Originally from the East Coast, Roll began tattooing professionally in California in 1998. After a stint there he moved north and has been working in Oregon ever since. Over the years he's had the privilege to have worked with and learned from many incredible tattoo artists from all over the world. In 2016 Roll and Joanne Slorach opened The Hive Tattoo in beautiful Portland Oregon.
His tattoo work is defined by clean lines, bright colors and a design aesthetic inspired by traditional American tattoos, Japanese tattooing, and black and grey work. Outside of tattooing and painting he enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, and mountain biking.
A native of New Hampshire, Roll Hardy moved to the Northwest and graduated from the Pacific Northwest College of Art in 2002. As an emerging young painter, he received several scholarships during his studies including the C.S. Price Award for Painting in 2002, Thesis Prize, Pacific Northwest College of Art, 2002, and The Venice Foundation Painting Scholarship, 2000-02. He has completed both private and public commissions, including a series of pieces for the Visual Chronicle of Portland collection. He is in the collection of the Portland Art Museum and his work has also been included in group exhibitions including Critical Messages: Contemporary Northwest Artists on the Environment, which toured to Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA; Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Salem, OR, and Boise Art Museum, ID; and Up on the Wall, 6 Painters from the West, Prichard Art Gallery, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID.