Ever been inked for charity? Well, now’s your chance. This Friday, Boze Kapoi’s Pride Ink will put on their annual Inked for Good charity fundraiser. Kapoi, Kiha Kaina and Thomas Juan (who is flying out from Las Vegas just for this event) will be tattooing for cancer care in a 12-hour marathon session and all the proceeds will go to Maui Memorial Medical Center’s cancer patients and their families.
Their goal is to raise as much money as they can. That means hours of painstaking artistry and every penny goes to the fundraiser–the artists themselves won’t make a dime.
“One day a year we put our needs aside and just put everything into the fundraiser,” says Kapoi, who recently was named Maui County Mayor Alan Arakawa’s “Young Small Business Person of the Year” for 2013. “Even if you are not getting tattooed just come down and say hi. It really keeps us going to see the support.”
Kapoi has a collection of Polynesian inspired designs on his walls in stretched canvas. You will even see the pink breast cancer ribbon in contemporary modern Polynesian tribal, a testament to how serious this team is about raising money for cancer.
Pride Ink will also have women’s and men’s T-shirts and canvas art to sell. Again, all proceeds from that will go to charity.
“Even if I sell all my merchandise, I will not be taking a cut for the cost of producing it,” says Kapoi. “We are really committed to our goal of raising the maximum amount that we can.”
Kapoi says this is a rare opportunity to book an appointment with Juan, a serious up and coming artist. The shop will also have pupus and refreshments during Wailuku First Friday.
To get in the books for Friday, call 808-268-4056.