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SESSIONS: Time-Tested Traditional Tattooing by Oahu's Keir McEwan

SESSIONS: Time-Tested Traditional Tattooing by Oahu's Keir McEwan

Tattoo Artists4 min Read

In this episode of Sessions, Keir McEwan gets down to business on an iconic traditional back-piece.

Not too far from the flocks of tourists enjoying the famed beaches of Waikiki, you can find a quaint little tattoo shop called Queen Street Tattoo. 

A simplified description of McEwan’s style would easily be coined as traditional — but by definition, his work is a mix of who he is and where he comes from. With clean black outlines and bold color choices, his tattoos carry the torch for the timeless iconography that has been associated with Hawaii for over the last half century.

Keri McEwan - Queen Street Tattoo. (Photo by Jessica Paige) (IG- unomaser) #KeirMcEwan #QueenStreetTattoo #Hawaii #Oahu #Sessions

Who are you, where you been, where you going?

Bold, traditional Eagle by Keir McEwan. (IG - unomaser) #KeirMcEwan #QueenStreetTattoo #Hawaii #Oahu #Sessions #eagle

Do you remember the first time tattooing intervened in your life?

Mural made by Keir Unomas McEwan. (IG - unomaser) #KeirMcEwan #QueenStreetTattoo #Hawaii #Oahu #Sessions

So from graffiti onto a formal apprenticeship?

Keir McEwan and a collector of his tattoos. (Photo by Jessica Paige) #KeirMcEwan #QueenStreetTattoo #Hawaii #Oahu #Sessions

You’ve mentioned Sailor Jerry twice now. It seems like his work has really influenced you as an artist. 

What is the tattoo scene like here in Hawaii?

Behind the scenes with Keir McEwan at Queen Street Tattoo. (Photo by Jessica Paige) (IG - unomaser) #KeirMcEwan #QueenStreetTattoo #Hawaii #Oahu #Sessions

Who are your main influences in today’s community of tattooers?

Keir McEwan caught chillin' on the block. Back piece made by Chuco Moreno. (Photo by Jessica Paige) (IG - unomaser) #KeirMcEwan #QueenStreetTattoo #Hawaii #Oahu

Keir McEwan is a full time artist at Queen Street Tattoo.  You can follow his latest work on Instagram.


Jessica Paige
Written byJessica Paige

☆ collector ☆ rock & roller social producer & creative for Tattoodo (IG @jespaige)

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