Posts Tagged ‘fusion ink’

Aloha! I hope everyone is having a wonderful New Year. Just wanted to post this pic of an upper back piece that I did last week on one of my regular clients. Full moon with halftones. Enjoy!10917383_10205871241881878_4507206284130637999_n

Did this tiger shark yesterday! It was his first tattoo and he took it well. Will eventually add some Polynesian work around it. Peace!10885072_10205639929819221_449174031415791468_n

I did this tattoo on Anna yesterday as a memorial piece for her friend Pamela who died last year in a horrible car accident. The first tattoo that I ever did on Pam was of a red-eyed tree frog on her lower back. Pam had an enormous heart and was always there to lend a hand. We miss her dearly and will forever feel the loss of such a kind soul. Aloha.


roger_chest rogerbd

This chest tattoo was conceived as an aesthetic piece rather than a specific representational piece reflecting family, protection, or any other personal intent. I enjoy creating these pieces because there is less emphasis on retaining and conveying meaning in individual parts. More effort can be put into making the overall piece shine as a whole, rather than attempting to bring cohesion to a collection of pieces.
The motifs that are used are a mix of modern Marquesan and Maori. The chest plate and subsequent paka comprised of a-g, is a mata hoata, or brilliant eyes. This is to provide another set of eyes that look out for danger and protect the person. Above the mata hoata is a lei of ani ata, representing the horizon, clouds, heaven and ancestors. I placed a mata komoe, or death’s head motif in the center to refer to this person’s warrior spirit and ‘dark side’.
I chose to use koru throughout to match the piece on his left arm that was a poorly executed Maori piece and also because I felt that this tattoo was a new beginning of sorts, for this person. The difficulty, I thought, would be to blend the Western tribal on his right side (that I did not do) with the Polynesian style on his left (out of view in this shot, did not do, either), but in the end, it didn’t look all that disparate and actually flows well, in my opinion.
What you see in the top shot (before) are the stencils applied to the area. All other work was done free hand. There is more to this piece than is shown as he wanted to fill in gaps at the back of his arms. Eventually, this will include a full back plate.
This was done over two sessions; five hours each. I used Stigma V3 and Centri machines, and Fusion Ink as always.

Breakdown of motifs:

a) hope vehine/kea= creation, protection
b) ihu=  nose: breath, life (nose of mata hoata)
c) niho= teeth: courage, to protect from pain/harm
d) koru= breath, life, new beginnings (some contain open, curved lines called pakura, representing bird foot prints)
e) kai, tai= ocean
f) niho peata/ mano= shark teeth, warrior spirit, to devour, to drive out (mouth of the mata hoata)
g) mata= eyes (eyes of the mata hoata)
h) any ata= clouds, horizon where the sea meets the sky, heaven, ancestors watching over
i) mata komoe= death’s head: warrior spirit
j) ama kopeka= flame, dancing flame: fire that keeps death at bay
k) kohati= fold, crease: mark of authority
l) unaunahi= fish scales: love of the sea, fisherman
m) hinenao= love, to love passionately (representing his wife)
n) ka’ake= upraised arm: strength, power, rainbow, to lift, fly, generosity
o) pohu= Marquesan folk hero; bravery, courage

Peace! R

Happy New Year!

I’ve been working on various projects since the start of the New Year and just wanted to give a status report on what’s going on.

I’ve been a writing fool and have been working feverishly on my next book, The Fundamentals of Traditional and Modern Polynesian Tattoo. I hope to have this done by fall, at least to the point of first round editing. I will have to begin drawing, which will be a daunting task only because of the amount of work that I will need to accomplish. I’ve recruited my apprentice to help me out which will also give me the opportunity to teach her about Polynesian tattoo. Win, win!

Although this project has been delayed, I am still slowly finishing the second book of the Fall of Na Akua series, Design of the Snow Goddess. Writing two books at once is a challenge but I enjoy the transition from fiction to non, more than I thought I would. This book may be finished, at least for first round editing, around the same time. Fingers crossed.

I am also considering tattooing at the 2013 Barcelona Tattoo Expo. I will have to wait until April before knowing if I am accepted. Either way, I wanted to work an Expo this year, preferably out of the U.S. I will update when I know for sure.

This upcoming week will see some interesting new pieces coming out of the shop as I have had a string of people come into Xisle and proclaim, “I want a piece of art!”

Here is a piece I did yesterday. It is a dragon koi, some maples leaves and a skull. As the koi travels upstream, the koi representing that person, the stream, life, it overcomes trials and tribulations and ultimately changes. The tribulations being the skull and the leaves signify the passing of a season, so signifies what has past. As the koi becomes older (wiser) it begins to change into a dragon. When it has become fully enlightened it’s metamorphosis is complete. This piece is the beginning of a full sleeve. The photograph isn’t the best, my bad. Also, this person has very dark skin.

Hope everyone out there has been enjoying 2013 as much as I have. 🙂