Nathan Mould's Beautiful Ornamental Blackwork

These ornamental tattoos by Nathan Mould are exquisite.

Powerton5 months ago in Tattoo Artists

Ornamental work is a particularly interesting genre in the world of tattoos. Traditionally, ornamentation grew out of architecture and printmaking, practices in which decorative figures and patterns have been used as embellishment for centuries. However, as with most art forms, ornamentation has found its way into new mediums, and one of those is tattooing.

When it comes to ornamental body art today the incredible work that Nathan Mould produces sets the bar. His tattoos are pure geometric eye-candy that have the power to leave any beholder mesmerized by their complexity. 

Ross HowertonFrom Tattoodo App
This sleeve by Nathan Mould is captivating in their geometric complexity. #blackandgrey #geometric #NathanMould #ornamental #sleeve #stippled
This sleeve by Nathan Mould is captivating in their geometric complexity. #blackandgrey #geometric #NathanMould #ornamental #sleeve #stippled
Ross HowertonFrom Tattoodo App
An intricate arm tattoo by Nathan Mould. #blackandgrey #forearm #geometric #NathanMould #ornamental #stippled
An intricate arm tattoo by Nathan Mould. #blackandgrey #forearm #geometric #NathanMould #ornamental #stippled
Ross HowertonFrom Tattoodo App
The use of negative space and graduated shading here is an incredible nuance that Nathan Mould brings to this style of tattooing. #blackandgrey #geometric #NathanMould #ornamental #sleeve #stippled
The use of negative space and graduated shading here is an incredible nuance that Nathan Mould brings to this style of tattooing. #blackandgrey #geometric #NathanMould #ornamental #sleeve #stippled
Ross HowertonFrom Tattoodo App
An example of how there's life after blackouts. Nathan Mould's ornamental approach is perfect for blasting white on black. #NathanMould #ornamental #sleeve #stippled #whiteonblack
An example of how there's life after blackouts. Nathan Mould's ornamental approach is perfect for blasting white on black. #NathanMould #ornamental #sleeve #stippled #whiteonblack
Ross HowertonFrom Tattoodo App
The mixture of bold lines, dots, and shading here exemplifies Nathan Mould's auteur style. #NathanMould #ornamental #sleeve #stippled
The mixture of bold lines, dots, and shading here exemplifies Nathan Mould's auteur style. #NathanMould #ornamental #sleeve #stippled
Ross HowertonFrom Tattoodo App
Sometimes Nathan Mould's ornamental tattoos are more geometric and minimalist than heavily embellished. #arms #geometric #NathanMould #ornamental #stippled
Sometimes Nathan Mould's ornamental tattoos are more geometric and minimalist than heavily embellished. #arms #geometric #NathanMould #ornamental #stippled

As one can see from these photos of sleeves and forearm tattoos, ornamental work looks great on the body's extremities. Also, these examples show how ornamentation can take on a number of aesthetic qualities when executed in the medium of tattoos: Mould's varying degrees of linework, dotting, and shading gives each piece its own unique look. Though his style is fine-tuned and easily recognizable, no two tattoos are alike. 

Ross HowertonFrom Tattoodo App
Excellent distribution of ornaments over the clients' body here. Really cool work by Nathan Mould. #arms #geometric #NathanMould #ornamental #sternum  #stippled
Excellent distribution of ornaments over the clients' body here. Really cool work by Nathan Mould. #arms #geometric #NathanMould #ornamental #sternum #stippled
Ross HowertonFrom Tattoodo App
The proportionality and placement on adjacent body parts by Nathan Mould creates a dope optical illusion. #arm #geometric #NathanMould #opticalillusion #ornamental #stippled #torso
The proportionality and placement on adjacent body parts by Nathan Mould creates a dope optical illusion. #arm #geometric #NathanMould #opticalillusion #ornamental #stippled #torso

While Mould's work looks phenomenal on arms, it also compliments other parts of the body. The placement of his tattoos often organically dictates the patterning of their ornaments. This makes it so that the bodily adornment appears completely copacetic with its wearer.

Ross HowertonFrom Tattoodo App
A work in progress by Nathan Mould. Want to see this one once it's fleshed out all the way. #geometric #NathanMould #ornamental #stippled #thigh
A work in progress by Nathan Mould. Want to see this one once it's fleshed out all the way. #geometric #NathanMould #ornamental #stippled #thigh
Ross HowertonFrom Tattoodo App
Nathan Mould's gorgeous minimalist ornamentation along a woman's spine. #backpiece #geometric #NathanMould #ornamental #stippled
Nathan Mould's gorgeous minimalist ornamentation along a woman's spine. #backpiece #geometric #NathanMould #ornamental #stippled
Ross HowertonFrom Tattoodo App
Bold dotwork back-piece with red ink center by Mould. #backpiece #geometric #NathanMould #ornamental #stippled #dotwork
Bold dotwork back-piece with red ink center by Mould. #backpiece #geometric #NathanMould #ornamental #stippled #dotwork

Of all Mould's excellent work, his back-pieces are arguably the biggest and boldest, especially those executed solely in dotwork. Their stippled appearance is absolutely diesel, for lack of a better word.

Ross HowertonFrom Tattoodo App
An astounding back-piece by Nathan Mould, a master of ornamental tattoos. #backpiece #geometric #NathanMould #ornamental #stippled #largescale
An astounding back-piece by Nathan Mould, a master of ornamental tattoos. #backpiece #geometric #NathanMould #ornamental #stippled #largescale

If you enjoyed getting lost in the ornate patterning of these maze-like tattoos, you can see more of Mould's awesome work on his Instagram @nathanmouldtattoo, or, should you want your body ornamented by him, he works at Big Cartel Tattoo in Pittsburgh, Penn.