Beyond Skin focus attention away from Don Ed Hardy’s tattooing (and obviously away from clothing) to enliven discussion of his work as a print maker, painter, and illustrator. To say that traditional arts were his first love would be a bit bold, as his interest in tattooing came early, but Hardy’s artistic breadth speaks to an interest in a range of practice and medium. The book covers the last four decades of Hardy’s output looking at everything from tattoo flash to cartoons. Additional essays and text provided by folklorist and tattoo historian Alan Govenar.
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