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.
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 • $10.99
Join me, as I tattoo my way around the world!
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
The Son of Fire
B/w • Fiction
333 pages • $12.00
Ana'ole Polynesian Tattoo
B/w • Art Reference
152 pages • $30.00
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.
I learned to paint when I was about 10 years old. My mentor was a well rounded artist that taught me oil, acrylic and water color. She was an important element in my becoming an artist and I still use what she taught me to this day, no matter if I'm painting or tattooing.
About 20 years ago, I decided to stop using brushes when I painted and began using palette knives only. Below are some of my newer works and they contain little to no brush work at all.
Now I primarily paint with dowels and sticks and acrylic pours.
Please contact me if you are interested in any of these works. Higher resolution images are available. Shipping worldwide.
*" She's fast "& "Seeing daylight" are a set and if purchased as such, total cost for both are 4000usd
Tat2 magazine interview
Chaos/Order • Acrylic on canvas 28x45 •1500usd
Here is a side project that we've been working on and are proud to share. It is a short video of the kupuna (grandparents) of Kohala that lived during the time that Kohala Sugar Company was in full swing.
They share their stories of what it was like growing up during that era and we also managed to procure some very rare footage of what Kohala was like during that time 50+ years ago.
If you have 30 minutes to spare, please check it out!
The blackest, blackest blue • Acrylic on canvas 24x60 • metal frame • 2000usd
4 seasons • Acrylic on canvas 12x24
The koi pond • Acrylic on canvas 24x36
Koi Division • Acrylic on canvas 30x40
• metal frame • 1800usd
She's fast • Acrylic on canvas 24x24 • 2200usd*
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
B/w • Adult/All ages coloring book
Tattoo flash quality artwork
Quirky and fun narrative to honor the life of a beloved friend.
50 pages • $12.00
Six • Acrylic on canvas 30x30 • sold •
24/7 Ink interview
Broken light • Acrylic on canvas 12x24 • 400usd
The city never sleeps • Acrylic on canvas 21x34 • 900usd
Seeing daylight • Acrylic on canvas 24x24 • 2200usd*
New Year • Acrylic on canvas 21x34 • 900usd
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).
Discover the basics of Polynesian tattoo