Hardy Marks Publications was founded in 1982, by Don Ed Hardy and Francesca Passalacqua. Hardy Marks has published more than 40 books about tattoos, tattoo art and tattoo history, many of which are highly sought-after collectors items.
"Lew the Jew" Alberts Early 20th Century Tattoo Drawings by D.E. Hardy
A vivid work of tattoo history, this book dives into the life of Albert Kurzman (1880-1954)— aka “Lew the Jew”—one of America’s most influential tattoo artists at the beginning of the 20th century. Operating primarily on New York’s Bowery, Lew not only constructed some of the earliest electric tattoo machines, but was the first to design and market printed design sheets to other tattooers. His artwork in these “flash” displays codified the repertoire of American tattooing, and many are still in use today. This first book to document this amazing man presents over 150 drawings. Included in these is correspondence between Al and two of his closest confidants, San Francisco Bay Area tattooers “Brooklyn Joe” Lieber and C.J.“Pop” Eddy. These candid fragments provide a vivid sense of a hardboiled, secretive world. Additional business cards, vintage tattoo photographs, and previously unknown biographical data illuminate the then-shadowy business of skin art. This material laid the ground for the avalanche of tattooing that permeates the world today.
72 pages, 11” x 14” inches, softbound
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A Southern California native born in 1945, Don Ed Hardy began tattooing in 1966 while completing a B.F.A. degree in printmaking at the San Francisco Art Institute. He went on to develop the fine art potential of the medium with emphasis on its Asian heritage, frequently studying and working in Japan. In 2000 he received an honorary doctorate from SFAI. Although still maintaining his San Francisco tattoo studio Tattoo City, Hardy no longer tattoos. His focus now is on painting, printmaking, and works in other media that have been exhibited in galleries and museums internationally. In addition to curating several shows, he has written and published more than thirty books on alternative art under the Hardy Marks imprint. Hardy’s various works form the basis of the global fashion line Ed Hardy, that became an international phenomenon. His life and works are documented in a variety of books and films.