Ed Hardy Tattoo Designs

By | July 11, 2013

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Ed Hardy was born in 1945 and was raised within the Newport Beach community of Corona Del Mar, approximately 80 kilometers south of Los Angeles.


Ed was extremely enthusiastic about body art at a time during which tattoos were, unfortunately, not really approved by the general public.

In the 1960s, a major town would generally have only one tattoo artist, who often operated from a non-official tattoo parlor.

“Back then, everything was extremely hidden,” Ed said. “It was only cash service, and a tattoo artist was definitely considered as the very low form of mankind, so you had no choice but to be discreet.”

Tattoo artists were usually visited mostly by sailors, military personnel, generally preferred simply because they showered often and were courteous, and bikers which selected through reasonably limited, predetermined graphics.

Ed, as well as a couple of others from the industry, believed these folks really should have more possibilities and the option of choosing custom-made, sweeping layouts.

He went to the San Francisco Art Institute and managed to graduate with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in printmaking.

Hardy became a student of Sailor Jerry Collins and, thanks to this connection, was able to study needling in Japan in 1973 from the Japanese traditional tattoo master, Horihide.

Over time, Ed Hardy tattoo designs gain in popularity as the most imaginative tattoo designers, combining Asian, Californian and American styles over eye-popping designs.

“I wanted to set it as a very popularmedium,” Ed said. “It was just ridiculous that everything had to have only black outlines.”

In 1982, Hardy and his wife established Hardy Marks Publications. Under this particular marquee, they started publishing the five-book collection Tattootime.

Hardy is now retired from needling.

He manages and guides a few tattoo artists at his San Francisco facility, Tattoo City. Since the 1960s, he has focused on non-tattoo art forms, particularly printmaking and sketching.

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