Arriving to Maui from Venice, California in 2007 and born in Sao Paulo, Brasil, Masao Fukayama has forged his way through the tattoo industry, establishing a popular and traditional style called Polynesian Tribal. After opening his own tattoo shop, Zen Tattoo & Art Gallery, on Maui in 2012, his artistry transformed to the surf industry. Making his mark, not only as a team rider for Jimmy Lewis Surfboards, but as art designer for the surfboard shaping giant. His tribal tattoo art can be seen unofficially and officially through advertisements for Jeep, Jimmy Lewis Surfboards brand and 808 T-shirts. His commitment to the industry of tattoo and surf has created a world wide following of tattoo and water sport enthusiasts traveling to Maui specifically seeking his custom tribal tattoos.
With in the heart and soul of this artist is an endearing non-profit project named Casa do Conto. A piece of land with in the favelas of Itacare, Bahia Brasil designated with a one room dwelling for Masao. After moving to United States, he gained support from friends and local teachers by starting a program for the children with in the favela of Itacare. Fast forward to today, Masao and his volunteers have successfully grown a very small dwelling into an educational facility. Providing more areas of learning and materials needed to continue the hands on education for young growing minds, year after year. Through is charitable contributions to his Casa do Conto project, supporting children with no access to education, Masao was recognized and honored by Maui Jim, with the opportunity to join Maui Jim as an Ambassador. He is continually supported by Maui Jim till today.
Masao’s talent for art and surf, have combined a unique lifestyle, allowing his passion of life and art to continue on a journey of creativity learning and longevity.
To book a tattoo with Masao: 808-214-5670
Follow Masao on Instagram @masaofukayama