Spotlight on Brighton’s tattoo scene

Delving Into Brighton’s Tattoo Scene


Ahead of Brighton Tattoo Convention’s return on April 30 – May 1, we focus on some of Brighton’s tattoo scene’s top artists.

North Road Tattoo 71 North Road, Brighton, BN1 1YD / 01273 626199

Well-known and well reputed since opening in 1990, Steve, Max and Sarah have been producing some of the best quality work in the southeast. The studio as an entity is moving towards an ‘out with the old, in with the new’ theme with their work, keeping fresh artwork available for locals and visitors alike. The months running up to the Tattoo Convention have been busy ones with all three artists producing new designs and working on their styles to stay as one of the top studios in Brighton in such a reputed industry.

Brighton's Tattoo Scene

Dragon Artwork– Steve Griffin, owner and artist, hails from Brighton and has been tattooing for 15 years. He enjoys mixing styles and has perfected most, as can be seen by the dragon artwork.

Paw Print Artwork– Max Palumbo is from Milan, Italy and has been working as a tattoo artist for two decades. With a flair for freehand compositions, the eye and mandala work shows his impressive accuracy and precision.

Bird Artwork– Sarah Whiten is from Essex and enjoys mixing styles. The inventive nature of her style is evident from her piece here and displays a love of full colour work. Tattooing for five years now, Sarah’s style has developed and is being perfected daily.


Angelic Hell Tattoo 2 North Road, Brighton BN1 1YA

Angelic Hell Tattoo, established in 1996, is proud to offer Brighton classic, high quality tattooing seven days a week. With a crew of five tattooers (Dan, Ej, Christos, Luci and Natalie) we can cater to a variety of styles. Driven by pushing the boundaries of their art whilst using the safest products on the market in a hygienic, sterile environment, Angelic Hell is a benchmark of the Brighton tattooing scene.

Their newest addition Natalie created this spring/change of the season commission in her own detailed Neo-traditional style; Natalie’s work often incorporates floral details and animals as subject matter. 

Brighton's Tattoo Scene
Instagram: @angelichell / Natalie’s IG:

Dead Slow, 9 Boyces Street, Brighton, BN1 1AN

Forged in 2014 by co-owners and working artists Kirsty Simpson and Jack Applegate and based in the building that formerly housed Nine and Temple Tatu; Dead Slow is a studio that, along with resident artists Jonny Breeze and Mr Heggie, caters to a wide range of tattoo styles from black and grey realism, traditional, solid colour, Japanese, geometric, dotwork and graphic blackwork. Their collective interests not only span and encompass tattooing but also other resources, crafts and mark-making means such as printmaking, digital illustration, oil painting and photography to name a few. Our artists work hard to provide one-off custom pieces based around clients’ ideas, through an initial consultation, in an environment that is welcoming, creative and inclusive. They’re always on the lookout for new guest artists from all backgrounds and styles and are also currently looking for a new full-time artist to join the team.

Brighton's Tattoo Scene

Reaper artwork provided by Jack Applegate.

Instagram: @deadslowco /

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