We spoke to the owner of Magic Tattoo ahead of Brighton Tattoo Convention

With the return of the Brighton Tattoo Convention and our February issue art themed, we caught up with studio owner Jasmine to talk ‘all things body art’!


When did Magic Tattoo hit the Brighton scene?

Hi! My name is Jasmine, I’m the owner of Magic Tattoo which first opened its doors in 1996 as ‘Angelic Hell Tattoo’ and became a landmark shop on the Brighton tattoo scene. I began my career in the tattoo industry here 13 years ago. Very sadly, we lost the founder of the business in 2020; I was then trusted with the task of taking the reins. The shop has nurtured some incredible talent over the years and it’s an honour to be the custodian of one of Brighton’s longest-running studios. 

Describe your team, with varied styles?

I’m really proud of my team, who consistently put out amazing work. There are currently 5 tattooers working at the shop. Joey specialises in bold Western traditional tattooing, with crisp linework and bold colours. Nataliya creates delicate fine line tattoos with incredible detail. Sholto is our Japanese tattoo expert, specialising in large scale projects. Leah is our handpoke artist, tattooing with only a needle and chopstick – she particularly enjoys making geometric and ornamental designs. Our newest artist Hattie tattoos large-scale ornamental work and folk-inspired traditional pieces. We also have a very talented apprentice, Maisie, who will be the one to watch this year! 


Who influenced you the most?

I’m personally inspired by Japanese and traditional tattoo styles and love to dive into tattoo history books. Brighton has some great tattoo history of its own – even the late great George Burchett was born here, one of the most famous tattooers of the early 20th century.

What’s the best part of the body to get tattooed if you are thinking of getting your first one?

Outer bicep and forearms are perhaps less painful than other spots, but don’t be put off if you have another placement in mind! All tattoos hurt a little, but most people find that the experience isn’t as scary as they imagine. The most important thing is that the placement compliments the design. We offer free consultations for anyone thinking about getting tattooed and we’re always happy to guide first-timers.


Do you offer any other services like piercings?

Yes, we do – our resident piercer Sergio is always on hand for your piercing needs! We run a great offer every Friday with a reduction on most piercings which is always popular; we recommend booking in advance.

Are you at the Brighton Tattoo Convention this year?

We are, and we can’t wait! The Brighton Tattoo Convention is a fantastic event and it’s always exciting to be part of it. You can find us at Booth 126 this year – we’ll have new merch for sale and each artist will be offering a handful of walk-up appointments from their flash designs for those wishing to get tattooed on the day.


Are walk-ins welcome?

Magic Tattoo is one of Brighton’s longest-running tattoo shops, offering tattooing in all styles, made with care. We provide a bright, welcoming and friendly space to get tattooed, whether you’re a well-seasoned tattoo collector or visiting us for your first time. We are passionate about tattooing and giving our customers a great experience. Our space is wheelchair accessible and inclusive to all. You can get in touch via email to book a free consultation. Walk-ins are always welcome and we open 7 days a week.’

Magic Tattoo are open Mon-Sat 11am-6pm, and Sun 12-5pm

Follow on Instagram @magic.tattooing

Email: bookings@magictattoo.co.uk Tel: 01273 697681

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