Cinema By The Bay Film Festival 2010: Ed Hardy ‘Tattoo The World’ – Review and Trailer

The following is an excerpt taken from Michael Hawley’s post on The Mill Valley Film Festival at his blog, film-415.blogspot.com

This serviceable doc traces the remarkable career of Donald Edward Talbot Hardy. As a kid in 1950’s Corona del Mar, Hardy became obsessed with tattoos and hung out in the parlors of Long Beach’s Nu-Pike Amusement Park. After obtaining a SF Art Institute printmaking degree, he operated a short-lived Vancouver shop before moving to San Diego, where he developed his craft inking umpteen sailors. Years of hard work on both coasts lead to his current stature as a master body artist and painter, one whose branding on everything from underwear to coffee cups generated $700 million in international sales by 2009. Over the course of this documentary, we learn about the evolution of Hardy’s artistry and his influences, both cultural (customized car painting, Mexican poster art, Yakuza full-body tats) and personal (mentors like Sailor Jerry Collins and rock-star tattooist Lyle Tuttle). The film benefits from Hardy’s genial on-screen articulacy and from the extensive examples we see of his vibrant, exquisitely photographed work. Perhaps less successful is the director’s listless voiceover narration and peculiar decision to score the film with opera and classical music.

Showtimes for Ed Hardy ‘Tattoo The World’:

Saturday, November 6, 2010 6:30pm @ The Roxie Theater (3117 16th Street)

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One Comment on “Cinema By The Bay Film Festival 2010: Ed Hardy ‘Tattoo The World’ – Review and Trailer”

  1. March 25, 2011 at 2:39 am #

    They have an exclusive appeal which finds a distinct place in the hearts of fashionable people. Fashion and its transformation through the alley of art created with the experience of the master tattoo artist have certainly positioned itself in the society. The quality of style makes it trustworthy in the eyes of people in major cities in the country.Trendy people all over the world welcome this tattoo art image in their Ed Hardy Bags due to the eminence of imagination and vision.

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