Refined artistry for the human form
Kirk Nilsen is an award winning, internationally acclaimed tattoo artist from Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey.
His client base includes numerous government officials; including secret service members, media / marketing executives, Wall Street stock brokers, film crews, musicians, renowned architects, CEO's, surgeons, lawyers, models, professional athletes, other renowned tattoo artists, and many other top tier workers, artists, and innovators in various fields; with a high end, private studio to suit the demanding needs of such clientele.
Kirk was born in New Brunswick in 1987; grandson to Norwegian immigrants and freemasons, and raised in South Amboy, NJ.
He later on moved to the Jersey Shore performing in various international musical acts.
He was a recognized artist creating album art and tour poster designs for many bands and record labels.
His art eventually led him to becoming a tattoo apprentice and learning under one of the oldest tattooers in the area.
A true pioneer, Kirk was the first artist to bring geometric/ dot work / wood-cut tattooing to New Jersey.
For years he tried showcasing his artistic abilities in wood cut design into his tattoos and art, since has always been inspired to draw, and influenced by centuries old wood print artists.
He began some time ago, placing dot work and cross hatching, as well as geometric designs into his tattoos; taking many years before it finally caught on and became a sought after style in the state.
Since his tattoo career began nearly a decade ago, he has tattooed across the United States and across Europe, visiting countries such as Denmark, Sweden, England, France, Italy, Germany, Portugal and Ireland.
He was splitting time coast to coast working in Los Angeles, CA, Oakland, CA, Philadelphia, PA, New York City and Hamburg, 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, Crown & Anchor 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.
He is currently booked by appointment only, working on many large and small projects on travelling collectors.
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.
He is currently learning to farm and live a peaceful life free of modern technology and stress.
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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.