Don Ed Hardy brought tattoo artistry out of the dark and into the glamorous world of fashion. Don Ed Hardy quickly became recognized for his incorporation of Japanese art form and American style. In 2002, Hardy stepped into the fashion space when he licensed his art designs to be made into a clothing line. In two short years the Ed Hardy line exploded into the fashion world and became one of the most desired and recognizable brands of its time. Don Ed Hardy continues to be one of the most influential designers and his artwork has stood the test of time in the tattoo, art, and fashion world.