Pretty in Ink


There you are, having the ultimate girls' night with Angelina Jolie, Rihanna and Kat Von D.

First, some red carpet hopping and cocktails at the Chateau Marmont. Next, an awkward run-in with the paparazzi. Then, sometime during the night, comes the inevitable trip to the tattoo parlor.

And the horrible realization that you're deathly afraid of needles...

Hey, it could happen; and when it does, you'll want to be prepared. Here's what you do.

Go to the Honolulu Museum of Art and view its newest exhibit, Tattoo Honolulu. Then, stop by the museum's shop and pick up a few tattoo-inspired items.

And don't feel bad about faking it. In Hollywood, you'll blend right in.


Lei Chic
Art in Heaven
Channel your inner rock goddess with hand-crafted sterling silver jewelry in edgy designs, like a royally cool thumb ring. Or get the angel wing earrings to match your new bestie, Rihanna (the stylish singer already owns a pair).
$145 necklace, $175 ring, $159 earrings, Femme Metale.
Lei Chic Glitter Sweet
No age minimum (or maximum) required for these colorful tattoos. Everything in this do-it-yourself kit is non-toxic and waterproof. Just apply the stencil, brush on a thin layer of glue and cover with glitter. You'll be sparkling for days.
$17.95, Glitter-Toos.
Lei Chic Neck Lace
You'll look like you spent hours in the tattoo chair with one of these intricate designs around your neck. The eco-friendly synthetic rubber is lightweight, water-resistant and conforms to the body like a second skin.
$45 each, Batucada.
Lei Chic Graphic Novelties
Make your mark with fun graphite sculptures by San Francisco artist Agelio Batle. Be daring and pick up a skull or even, gulp, a human heart that, unlike the real thing, won't leave a mess on your hands.
$19.95 each, Batle Studio.
Lei Chic Thread Eagled
Don Ed Hardy, a.k.a. the godfather of tattoos, is coming to Honolulu. And if you pick up this limited-edition T-shirt featuring his Stay Free design, or a tattoo-related book (because, of course, he has his own publishing house), he will sign it himself. It's an offer you can't refuse.
$35. Meet Don Ed Hardy on July 14, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., at Honolulu Museum of Art Shop.

Get free admission to Honolulu Museum of Art this Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, call (808) 532-8700 or visit Honolulu Museum of Art's website.

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