• Ron Nagle. Photo: Whitney Irvin

  • Don Ed Hardy. Photo: Francesca Passalacqua

Conversation: Ron Nagle and Don Ed Hardy

In conjunction with the exhibition Ron Nagle: Handsome Drifter, Nagle is joined in conversation by his longtime friend the internationally celebrated tattoo artist Don Ed Hardy. The two artists will discuss mutual tastes and interests including the visual culture of Japan, the concept of wabi-sabi and the value of the imperfect, and the marginalization of certain art forms in mainstream culture.

Don Ed Hardy’s work, which comprises an internationally popular fashion line as well as tattoo designs, graphic art, and painting, was the subject of a major retrospective at the de Young Museum last year. Exhibited internationally, his work is held in leading museum collections including the Honolulu Academy of Art and the Achenbach Collection at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Hardy has written more than thirty books on alternative art and curated numerous exhibitions.