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Pacific Island Ink

Pacific Island Ink

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Kailua Kona , HI

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Introduction

We are a locally owned and operated establishment. New shop that opened in May of 2018. Each of our artist have at least 10 years of professional tattooing experience. Department of Health certified, licensed and insured. We specialize in creating the Hawaiian souvineer tattoo, which consist mostly of polynesian/tribal work, turtles, dolphins, whales, beaches and flowers. However, we are not limited toward doing other styles such as watercolor, American Traditional, Neo Traditional, Asian themed, Fine line, Realism, Portrait etc. Also in shop are handcrafted ocean themed jewelry for purchase that you won't find anywhere else. Made with sea shells and dehydrated starfish, (most of which were picked off the island's beaches!) beads, and metals. We have an active apprenticeship going on. Say hello to Katarina (Kat for short) to book an appointment and leave a deposit with us, if the artist are not in. Soon to be actively Piercing in the Summer of 2020. Ambitiously striving to become the local Tattoo Supplier by 2021!

Artists

  • TR
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    Pro | Old School (Traditional)Fine-lineLetteringNeo-TraditionalTribal
    I am 34 years old and have been tattooing for 14 years now, on the island of Hawai'i, in the state of Hawaii. Specifically, I have been tattooing in my small hometown of Kailua-kona, where I have been raised for most of my life. I acquired my tattoo license (yes, you have to be licensed in the state of Hawaii!) through a 2 year apprenticeship, under the tutelage and mentorship of a man name Rockwood. Rockwood tattooed in and around Anaheim, California, and Sunset Boulevard. While in his prime, Rockwood tattooed a plethora of celebrities and rockstars and was even dubbed an official tattooer for the Hell's Angels. Julia Roberts, Cher, Heather Locklear, Lenny Kravitz, Motley Crew (Nicky Sixx), Guns n' roses, Panthera, just to name a few. So, you could imagine, that during my apprenticeship, my first tattoo technique came from creating and recreating (tracing mostly) American traditional, Neo-traditional or Sailor Jerry type art, and a massive amount of tattoo flash off the walls and flash racks. Post-apprenticship, I was forced into mainly creating art and tattoos that represented Hawaii or the polynesian culture. Not only that, but I got real good at lettering...it helps when your Hawaii based clientele and friends have family names they want on their bodies. Ahem, and these are not names like "Ben", "Sue" or "Jack", they were more like "Isreal Kamakawiwaole Ho'olaulea Kamakani Malama pono" type names! I also delved into custom fabrication at one point after my apprenticeship. Doing work with mediums like clay, metal, silicone, fiberglass, resins, and wood. Prior to my apprenticeship, I actually wanted to become an Architect (still do atcually). I took some courses in Drafting, Auto-Cad, 3D studio Max and Photoshop while at Kapiolani Community College. I was turned off by architecture and decided to put it on the backburner after so many trails with mathematical errors and liability on creating a structure. A lot of my creativity was castrated by my instructor and it started to crush my spirit. Luckily, I also took a major in art and art history, where I've met a plethora of like-minded individuals. One of those individuals became a good friend and he actually gave me my first crash course in tattooing! It was from that point, that I started my campaign toward becoming a tattoo artist. Well, I hope that covers most of my tattoo career life, if you want to know more, I suppose you will have to meet me. Aloha!

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75-5719 Ali'i Dr. STE 1BKailua KonaHIUS

Opening hours

  • Monday1:00 PM – 7:00 PM
  • TuesdayClosed
  • Wednesday12:00 PM – 9:00 PM
  • Thursday12:00 PM – 9:00 PM
  • Friday12:00 PM – 10:00 PM
  • Saturday12:00 PM – 10:00 PM
  • Sunday1:00 PM – 7:00 PM
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