Nicholas Elias (b. 1992) is a tattoo artist and illustrator working at Undead Ink in Oceanside, NY.

Working primarily in the (imaginative) realism and fantasy genres, Nick brings his passion for craftsmanship and storytelling to every creation on both skin and canvas. His figurative-driven illustrations are ripe with detail, emotion, and ethos embedded into the heart of every character. With both black & grey and color, Nick’s highly detailed, realistic tattoos are packed with texture and three-dimensionality that jump off of the skin. Whether it’s weaving a narrative across a sleeve, or crafting a beautiful and dynamic portrait, Nick’s tattoos stand out from the crowd as works of art.

On the illustration front, Nick is best known creating for popular IP’s such as Magic: The Gathering, Star Wars, Game of Thrones, and Arkham Horror. Nick’s illustrations can be found in tabletop games, guide books, packaging covers, advertisements, storyboards and more. Nick’s work has also been featured in galleries and publications such as Haven Gallery, Every Day Original, Infected by Art, The Art Order, Muddy Colors, Gurney Journey and others. Clients include; Wizards of the Coast, Fantasy Flight Games, Zagora Games, Ataboy Studios, Two of Us, and more. 

Send Nick an email or a DM on Instagram to discuss your next tattoo or painting commission and create something great together!




Exhibitions, Publications, Workshops & Awards:

  • Infected by Art: Volume 12 (2024)
  • Infected by Art: Volume 11 (2023)
  • Infected by Art: Volume 10 (2022)
  • Infected by Art: Volume 9 (2021)
  • IX Online 2020
  • Infected by Art: Volume 8 (2020)
  • Shakespearean Group Show – Haven Gallery (2020)
  • Illuxcon 12 – Weekend Showcase (2019)
  • Infected by Art: Volume 7 (2019)
  • Illustration Master Class: Muddy Colors Scholarship Recipient (2019)
  • Infected by Art: Volume 6 (2018)
  • GenCon 51 – GenCon Art Show (2018)
  • Illustration 101 Workshop – Herricks UFSD (2018)
  • Art of the Game – Black Lotus Art Gallery (2018)
  • Portraits of Legendeers – Mahting Productions (2017)
  • Illuxcon 10 – Weekend Showcase (2017)
  • Infected by Art: Volume 5 (2017)
  • Muddy Colors – Rising Star Contest: 1st Runner Up (2017)
  • Infected by Art: Volume 4 (2016)
  • Illuxcon 9: Weekend Showcase (2016)
  • ArtOrder’s Julie Bell & Boris Vallejo Tribute Show – Gallery Provocateur (2016)
  • Gurney Journey: Honorable Mention (2015)
  • No Words Needed – Joseloff Gallery (2015)
  • Sicily Rediscovered – Silpe Gallery (2014)