Thursday, March 4, 2010

Tattoos and the Hockey Pope

Bizarro is brought to you today by The Pope of Canada.

Unless you've been living in a gated community, you've probably seen the Ed Hardy paraphernalia currently overrunning the planet. Shirts, hats, purses, shoes, snow blowers, just about any product with space for a design is being sold with these designs.

These designs are based on old-style tattoos, or as we in the tattoo-know typically call them "Sailor Jerry style". A dude named Sailor Jerry Collins popularized this style in the middle 20th century and Ed Hardy was one of his apprentices. Ed has been a well-known tattoo artist in his own right for a long time and is now making over a billion dollars per second by licensing his name to other products. It was a brilliant marketing scheme, whoever came up with it.

My theory is that since tattoos are so popular now but not everyone has the money or courage to actually get one, they can still celebrate the look by buying the clothing. The classy gentleman in the cartoon above has taken this craze one step further. His ingenuity makes me giggle.

On the subject of clothing, yesterday I posted a picture on this blog of a gentleman in a dashing red velvet suit as he was pontificating on NBC about the gold medal round of men's hockey. I suggested that he may be the Pope of Canada. Many of you readers correctly identified him as Don Cherry, Canada's premier hockey analyst and commentator. (And agreed that he is, in fact, Canada's Pope.) One helpful reader sent a link to a blog that chronicles Don's flamboyant wardrobe choices and I have enjoyed it immensely. I dig the way this dude dresses. Enjoy the blog here.

Here's Don critiquing the way other hockey folks dress:

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

http://tattoo.about.com/b/2009/02/08/news-don-ed-hardy-sues-christian-audigier-over-clothing-line.htm

ojeano said...

Cartoon is simply #u@*!^' funny!

vladhed said...

Canada must be a gated community. I know Don Cherry all too well (even drunk at one of this chain of bars) but I've never heard of Ed Hardy.

Jym said...

=v= You left out Ed Hardy wine.

Steve said...

This cartoon reminds me of when Kellogg's starting selling Rice Krispie Treats cereal - a cereal made out of a treat made out of a cereal...

shipping troll said...

That made me giggle too... being an inked person myself and having a certain enjoyment of the art, the idea of getting the entire garment inked on the arm is pretty funny. Most people just use the design from the shirt or hat.

Anonymous said...

I love reading blogs. How else would I know how fortunate I am to not only not know who Ed Hardy is, but to also not know who Lady Gaga is?

Keely said...

Check out this exquisite of video of Rick Mercer and Don Cherry getting suits made at Fabricland! 2 Canadian icons : )

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mEiKwxPAJlk

Piraro said...

Thanks for all the great links.
@Jym...love that song, love Garfunkel and Oates. The company that makes the Ed Hardy Wine is going to do a Bizarro wine label. I'm not kidding, in negotiations now.
@Keely...the link you posted is blocked by the Canadian Broadcasting Whatever in the U.S., but I found this one:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EFPuMzza9hk
Hilarious guy, I want to party with him.

qka said...

I'm a Yank that's never heard of Ed Hardy, or encountered his decorate apparel.

Maybe I really do live in the boonies - what I usually see are John Deere and other farm equipment hats and t-shirts.