DECEMBER 19TH 205 Opening Night Reception will take place in downtown Cape Coral Gearhead Tattoo, Rackem Billiards, in association with Howl Gallery and Ink Fusion Empire are presenting its opening reception of Helmet Wars: The Art Awakens. This unique art show featuring 52 acclaimed tattoo, comic, and graphic artists both local and world wide, who showcase their talent on custom painted and sculpted stormtrooper helmets. This show will be held at Rackem Billiards in lieu with the premier weekend of Star Wars; The Force Awakens.. The main drive for this show along with the love of Star Wars is also to create a charitable foundation within the program. We would love to help out Families and children going through tough times to make their holidays a little easier, so we are donating all proceeds form the night to the Lee Memorial Golisano Children's Hospital with a Toy Drive, silent auction, and raffles. There are many events that do a fanatstic job of collecting toys for Christmas, and we would like to focus our toy drive on the older kids and teenagers as they often times might not get toys and gifts more suited for their age level, so they are kindly requesting gifts such as such as iTunes, Gamestop and other giftcards (Walmart, Target, Movies, ect.) craft kits and models, current pg-13 movies and Teen and under rated Video games. An unwrapped gift will be the requested price of admission to the evening. in addition, we will also be holding a silent auction and raffle for a Star Wars memorabilia which all proceeds go to the foundation as well. . we will also be featuring a costume contest, a viewing of the original star wars trilogy, trivia, and live entertainment featuring Hard Candy Burlesque. This show does not stop there. As proud members of the elite international acclaimed tattoo group Ink Fusion Empire, we are taking this show on the road to dipslay with our some of our 2016 tour schedule dates, and a portion of every helmet sold will also go to the foundation as well. We are very excited for this project and this event and would love your help to be able to contribute to the young padawans at the hospital! for more information on the Golisano Children's Hospital please click their logo above!
Our 1st exhibit was quite a success, a slew of fans, art lovers, and cosplayers numbering well over 400 came out to support our fund raiser. The entertainment kept the party going, and the Smuggler's Bounty was a huge success. We raised overall over $3,000 that night for the hospital and collected over 3 trunk loads of gifts for the kids! Thanks to all our supporters and donators for making this night amazing. Here are some pictures of the event! and please check out the gallery of helmets on the gallery page, which is now live and available for purchase. Every Purchase continues to benefit the Golisano CHildren's Hospital.