Ornamental & Geometric Blackwork by Kirk Nilsen

Delicate, dark & detailed.

katievidan8 months ago in Tattoo Artists

Kirk Nilsen is one of our go-tos when it comes to the most beautifully ornate blackwork. Bouncing between New York, New Jersey, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and San Francisco, Nilsen has become a true master in his genre of tattooing. His flawless lines, precise dotwork and his ability to merge different styles with his Mendhi-inspired ornamental pieces set him apart from the rest and we're big fans. 

katievidanFrom Tattoodo App
Mendhi-inspired forearm piece by @kirknilsentattoos #kirknilsen #ornamental #blacktattoos
Mendhi-inspired forearm piece by @kirknilsentattoos #kirknilsen #ornamental #blacktattoos

I've gathered some of our favorites from Nilsen for ya'll to check out below- so have a look and let us know what you think, and don't forget to give him a follow on Instagram for his latest work!

katievidanFrom Tattoodo App
Beautiful ornamental sleeve  by @kirknilsentattoos #kirknilsen #ornamental #blacktattoos
Beautiful ornamental sleeve by @kirknilsentattoos #kirknilsen #ornamental #blacktattoos
katievidanFrom Tattoodo App
Gorgeous use of negative space by @kirknilsentattoos #kirknilsen #ornamental #blacktattoos
Gorgeous use of negative space by @kirknilsentattoos #kirknilsen #ornamental #blacktattoos
katievidanFrom Tattoodo App
Interesting snake piece by @kirknilsentattoos #kirknilsen #ornamental #blacktattoos
Interesting snake piece by @kirknilsentattoos #kirknilsen #ornamental #blacktattoos
katievidanFrom Tattoodo App
Intricate Lotus design by @kirknilsentattoos #kirknilsen #ornamental #blacktattoos
Intricate Lotus design by @kirknilsentattoos #kirknilsen #ornamental #blacktattoos
katievidanFrom Tattoodo App
Dotwork mandala surrounded with intricate Mendhi-inspired designs by @kirknilsentattoos #kirknilsen #ornamental #blacktattoos
Dotwork mandala surrounded with intricate Mendhi-inspired designs by @kirknilsentattoos #kirknilsen #ornamental #blacktattoos
katievidanFrom Tattoodo App
Decorative elephant design by @kirknilsentattoos #kirknilsen #ornamental #blacktattoos
Decorative elephant design by @kirknilsentattoos #kirknilsen #ornamental #blacktattoos
katievidanFrom Tattoodo App
Ornamental hand piece by @kirknilsentattoos #kirknilsen #ornamental #blacktattoos
Ornamental hand piece by @kirknilsentattoos #kirknilsen #ornamental #blacktattoos