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I have begun a video series on YouTube, speaking about Polynesian tattoo. This is the first video of the series. I think in total there will be 8 or so videos and I will try to produce one a month. I am asking those that wish to comment, to do so here on my blog to keep all the information in one place. Because I am a cheap bastard I cannot upload video to my blog, I can only provide a link to the video:

Thank you for your time and aloha,



Did this Ana’ole Polynesian style honu on the calf of a gentleman from Canada the other day. He wanted a piece that spoke of his marriage, his two sons, his love of the outdoors and nature, family, protection, new beginnings and love for the sea. The entire piece represents his love for the sea, which is why he chose the turtle in the first place. Super cool dude! Had a blast chatting it up with him and his wife. Hope to see them again soon.

Breakdown is as follows:

a) mata/maka= eyes. These two symbols represent his sons, individually. I placed them on either side of the turtle so that they are positions of observance, to watch out for him.

b) lei e ata te hae= wedding garland. This symbols represents he and his wife’s union, and is essentially a garland of individuals holding hands, connected together as the two families unite.

c) ani ata= sky/heaven/ancestors. This symbol reinforces the bottom symbol (b) and represents his ancestors looking down on him from the heavens essentially protecting and blessing his marriage.

d) kofati= crease/fold/plaiting. This diamond pattern represents a weave of fronds, such as pandanus or palm, and is an analog to nobility and the righteousness of the earth.

e) mata hoata= all seeing eyes. This protective symbol is used to watch out for impending danger and is a more elaborate version of the mata (a).

f) niho=teeth. This symbol of a closed mouth is meant to catch sin and protect as well as offer courage and strength. It is at the front of the turtle shell to protect the symbols the follow it.

g) ka’ake= upraised arms.  These two symbols represent upraised arms that are meant to convey power, force, and generosity.

h) koru=unfurling fern head. This Maori symbol represents the unfurling fern shoot and is meant to convey life, breath, new beginnings and the earth.

i) lei niho= garland of teeth. This motif is the same as ‘f’ only set into a lei, or garland.

All of the symbols are done in Fibonacci sequence in both number and form.

Thanks for looking!


I’ve been so busy lately! Just got back from the Pacific Ink and Art Expo on Oahu, which was a total blast. Got to do some work and hang out with my homie, King Ruck.
Looking forward to possibly doing one more show for the year (New Orleans), will keep posted.
At any rate, here are some pictures of recent work.


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photoHawaiian god of creation, Kane, Ana’ole style

Did this Ana’ole shark yesterday. The body contains the motif, hala, ano, mua nalu–past, present and future waves. The future wave is inset with a mata hoata tiki to steer clear of danger. There are also two ipu motifs set into the head as containers of mana (power). There are also protective motives in the water surrounding the animal. Peace!


lucasThis forearm piece is intended to show this persons love for the land, sea, air and fire. It is also a representation of his unity with family and ancestors. At the center is a compass motif that speaks of his past and future travels.
The overall paka shape is that of a hulu ‘io, or hawk feather. This relates to his aumakua and also symbolizes freedom. The symmetry of the piece speaks to the intended duality of the overall design which reinforces the efficacy of the tattoo.
This piece is done in Ana’ole style while its component pieces are done in traditional Marquesan, Maori and Hawaiian.

a) Hope vehine/ Kea/ Mata- this symbol represents the twin goddesses of tattoo, the turtle shell and the eye. Intended to glorify the art of tattoo, protect and look out for danger, respectively.

b) Mata hoata- brilliant eyes, this motif is meant to protect the wearer from unforeseen dangers and to protect the integrity of the tattoo itself.

c) I’ima- hand, this point is where the tattoo itself attaches to the wearer. The intention is to hold it fast to the body.

d) Koru- unfurling palm frond, this Maori motif is meant to convey the cycle of life, new beginnings and breath.

e) Heo’o- compass, this Marquesan motif represents direction and acts as a guide.

f) Ani ata-sky, heavens, ancestors, this motif represents the heavens and his ancestors as they watch over him.

g) Ama kopeka- fire, this motif celebrates the element of fire while also acting as a light to guide him through life.

h) Lau hala- this Hawaiian motif represents this persons connection with the land (aina) and his relatives.



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Did this shoulder piece the other day. It contains Ana’ole as well as traditional and modern Marquesan and Maori motifs. This was a walk-in client and the overall piece was conceived as an aggressive, warrior-oriented design. The overall pauku was meant to resemble armor to some degree, that would be placed on the shoulder area.

Here is the breakdown of the paka:

a) ana’ole style, niho or teeth. This is meant to protect the tattoo and gives an aggressive appearance.

b) niho. For the same reasons as stated above and additionally, this traditional motif also forms the mouth of the mata hoata above it.

c) mata hoata. The brilliant eyes are meant to watch for any danger or threat to the individual.

d) niho peata, or shark teeth. These represent courage and power as well as protection in this piece.

e) koru. This Maori symbol represents the cycle of life and growth.

f) lauhala/a’aka hala. This weave pattern of leaves from the hala tree symbolize protection and unity.

g) hope vehine. This rendition of the symbol for the twin goddesses of tattoo represents protection.

note: f,g are fit into the overall shape, ka’ake, or uplifted arm, symbolizing strength that fortifies the overall piece.

That’s all for now. Stay tuned for more. Aloha and Peace! R

I just had to post this picture from a roster of the contestants on IM4, from Inked magazine. Funny stuff!


Ink Master Season 4 Ink Master Season 4Alright, enough subterfuge, evasiveness and straight out lying.

The reason that I was on the East Coast this fall was because I was asked to be appear on season 4 of Spike TV’s Inkmaster!!!! Damn, that feels good to finally be able to say!

It was an awesome experience. I met some very talented folks both artists and on the production side of things. I made some friends for life, (maybe a frenemy or two) and just had the time of my life out there. I learned a lot about myself as a person and as an artist and look forward to what the future may bring.

It was brutal! I get slammed; everyone does really at some point, but damnation!

Anyway, I would like to thank my wife Anna for being my rock. She helped me to be what I am today, she believed in me and was there when I needed her. She convinced me to go; that it would be a wise career move and I owe all and any of my success to her.

I would also like to thank Adam and Peggy Everett. Two of the finest people you’ll ever know, and makers of the best ink on the planet. Without their support I certainly would not have had the tools to become the artist that I am today. Late night conversations with both Anna and Adam helped get me through some hard times in the loft. Their encouraging words went a long way in helping me stay grounded.

I would also like to thank my clients over the years, who have allowed me the honor of putting my artwork onto their bodies. Without you all I would not be a tattoo artist at all, and for that I am forever grateful. And a special shout out to my clients that I had to cancel on in order to appear on the show.

Finally I would like to thank my family and friends for believing in me and just for being who they are.

I’ve remodeled my shop and relaunched my website,, please feel free to check them both out.

So please stay tuned to this space as more announcements will be coming forth, but most importantly please watch Inkmaster season 4 when it premiers Tuesday, February 25 on Spike TV.

I’ll be your Huckleberry.

Peace and Aloha!
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tryston_sleeve_web tryston_sleeve_webbdThis sleeve reflects this person’s mother, father and self, with emphasis to each individual’s qualities and characteristics that has made him the person that he is today. Because much of this is personal to him I will not elaborate on why certain motifs were chosen but rather will focus on the overall composition.

This sleeve took three sessions (17+ hours) and will require a final pass to finish making all black solid because he has sensitive skin. I prefer to do it this way instead of causing unnecessary scarring.

There is a central theme that starts at the top of his shoulder and runs the length of his arm to his wrist. The Mata hoata is a combination of his mother and father that impart to him their respective characteristics. The entirety of the piece is tied together with ipu (gourd, container of mana, creation, the universe) and tiki o’oka (mulberry/tapa, binding, to gather). This is meant to convey a sense of unity between himself and his parents.

The one Hawaiian motif (g) is a rendition of a tattoo from his father, itself a series of niho (teeth).

Breakdown is as follows:

a) Ipu oto- Vessel, container of mana, the universe, creation
b) Tiki o’oka- to gather, binding, tapa
c) Poka’a- life, family, unity
d) Manu- bird, the top of this Mata hoata reflects his mother (freedom,love,guidance)
e) Ka’ake- upraised arms, the mouth of this Mata hoata reflects his father (force,power,generosity)
f) Koru- cycle of life, birth; the only Maori symbol used
g) Niho- this pattern is from a tattoo that his father has
h) Ani ata- sky, heaven, ancestors looking down upon him, heaven
i) Hope vehine (derivative)- life giving, beauty, creation, protection
j) Niho mano-shark teeth, courage, strength, power, to protect
k) Lau niu- coconut fronds, prestige; the only Ana’ole element used
l) Niho and Kofati lei, symbolizing his struggles as he has journeyed through life
m) Kea/Po’o kohe- turtle variant blended with bamboo section to symbolize protection, sacred ancestors and protection from evil spirits
n) Ama kopeka- fire, illumination
o) Kotipi/La- the sun, divine power, giver of life, light


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Did these two pieces yesterday on a pair of wonderful ladies from Canada that came to the islands to compete in the Queen Lili’oukalani canoe race. Despite their boat being cut off at the start of the race and capsizing, they still managed to win in their category!
They contacted me several months ago and said that they wanted to get some work done after the race. Both ladies wanted to celebrate their love of the sea and the fact that they were kupuna (older folks, generally from a grandparents generation), among other things.
I was asked to create a Maori themed piece for the forearm and so designed it around the mango pare, which celebrates the hammerhead shark by repetitions of koru (fern head). I also included a paka designed in Ana’ole that conveyed the motif, pohaku wa wahi wa’a, which is a stone axe-like weapon used by ancient Hawaiian’s to surreptitiously smash the hulls of enemy canoes.
The ankle/calf piece was more of a celebration of this person’s love of the sea and is also an homage to her late husband.
I had a great time with these ladies and look forward to seeing them again.

The breakdown for each tattoo is as follows:


Forearm- Maori based

a)- pohaku wa wahi wa’a, inset with 2 niho for courage and protection
b)- nalu, wave
c)- hope vehine variant, protection
d)- this is a modified Maori motif called, unaunahi that are meant to represent fish scales. i replaced the scales with triangular objects, 8 in all, representing each of the Hawaiian islands.
e)- kai, the ocean
f)- mangopare, 4 hammerhead sharks in all
g)- this is a modified Marquesan motif, kofati, which is a fold or crease symbolizing a mark of authority

Ankle/calf- Marquesan based

a)- kai, 3 waves (nalu) done in Fibonacci sequence
b)- mata, eye, to watch out for danger
c)- hikuhiku atu, bonito tails, for speed and strength while in the water
d)- hulu/toake, feather, this is a personal symbol representing her late husband
e)- i’ima, hand, holding fast this paka to the skin
f)- anuenue, rainbow
g)- ani ata, the horizon, the sky, heaven, where ancestors dwell
h)- hope vehine variant, protection-

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