don Ed Hardy is best known and widely regarded as a legend and a pioneer of the craft. Born in 1945, Hardy was a prolific artist from an early age, who went on to become formally trained in the fine arts. He was offered a scholarship to Yale to which he declined in order to pursue the then-taboo tradition of tattooing.
Last month, Kings Avenue Tattoo in New York hosted "Pictures of the Gone World" a pop up show, and event containing Hardy's art and paintings throughout his 6 decade career, some of which have never been made available to the public. He also gave a series of lectures, discussing tattooing both in the past and present.
Below we have the highlight reel of Hardy's weekend on the Bowery, and underneath the full lecture that takes us on a personal journey through 60 years of artistry, and the history of tattooing from Ed's perspective.