Jimmy Im (writer),
Kate Swan (photographer)
Artists: Thomas "Wondo" Wondoloski, Colby Long, Mike Castillo
You might get a little claustrophobic in the small space of South Pacific, but it’s worth it. Owner Thomas “Wondo” Wondoloski, a Hawaii resident for 15 years, has been tattooing for 22 years and knows tattoos well. After all, his inspiration was the late tattoo legend Asa Lee Crow III. “He was like a carnival strolling down the road. I sure do miss him,” says Wondoloski.
The shop’s tattoo artists are versed in everything from tribal to traditional, color, or black, and they’re confident that their work speaks for itself. Most of the designs are painted in-house, and you can get an idea of their work from the flash that covers every corner of the walls.
Wondoloski has been an inspirational asset to the industry, whether he believes it or not. Some would even say legend. “Must be my good fucking looks and charming personality!” he jokes. “It’s a curse I was born with.”
STAY: Waikiki Parc Hotel, 2233 Helumoa Rd., 808-921-7272. Major renovations have given this boutique hotel a face-lift, turning it into a favorite crash pad for the jet set. It’s close to the beach and Honolulu Zoo.
EAT: Tiki’s Grill & Bar, 2570 Kalakaua Ave., 808-923-8454. Enjoy fresh seafood and stiff drinks at this bar and grill where the ambience is very Hawaiian. The second-fl oor restaurant provides an amazing view of Waikiki Beach and the interior is fi lled with fi sh nets and lava rock walls.
SHOP: In4mation, 226 Lewers St., 808-923-0888. The custom clothing and skateboard company owns several locations in Honolulu stocked with custom T-shirts, decks, hoodies and other stuff all worthy of emptying your wallet.