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.
Fundamentals of Traditional
and Modern Polynesian Tattoo
B/w • Art Reference
227 pages • $40.00
Ana'ole Polynesian Tattoo
B/w • Art Reference
152 pages • $30.00
The Son of Fire
B/w • Fiction
333 pages • $12.00
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!
I've been getting some projects off the ground as of late. In particular a video series talking about Polynesian tattoo. There will be 8 in total and I intend to post one every month. The first one can be viewed by scrolling down on this page. Please feel free to subscribe!
I've also been busy doing interviews for magazines and websites here in the states and in Europe. Here are links:
Please stay tuned for further developments and thank you for looking.
Latest interview, 247/Ink online magazine. For full res and to subscribe please visit:
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.
Roland was mentored at the age of ten in classical oil, acrylic, pen and ink and water color.