Right before all this madness began (back in March, for us) I just finished painting a mural on the floor of my new art studio. So far this is the largest piece I have done to date.

I went with a koi theme and used sticks to paint it as I do with most of my paintings.

It was a challenge for sure.

Proportions, being what they are, required me to use larger diameter sticks and because I was painting on cement and not canvas, I had to modify the ends of the sticks to create a cushion between the two hard surfaces.

I decided to use the skin of a fish that we used to use here in during the old days to make drum heads. The Queenfish (Lai) has a very resilient skin that can stand up to some abuse if cured properly.

So I caught a Lai, skinned and salt-cured its skin then fastened that to the ends of the painting sticks.

They worked like a charm!

I rolled in the background of the mural because it would have taken forever with a stick. I also use some brushwork and acrylic pours to round it all out.

Below is a time-lapse video of the process.

Thank you for looking!


Well, it's December already and the virus is still running the show. Hawaii is holding strong but we can't keep it up unless everyone starts taking this seriously (I'm talking to you, rest of the US).

I won't be traveling abroad for the foreseeable future and am taking appointments but I'm being extra careful with who I will and won't tattoo. Please know that you have a better chance of getting in if you contact me when you land to begin the process instead of on the last day of your trip.

I have a new shop number,


so give me a call if you are interested in getting a tattoo.

Stay safe!






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