Every tattoo artist has a unique story of how they came to the industry and Keoki is certainly no exception. After a tempestuous upbringing and several years of military service in the Army, Keoki found himself on the beach in Hawaii. He began working with his best friend to do drawings for his friend to tattoo and, after repeated urging from his friend, Keoki decided to learn to tattoo the designs he had been creating. While learning to tattoo, he worked in the entertainment industry in Hawaii, playing music and spinning fire knives at resorts and on cruise ships. As his tattoo business grew, so did his desire to learn more and refine his craft, leading him to work in a shop in Hawaii. From there, Keoki traveled to learn all he could about tattooing from his peers and predecessors, a goal that eventually led him to Ink & Dagger Tattoo.