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Look for Less: Ed Hardy Tattoo Tee

Ed Hardy Tattoo Tees

American tattoo artist Ed Hardy's vintage tattoo graphics were the most sought after body art of his time. Now Hardy, who was the first Western tattoo artist to incorporate Japanese tattoo aesthetic and technique into his work, has lent his name (and vintage tattoo designs) to everything from apparel to watches, hats, shoes, bags and more. While there's no denying Hardy's talent as an artist, his duds carry some pretty steep pricetags. You can find authentic Ed Hardy licensed products at places like Nordstrom Rack for cheap. Or, get the look with one of the many tattoo-inspired tees available at fashion chains like Wet Seal. Are you an Ed Hardy fan?

Left: Ed Hardy EH Mum Dip-Dye Tee at, $88.00
Right: Flying Rose Tattoo Tee at, $17.50

I don't like the Ed Hardy line at all. It's too gaudy for my taste and way too expensive. I feel the same way about the Christian Audigeir (spelling?) line.
#1 Joann on 2008-07-27 14:16 (Reply)
I like the Ed Hardy bowling bags (especially the pink dragon one) but the prices are a bit much...Christian Audigier is pretty much the same but since I also like Fafi and Tokidoki I find myself being drawn to their stuff. Just wish that they would give us a break with the nosebleed prices o.O
#2 Ice Princess on 2008-07-27 14:21 (Reply)
I don't like the ed hardy line whatsoever. It seems like the style and the manufacturing was given no creative thought even though its so much money for just a tank top, including the fact the designs are generic anyways.
#3 Neira on 2008-07-27 18:18 (Reply)
Ed Hardy t-shirts are hideous. The hats are really cool looking, with the lovely stitching and cool designs, but the t-shirts just look bad. Not to mention they are WAY overpriced. If you really want one you can find them at Marshalls all the time, because nobody in their right mind is paying full price for them.
#4 Peaches on 2008-07-27 18:52 (Reply)
Not my type or taste. I don't see it as Japanese-influenced.
#5 bingkee on 2008-07-27 20:47 (Reply)
yeah, it's cute if you want to look like a biker.
i don't.
#6 maggie z on 2008-07-28 09:54 (Reply)
I've been strangely drawn to Ed Hardy tees/tanks lately. They've been popping up at reduced prices at my Marshalls and TJ, and I've been tempted to buy one.
#7 Psyche (Homepage) on 2008-07-28 12:10 (Reply)
Not a fan. I hate to sound all tougher-than-thou, but tattoo art is for tattoos. It seems to me that folks who wear Hardy's stuff enjoy the idea of tattoos and want to be associated with the edgy-coolness they can imply, but don't want to commit to an ACTUAL tatt. I know it ends up everywhere, but I prefer tattoo art on bods and think Hardy is a bit greedy for plastering his work on billions of overpriced goods. (I'm gonna get lambasted for this opinion, but there it is.)
#8 Sal (Homepage) on 2008-07-28 15:36 (Reply)
I'm a fan of Ed Hardy designs, but they're too expensive for my taste.
#9 Timika (Homepage) on 2008-08-03 10:20 (Reply)
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