To hear Ed Hardy tell it, when he was growing up in the 1950s, most kids his age dreamt of growing up to be firemen or jet pilots – there weren’t even astronauts yet. But Hardy had the wild idea of becoming a tattoo artist, seeing skin art as his calling in the mystical images of pierced hearts, flaming eyeballs and bloody skulls. Hardy’s incredible career saw him grow from tattoo artist to fashion brand and cultural icon.

Bay Area filmmaker Wendy Slick decided to make a film about Hardy’s journey a few years ago, and the folks at the O’Hanlon Center for the Arts are featuring the documentary at its regular Art Film Fridays series on Friday, Jan. 24 at 6:30pm. 616 Throckmorton Avenue. $10. MORE INFO.

Here’s a short trailer: