If there’s one thing that the current generation love just as much as Instagram and avocados, it’s body modification. Especially so in the form of tattoos. There is something compelling about having your skin ripped to pieces by a needle in the name of art. That’s why Brighton Tattoo Convention are now celebrating their 11th year running this month, growing into a major event for the city, tattoo artists and tattoo lovers alike.
The convention is back at its original Winter dateline, taking place on Sat 24 – Sun 25 Feb at The Brighton Centre. The line-up this year consists of the regular industry heavyweights such as: Jondix, Scott Move, Wendy Pham and Grace Neutral. Not to mention an exciting array of new faces, including Sad Amish, Little Nick, Sneaky Mitch and Zooki. That’s just a small fraction of the long list of talent participating; there will be artists heading to Brighton from all over the world to share their individual styles and art with attendees.
It’s not just tattooing that will be on the agenda throughout the weekend. A variety of independent traders will be making their way to the city, too. Alongside the tattoo supplies and related merchandise, we’ll see clothing retailers, jewellery, a collection of artists, vinyl records and even a massage therapist and reflexologist (how Brighton). Parties, live music and exhibitions – including a display from Jim Sanders’ contemporary art methodologies- will also be taking place to further captivate you on this wonderful and weird weekend.
Highlights include ‘Truth & Beauty – A Print Retrospective’ by Alex Binnie. Alex, the owner of Brighton’s very own 1770 tattoo and formerly, Into You London. The legendary artist will be at the convention all weekend, hand printing two designs on his own printing press made in 1933. A once in a lifetime experience to witness a true master make his magic.
Bringing their craftsmanship along with the barber environment will be Paul Hewitt’s & Brad Cowan’s small pop up barbershop The BARBERLIFE Expo, after having attended the convention for many years now, they’re back. Expect shops from LA, New Jersey, Athens, Belgium, Israel and the UK with some very special guests coming along too. Look forward to live D.J. Sets, screen printing, retail, and a relaxing waiting area to hang get cut, watch and chat to all the barbers.
Let’s not forget the after parties. On the Saturday evening we will be joined by Seven Doors legends Jondix, Raf and Tomas Tomas for an underground psych experience with eclectic sound and visuals, as well as some food for thought. On Sunday, host Dave Mumbles will be presenting some of the best Live Rock & Roll Bands and DJ’s with the Brighton Rockabilly Club.
This weekend is set to be an absolute hit, with more than you could ever imagine taking your fancy crammed in to just two days of buzzing creativity. Whether you want to get in line to have a tattoo from an accomplished artist, enjoy unique merchandise and exclusive experiences or simply just have a great time this is definitely a weekend worth investing in. With the convention fast approaching, grab your tickets now. Both weekend and day tickets are available from our website priced at £40 and £25 respectively
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