Christian Audigier was born in southern France in the city of Avignon. From the beginning, he was drawn to the rock and roll style. He wanted to follow in the footsteps of Mick Jagger, but lacked the singing voice. Christian then moved into fashion, building the impressive portfolio you see today The past twenty years of fashion have been blessed by the creative genius of Christian Audigier. He left his indelible style on brands such as American Eagle Outfitters, Diesel, Lee, Levi's, Liberto, Kookai and Naf Naf. Christian joined the apparel company, Von Dutch, when they were still unknown, transforming the brand into a world sensation.
Any comparable designer would rest on his laurels after having made such a distinct impression on the fashion world. However, Christian Audigier is not resting. His charismatic and colorful approach to fashion, fueled by Christian's ebullient promotional strategy, allowed him to bring tattoo art, from legendary tattoo artist Don Ed Hardy, into the fashion world to create Ed Hardy¢â by Christian Audigier, one of the hottest brands worn by celebrities and by the world. Stepping up the pace, he rolled out his eponymous street wear line, Christian Audigier, reflecting Christian’s French-California perspective and drawing inspiration from his everyday lifestyle influenced by rock & roll and glam on the streets of Los Angeles.
Christian Audigier continues to dress the best of film, TV, sports and music. His following includes ?Britney Spears, Jessica Alba, Mariah Carey, Mickey Rourke, Paris Hilton, Snoop Dogg, Chris Brown, Usher, Marilyn Manson, Madonna, Shakira, Ciara, Heidi Klum, T.I. & Jaime Foxx.
Don Ed Hardy
Don Ed Hardy is known as "the godfather of modern tattoo", for his sophistication, depth and sense of experimentation. California native Don Ed Hardy is recognized around the world for his technical brilliance and mesmerizing imagery. Don Ed Hardy pulls from life experience to meld American, Japanese, Cholo, tattoo, surf and hotrod iconography. This broad spectrum of taste and experience, coupled with an ongoing investigation of various art histories and a mastery of technique, give his work a unique range and depth.
Don Ed Hardy is a painter, printmaker and tattoo artist. Fascinated by tattoos since childhood, Hardy has become a master of his craft while continuing his work in the more traditional mediums of painting and drawing.
In 2000, he completed a 500 foot long scroll painting of 2000 dragons in honor of the turn of the millennium and the Dragon year. The scroll has been exhibited at Track 16 Gallery, Santa Monica, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, the Cuenca Bienal in Ecuador and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco.
Don Ed Hardy curated the exhibition, "Pierced Hearts and True Love", which was shown at The Drawing Center in New York in September 1995 and traveled to several other museums. His work is represented in the collections of The Honolulu Academy of Art, The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, The San Francisco Fine Arts Museum Achenbach Collection, and the University of Colorado Fine Art Galleries.