New photos: Hawaii Horror Ball 2014


Hawaii’s first Horror Ball, inspired by the Portland Horror Ball, was held at NextDoor on Friday, August 15 in celebration of all things horror, from classic films, literature and art to fashion.

Appearing at the Horror Ball were metal band Aphesis (formerly Reverie) and the current Count Dracula and Miss Vamp, along with a horror costume contest (congratulations, Dana of Cosmic Koi for taking the prize with his dark angel outfit!) and a fashion runway showcasing the work of Kreative Art Services (Robin Pullman), Darkly Darling (Erica Antoine) and Hunter Vain.

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This weekend: Hawaii’s Inaugural Horror Ball!

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Tickets go on sale in June 2014.
AGE: 18+

Hawaii’s Horror Ball, inspired and supported by Portland’s Horror Ball, is a celebration of all things horror, from the classic films, literature and art that makes us shiver with dread to more modern, mindblowing psychological and bio-horror. Join us and the rest of Honolulu’s dark denizens for:

A HORROR FASHION SHOW with some of Hawaii’s most creative and artistic local designers. Read our interviews with

- Kreative Art Services (Robin Pullman)
-Darkly Darling (Erica Antoine)
-Hunter Vain

Plus an appearance by this year’s MISS VAMP HAWAII & COUNT DRACULA HAWAII

Live music by Mark Smith and his metal band APHESIS (formerly Reverie)

A HORROR COSTUME CONTEST with a $100 cash prize.

DJs Nocturna, Dark Cloud and Shadowfaxxx spinning the best of dance music (post punk, dark 80s, industrial and more)

And theatrical performances by Cruel Theatre Company, aka Taurie Kinoshita and her cohorts, performing site-specific, environmental pieces!

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Horror Ball Preview: An interview with designer Robin Pullman


Robin Pullman’s Clive Barker-inspired styles will be bringing a visceral, visually tempting presence to the runway of the first Horror Ball. The dichotomies of her themes and inspirations make for a unique perspective that can only come from the mind of someone constantly in motion and constantly pushing her own creativity. We asked Robin for insight on her methods, influences and love of costuming.

* Catch all three of our featured designers, Darkly Darling, Hunter Vain and Robin Pullman at the First Annual Hawaii Horror Ball, August 15 at NextDoor! *

NH: What was the first article of clothing you ever designed?

Robin: When I was around 8, I used to take clothes that I didn’t like and Frankenstein them into something I thought looked good. The first one I can remember was a pair of 80′s acid wash jeans that I cut holes in, then closed some of the holes up with bows and sewed other pieces of fabric underneath the holes. Looking back, it was probably pretty awful, but very creative.

When and how did you become interested in making your own fashions?

Ever since childhood, I have had an interest in art of all kinds. To me, creating clothes and accessories were just another art form to play with. Even though I created pieces growing up, it wasn’t until I started my own burlesque troop, called Frills and Thrills Burlesque Revue, that I became deeply interested in making my own fashion.

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New Photos: Pacific Ink & Art Expo 2014


The Pacific Ink & Art Expo returned to Honolulu for the third time this year, with a turnout that surpassed that of previous years and a colorful assortment of tattoo art, artists from all over the world, and related vendors coming to participate. In addition, the Expo featured live music by local bands, a skate ramp and contests every day.

A few of the special guests:

-Tattooed man Matt Gones, who is one of the world’s most tattooed people, with over 98 percent of his body covered in complex, colorful designs done by 80 artists. Matt has appeared on the cover of numerous tattoo magazines and in other media outlets.

-Tattoo artist Shanghai Kate Hellenbrand, commonly regarded as one of the most influential people in tattooing history, who worked as Sailor Jerry’s shop assistant and has made a name for herself as “America’s Tattoo Godmother,” with over 43 years of experience tattooing and many distinctions, including being the first female American tattoo artist to travel and work solo in Europe and being one of the members of the first “international tattoo convention” started by Sailor Jerry in 1972. Her award-winning work has appeared in too many tattoo magazines to count.

-Tattoo artist, DJ and model Megan Massacre, former star of the TLC show “America’s Worst Tattoos,” who has also appeared on the cover of several national and international publications. Megan is also half of “Letz Massacre,” a musical project with her boyfriend Joe Letz from the band Combichrist.

-Veteran tattoo artist Good Time Charlie Cartwright, who has been tattooing for 37+ years and has mentored other big names, like well-known tattoo artist Jack Rudy. He opened the legendary Good Time Charlie’s Tattooland in L.A. and is best known for his influential work in single-needle black and gray style tattoos.

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This weekend: The Pacific Ink & Art Expo


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Hawaii’s Only Annual Tattoo Convention brings the best tattoo artists from around the world to our shores. Showcasing our amazing local talent side by side with legends and newcomers, the Pacific Ink & Art Expo this year will play host to a lineup of big names from the tattoo world, like Jack Rudy, Dan Drigenberg, Shanghai Kate, Meghan Massacre, Carlos Torres, Freddy Negrete, Lyle Tuttle. Keone Nunes, Keli’i Makua and many others.

Head down to Blaisdell for tattoos, art, drinks, skating, vendors, live music & more! For more information, visit

Pacific Ink & Art Expo
August 1,2 & 3 at the Blaisdell
Friday from 2 – 11PM | Saturday from 12 – 11PM | Sunday from 12 – 7PM
Kids 12 & under free, $20 per day for adults, or $52.50 for a 3-day pass

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