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PostPosted: Sat Sep 24, 2005 10:22 pm    Post subject: Photo: Ed Hardy's first tattoo shop in Vancouver Reply with quote



My pal Tom Lockhart shared this photo with me. It's Ichi Ban Tattoo: Ed Hardy's first ever tattoo shop in what's now Gastown in Vancouver, Canada.

It's an extremely rare glance at tattoo history.

Enjoy!
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 24, 2005 10:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is now my desktop picture. It's a gorgeous photo.

Thanks Adam.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 25, 2005 1:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You can just stare at it aimlessly and contemplate just how rich the history of the tattooing industry really is. It's.. really inspiring.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 25, 2005 7:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A free one week subscription upgrade to the first person who can tell me what Ed Hardy's alias was when he owned that shop...
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 25, 2005 8:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wasn't Ichiban in San Diego?
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 25, 2005 8:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i've been looking for his alias pretty hard and everything says it was in San Fran
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 25, 2005 8:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

goin out on a totall limb the only thing I could find was apparently a Doc Webb worked with him maybe that was his alias, haha total long shot.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 25, 2005 8:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's a link to some Doc Webb inf0z, he wasn't Ed Hardy tongue

http://www.tattooarchive.com/history/webb_doc.htm
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 25, 2005 9:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Adam, what corner is that?
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 25, 2005 9:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

geezpot wrote:
Adam, what corner is that?


I've been trying to figure that out. You can see the Woodwards 'W' sign in the background - I'd say about 5 or 6 blocks away. There's also a slight downgrade going towards Woodwards. So it could two different locations: Pender and Richards area or flipped to the opposite side and say Main and Cordova.

It's a very wide street in the photo, so my suspicion is Main St.

I think I might actually go out on my bike and try and figure out the location. Certainly the same building in the photo is no longer standing.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 25, 2005 10:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is a good resource to try and figure out how the streets of Vancouver looked throughout the decades.

http://www.vpl.ca/branches/LibrarySquare/spe/photos/photoagree.html

They have a good portion of their historic photograph collection digitized. Its a bit of a long shot but plug in the street names and see if buildings come up.

If nothing else its really cool to see how the city looked. I love to sit on top of buildings in the downtown eastside of Vancouver and look out, many of the relics of the past still adorn many of the buildings in that part of town.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 25, 2005 10:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

while your down in Gas town can you pick me up some herion??
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 25, 2005 10:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Damnit the only thing I can find is this:

Malone was so inspired that he took up tattooing, running his underground business out of his apartment, before kindred spirit Hardy coaxed Malone to join his Ichiban shop staff in San Diego in early 1972.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 25, 2005 11:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I found out that you can't find everything on the internet.
I have no clue what Don Ed Hardy's alias was. I look forward to finding out.

This is a wonderful photo. It speaks of so many things: history, progression, hope and wonder.

Thanks for sharing it, Adam.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 25, 2005 11:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It almost looks like the shop could be in the chinatown area, and considering Ed was heavily influenced into bringing Japanese tattoo art to the west I would guess that the alias is something crazy like "White Horiyoshi"
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 25, 2005 3:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I read something online that said his first shop in Vancouver was called Dragon Tattoo.

Don't know if that's correct or not...

Wait, if I read it on the interwebnet, it must be true!!
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 25, 2005 6:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dragon tattoo was and is Dave Shore's tattoo shop. And Dave comes from the same era as Ed.

I can't believe I stumped everyone with this little nugget of tattoo trivia!
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 25, 2005 6:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hahaha was it Don Ed Hardy?
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 25, 2005 7:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's what I'm thinking too... I've read through countless of biographies and only heard nothing but Don Ed Hardy.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 25, 2005 7:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You know, it's so often the simple things that avoid my comprehension. Vancouver probably was where the "Don" began.

Sigh.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 25, 2005 7:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Haha, tell me about it Rose.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 25, 2005 7:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok newbie question time. Why did/does this guy need an alias ?
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 25, 2005 7:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Don Ed Hardy is his alias....I know his real name....just can't think of it.....Doug, a lil help kind sir.....
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 26, 2005 4:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mr. Ed cyclops Big Al big smile
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 26, 2005 10:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lecter wrote:
Ok newbie question time. Why did/does this guy need an alias ?


a lot of tattooists have nicknames/aliases

Example:
Sailor Jerry = Norman Kieth Collins.
Doc Webb= George L. Webb

I could go on, but I jsut woke up and I need to feed my puppy.
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