(MEDIA RELEASE) – Tattooed models, Pacific island twist. Fashion Show Director Tina Mata’afa-Elise says “in a nutshell, INKED is Polynesian and Pacific fashion, tattoos, music and culture.” Island-themed fashion designers show off their latest faire, with models also sharing their love and collection of island tattoos.
Slated to share designs at the INKED Island Fashion Show are: INKED Major Sponsors Tatau Brand, Fashion Careers College graduates Desiree Snuffer and Alyssa Mansfield, Island Edge Designs, Selah International, Polynesian Underground, Kaduku, Missing Polynesia and South Pacific Urban Accessories, Sina and Faletuiga.
INKED Executive Sponsors BetelNut Radio will stream the show live online at betelnutradio.com.
Co-hosts are the beautiful Chisa Dizon from Native 92.5FM based in Maui, Hawaii and BigBody Radios’s BigBody Cisco out of the San Francisco Bay Area. Cisco is winner of FobbNation’s Best Poly DJ Music Award.
Polynesian Underground, presenters of the INKED Island Fashion Show Afterparty, have provided event and talent production which frame the evening's events. The company also secured the beautiful location – Downtown San Diego's Westin Hotel. Afterparty performers are FobbNation Music Award winners Common Kings, reggae artist Zhen and Hawaii rapper Prie Falaniko.
INKED San Diego is a follow up to the inaugural event held last December at the historic Aloha Tower in Honolulu. Polynesian fashion and t-shirt designers headlined were: Missing Polynesia, The Mighty Eighty-eight, Selah International, Tapu Tattoo and Clothing, Hawaii’s Finest, Limited Addiction, Faaseila Designs and Masina Imports Polynesia. Kokomoni T-shirt Kompani and Lotonu’u Samoa, clothing companies that sponsored the event, also graced the runway. Sponsors also included Wadalife, LaLaLove It Designs.
Faletuiga’s Hawaii-based Samoan dance troupe Mitamitaga O Samoa, closed the spectacular event with a showcase of Samoan fashion and culture. Faletuiga provides news coverage of the Samoan community in Hawaii and the U.S. via its new Web site www.tautalatala.com; specilaizes in Samoan dance instruction and the crafting of traditional Samoan wear and the ‘tuiga’, the ceremonial headdress of the Samoan people.
Runway and booth registration are closed. Please contact Tina Mata’afa-Elise at INKEDIslandFashionShow2@gmail.com with questions.
Tickets are on sale at https://www.ticketriver.com/event/5003.
Photos from the 2011 show can be viewed at www.inkedislandfashionshow.com. LIKE the “Inked” Island Fashion Show and Faletuiga on Facebook for more photos and updates.
It’s Island. It’s Fashion. It’s INKED. Don’t miss it!