We're two days out from Ed Hardy's visit to Kings Avenue. Even if you weren't able to get a ticket to one of Ed's talks, there will be plenty of opportunities to meet him, see his work, and learn about the history of tattooing in New York City. Our Bowery shop will be open during regular hours all weekend. (12-9 on Friday, 1-9 on Saturday, and 1-7 on Sunday.) Ed's artwork—everything from his 1950s "kiddie flash" to paintings he finished in Honolulu just a couple months ago—will be on display the whole time. This incredible, never-before-exhibited body of work will be open to the public, and admission is totally free. We really hope you can come down and take a look. Here's a series of paintings from 1995:
Ed himself will be at the shop on Friday from 4-7pm, Selling and signing copies of "'Lew the Jew' Alberts: Early 20th Century Tattoo Drawings" , the most recent Hardy Marks release. It's beautiful large-format archive of rare, precious flash drawn by Albert Kurzman (better know to his contemporaries as Lew Alberts or Lew the Jew.) Here he is outside Charlie Wagner's shop:
Lew grew up in Newark, NJ, and worked on the Bowery during the early decades of the 20th century, and was one of the first artists to make and use the electric tattoo machine, in addition to marketing and selling ready-made flash. It's this flash that's featured in the book, sprinkled with notes to his friends and correspondents, CJ Eddy and Brooklyn Joe Lieber.
Ed will be accompanied at the book signing by Michael McCabe, who wrote the amazing "New York City Tattoo: Oral History of an Urban Art", which Hardy Marks released in 1997, and Ruth Marten, an artist and illustrator who tattooed here in New York during the 70s.
We're also going to be hosting several artists from Tattoo City, including Mary Joy and Doug Hardy, who will be tattooing walk-ins using Ed's Kiddie flash:
Can you believe this stuff? The originals of these drawings will be on display at the shop all weekend! These have never been shown publicly before. The show is going to be a really historic one, and there is so much to see and learn. We hope you can come down.