Pacific Ink & Art Expo

Pacific Ink & Art Expo The Annual Pacific Ink & Art Expo | www.HawaiiTattooExpo.com | held the first weekend of August every year features the worlds best tattoo artist, painters, celebrities and cultural practitioners all under one roof.

Family friendly and always fun. The Annual Pacific Ink & Art Expo | http://HawaiiTattooExpo.com | held the first weekend of August every year

Operating as usual

RIP chris. Remembered
10/26/2021

RIP chris. Remembered

RIP chris. Remembered

Head over to @hawaiibusinessmagazine to see an article about tattoos in the workplace“Keone‘ulaikamakauhi Keli‘iokalani ...
10/21/2021

Head over to @hawaiibusinessmagazine to see an article about tattoos in the workplace

“Keone‘ulaikamakauhi Keli‘iokalani Makua, a Native Hawaiian tattoo practitioner, says Native Hawaiian tattoos are tied to an individual’s cultural and religious beliefs. When people go to Makua for a tattoo, he makes sure it’s “what they need,” in terms of the type of tattoo, its location and the individual’s cultural and family background.

He says that people who are critical of those with visible tattoos in general either don’t understand the significance of the tattoo or they assume that all people with tattoos are rebellious.

“I believe there is a negative stigma. I’ve encountered it. I’ve encountered it both here in Hawai‘i, in the continent and in Europe. And to be honest, people are fearful of things that they don’t know or understand. That’s like the bottom line everywhere in the world. People have a fear of things that they don’t know or they don’t understand.”

Makua says there has long been even greater stigma against women with visible tattoos than men.

However, he believes the world is slowly catching on to the tattoo culture – as well as the piercing culture – and that eventually, visible tattoos will be more often viewed in a positive light and will be more accepted in the workplace.”

Head over to @hawaiibusinessmagazine to see an article about tattoos in the workplace

“Keone‘ulaikamakauhi Keli‘iokalani Makua, a Native Hawaiian tattoo practitioner, says Native Hawaiian tattoos are tied to an individual’s cultural and religious beliefs. When people go to Makua for a tattoo, he makes sure it’s “what they need,” in terms of the type of tattoo, its location and the individual’s cultural and family background.

He says that people who are critical of those with visible tattoos in general either don’t understand the significance of the tattoo or they assume that all people with tattoos are rebellious.

“I believe there is a negative stigma. I’ve encountered it. I’ve encountered it both here in Hawai‘i, in the continent and in Europe. And to be honest, people are fearful of things that they don’t know or understand. That’s like the bottom line everywhere in the world. People have a fear of things that they don’t know or they don’t understand.”

Makua says there has long been even greater stigma against women with visible tattoos than men.

However, he believes the world is slowly catching on to the tattoo culture – as well as the piercing culture – and that eventually, visible tattoos will be more often viewed in a positive light and will be more accepted in the workplace.”

09/11/2021

Awesome to see @poledriver on the news with such an amazing piece done by @robert_pho

Enjoy this guys 🤙🏼

Never forgotten 🙌🏼
08/01/2021

Never forgotten 🙌🏼

Never forgotten 🙌🏼

So many memories we have made with this expo. So many friends we’ve been blessed to create through this event. Our kids,...
07/31/2021

So many memories we have made with this expo. So many friends we’ve been blessed to create through this event. Our kids, many of your kids have grown up in it. We’ve watched artists come and go and some go off to their final resting places. It’s been filled literally with blood, sweat and tears. I’ve balled my eyes out both at home and during the expo from fears of failing you guys, from losing artists that we had gotten very close with, losing a business partner 4 days before the expo would start. I’ve laughed till I couldn’t breath like when we had Gill Montie and Lyle Tuttle staying at the house. They didn’t want a hotel in the beginning. They wanted to party with us and there were some hilarious naked, alcohol and extra curricular moments 🤣 if you were there you know #buttnaked #pissinginthepool #nakedeatingsteak #emergencyroom #gillisdying 🤣🤣🤣

This show is more than a show to us. Money is easy to make in life, but making something that has effected lives, given people a place to call home and a family to be around every year. That’s special.

I’m just reflecting on it all. We can’t wait to see you guys again and feel that energy and hug you guys and laugh, cry and bleed again with ya.

Have a great weekend family

So many memories we have made with this expo. So many friends we’ve been blessed to create through this event. Our kids, many of your kids have grown up in it. We’ve watched artists come and go and some go off to their final resting places. It’s been filled literally with blood, sweat and tears. I’ve balled my eyes out both at home and during the expo from fears of failing you guys, from losing artists that we had gotten very close with, losing a business partner 4 days before the expo would start. I’ve laughed till I couldn’t breath like when we had Gill Montie and Lyle Tuttle staying at the house. They didn’t want a hotel in the beginning. They wanted to party with us and there were some hilarious naked, alcohol and extra curricular moments 🤣 if you were there you know #buttnaked #pissinginthepool #nakedeatingsteak #emergencyroom #gillisdying 🤣🤣🤣

This show is more than a show to us. Money is easy to make in life, but making something that has effected lives, given people a place to call home and a family to be around every year. That’s special.

I’m just reflecting on it all. We can’t wait to see you guys again and feel that energy and hug you guys and laugh, cry and bleed again with ya.

Have a great weekend family

Greg got his smart car wrapped and then COVID hit lol. We we’re hoping to go derby racing in the convention hall that ye...
07/29/2021

Greg got his smart car wrapped and then COVID hit lol. We we’re hoping to go derby racing in the convention hall that year. Danny’s 3 wheel handicart vs Greg’s smart car 🤣🤣🤣

2022 hurry up already

Just a reminder. No show this year. Some have asked but we won’t be back to till August of 2022. Spread the word 🤙🏼
07/25/2021

Just a reminder. No show this year. Some have asked but we won’t be back to till August of 2022. Spread the word 🤙🏼

Just a reminder. No show this year. Some have asked but we won’t be back to till August of 2022. Spread the word 🤙🏼

Happy Easter everyone from our Ohana to yours
04/04/2021

Happy Easter everyone from our Ohana to yours

Happy Easter everyone from our Ohana to yours

Remember? 2012. Wow@stuff_for_tyler #piae #hawaiitattooexpo #hawaii #tattoo #tattooartist #tattooexpo #tattooshow #inked...
03/29/2021

Remember? 2012. Wow

@stuff_for_tyler #piae #hawaiitattooexpo #hawaii #tattoo #tattooartist #tattooexpo #tattooshow #inked #inkedup #tatted #tattoo #tattooed

Remember? 2012. Wow

@stuff_for_tyler #piae #hawaiitattooexpo #hawaii #tattoo #tattooartist #tattooexpo #tattooshow #inked #inkedup #tatted #tattoo #tattooed

Wanted to give a shout out to our buddy Luke aka @farmhandtattoo Who has a piece of his art being displayed at @bishopmu...
03/29/2021

Wanted to give a shout out to our buddy Luke aka @farmhandtattoo Who has a piece of his art being displayed at @bishopmuseum for the @powwowhawaii @powwowworldwide event coming up. You may recognize his style because it’s been on many of our shirts. He’s such a great guy and creates really thoughtful and conceptual art pieces. We look forward to sharing his new T-shirt with you guys once things get moving forward again 🤙🏼

OUR COMMUNITY IS SMALL.  OUR COMMUNITY IS LOYAL.  OUR COMMUNITY WATCHES OVER EACH OTHER.  OUR COMMUNITY HONORS EACH OTHE...
02/25/2021

OUR COMMUNITY IS SMALL. OUR COMMUNITY IS LOYAL. OUR COMMUNITY WATCHES OVER EACH OTHER. OUR COMMUNITY HONORS EACH OTHER, and we the P.I.A.E 'Ohana do it again here. We have lost another; a Bruddah hard to replace and even more difficult to ever forget.

GRANT V. FREY supported our HAWAII TATTOO EXPO each and every year. On his own dime, he returned to his island home to work non-stop in our P.I.A.E. MERCH Dept., right along side our MERCH GURU, his sister-in-law, MIA FREY, and was that smiling and helpful face every year up at the main stage P.I.A.E TENT handling all our Tattoo contests, treating the contestants & judges & artists with honor and respect, and just getting things done.

GRANT fought for his life, but lost it to COVID-19. He will be buried tomorrow, FEBRUARY 26, 2021 with full military honors at the NATIONAL CEMETERY OF THE PACIFIC (Punchbowl), and DAMN this killer virus, restrictions simply won't allow folks to attend.

CELEBRATE GRANT's life by checking out the OBITUARY which will be published in tomorrow's edition of the HNL STAR-ADVERTISER (and posted on-line). GRANT was an amazing person, and to know him was an honor & privilege for us all.

GOING FORWARD, a Charitable Foundation has been created inn GRANT's honor (SeMPer FREY, Inc aba The Wishes GRANTed Foundation), and more information about this kick-ass charity will be out soon as the website is launched.

ALSO, GRANT always loved to PA'INA. A Celebration of Life will be held in HAWAII (at SLAA, of course) & in SO CAL (where he last lived and worked -- MIRAMAR) once COVID-19 gets out of the way.

CELEBRATE GRANT.. Always remember GRANT. Above all else. STAY SAFE. PLEASE STAY SAFE.

And this hits keep coming. Just heard of @boogstar passing just now. Hard to believe really. Almost at a loss for words ...
02/17/2021

And this hits keep coming. Just heard of @boogstar passing just now. Hard to believe really. Almost at a loss for words with how many amazing young talented artists have left us. Can’t imagine the creations taking place in the next dimension. Sending love to his entire family. We are grateful for the many years he came and attended our event. Showed us love, gifted us with art and imparted wisdom. One of my favorite conversations with him was late night driving him back to his hotel. We were at Norms Waikiki shop and he asked if I could give him a ride. I asked him about something I’m not familiar with growing up in hawaii, gangs and gang signs and lettering. He told me that where’s from, you live and die by your block, by your letters. He went into detail and it was fascinating. We pulled up and he asked if we wanted a hit of his joint and then off he went. I think to Japan the next day. Dude was a globetrotter tattooing all over the world making his impression felt everywhere he went. Much respect to you Boog. 🙌🏼

HOW LONG AGO DID GREG FREY, one of our dedicated P.I.A.E ‘Ohana, FIND THIS BLOCK BUSTER (Who the heck remembers that onc...
01/24/2021

HOW LONG AGO DID GREG FREY, one of our dedicated P.I.A.E ‘Ohana, FIND THIS BLOCK BUSTER (Who the heck remembers that once popular franchise?!? LOL) 1-per store Full (Toby McGuire) size Spider-Man National Give-away? Years and years ago that’s for sure, now hanging out in GREG & MIA’s “Groovyroom” largely occupied by SPIDEY (& HORRORtastic) “Stuffs”.

Despite this iconic SPIDEY’s “old age”, look closely. He carries a VERY IMPORTANT & RELEVANT MESSAGE. PLEASE LISTEN, AND FOLLOW THIS (kinda) SUPER HERO’s LEAD.

BUY A CHERRY, GROOVY & BITCHIN’ OFFICIAL P.I.A.E MASK to protect you and your loved ones (GO TO: www.HawaiiTattooExpo.com), & IMMEDIATELY be as Boss & Cool as the legendary SPIDER-MAN.

STAY SAFE, ALL Hawaii Tattoo Expo. Folks

01/16/2021

Hey guys, check out the video which gives some updates about where we are and what’s going on with our state. We will always keep you guys up-to-date as soon as we know thanks. Hope you are well and safe out there

Painful punch in the gut. We were just told Moana, the beautiful and wonderful leader of @tevakanui.hawaii has passed on...
01/03/2021

Painful punch in the gut. We were just told Moana, the beautiful and wonderful leader of @tevakanui.hawaii has passed on. So much loss recently. She and her Ohana / team brought our event color, vibrancy, culture and love every year. We heavily looked forward to their performances. Sadly we are told without Moana at the helm that will be no more which also saddens us but family is and will always be the most important thing. We send our love high up to Moana and across the table to her Ohana and friends and all those artists who enjoyed their Hula and multicultural performances. Damn! That’s all I can say. Too much loss. 😔

Happy new year everyone. Let’s get through this virus so we can get back to celebrating community, friendship and our ta...
01/01/2021

Happy new year everyone. Let’s get through this virus so we can get back to celebrating community, friendship and our tattoo festival again. Much love to everyone. Hope you have a great start to your year

Merry Christmas everyone we love you guys we appreciate everything that you guys have done throughout the years to keep ...
12/26/2020

Merry Christmas everyone we love you guys we appreciate everything that you guys have done throughout the years to keep this business alive and local. We look forward to seeing you this summer hopefully fingers crossed. Merry Christmas

12/19/2020

If you guys don’t have any Christmas plans. My wife and I plus my buddy Ben are throwing this amazing drive-through experience in Kailua. This is not a PIAE event but You can go to 808christmas.com and learn more. Our long Christmas experience and Santa Claus ends up giving your kids a shout out it’s a pretty awesome and unique gathering

Right after Greg’s birthday would be my mother’s and also Tama’s our partner. Sending love to the heavens. Happy Heavenl...
12/08/2020

Right after Greg’s birthday would be my mother’s and also Tama’s our partner. Sending love to the heavens. Happy Heavenly Birthday ❤️

Happy Birthday Greg and Grant (twins if you didnt know). These guys absolutely bleed and breathe Pacific Ink and art exp...
12/06/2020

Happy Birthday Greg and Grant (twins if you didnt know). These guys absolutely bleed and breathe Pacific Ink and art expo. If you do our show you know who they are. Greg is one of the owners and his brother is one our most loyal supporters who mans the Merch tent and over sees tattoo contests. Wishing you guys an amazing day I wish we all could be closer but unfortunately that just isn’t the case for this year but hopefully next year

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone out there in our Tattoo family. We are eternally grateful that we’ve been able to spend t...
11/26/2020

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone out there in our Tattoo family. We are eternally grateful that we’ve been able to spend the last nine years with you all watching some of your babies be born and grow up inside the show, being there for you when we’ve lost loved ones and you there for us when we lost our partner and loved ones. We can’t wait to see you all again and we sincerely send our love and thoughts with all of you have a great day

RIP Chris. Thanks for your contributions to our show. To the tattoo industry. To Hawaii and to all the friends you impac...
11/24/2020

RIP Chris. Thanks for your contributions to our show. To the tattoo industry. To Hawaii and to all the friends you impacted 🙌🏼

11/21/2020

Love documentaries like this... mahalo @vice

THIS UNIQUE AND "SPECIAL" ALOHA FRIDAY IN OUR ISLAND STATE is cause to Share & Celebrate a few of the sensational tattoo...
11/13/2020

THIS UNIQUE AND "SPECIAL" ALOHA FRIDAY IN OUR ISLAND STATE is cause to Share & Celebrate a few of the sensational tattoos worn with SPOOKtacular pride by some of our very own HAWAII TATTOO EXPO 'OHANA ("Family").

HAPPY FRIDAY THE 13TH, PIAE PALS.

A "POTP" ("Post Of The Past") from a visionary & talented artist which is beyond fitting for this "Special" Aloha Friday...
11/13/2020

A "POTP" ("Post Of The Past") from a visionary & talented artist which is beyond fitting for this "Special" Aloha Friday.

The PIAE 'OHANA wishes everyone a HORRORtastic FRIDAY THE 13TH. Do what you do best on this day, and remembet, STAY SAFE.

This could be you out there, weird guy that wants to come to our show and get this tattooed, but covid just had to ruin ...
11/10/2020

This could be you out there, weird guy that wants to come to our show and get this tattooed, but covid just had to ruin this years show 🤣🤣🤣

STAY SAFE. STAY SMART. STAY HEALTHY.  LET OUR PIAE 'OHANA HELP YOU DO JUST THAT, & at the right price to boot.OUR LE PIA...
10/19/2020

STAY SAFE. STAY SMART. STAY HEALTHY. LET OUR PIAE 'OHANA HELP YOU DO JUST THAT, & at the right price to boot.

OUR LE PIAE COVID-19 MASKS are still availble. Place your order NOW before our limited run / supply runs out & is sold-out.

Check out these great PIAE masks on our HAWAII TATTOO EXPO website.

Stay safe, PIAE NATION, and MAHALO PLENTY for your unwavering & longstanding support.

My buddy owns Oaklyn Guitars and they are looking for new artists. I wanted to share it with you all. It’s a paid opport...
10/09/2020

My buddy owns Oaklyn Guitars and they are looking for new artists. I wanted to share it with you all. It’s a paid opportunity. They would like to see your art. Below is where to send it but if interested please make sure you leave a comment here too.

tell them to hit me up at [email protected]

It’s pretty wild to watch our mayor and the incompetence in Hawaii. Licensed Tattoo Artists are some of the most sanitar...
09/25/2020

It’s pretty wild to watch our mayor and the incompetence in Hawaii. Licensed Tattoo Artists are some of the most sanitary a**l clean freaks I’ve ever met. Yet our state has ordered all tattoo shops remain closed till tier 4?! Salons and Nail Salons can operate but not tattoo artists who have a blood borne pathogens certificate and understand infectious diseases?! He said in a “BEST CASE” scenario they will be able to open in December. Wtf! That 3 more months if shops are lucky! Like really lucky. When I asked for more clarification there was none. They don’t have a plan and our hearts here at PIAE worry for you folks. This is wrong. This only forces people to tattoo illegally which jeopardizes health and safety of both the artist and the client. They need to figure this out immediately. Closing the door on an entire industry just because they don’t understand it is absolutely wrong and unconstitutional. When they say “only essential businesses”. You / me, feeding our families and paying bills is essential. This has to end. We don’t want to get political but when voting season comes around we can tell you who you SHOULDNT vote for. Hint... anyone that’s endorsed by the current administration. Anyone that’s being groomed by this administration. That’s who you DONT want. Our families, careers and industry deserve better than this. Thoughts???

NEVER FORGOTTEN.  ALWAYS REMEMBERED.  GOD BLESS, AMERICA.  Our PIAE 'Ohana supports each and everyone affected by this h...
09/11/2020

NEVER FORGOTTEN. ALWAYS REMEMBERED. GOD BLESS, AMERICA. Our PIAE 'Ohana supports each and everyone affected by this horrific event; an event which forever changed our lives.

PROTECT. REPRESENT. SUPPORT.  OUR PIAE MASKS REMAIN PERHAPS THE FINEST VALUE OUT THERE, and for a limited time, FREE S&H...
09/11/2020

PROTECT. REPRESENT. SUPPORT. OUR PIAE MASKS REMAIN PERHAPS THE FINEST VALUE OUT THERE, and for a limited time, FREE S&H. WHO THE HELL ever offers FREE S&H anywhere?!? Your fair-minded & dedicated friends here at the HAWAII TATTOO EXPO, that's who.

Go to www.hawaiitattooexpo.com to place your order, and our PIAE MERCH GURU, MIA, will promptly fill your orders with a smile.

MAHALO for your support of PIAE.

MEMORIES - @dvasqueztattoo sent these in.
08/24/2020

MEMORIES - @dvasqueztattoo sent these in.

MEMORIES - Beautiful work done at our show / @noelinwheeler @shigeru23
08/19/2020

MEMORIES - Beautiful work done at our show / @noelinwheeler @shigeru23

MEMORIES - “@allenpaulson and I met @jake_imler at the Hawaii tattoo convention the 2nd year. It was instant friendship....
08/18/2020

MEMORIES - “@allenpaulson and I met @jake_imler at the Hawaii tattoo convention the 2nd year. It was instant friendship. Sadly Jake passed away earlier this year. My heart breaks at the thought of going to Hawaii and not having our little weird tattoo family reunion without you!!!” @ Kailua, Honolulu County, Hawaii

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777 Ward Avenue
Honolulu, HI
96814

777 Ward Avenue in Honolulu @ The Blaisdell Expo Hall

General information

.............................. To create the very first ever Ink & Art Expo in the Hawaiian Islands while maintaining and respecting the local artists and showcasing artists from around the world here in the Islands. We are inspired to create relationships with our talented local artist and build bridges to the mainland. Our secondary mission is to bring and create an additional revenue stream for the state of Hawaii in all sectors, tourism, airline, hotel, food & beverage. We are humbled and honored by your support. ...............................

Opening Hours

Friday 3pm - 11pm
Saturday 11am - 11pm
Sunday 11am - 6pm

Telephone

(808) 351-3314

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Art, Tattoo, Culture, Live Music, Contests, Car/Bike Show, Demonstrations, Family Fun, Food & Beverage

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The Pacific Ink & Art Expo is acclaimed as one of the best tattoo shows on the planet. Artists of all styles and cultural backgrounds come to Hawaii every year to showcase, share with and learn from one another in a venue which promotes family, growth and prosperity.

Our show prides itself on being a "culture first" event in which our Polynesian heritage is our core. On display you will experience ancient traditional tattooing also known as Kakau & Tatau. In accompaniment you will also hear and see music and dance customary to our island culture.

Formed by tattooists, enthusiasts and collectors, our event understands the needs of our artists and vendors who attend. Much attention to detail goes into creating an exceptional show for everyone involved.

At The Pacific Ink & Art Expo aka The Hawaii Tattoo Expo, you will experience the true Hawaiian exchange of love and aloha which is the feeling of family. You become more than just a person in a booth or a visitor at our show. We love getting to know our exhibitors, our patrons and their families and we look forward to their return every August.

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Megan and Maui sistahs, the Jones ohana meets more amazing ladies of the Suluape ohana playah z club megan cranking thru PAIE CALENDER GIRLS, AFTERPARTY WITH EL AYES HOMEGIRLS ( PRIMA RC) AND ON MAUI Unko Tom wins best flash.auwryte. mahalo for the amazing art,entertainment, incredibly first class artists and wonderful time. Respect and Aloha Lolo
Did u guys see this one.
I'm not sure why but it appears only one photo can be uploaded at a time. So...
Can you purchase tickets at the door ?
Going to attend and watch some great artist at work, my son is going to be on the receiving end with an eagle across his chest
hi! i plan on going to the expo next weekend and was wondering if there was an artist going who can do something similar like this on my right calf?
I have 1 spot available for the @hawaiitattooexpo August 2-4 . For booking info email [email protected] . #bearcattattoogallery #hawaii #hawaiilife #pacificinkandartexpo #pacificink #honolulu #honoluluhawaii
For sale at the show
Aloha is ceasar from black ink one of your featured artist? I thought I saw min on a flyer but couldnt find him on the artist page??
Check it out Hawaii the one and only Captain Tattoo from southern ca will be here graduate from castle high in Kaneohe come out show some love
I have some availability left for the The 8th Annual Pacific Ink & Art Expo, who is up for a awesome color realism piece? This piece was a colaboration with @k_peanut the lower part is mine.