Devilskin on tour – Keep an eye out because Vada have two tickets to give away!

July 14, 2014 § Leave a comment

After stomping the NZ rock scene with the infectious Little Pills and Never See The Light singles, Devilskin return with their highly anticipated debut album We Rise released 11 July 2014.  Less than 24 hours after being released ‘We Rise’ has made it to the #1 spot on the iTunes (NZ) Album Chart, as well as the Google Play Top Albums Chart!!

The band will immediately hit the road with a comprehensive NZ tour, presented by The Rock. But before all that happens Jennie came to Vada for hair and make up direction which has since been released on the front cover of Rip It Up, Press, bit of Billboard action and of course on the DevilSkin Album.

The band features the spectacular Jennie Skulander on lead vocals. Her powerful and compelling voice and alluring stage presence sets her apart from any vocalist New Zealand has put up so far. With an unerring gift for melody, Jennies’ incredible voice sweeps from whisper to roar, rips with power, drips with melody and captivates with sincerity.


Devilskin are a four piece band from Hamilton, New Zealand formed in June 2010 comprising of: the captivating Jennie Skulander on vocals, the red bearded ‘evil twins’ The Nail and Paul Martin on guitars and young talent Nic Martin on drums.


The band already have an enviable reputation as one of, if not the hottest and dynamic live shows around and promise to step it up in celebration of the new album and tour. “This album has really exceeded all of our expectations” says Devilskin bassist Paul Martin. “We are all extremely proud of what we have created here, everyone has risen to the challenge and the result is stunning and very empowering. We can’t wait to deliver the new songs and the new show to our audience.”

The bands third single and video from We Rise is the anthemic Start A Revolution, a call to arms that showcases lead vocalist Jennie Skulander’s incredible talents and confronts the disease of apathy and mediocrity in society. Start A Revolution is accompanied by an electrifying video directed by Dimi Nakov.

We Rise was recorded at York St Studios in Auckland and Rockfield Studios in Monmouth UK and shows Devilskin possess a depth and maturity with their songwriting that is simply undeniable. The music is at times visceral, urgent and bombastic but also tempered with tenderness, empathy and love. “We Rise is a roller coaster of emotions and moods, just like life” enthuses Paul Martin “there’s definitely power and there’s definitely passion. The songs are very real, and brutally honest, just like our live show. Jennie, Nic, The Nail and myself are really excited to get on the road with this.”

Devilskin are set to announce a number of special guests, stay tuned as Devilskin deliver one hell of an album and now faithfully promise one hell of a great tour!

Get your tickets today!


Devil Skin



Maaike – When Icicles Hang By The Wall SS14/15

July 13, 2014 § Leave a comment

Maaike is predominately a womenswear label established by Abby van Schreven and Emilie Pullar in 2010.  Maaike collections are the perfect mix of dark flowing silks mixed with more playful and sporty knits. Their custom fabrics are quickly becoming the cornerstone of their design seen in fluid digital silks as well as cotton knits with a more bold and graphic edge.
Vada Engine Room Art Team was lucky enough to work with these amazing ladies vision for SS14/15 and expanded on the concepts built into the clothing structure and texture.  Krustallos (greek for crystal) was coined for the look Vada designed for Maaike.

When Icicles Hang by the Wall SS14/15




Staying with Vada’s adoration for organic texture- a crystal – with its raw cut edges, dusty texture and flat faced characteristics enabled this icey maiden to emerge resplendent in to fog. The defined zig zags set into the hair depicting icey formations lost in the frozen misty air adds further reflection and edges to the Maaike fabrics.

Working with the make-up Vada twistedly breathed life into our Maiden’s hair by cryogenically blending make-up into the hair using ice toned dry textured hair points.

Sold in leading boutiques throughout New Zealand and a recent expansion into Asia, Maaike continues to grow with their timeless and easy to wear pieces which cater for every age group.  You will be sure to find something clever and individual!


MAAIKE + CO – Shop 18, St Kevin’s Arcade, 179 – 183 Karangahape Road, Auckland – If you can’t make it in store, shop online 24 hours a day at

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Wall Print Tee

Verrtical Dress and Niagara Jacket

Stream Dress Water Leggings

Scizzor Shirt

Scissor Shirt

Numb Dress

Iceberg Print Tee

Hexagon Dress

Fall Dress

Fall Dress Ribbon Pant

Cascade Shirt


Die! Die! Die! Announce ‘S W I M’ Album Release Tour

July 10, 2014 § Leave a comment


Die! Die! Die! have come to Vada for years to get their hair did!  So we are excited to share in the news of their upcoming album S W I M,

Dunedin post-punkers Die! Die! Die! divulge details of their NZ tour that kicks off on album release date of August 15th.

Having spent the better part of the past nine years on the road Die! Die Die!’s unfiltered and powerful stage show has earned them a reputation as one of the most visceral bands regularly touring Europe and the UK. There is no rehearsed set of messages, postures or stage antics: cutting to the quick, their songs and live show is delivered straight to your bone marrow.

Undertheradar, 95bFM and Phantom proudly present…

Die! Die! Die! S W I M Tour

Friday 15th August, Neck Of The Woods, Auckland
Saturday 16th August, The Yot Club, Raglan
Sunday 17th August, Major Toms, Tauranga (matinee show)
Thursday 21st August, Great Job!, Palmerston North
Friday 22nd August, San Fran, Wellington
Wednesday 27th August, Barrytown Hall, Barrytown
Thursday 28th August, Pulse Bar, Wanaka
Friday 29th August, Chicks Hotel, Dunedin
Saturday 30th August, Wunderbar, Lyttleton, Christchurch

You can buy tickets here from UTR, or at Real Groovy (Auckland), RPM (Wellington, Slow Boat (Wellington) and Portil Records (Dunedin).
And here is the brand new video for their single ‘Crystal’…

Tickets on sale now – $15.00 + BF online at and instore at Real Groovy (Auckland), RPM (Wellington, Slow Boat (Wellington) and Portil Records (Dunedin).

They’re not the villains in the latest vampire flick—they’re head lice

July 6, 2014 § Leave a comment

They hide from the light. They feed on your blood. No, they’re not the villains in the latest vampire flick—they’re head lice. These tiny creatures, about the size of a sesame seed, don’t cause lasting damage or carry any diseases. Still, most of us would rather skip an itchy, annoying infestation.

Head lice infest younger children in child care or school first because they play closely together. Most common cases are among kids aged 3 to 11. But adults can get head lice, too. If one child in your house is infested, it’s best to check everyone.

Don’t think for a minute Head lice are a sign of poor hygiene.  Head lice spread through direct head-to-head contact. For kids, this often occurs at school, sports activities, camp, or slumber parties. Less commonly, lice travel on hats, scarves, coats, brushes, or combs. The cleanliness of your hair, home, or school has nothing to do with the risk of getting them.

So… what can we do about it?!

Vada are hair professionals and we suggest you get hold of our Knot Knitty treatments!  This product will save you some heartache on the necessary head lice treatments required to avoid secondary infections that result from scratching at bites and infestations at school.

There’s no proof mayonnaise, olive oil, margarine, or butter kills lice. Wash clothing, linens, combs, and brushes with hot water. Vacuum floors and furniture. But don’t spend too much time or money; lice can’t live long if they’re not on a human host.




Is a fast, safe and effective treatment against head lice and nits (eggs).  Its unique formula breaks the keratin-like glue of the nit shell from the hair shaft, killing the nit and head lice quickly and gently after 10 minutes on dry hair.  A specially designed nozzle and clear gel formula, permit easy saturation of the hair, rinsing away easily, leaving no chemical residue or odour.  Built-in water activated conditioners rebalance the pH of the hair, making it safe to re-treat after 7-10 days of initial treatment.


Allows easy screening of headlice and nits (eggs).  Formulated with lemon and spearmint essential oils – it assists with egg removal from the hair shaft.  Containing silk proteins, knot knitty is perfect for a daily leave-in detangler for children.  Knot knitty spray is also beneficial for the hair daily protection, conditioning and prevention of split ends and breakage. pH4



How to Knick off nits

  • Examine children’s heads at regular weekly intervals – using a nit comb or knot knitty spray
  • Early diagnosis makes treatment easier and reduces infection to others
  • Keep long hair tidy and tied back
  • Prompt treatment with knot knitty gel is recommended only if and when live louse are found
  • Be persistent and thorough with checking and retreat with knot knitty gel after 7-10 days
  • be sure to check all family members for possible head lice infestation
  • Be sure to notify friends and school teachers
  • Disinfect personal items (in use) combs, brushes, linen, hats, etc. in hot water above 60 degrees or hang outside for 3 days


Knitty – Itchy Facts

  • Females lay 50-150 eggs in their 4 week life span
  • Head lice infect girls 2 – 4 times more than boys
  • Head lice feed every 3 – 6 hours sucking blood from the scalp
  • Head lice are fast and agile in their native environment – human hair
  • Head lice can survive away from the scalp between 15-20 hours usually to lay their eggs
  • Head lice can survive in cold water and hot water under 60 degrees Celsius
  • Head live love clean, dirty, thick, thin, long or short hair
  • Head lice are incapable of jumping or flying or even walking efficiently on flat surfaces
  • Head lice are becoming more and more resistant to popular treatment
  • Head lice do not transmit diseases
  • Itchiness occurs 3-4 weeks after infestation
  • Egg shells can stay attached to the hair until removed by abrasion or until it disintegrates which may take months or years
  • The glue used by the female louse to lay her eggs on the hair shaft is made of proteins similar to hair keratin

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