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  • December9th

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    Ed Hardy's TattooTime

    Hardy Marks Publications is excited to announce the re-release of all five issues of our historic Tattootime magazine in one boxed set. This year marks the 30th anniversary of our premier publishing effort, New Tribalism, the book that detonated the explosive growth of tattooing in the late twentieth century.
    Now all five Tattootimes — New Tribalism (1982), Tattoo Magic (1983), Music & Sea Tattoos (1984), Life & Death Tattoos (1987), and Art From the Heart (1991) are in two beautiful hardbound volumes, enclosed in a sturdy slipcase. All contents are from the first edition of each original—subsequent reprints omitted some material. The combined volumes add up to 352 full color pages, plus original covers, and an added 27-page subject and title index to the entire series.
    Tattootime truly changed the world—documents, ideas, and images that have become legendary. Now experience its timeless impact.

    Click here to order today!

  • May18th

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    The Art Guys

    Coming June 8, 2012, The Art Guys Museum in Houston Texas will host a showing of works by Don Ed Hardy, including drawings and paintings from the late 1980′s through the 1990′s when he started to focus upon his personal art after 20 years of exclusively producing tattoo art for customers. Opening reception is June 8th 2012, 7-9 pm.

    On June 9- July 7, 2012, DiverseWorks Art Space will exhibit Don Ed Hardy’s 2000 Dragons, his masterpiece 500 foot long painting celebrating the year of the Dragon, as well as 12 new dragon paintings made for the new Dragon Year 2012, representing the 12 months of the year. Opening reception is June 9 2012, 3-6pm.

    For further information, download the PDF by clicking here.

    UPDATE: Please see the DiverseWorks 2000 Dragons +12 page for further information on the upcoming event!

  • May17th

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    Hardy Marks Publications is proud to announce the release of our newest book
    deVita Unauthorized. This is a reproduction of a loose-leaf portfolio that was released in a unique limited edition in 2002 that was created by Nick Bubash and Thom deVita. This reproduction allows all those who were not able to purchase the original portfolios to finally enjoy Thom deVita’s unique vision.

    Available now in our online store!

  • May2nd

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    On May 4th, Ed Hardy will be on hand to introduce Ed Hardy: Tattoo the World (Docurama Films, 2011), which reflects the artist’s journey, his unexpected rise to cult status, and his influence on pop culture. With one foot in the world of tattooing and the other planted in the fine arts, each informs the other.

    Free tickets will be available in front of the Auditorium beginning at 5:30 p.m.
    Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Film begins at 6:30 p.m.

    Tonight’s public programs are free. Tickets are required to view the permanent collection or special exhibitions.

  • March21st

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    The Sylvia White Gallery is now showing an exhibition of Don Ed Hardy’s paintings. The show runs February 21-April 1st 2012.

    The paintings in Don Ed Hardy’s upcoming show at Sylvia White Gallery evolved from the monumental 4 x 500 foot work 2000 Dragons, executed in the millennial year (a Dragon Year in the Asian zodiac). This was a decisive turning point for the artist in its scale and expansive gesture, as he had spent the previous four decades in near-daily practice with the obsessive precision of intaglio printmaking, lithography, tattooing, and careful watercolors. The mission goal of making two thousand dragons with no preplanned composition freed Hardy up to explore pure abstract elements along with recognizable forms. The spontaneous works since then continue to develop intuitively at the moment of painting.
    The big scroll was executed with acrylic on archival synthetic paper, which was available in huge rolls. Featherweight and durable, it was the most practical solution for a work of immense scale. The saturation of pigment into paper as an instantaneous indelible record-with little or no over painting-continues and amplifies Hardy’s works with metal plates, sumi ink, and skin. The current works further explore pure autographic expressive gesture.

    Immersed in Western as well as Asian art history, aesthetics, and theories of brushwork, Hardy has a long relationship with living and working in Japan. Along with the paintings are a new series of small porcelain sculptures. Made in collaboration with ceramist Trevor Ewald, these extend Hardy’s work done during several visits to Arita, Japan. There, at the invitation of a traditional kiln, he glazed production wares with unexpected themes, extending and subverting venerable tradition. The new ceramics are inspired by a series of his late ’90s paintings featuring garment forms from 15th and 16th century Northern European engravings (first studied in his undergraduate days at the San Francisco Art Institute) to which he added components of tattoo and pop themes.

    Mr. Hardy graduated from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1967 with a BFA in printmaking. He retired from tattooing in 2006 and now divides his time between San Francisco and Honolulu with frequent trips to Japan to work in porcelain and study its visual culture.

    The artist will be in attendance for the opening reception, Saturday, February 25. The Sylvia White Gallery is located at 1783 E Main St in Ventura and open to the public Wednesday through Saturday from 11am to 5pm. For more information, please call 805-643-8300.

    To see the Google Plus photo gallery of all the paintings, please click