Search & Destroy founder V. Vale met Ed Hardy at the beginnings of the International Punk Rock Cultural Revolution circa 1977. Determined to legitimize the ancient body decoration practice of tattoo as an art form and medium, Ed Hardy was pioneering a fastidious practice and penultimate philosophy of knowledgeable creativity centered on the enhancement of the human body. An autodidact who graduated from the San Francisco Art Institute, he incorporated an enormous amount of research into expanding the conceptual scope of what ink-on-skin could manifest, ultimately becoming a book publisher who continues to produce tomes documenting the hidden history of tattoo. Today, Ed Hardy has retired from tattooing, focusing on making paintings, drawings, lithographs, etchings, ceramics, collages, scrolls and work in other media.
In these uncensored interviews, Ed Hardy demonstrates the relentless curiosity, rebellion and rigor which has informed his creative career from the very beginning. He names artists, books, movements and ideas which will continue to inspire seekers of new frontiers and territories to emblazon. This book is a valuable resource aimed at those who are striving to develop all their talents.