Thursday, March 25, 2010
Ed Hardy - What?
Although I am one known to have quite an interest in fashion, I've never really held an interest for the brand 'Ed Hardy' (it's not designer). As my attention is more inclined to higher end designers such as Armani and Chanel, the interest of Ed Hardy has never been something I've known...until now.
Do not be mistaken - this sudden interest in the brand is not sparked by love for the clothing, but because I DON'T understand this love our society and generation has for the clothing.
So I did a little research...
'...Don Ed Hardy is an American tattoo artist raised in Southern California. He was a pupil of Sailor Jerry Collins. Through his association with Sailor Jerry, Hardy was invited to study tattooing in Japan in 1973 with the Japanese classical tattoo master, Horihide. He became recognized for incorporating Japanese tattoo aesthetic and technique into his American style work...'
'...Today, Hardy is retired from doing actual tattoos, but oversees and mentors the artists at his San Francisco studio, Tattoo City. Since the 1960s, he has concentrated heavily on non-tattoo based art forms, especially printmaking, drawing, and painting...'
Although I don't like his designs on clothing, I do respect the art in which Don Ed Hardy is so passionate about - Tattoo Artistry.
I've always been intrigued by this art form in which people find ways to express themselves in such outright ways as permanent art on their bodies.
BUT - Come on Ed, how about we leave the fashion industry to those who have a love of designing outlets of expression in tasteful, classic ways.
How about we call on you when we want a tat, and you leave your artform on skin - rather than clothing.