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I did this traditional Marquesan upper arm piece today on a gentleman that wanted to show his love for his two daughters as well as his love for the sea and fishing. There is also several protection motifs; mata hoata and hope vehine. He is planning on adding to it on his next visit and so is looking forward to returning here to Hawaii.

Breakdown of motifs is as follows:

a) Ani ata- sky or heavens, essentially heaven or where the sky and water meet. Represents his ancestors looking over him, providing spiritual protection and power (mana)
b) Pahoe- this is one of his daughters
c) Hope Vehine- the dark ‘c’ shaped motif is an analog to the turtle shell and is for protection
d) I’ima-hand, this motif holds the entire tattoo to the body
e) Pahoe- this is his other daughter
f) Ipu oto, vessel/gourd/bowl, this motif is a container analog representing a vessel to contain mana or spiritual power. It is also representative of the universe.
g) Tai- the sea, in this case a wave
h) Mekau- fish hook, because he likes to fish
i) Mata hoata- all seeing eye. This is an analog to a face with eyes, nose and mouth (j). The purpose of this motif is to act as a surrogate; it watches out for potential danger and is in a sense, clairvoyant. This one is different because I placed another set of eyes parallel with the nose so that it can see danger from all angles, forward/backward, up/down. The row of niho, or teeth (j) acts as its mouth and is intended to stop any threat by biting down on it.


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.


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.



IMG_1027I did this female Polynesian piece yesterday. It is comprised of traditional and modern Marquesan, with Maori overtones. Had a lot of fun with it and look forward to working more with this client.
When composing Poly tattoos for female clients, I like to work with the flow of the body and believe that the overall piece should not overpower the femininity inherent in the female body. I also believe that less is more in this case and prefer a light and airy coverage that is extensive instead of packing a ton of motifs into a small space. I like to long, flowing paka that aren’t necessarily touching or attached, such as in male tattoo.

This piece was meant as a decorative with familial and protective elements.

Anyway, here is the breakdown. Peace!

a) tai: the sea, this speaks for her love of the ocean
b) lau niu: coconut fronds, this represents someone of high regard
c) maka: eye(s), placed on various parts of a tattoo the eyes are meant to warn of danger as well as give a human element to the tattoo itself
d) poka’a: opening/uterus, this symbolizes her role as a mother and giver of life and when used in mirror image conveys balance
e) hope vehine: twin goddesses of tattoo, this motif represents beauty, life, creation and protection
f) piko: belly button, representing her two children
g) this client had high regard for the number four, so inset along various parts of the tattoo are four niho (teeth)
h) koru: unfurling fern head, this Maori symbol is used here to represent new beginnings
i) hena/i’ima: hand, this motif acts to attach the tattoo to the body
j) u’uhe: piece of turtle shell, this motif is a feminine protective motif
k) ani ata: sky and heavens, this motif represents her deceased relatives
l) pa’aoa: whale, this motif represents trust, protection and unwavering friendship
m) tai: the sea
n) kaka’a: lizard, this represents tenacity but also her love of lizards!
o) maka: eye
p) hena/i’ima: hand
q) koru: the overall shape of the upper piece is that of a koru

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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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Aloha all! Just thought that I’d post this Trash Polka arm piece that I did yesterday. The Latin phrase means “down time”. This person is a freediver and so wanted something to reflect his passion. Photo is from my iPhone and is very saturated in the red channel. I will post a healed pic ASAP.  Peace!tony

Just thought I’d post something I have been kicking around for a while and finally had the chance to execute yesterday. I’ve always felt that Bio-mechanical/Bio-organic pieces have a very strong resemblance to Polynesian tribal tattoo. I don’t know if it’s because they both share creative use of negative space or because many of the shapes resemble koru. It could be the totality of the finished piece; I don’t know. At any rate, I’ve been kicking the idea of doing a bio-organic piece with Polynesian motifs set into the organic structure. I am also toying with the idea of creating a Bio-geological piece, using rock or strata as the central theme. More to come!

On this piece I put a koru at the bottom and a hope vehine above it.



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Posted: October 28, 2013 in Xisle Custom Tattoo
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Aloha family, friends and clients old and new. I have had an opportunity to do guest spots on the mainland and I am leaving today. I will be gone until the end of December. I am also using this time to take a sabbatical from any and all electronic leashes, so I will not be able to be reached by cell phone or email.

I apologize profusely to those people that I have not contacted already who are expecting me to be around to tattoo during the holidays. This was a last minute thing and I had to act on it quickly, so to those that I did not contact to reschedule, I offer my most sincere apologies.

My apprentice, Tony, will keep the shop open during regular business hours to take appointments for when I return. If anyone feels the need to stop in and harass him, please do so!

I wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season!