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



Got Ink?

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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Horror Ball Preview: An interview with fashion designer Darkly Darling


Designer Erica Antoine makes her debut to the fashion stage at next month’s Horror Ball with a collection that’s inspired by the Victorian aesthetic and Lolita styles. We asked the cosplayer and former Miss Vamp Hawaii contestant to give us the inside scoop on her style, influences and creative process.

This is the first in a three-part series featuring all three of the fashion designers who will be showcasing their styles at the Horror Ball. Stay tuned next week for Part 2!

Friday, August 15 at 9 p.m.
NextDoor, 43 N. Hotel St.
$20 presale, $25 at the door, 18+
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NH: What styles are you bringing to the first annual Horror Ball?

Erica: My brand name is “Darkly Darling,” and that’s my world view for my styles: Things with a gothic edge that are also innocent, like a character from a fairy tale.

As for physical styles, you’ll see a lot of full dresses and headwear inspired by Victorian fashions. You’ll also see some mens’ wear like vests and trousers. I wanted it all to be a little over the top for the show, but also something wearable you could take off the runway and wear to an event or out to tea with your friends.

NH: Who/what are some of your main influences and inspirations?

Some designers that inspire me are h.Naoto, Alice Auaa and Vivienne Westwood. They are all on a spectrum of high-fashion meets strangeness, with curious quirks in all of their designs.

Otherwise, I am inspired by Lolita fashion and Visual Kei. Those are kind of the “Darling” and “Dark” of my designs, respectively. They’re fashions that can be highly customized by the wearer, and I want for people who wear my clothes to take them and tell their own story with them.
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