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Thursday, 26 February 2015

TATTOOS: Review - Brighton Tattoo Convention 2015 and haul

I love Brighton. It's  a lovely place to visit and home to one of my favourite conventions.
This year I managed to attend on Friday and Saturday so here's  my round up of my two days.

Day One

I got my very first  convention tattoo by the very talented Jenna Kerr! I will post a full blog post on my new tattoo. Plus my husband was tattooed at the convention but the awesome Fabian Langes, which I will also write a post about!

I'm  not going to lie I was a little worried about sitting through it. I've  sat through many tattoos both in closed rooms and in the middle of busy studios, but this is a totally different experience. There are literally hundreds of people walking  past  having a look at your work as it's  being  done, so trying to act like it doesn't  hurt is definitely at the forefront of your mind. Plus you have to smile sweetly at anyone that catches your eye. Fortunately Friday was a quieter day as it was pre bought tickets only and I was having a good pain day, thankfully. 

Before sitting down, myself and Dann had some time to have a little wander around the tattooists and traders at the convention.

We finished around 10pm so wandered off to the bar for a drink and to listen to the bands. We finished our night with a trip to Subway (because we were starving and tipsy... so it was the logical location)

Day Two

We spent most of Saturday collecting business cards and stickers and meeting some of our favourite tattooists, including Matthew Gordon and Cally Jo. We took a stroll around the traders including Are You Bearface, Sacred Stitches and Things and Ink. 

As always Brighton Tattoo Convention was a fun-filled, chilled out place filled with like-minded and respectful people. I can't describe how lovely it feels to be in a space filled with tattooed people, with no critical judgement, just appreciation for art and hard work. 

Of course no convention visit is complete without a haul of tattoo inspired goodies.

What we bought:

Prints and sticker from Dani Green (these were gifted by Dani because she is too sweet)
Dani Green Prints

Print and stickers from Fabian Langes (little sticker edit on this as it is a little naughty!!)
Fabian Langes Print

Our fourth Kerry Evans print
Kerry Evans Art

Tee for Dann from Sacred Stitches with tote bag
Sacred Stitches

Baseball shirt and tea towel from Tiny Miss Becca at Jayne Doe
Tiny Miss Becca Cat

Beard oil and moustache wax for Dann from Bearface
Rabbit skull from Eatonnott
Rabbit Skull
Wooden Lego head plugs for Dann in 16mm from Go2
Wooden Lego head plugs



  1. This tattoo convention looks 100X better than the one here!

  2. I've always wanted to go to a tattoo convention, just never got round to it! We have one in Carlisle.
    Looks like you had an amazing time, and the prints you got are stunning! Excited to read about your tattoo :D


  3. This is so cool! I haven't heard of a tattoo convention. Sounds amazing! Can't wait to hear about your convention tattoo!

  4. I LOVVVVE tattoo conventions. I haven't been to one since 2008, but I got my Sally Stitches tattoo at the Muddy Waters Tattoo Convention in Davenport, IA. It was such a great experience, although slightly awkward since I chose to make things easy on the tattoo artist & remove my shirt while he was inking my shoulder. The good news I was in no way the most exposed person there :) AH. Now I need to find another one to go to!


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