With 40 years of tattooing and legendary status among the tattoo community, Don Ed Hardy is known as "the godfather of modern tattoo", for his sophistication, depth and sense of experimentation. California native Don Ed Hardy is recognized around the world for his technical brilliance and mesmerizing imagery. Don Ed Hardy pulls from life experience to meld American, Japanese, Cholo, tattoo, surf and hotrod iconography. This broad spectrum of taste and experience, coupled with an ongoing investigation of various art histories and a mastery of technique, give his work a unique range and depth.
In 2004, Christian Audigier left Von Dutch and proceeded to create and launch the wildly popular Ed Hardy brand. He was granted the exclusive rights to the designs of Don Ed Hardy, who is commonly referred to as the "Godfather of Tattoo." With Ed Hardy, Christian not only created a brand, but a lifestyle of street couture.
Christian has built a fervent following for his Ed Hardy and the eponymous Christian Audigier brands. Celebrities such as Madonna, Britney Spears, and Kanye West, among others are frequently seen wearing his unique designs. His celebrity following includes more than 5,000 celebrities, athletes and musicians of all genres.