Ed Hardy's first retrospective paints him as fine artist

Ed Hardy's first retrospective paints him as fine artist

In this Wednesday, July 10, 2019 photo, Ed Hardy poses for a photo during a media preview of "Ed Hardy: Deeper than Skin" at the de Young Museum in San Francisco. Hardy may be most associated with his flashy, tiger- and skull-emblazoned clothing brand, which was popular in the early 2000s. But the new exhibition, opening Friday, July 12, sheds light on the man as a prolific artist and tattoo pioneer. Hardy says he hopes the exhibition will push back against any remaining stigma around tattoos. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
In this Wednesday, July 10, 2019 photo, visitors look through merchandise for sale during a media preview of "Ed Hardy: Deeper than Skin" at the de Young Museum in San Francisco. The exhibition opening Friday, July 12 sheds light on Hardy as a prolific artist and tattoo pioneer. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
In this Wednesday, July 10, 2019 photo, a man walks near artwork created by Ed Hardy during a media preview of "Ed Hardy: Deeper than Skin" at the de Young Museum in San Francisco. The exhibition opening Friday, July 12 sheds light on Hardy as a prolific artist and tattoo pioneer. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
In this June 26, 2019, photo Mary Joy Scott works on the outline of a tattoo for Nick Chavira at Ed Hardy's Tattoo City in San Francisco. Hardy may be most associated with his flashy, tiger- and skull-emblazoned clothing brand, which was popular in the early 2000s. But a new exhibition called "Deeper than Skin" at San Francisco’s de Young Museum sheds light on the man as a prolific artist and tattoo pioneer. The exhibition, opening Friday, July 12 marks changing sensibilities in the art world as museums start to embrace tattoo as fine art. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
In this June 26, 2019, photo Nick Chavira shows a finished tattoo while posing for photos during a break from Mary Joy Scott working on the outline of one of his tattoos at Ed Hardy's Tattoo City in San Francisco. Hardy may be most associated with his flashy, tiger- and skull-emblazoned clothing brand, which was popular in the early 2000s. But a new exhibition called "Deeper than Skin" at San Francisco’s de Young Museum sheds light on the man as a prolific artist and tattoo pioneer. The exhibition, opening Friday, July 12 marks changing sensibilities in the art world as museums start to embrace tattoo as fine art. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
In this Wednesday, July 10, 2019 photo, Ed Hardy speaks during a media preview of "Ed Hardy: Deeper than Skin" at the de Young Museum in San Francisco. Hardy may be most associated with his flashy, tiger- and skull-emblazoned clothing brand, which was popular in the early 2000s. But the new exhibition sheds light on the man as a prolific artist and tattoo pioneer. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
In this Wednesday, July 10, 2019 photo, a man looks at a wall of tattoos during a media preview of "Ed Hardy: Deeper than Skin" at the de Young Museum in San Francisco. The new exhibition, opening Friday, July 12, sheds light on Hardy as a prolific artist and tattoo pioneer. It contains 300 paintings, drawings, prints and objects that track Hardy's evolution. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
In this Wednesday, July 10, 2019 photo, boogie boards designed by Ed Hardy are displayed during a media preview of "Ed Hardy: Deeper than Skin" at the de Young Museum in San Francisco. Hardy may be most associated with his flashy, tiger- and skull-emblazoned clothing brand, which was popular in the early 2000s. But the new exhibition sheds light on the man as a prolific artist and tattoo pioneer. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
In this Wednesday, July 10, 2019 photo, a woman looks at a 2,000-square-foot scroll suspended from the ceiling on which Ed Hardy painted 2,000 dragons in the year 2000 on display during a media preview of "Ed Hardy: Deeper than Skin" at the de Young Museum in San Francisco. Hardy may be most associated with his flashy, tiger- and skull-emblazoned clothing brand, which was popular in the early 2000s. But the new exhibition, opening Friday, July 12, sheds light on the man as a prolific artist and tattoo pioneer. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
In this Wednesday, July 10, 2019 photo, a woman walks past an interactive display of artwork and tattoos during a media preview of "Ed Hardy: Deeper than Skin" at the de Young Museum in San Francisco. The new exhibition sheds light on Hardy as a prolific artist and tattoo pioneer. It contains 300 paintings, drawings, prints and objects that track Hardy's evolution. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
In this Wednesday, July 10, 2019 photo, a man walks behind a 1967 print entitled "Future Plans," in which a then-undergraduate Ed Hardy, with only a few tattoos, portrays himself as fully inked during a media preview of "Ed Hardy: Deeper than Skin" at the de Young Museum in San Francisco. Hardy may be most associated with his flashy, tiger- and skull-emblazoned clothing brand, which was popular in the early 2000s. But the new exhibition sheds light on the man as a prolific artist and tattoo pioneer. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
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