I was born Martin W Flynn III on the Delaware Peninsula in 1986 surrounded by the waters of the Atlantic Ocean, Chesapeake Bay, Delaware River, and local estuaries. I grew up fishing the local waters throughout the mid-Atlantic; casting lures in local ponds, charter fishing in coastal towns from Ocean City Maryland to Plum Island Massachusetts, and crabbing from any pier or bridge available.
At a young age I was captivated by my grandfather Martin Flynn Sr oil painting in his brisk dim cellar watching reruns of Bob Ross The Joy of Painting using landscape calendars for reference. By high school I was heavily involved in multiple mediums including ceramics, oil paints, acrylic paints, and mixed media. My bedroom walls were constantly covered in art from wall to wall to glow in the dark ceiling murals. I served as a Forward Observer in the US Army stationed at Fort Sill Oklahoma and Schofield Barracks Hawaii, a combat veteran of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.
Since I have spent six years at sea exploring several commercial fisheries throughout the Pacific Ocean from Nome Alaska to the Marshall Islands. In 2010 I began commercial illustration for local silk screening companies in Waipahu Hawaii continuing to expand my full potential as an artist. I studied animation and digital cinema at the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s Academy for Creative Media. By 2013 I commissioned several pyrography series through a handful of local Oahu clientele completing three hundred hand burned and finished wood plaques in two calendar years. The same year I was introduced to Polynesian Tatau; continuously studying the history, definition, and meaning behind each motif, shape, and pattern while apprenticing in Honolulu Hawaii. In 2015 I became a Hawaii state licensed tattooist committed to practicing and perfecting his work in nearly every medium with West Coast Ink Waianae. My focus is Illustrative Fisheries & Wildlife, modern Asian tattoo design, science illustration, and Polynesian & Indigenous Aesthetics.