With as many as one in three British 16-44 year olds reportedly having gone under the needle, the Brighton figure must be, well, pretty much everyone. So it’s fitting that the emerging premier opening fixture on the European tattoo convention calendar should be here, arriving in town for the fourth time on its biggest outing yet.
Competitions, live music and entertainment, food and bars make it a tip top tatt day out, and there’s a free Brighton Rockabilly Rumble after party at the Concorde. More than 150 artists will be pushing ink, from local names like Into You, Magnum Opus, Nine and Angelic Hell, to stars of TV’s London Ink and a host of international specialists. Many normally have ages-long waiting lists, so a pre-booking here could be your chance to jump the queue. Here’s some names to look out for.
Proprietor of Brighton’s Magnum Opus, Phil is your archetypal old school tattooist and a real ambassador for the art. He’s equally at home on TV, the international circuit or inking here by the sea – tattooing for Phil is not something that stops at the skin-deep.
An artist we can personally recommend, Jim is a south coast legend whose reputation spreads all over the world. A founder member of the Into You Brighton team, he’s an experienced and spiritual artist and a real guru to those he’s helped along the way.
Known as the trilby-hatted troubador of London Ink, Dan now runs Skunx Tattoo in London. His work is distinctively colourful, with a trademark graffiti-style undertone to much of his widely-admired folio.
Lopez is a real coup for the convention. His Lowrider studio in LA is probably the best exponent of the urban black and grey style, with intricate layering and shading that lends the work an eerily photographic nature.
Another world-renowned artist for whom realism is a trademark, Robert Hernandez plies his trade of dark and sinister work at Vitamin Tattoo in Spain, his own studio for the last decade.
From Auckland via scene stardom thanks to London Ink, Nicole’s reputation has been built on her ability to tackle any style of tattooing and make it her own – from Japanese to tribal her book is a definitive how-to of the art.
BRIGHTON TATTOO CONVENTION
Saturday 29th & Sunday 30th January
WORDS BY NICK COQUET
PHOTO BY TOM CHAMBERS