Don Ed Hardy is known as the “godfather of modern tattoo” for his sophistication, depth and sense of experimentation. His style is unique as he has melded American, Japanese, Mexican, Surf and Hotrod iconography into his tattoo design. Now retired from tattooing, Ed Hardy focuses on overseeing and mentoring a new generation of tattoo artists at his San Francisco studio: Tattoo City. He is now concentrating on non-tattoo based art forms such as printmaking, drawing and painting. In 2000, he completed a 500 foot long scroll painting of 2000 dragons in honour of the turn of the millennium and Dragon year. The scroll has been exhibited in many museums such as the museum of Contemporary art in Denver and the Yerba Buena Centre for the Arts in San Francisco. Don Ed Hardy has as well curated numerous exhibitions such as “Pierced Hearts and True Love”, which was shown at the Drawing Centre in New York in 1995. His work is represented in the collections of the Honolulu Academy of Art, The Contemporary Museum Honolulu, The San Francisco Fine Arts Museum and The University of Colorado Fine Arts Galleries. In 2000 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the San Francisco Art Institute.