Professional Art Background:
Since early 1990, Roland has worked in the Action Sport, Health supplement and Point of Purchase industries, lending his illustration and graphic design skills to a wide range of consumer products. By the late '90's, he had established his own multi-media company, Shockcollar Interactive, and was producing Flash-based animated e-commercials for tech companies in Silicon Valley, as well as working as a graphics consultant for such companies as Honda of North America, Ford, Bell Sports, Rock Shox, HP, Benchmade, Al Shugart International, Kenwood, and Pearson Communications.
When he was 10 years old, he was mentored for 3 years in classical oil, acrylic, pen and ink and water color.
Some exciting news for 2016 is that Anna and I have just completed a project in memory of our late pup, Kiko. She passed away last summer due to unexpected complications of her physiology. She was a beloved family member and we miss her so very much. We decided that as a way to help us get through this, we would create an a coloring book in her honor that told a quirky story of Kiko as she adventured forth to find a sunshine patch so that she could take a nap.
Kiko loved sunshine and brought so much of it to our lives that we felt like we had to share it with the world. The artwork is done by myself and Anna; I drew a majority of it, while Anna drew Kiko, capturing the essence of our pup to perfection. Highly detailed and flash quality, the art in this book will keep you or your child occupied for hours.
A quarter of all sales of this book will be donated to the Big Island Dog Rescue, a non-profit organization that helps to relocate adoptable dogs and cats from Hawaii to no-kill shelters on the U.S. Mainland.
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Fundamentals of Traditional
and Modern Polynesian Tattoo
B/w • Art Reference
227 pages • $40.00
Roland is the owner of Xisle (exile) Custom Tattoo on the Big Island of Hawaii, in the town of Hawi. He has been tattooing for 8 years and specializes in traditional and modern Polynesian tattoo, and has also authored two books on the subject. That being said, Roland also enjoys black and grey work, color, Asian, realism, surrealism, impressionism and New School.
He has made a living from art and writing over the last 20 years and has clientele from all over the world.
As a contestant on season 4 of Spike TV's Inkmaster, Roland brought his unique style of tattoo and unwavering spirit to New York with the hope of becoming Inkmaster.
Sample artwork from Kiko and the Sunshine Patch
The Son of Fire
B/w • Fiction
333 pages • $12.00
Kiko and the Sunshine Patch
B/w • Adult/All ages coloring book
Tattoo flash quality artwork
Quirky and fun narrative to honor the life of a beloved friend
Proceeds from book sales go to the Big Island Dog Rescue to help relocate adoptable cats and dogs from Hawaii to no-kill shelters on the U.S. mainland
50 pages • $12.00
24/7 Ink interview
Tat2 magazine interview
From 1990 to 1998 I was the lead vocalist and guitarist in a band called, Witchhook Sky. Based in Northern California, the band toured the West Coast producing vinyl, cassette tapes and CD's during the heyday of grunge and alternative heavy metal, sharing the stage with such acts as Agent Orange, Sublime, The Swinging Utters, and Good Riddance.
Please feel free to listen to and download the entire catalog of their classic songs, for free!
Ana'ole Polynesian Tattoo
B/w • Art Reference
152 pages • $30.00
Skin Deep #256 interview