Don Ed Hardy: Tattooing the Invisible Man [Hardcover]
This is the catalogue of the wide ranging 1999 exhibition at Track 16 Gallery in Santa Monica.
California native Don Ed Hardy was determined to be a tattoo artist at the age of ten and has been tattooing professionally since 1967. Fusing Asian aesthetics, traditional Japanese art, Western art history, and the imagery of surf culture, hot-rod art, and California funk, he has been instrumental in developing tattooing's artistic potential and fueling the late-century international tattoo boom. Tattooing the Invisible Man presents a survey of Hardy's paintings, etchings, lithographs, drawings, photographs, and elaborate tattoos, most never before published. Exploring the wide visual/cultural spectrum of Hardy's many influences as well as the profound involvement of his work within this same spectrum, Tattooing the Invisible Man is a magnificent chronicle of a powerful and uniquely extreme body of work.
300 pages, Hardcover, 12 1/2 x 9 3/8 inches
553 color illustrations
2nd Printing (2005)