Catching Up With Lucky Olelo

Images by John Hook

Thirty-three stories above the Honolulu skyline, O'ahu native and tattoo artist, Lucky Olelo welcomed us to the Soul Signature Tattoo studio to talk story about our debut collaboration aloha shirt and the inspiration behind its design.

Can you tell us a bit about the print you created for Kahala and the concept behind it?

First I’d like to say thank you to Kahala, for allowing me to be a part of their collection. The inspiration for this design comes from my love for Asian art & tattooing. For me, any good collaboration starts with the relationship between the person or company you’re working with. That usually determines the tone and pace of the project. Kahala approached me with a loose idea, giving me full creative freedom to run with it. We went back and forth with a few ideas and ultimately the team at Kahala, did a great job combining my artwork with their classic style and craftsmanship.

What’s your story?

I was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. I’ve been involved in the tattoo industry since 1999 and plan to be until the universe deems otherwise. 

What is a favorite project you’ve done?

Men's Shirt in Black
Men's Shirt in Blue
Women's Blouse in Blue Women's Blouse in Black

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