This book is filled with stories from my past that illustrate just how ridiculous I have been in my expectations of what I believed was the right way to achieve happiness. And, for a long time, the biggest obstacle in my way to finding bliss was often myself.
Life is complicated so it should make sense then that happiness wouldn't be any different!
266 pages, paperback
Join me, as I tattoo my way around the world!
Sample artwork from Kiko and the Sunshine Patch
The Son of Fire
B/w • Fiction
333 pages • $12.00
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 11 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.
Tattoo Nomad: Dendermonde, Belgium (episode 1)
Rolandtattoo visits Dendermonde, Belgium and Trash Tattoo. He meets some nice people and discovers the tattoo culture of Belgium.
No smurfs were harmed in the making of this video (not that we didn't try).
He started Tattoo Nomad® at the beginning of 2017 and the show is the direction of his brand moving forward. It centers on the notion of traveling the world and tattooing while also exploring tattoo culture in those areas, the artists that create extraordinary art and the people that collect it. Celebrating tattoo culture and spreading Polynesian culture whenever he can!
Check out the latest episodes below and also click on the Tattoo Nomad® link above to get the latest news and future episode locations.
Skin Deep #256 interview
Ana'ole Polynesian Tattoo
B/w • Art Reference
152 pages • $30.00
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
Tat2 magazine interview
24/7 Ink interview
Tattoo Nomad: Big Island (pilot)
This pilot was supposed to be a sizzle reel but quickly grew into a full episode.
I talk about my history and the history of Polynesian tattoo as it pertains to Hawaii.
In the tattoo segment, I explore the importance of ancestral connections and remembering those that have come before us.
Tattoo Nomad: North Island, New Zealand (episode 2)
Rolandtattoo visits the North Island of New Zealand and explores the stunning countryside, the practice of Ta Moko and what it means to be Maori.
Runtime: 40 min