Refined artistry for the human form
Kirk Edward Nilsen II is an award winning, internationally acclaimed tattoo artist from Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey.
He works and lives part time in Los Angeles, CA as well.
His client base is an international list of high ranking officials, prominent families, tech executives, and many other media and entrepreneurial personnel; with a private, exclusive art space dedicated to the demanding needs of such clients.
Kirk was born in New Brunswick in 1987; grandson to Norwegian and Portuguese immigrants and freemasons.
He is descended from John Wadham of the notable Wadham Family, as well as American Revolutionary, Caleb Carman; a founder of the state of New Jersey.
An aspirant for excellence and proficiency, Kirk has expended much of his life in the pursuit of his art, and perfecting his skills.
Showcasing his portfolio of artistry to one of the oldest, recognized artists in the area, he acquired an apprenticeship immediately.
A true pioneer, Kirk was the first artist to bring geometric / ornamental, engraving, fineline and stippled tattooing to New Jersey; as well as a pioneer in single use tattoo equipment in the state.
He opened the first all private and custom art studio in the area, as well as the first studio to use only 100% disposable, single use equipment; greatly raising the sanitary standards of the industry in the state.
Since his tattoo career commenced over a decade ago, he has tattooed across the United States and Europe at the most renowned studios worldwide, visiting countries such as Denmark, Sweden, England, France, Italy, Germany, Portugal and Ireland.
He split much of his time over the years coast to coast, working in Hollywood, San Francisco, Philadelphia, NYC and Germany.
His work has led him to being contacted by several television shows, and features in multiple magazines as well as The Paramount Networks "The Art of Ink" series (previously filmed for Spike TV)
He is now completely settled in his private studio in Point Pleasant Beach, NJ.
He will be planning some conventions and guest spots here and there, but not as frequently as was done in the past.
When not traveling the world and tattooing, he is busy creating various wood cut art, painting, designing for clothing companies, learning nature photography and astro-photography, and trying to get back in touch with nature: hiking, canoeing, camping.
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Black work, wood cut, mandalas, sacred geometry, geometric tattoos, dot work, stippling, etching, line art, science, neo-traditional, fine art tattooing.