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.
Who are you, where you been, where you going?
Do you remember the first time tattooing intervened in your life?
So from graffiti onto a formal apprenticeship?
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?
Who are your main influences in today’s community of tattooers?