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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.


10524601_10204594379921127_7668034766101634459_nTrash Polka

10552378_10204552967125833_1709935038410876099_nPlumeria cascade at PIAE

10561685_10204570347040320_3543704008722668907_nTrash Polka cover-up, PIAE

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.



I did this sleeve flash last night. Ana’ole protection while in the sea. Kanaloa, mano, honu, mata hoata, and various hope vehine and other protective motifs (Marquesan). Charcoal and sharpie. 🙂a_sleeve

This calf piece commemorates this person’s marriage and children.It is done in modern Marquesan, Maori and Ana’ole style. There are four distinct pakas, each one a singular representation of each child with the final paka being a combination or union of the two parents.
From left to right, the tattoo breakdown is as follows:
Outside of calf, from ankle upwards-
a) hope vehine- turtle shell, twin goddess analog: protection for entire piece
b) ani ata- sky/heavens: a place where angels dwell, line of ancestors
c) koru- fern head: life, breath, cycle of life
d) tiki of child: image of respective child, in this case Kahanuola, or breath of life. Both male tiki share identical facial features which are comprised of nutu kaha (mouth), nose (ihu), eyes (mata) and eyebrows (kape). Each face also contain hope vehine, and various koru both singularly and in pairs. The eyebrows contain the motif, unaunahi representing fish scales.
e) 3 niho mano- shark teeth: warrior spirit (in Fibonacci sequence)
f) ama kopeka- fire: the element in this child’s zodiac sign
g) po’o kohe/ka’ake/koru- I changed the base and top of the ka’ake to represent an etua (godling) stretching upwards. I then placed twin koru at its center to represent this child’s particular name, breath of life. The overall shape is that of po’o kohe, or bamboo shoot, the purpose of which is to drive away evil spirits.
h) koru- fern head: everlasting life.
Front of calf and knee-
a) twin koru- fern head: both koru split and form two separate offshoots while simultaneously uniting both inside and outside paka.
b) pahiko a tuivi- fish net: to catch sin
c) poi’i inset into pepehipu flanked by hope vehine: the central element of this paka represents the female child, her Hawaiian name, Hokulanimaimakanapoinaole, or heavenly star (more or less). The poi’i is a symbol meaning, the universe or ‘the great fish in the sky’. It also correlates to creation. The black field surrounding the circular poi’i is called, pepehipu and represents armor. On either side are hope vehine elements affording protection. The overall shape of the pepehipu is very roughly the shape of ama kopeka, or fire, representing this child’s zodiac element.
Inside of calf, from ankle upwards-
a) enana, male and female: this is the human representation of father and mother, the father being the larger of the two, the mother is standing on his arm. Both are propping up their children, or holding them up to heaven (ani ata directly above).
b) tiki is the same as the opposite side, differentiated only by the sub-motif placed above and to the right of the eye.
c) po’o kohe/hoku: like ‘g’ mentioned above, this motif is comprised of multiple elements. The shape is that of an etua inset with twin stars (twin anything is a good omen) that represent this child’s Hawaiian name, Makanamaikalani, or gift from heaven/ heavenly gift.
d) makani-wind: this is the element of this male child’s zodiac sign.
Backside of calf, from ankle upwards-
a) koru- twin convergin koru come together and create their children. Bottom koru represents the father, top represents mother and is also inset toward the top with hope vehine.
This is just one facet of this person’s story which will be further elaborated on in the form of a full sleeve that is in the process of being designed.
Aloha! R



Just thought I would post yesterday’s work and give a status report on the book.
Ana’ole honu with Pele on its shell, done with some Marquesan kofati on flipper edges. This piece was for a lady that had been living here for some time but is now moving to the mainland for a job opportunity. She wanted something to remind her of the Big Island and so this was what I came up with. I wanted Pele to look organic, like she was a patina on the turtle’s shell.
As of now, I have 20+ odd pages of the book left to write/process/produce that I hope to have finished in the next few days. After that is done, I will finish my bibliography, toc and thank you’s and then edit! Woot! On time for July release. Aloha!lynnhonupele

This piece is a combination of two aspects of living on the Big Island that this person wanted immortalized on her body as a way to remember her time spent here as she moves forward in her journey.
The honu was a sacred animal to her, perhaps even aumakua to some degree, that she felt a connection with. The honu is done with Maori elements; the koru and kape. There are water elements as well that surround the turtle giving it a sense of movement.
Pele is done with Marquesan elements, particularly ama kopeka (billowing flame) of which there are 5 that frame Pele’s head. Inset to each flame are kea, (in this case turtle divinities), that speak of the divine power of Pele and fire as well as offering another analog to the protective qualities of the turtle shell (kea).
The entire piece is meant to convey movement, such as the turtle swimming through water, and the billowing of fire that is Pele.
I did not use any black in this piece although I may add some at a later date.
The lighter blue is a custom color, made for me by Adam E. He made two colors for me for which I am very humbled and grateful. 🙂

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a) koru: eternal life. I placed two koru, one filled and the other open to represent balance and give some sort of depth to the turtle as if it were swimming up through the water.
b) honu: turtle. The turtle shell is comprised of kape in Maori tradition and I also used the double spiral koru as well to break up the shell.
c) via: ocean. Ocean elements placed on trailing edges of each fin to represent water.
d) Pele, goddess of fire and ama kopeka, billowing flame. Pele is comprised of 5 billowing flames, each flame represents a mountain range found on the Big Island. Each flame is also inset with divine kea motifs that fortify the protective nature of the turtle shell and the overall tattoo.

Interestingly enough, the client also pointed out that the honu and Pele are meeting at their third eye which I did not intend to do, but works out well for the statement of the piece.

Aloha! Roland

Here are 6 pages from my next book, The Fundamentals of Traditional and Modern Polynesian Tattoo. They are 99.8% complete.
I don’t have an official page count as of yet but expect it to be somewhere in the 200+ region, with close to 230 illustrations, pics, and diagrams.

I have been working on this project for the last 2 years and hope to have it finished and ready for production by June/July in time for the Pacific Art and Ink Expo in Honolulu in August. I will be there either in my own booth or at the Fusion ink booth.

This book will be 8.5 x 11, black and white. The original idea was to go full color, with glossy inserts but that hinged on my Kickstarter project which did not come to fruition. The upside is that the cost of the book will be much lower than originally projected so expect this book to be around $40USD.

Since I am writing, illustrating, editing, and doing layout there may be a delay here or there, but so far everything is looking good and I haven’t had any issues except for having to learn InDesign on the fly.

I will keep posting progress reports.

Aloha! Roland

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This Ana’ole chest piece is the male side counter part to his left side, female piece already in place. This piece is a personal expression of this person’s life journey and so out of respect to him I won’t go into detail of ‘why’, but will simply breakdown the symbols used.

This is the god Ku, spitting forth waves of water and lightning. There are other storm elements in this piece as well: rain and wind. The piece flows up his chest, to his shoulder where it transforms into the talon of a Hawaiian hawk, ‘io. All of the curved motifs such as waves, are formed with the Golden Ratio in mind. All of the motifs are also reflecting Fibonacci sequences, mainly in the 1,1,2,3,5,8 range. The GR and FS was part of his request and I decided to make the entire piece reflect these qualities instead of just a few motifs.


a- the god Ku, god of war
b- fire, ahi / ama kopeka, this symbolizes power and guidance
c- koru placed in the style of a warrior at the edges of the mouth
d- shark teeth, niho mano, strength and ferocity
e- waves, nalu
f- rain, ua
g- lightning, uila
h- talon of ‘io, inset with twin etua for strength as well as arrows of FS
i- etua, in this case a gosling of strength that is holding up the gust of wind coming from the ‘io talon
j- wind, makani, this is a vortex of wind created by the talon
k- feathers, hulu, these are feathers of the hawk inset with vanes of FS





This foot piece is about this person moving forward, entering another chapter in her life. It is also to protect her on her new journey, wherever that may lead.
The overall shape of the two paka are in the shape of a wave, intending to symbolize change and power. The breakdown of the symbols are as follows:

a- Ama kopeka= billowing flame. Intended to guide her way forward and illuminate that which may not be so easily seen.

b- Hala, Ano, Mua= past, present and future represented by three waves, inset with bands in Fibonacci Sequence. This is essentially her forward movement through time. The flowers over the present wave symbolize the beauty of the present moment and a reminder to always enjoy it.

c- Kaake= upraised arm, this motif symbolizes strength and generosity. It is also used to convey movement such as from one place to another or to fly away (she is moving off island).

d- Koru= fernhead, this Maori motif represents the cycle of life as well as new beginnings.

e- Mata=eye, this symbol is to keep an eye out, to see danger before it happens.

f- Etua= godling, this symbol is fortifies the strength of the tattoo and protects the motifs.

g- Hiku atu= bonito tails, this symbol is to impart speed and to assist her in the water to ensure that she is always safe when in the sea.

h- Iima=hand, these are divine hands that hold fast to her and the motif. They symbolize giving and possession and are intended to fortify the tattoo.