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Ed Hardy Remembers Tattooist Phil Sparrow (Video)

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We all know Don Ed Hardy as a brand name on everything from key fobs to bomber jackets, women’s purses to refrigerator magnets. But Hardy means a great deal more to the tattoo world than simply merchandise, merchandise and more merchandise. It is because of his years of dedication, innovation and pure artistic skill that tattooing has found a place in the world of “fine art.” In this simple yet mesmerizing homage to his late friend and mentor, In the Life Media videotapes Hardy in his California studio as he discusses his early days under the tutelage of artist and novelist Sam Steward, who many of us know as Phil Swallow (1909-1993). Steward lived as an out gay man decades before the 1969 Stonewall Rebellion. His far-reaching impact includes detailed journals and record keeping which were invaluable to the studies of Alfred Kinsey and an artistry that inspired not only Hardy but, through his close association with tattoo legend Cliff Raven, a long line of significant tattooists, including Bob Roberts, Robert Benedetti and Pat Fish. In the Life Media produces change through exposing social injustice by chronicling lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender life via television’s longest running show documenting the gay experience. In the Life is a two-time Emmy Award nominee, a Lambda Legal Liberty Award honoree, a Seigenthaler Award recipient from the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association for excellence in network television and a GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding TV Journalism-Newsmagazine. Click HERE for the video “A Letter to Sam.”

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Written by Baxter

May 7th, 2011 at 10:28 am

Posted in History,Videos

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