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Solid Linework and Chill Sketch Tattoos by Mike Burns

Solid Linework and Chill Sketch Tattoos by Mike Burns
Tattoo Artists1 min Read

L.A. based Mike Burns has a ridiculous portfolio!

Mike Burns is a chill-vibed, talented tattoo artist who lives and works out of L.A., California. The shop he tattoos out of is called Kingswell, and is half skate shop half tattoo parlour, with the tattoo studio placed at the back of the shop. Burns is an incredibly skilled artist, creating mainly blackwork tattoos with clean lines and very detailed shading.

Dagger babe and rose tattoo by Mike Burns #rose #losangelestattoo #dagger woodcut #MikeBurns #blackwork #linework #shading

Dagger babe and rose tattoo by Mike Burns #rose #losangelestattoo #dagger woodcut #MikeBurns #blackwork #linework #shading

In a lot of his pieces, Burns incorporates geometric elements which gives his tattoos a stunning depth. The geometric beetle tattoo below is just one example of the kind of blackwork he is capable of. In addition to blackwork pieces with solid linework, Burns also excels at sketch style pieces. Make sure you have a look through the second half of this post to check out that work!

Geo beetle by Mike Burns #losangelestattoo #beetle #geometric #blackworkerssubmission #MikeBurns #blackwork #linework #shading #dotwork
Gorgeous mandala rose tattoo by Mike Burns #mandala #losangelestattoo #rose #flower #MikeBurns #blackwork #linework #shading
Geometric moth jammer by Mike Burns #losangelestattoo #moth #geometric #blackworkerssubmission #MikeBurns #blackwork #linework #shading
Where the Wild Things Are tattoo by Mike Burns #wherethewildthingsare #losangelestattoo #MikeBurns #blackwork #linework #shading #story #storybook #film #movie
Italian race car sketch from client's father's sketch book #losangelestattoo #MikeBurns #blackwork #sketch #sketchstyle #racecar
Sketchy bison tattoo by Mike Burns #losangelestattoo #bison #MikeBurns #blackwork #sketch #sketchstyle
Wolf sketch tattoo by Mike Burns #losangelestattoo #wolf #sketch #sketchstyle #sketchy #MikeBurns

If I haven't proved this artist's versatility enough, he also creates some solid hand poked tattoos, which he is pictured doing in natural environments, such as mountain valleys in Peru (just casually). 

Mike Burns hand poking a tattoo in the Sacred Valley of Peru #MikeBurns #Peru #handpoked #handpoke #stickandpoke #nature #openair
Hand poked Andean mountain range, done while in the Sacred Valley of Peru #Peru #handpoked #handpoke #stickandpoke #nature #openair #MikeBurns #mountains #mountainrange #Andes

And finally, a rare but beautiful color piece by Mike Burns.

Images from Instagram.

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