In 1983 Rockwood went to work at "Long Beach Tattoo" for Col. W.L. Todd and Dave Orlawski. Three years later, Rockwood was invited to work at "Sunset Strip Tattoo" in West Hollywood by Robert Benedetti. After six years with the Sunset crew it was time for him to open his own shop.
Rockwood along with his wife Becky opened "Studio City Tattoo" on April 1, 1992. In 1994 Rockwood and his wife moved to the big island of Hawaii to open their second shop "Big Island Tattoo" on the island of Hawaii. In 2001 Rockwood sold Studio City Tattoo to his good friend Clay Clement.
Rockwood has customers from all around the world who travel to Hawaii for their tattoo's not to mention his extensive celebrity clientele. Rockwood's fame and talent are confirmed by Cher, Madonna, Heather Locklear, Guns-n-Roses, and many more of the biggest names in film, T.V. and the recording industry. (see Celebrity Friends under photos).
Rockwood loves to share his talents and has trained several new tattooer's who make a very good living at their craft. Including but not limited to Slik Rik, (R.I.P. Slik) "North Shore Tattoo" Oahu HI. and Danny Black "Art of Life Tattoo" in Chatsworth CA.
In addition to his tattooing abilities Rockwood is also an accomplished artist in many mediums. He paints in airbrush , water colors, oils as well as pinstriping. Available artwork sold by "Rockwood Galleries Hawaii." Rockwood is also the founder of Paradise Tattoo Association, started in '2000, "an organization of licensed tattooers, piercers, physicians and enthusiasts in the state of Hawaii who are dedicated to education and promoting a positive image of the tattoo and body piercing industry."
"Rockwood is an artist continually refining his style and evolving his techniques through constant experimentation. Whether the medium is skin, canvas, paper, masonite or a thousand square foot mural, (i.e.: Kmart, Kailua-Kona, HI; 1994) Rockwood takes any art form he adopts to new heights."
If you get the opportunity to come to the big island of Hawaii, please feel free to come by and say hi. Its always great to meet new people who share the love of tattooing as we do.