Aaron Kia was born and raised in Hawaii and earned his BA at the University of Hawaii-Manoa where he also played football. After graduating he played professional football in New York and arena football in San Jose, California.
It was during this time he began tattooing his team mates and friends for extra income. Aaron’s close friend Rick Coito encouraged his work and offered advice on how to improve. Aaron decided to return to Hawaii and join the staff at Monarch Tattoo Hawaii where he is tattooing full-time.