What do you hope people feel when looking at the original design?
I hope when folks see the design of Island Lifestyle and the art from Hawaii they will see us more than just beaches, surf, flower leis, hotels and mai tais. Hawaii really is a cool place full of contemporary art, food, music and an extremely unique tattoo art style. I share my view of Hawaii's people and their passion for the islands in this painting I call, Island Lifestyle.
What was your inspiration for the artwork of Island Lifestyle?
"While approaching the Island Lifestyle concept, I had in mind my friends and the people I know who live in Hawaii. The term we use is 'mixed plate,' meaning, we all come together from different backgrounds, likes and dislikes. That being said, we all form one community. The mix of different ethnicities and cultures make Hawaii a unique and special place. Island Lifestyle shares what I see and feel as that view, with a little edge to it."
What does it mean to have your artwork featured on Kahuna Creations longboards?
“With Kahuna Creations using my artwork, my images will be seen in the outdoors on the streets as well as fine art galleries,” said Mathewson. “My work initially started on projects like motorcycles and automobiles, so it is exciting to see it displayed outdoors once again,” said Mathewson.