Mikhail Kolesnikov, aka Mike Amanita, is a tattoo artist from St Petersburg, Russia, who specializes in black ink esoteric tattoos. Featuring mandalas, sacred geometry, optical illusions and elements from nature, Amanita manages to express the ideal that there is more to the world than meets the eye.
Amanita is a master of visual textures and patterns. To create texture, he often uses a tattoo technique known as dotwork, in which shades are built up with hundreds of tiny dots. The more dots that are used in an area, the darker the area will appear. The method results in a tattoo that looks as though it should have a gritty or coarse texture when touched. Many of Amanita’s patterns are original and yet they closely resemble the patterns used in paisley and spiritual designs from the East.
For more pictures of Mike Amanita’s work, or to learn more about the artist, visit his website.