Born and raised on the island of Kauai, I moved to Oahu to in 2003 to finish my college degree. This is where my sales and marketing journey began. For the next 6 years I was a part of Hawaii’s fastest growing streetwear company, Farmers Market Hawaii. I was lucky enough to cross paths with Robert and the Skin Design Tattoos fam through mutual friends in Las Vegas. Once I learned more about Robert, I knew I wanted to get a piece from him. I was a huge fan of his work, so I gave him free range on my sleeve. After my first session’s experience and learning about Robert’s journey, I knew that I wanted to be a part of this amazing team Robert created; to learn, grow, and continue to be inspired.
Fast forward a year, and here I am. It is such an honor to be on the Skin Design team for Marketing/PR, and a certified Laser Tattoo Removal Technician.
The skill of Polynesian art is both earned and learned. Artists who want to pursue this path in life have been known to acquire the skills and knowledge by having it passed down from father to son, or master to disciple. Tattoo artists are often refereed to as “tufuga” and the learned craft is one which is sacred in nature and even harder to come by.
Considered a specialty art, Polynesian tattoo artists are a rare breed. The information they deliver is powerful and it’s a form of body art which is know to offer spiritual power, protection and strength. In addition, these tattoos are a sign of character, position and hierarchical levels and in short, can often be seen as a resume of your life’s experiences.
In all, Polynesian people firmly believe that an individual’s mana – which is their spiritual life force – is displayed through their tattoos. We encourage you to explore the fascinating world of Polynesian tattoos with SDT and always remember that tattoos and their meanings don’t change, it’s just the people who wear them that do.