"A tattoo is an affirmation that this body is yours to have and to enjoy while you're here. Nobody else can control what you do with it." — Don Ed Hardy, American Tattoo Artist
On National Tattoo Day, theTUNDRA honors renowned American tattoo artist Don Ed Hardy, whose first museum retrospective is currently featured at the de Young Museum in San Francisco. Titled “Deeper Than Skin”, the exhibit displays paintings, drawings, prints and other works dating back to Hardy’s childhood, tracking not only his growth as an artist, but tattoo’s transformation from a maligned subculture to a mainstream visual art form. After studying tattoo for several years, Hardy opened his first shop in 1974 in San Francisco, appropriately titled Realistic Tattoo. After building an international reputation for his large tattoos with complex imagery, Hardy licensed his brand in the early 2000s, with several of his most famous designs donning everything from clothing to perfume to lighters. If you’re a tattoo Enthusiast in the Bay Area, Hardy’s retrospective is a must-see and will be featured at the de Young Museum until October 6.