What's happening at Brighton


Thu, Jan 12, 2012

The fifth Brighton Tattoo Convention, which takes place over the weekend of January 28 & 29th, is to be held once again at its spiritual home, Brighton Racecourse, Freshfields Road, Brighton, East Sussex BN2 9XZ, and is all set to be even bigger and better than previous events.

Established in 2008, The Brighton Tattoo Convention has now evolved into the premier opening show to the hugely busy European Tattoo Convention calendar, bringing a glorious burst of alternate culture and multi coloured life to the heart of the English winter.

In 2005, it was estimated that one in eight of all British adults had been inked. Now, in 2011, it is estimated that a one in five of all British adults have got at least one tattoo; among 16 - 44 year olds, both men and women, this figure rises to one in three!

This year, more than 150 of the world's most talented tattooists will work alongside local legendary studios such as Tattoo Workshop, Angelic Hell and Magnum Opus.

Artists from as far afield as the USA, Japan, Scandinavia, Italy and even Nepal will be working all weekend on dedicated tattoo fans. Those high on the list of people to see are, Geometric Dotwork Artist Jondix from LTW in Barcelona, Californian Black & Grey Master Jose Lopez, traditional Japan artists Horimasa, Horishin and Horiken alongside Brighton's very own Phil Kyle, Ade, Stu Francis, James Robinson & Woody.

Key to the heart of any top quality show are the competitions, open for all to enter, independently judged, and running on both Saturday and Sunday. Come along and see if your work is awarded a prize in one of the many categories! This years completely unique awards are being designed and made by Jess and Jon of EatonNott, possibly Brighton's most unusual shop!

Keeping us entertained over the weekend will be live music and entertainment from All Weller and The Rocker Covers, Born Bad DJ's and Hot Rod car displays, historical seminars, food and of course the bar. Also back with us again will be the Art Gallery showcasing artists artworks, mosaics and photographs in their very own buildings within the convention walls.

Those with spending money will find trade suppliers, vendors, vintage clothing, bespoke jewellery, unique one off artwork, show merchandise and much, much more.

However, the biggest show of all will be that offered by the 5000 visitors themselves, who become the lead characters in an ever changing pantomime of colour, so come join us, and blow away the winter blues...

Add in free parking, free entry for under 16's and a free aftershow party, held at Brighton's Concorde2, hosted by the Brighton Rockabilly Rumble Club.

For more info check out Tickets are available from, priced at £20 per day or £35 for the weekend.

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