Category Archives: Blog

Don Ed Hardy – Drawings For Tattoos

By Doug Hardy on December 20, 2015
Screen Shot 2015-12-20 at 2.48.01 PM

My project over the past month is a book of my drawings for tattoos that people commissioned. Digging through old portfolios, I realized this material should be made public. Dating from the early 1970s to the early 2000s, they range from quick initial sketches to finished colored work, mostly done on vellum tracing paper. Some […]

Read More

Date with an Angel (Annunciation) 2015

By Doug Hardy on October 5, 2015
Date With An Angel (Annunciattion) 2015 Ink & acrylic on synthetic paper 51x96

DATE WITH AN ANGEL I’ve often thought about reviving some of the elements in my 2000 Dragons scroll, done 15 years ago. The freedom, sweep, and spontaneity of that work radically changed my outlook and approach to art. This past week I did a large painting for the first time in several years. It’s in […]

Read More

Death of Christian Audigier

By Doug Hardy on July 10, 2015

We are saddened to hear of the untimely death of Christian Audigier. It is a sad end to a brilliant marketer; his incredible energy and vision brought my artwork to global attention. —Don Ed Hardy

Read More

“Tattooing is like China”

By Doug Hardy on June 29, 2015
Studying with Bob Roberts, 12_02

May 15-17th, Kings Avenue Tattoo on Manhattan’s Bowery hosted a three-day event combining a book signing, talks, and pop-up show and sale of my paintings, prints, and drawings. Shop owner Mike Rubendall and his crew went all-out to make this a success, and videos of the events are up now on YouTube. I titled this […]

Read More

Gregor Tattoo 1973

By Doug Hardy on June 9, 2015
Scissor tattoo 1973 IMG_1354

I ran into an old acquaintance today with a piece I put on in spring of 1973—done “on site” at San Francisco Art Institute when Francesca and I made a trip to S.F. prior to my move to Japan—I arranged to finish a back piece from a Hokusai print of two turtles, began on a […]

Read More


By Doug Hardy on May 19, 2015

One of my favorite Pink Floyd works is 1972’s “Free Four”—its dark humor really speaks to me and the title is from the studio countdown setting up the song, sung in a Cockney accent, with “three” pronounced “free”…it could also refer to the four member group itself… The memories of a man in his old […]

Read More