Cosmos Collide and Consume in Blackwork Tattoos by Nik Square

Star-filled portrait tattoo, blackwork tattoos

Tattoo artist Nik Square has us seeing stars. In his surreal blackwork body art, he combines elements of the galaxy with our civilization. Cats, flowers, and statues collide with constellations and planets—but it often appears that the universe is consuming its host. The blackness of cosmos and the scale of planets like Saturn strip away the identity of the figures they’re fused with and make them nearly unrecognizable. It’s as if Square is reminding us that the things we treasure on Earth are no match for what’s beyond the atmosphere.

Tattoo on leg sculpture tattoo, outer space Surreal tattoo on arm by Nik Square
medusa with cut out head, stars outer space tattoo Rabbit tattoo on thigh rose flash tattoo Flower tattoo on arm blackcat with stars, tattoo
Images © Nik Square
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Sara is a Baltimore, Maryland-based blogger and illustrator. She’s obsessed with finding the latest and greatest in illustration, which she shares through her blog, Brown Paper Bag. Offline, Sara enjoys embroidering flowers and foods that she’s eaten and enjoyed.

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December 4, 2017 Art Surreal Tattoos