On the wall / Artist Fatima Casadei spent much of her life growing up in tattoo shops, years designing and illustrating body art, before ever picking up a machine and placing her first tattoo. “I left the tattoo shop to adventure off on a 10-year career as a burlesque performer and Vaudeville producer,” she says. “And finally, I decided it was time to come back to my artwork.”
Still heavily influenced by traditional tattoo design, Casadei says, “It wasn’t until I picked up and moved to Honolulu that I started to paint. In the last year I’ve put together a new collection of paintings,” which will be up on display at Mercury Bar on Friday, where ‘60s garage-rock tunes, Motown and Soul classics, a vintage-inspired fashion show, and Casadei’s solo artist exhibition will unveil themselves in true hipster fashion. “I like the eclectic mix of people there, it’s intimate and interactive.”
Go for the art. Go for Kitty Chow and the Purrr-Cassettes. Go because it’s Mercury.