Brighton tattoo convention 2014 pt 1

A day filled with tattoos, bearded men, good drink, good company and smiley faces, Well I jumped at the chance of being able to blog at the convention! It was last weekend as I was unable to do both day I went along on Sunday, Brighton isn’t too far from London so I hopped on a train from Victoria and off we sped towards tattoo happiness. I have decided to split this blog post one with a look at the event and the other a little diary entry of my personal experience getting tattooed at the event.

So if you have never been to a tattoo convention, let me tell you a little bit about it. The day is filled like any other convention, stalls filled with tattoo/rockabilly/rock inspired items, I adore all the taxidermy. They also have wonderful people like cooper from Dapper signs running stalls, his stall was one of my favorites, he was designing and painting hand-drawn awesome signs, I wouldn’t mind one of them for my studio! Its a great place if you are new to the whole “tattoo thing” you get to see people tattooing and you get to mingle with maybe something that can be seen as a hard community to get into. But the community is actually warm, welcoming, fun and exciting thing to be into. This is what I love about Conventions like Brighton, you get to chat to people from all over the world and hear their stories, see their work and you get to meet people such a variety of people.

I was also super excited to see my favorite ladies from Things and Ink Magazine looking beautiful and smiley! I had to bag myself the latest editions, I always love seeing Alice and Nicola, its great to meet people so enthusiastic about the art of tattooing seriously take a look at what they do! Also one of the best things about the tattoo convention there are loads of cute bearded guys yes I went there! (totally sorry but not at the same time) and getting to say I am press and snapping pictures of them is one of the highlights of my blogging career, btw thanks Sailor Jerry for that! 

The day was so hectic and the majority of my day was taken up with getting a 3 hour tattoo from Tyler Monaghan I will be sharing that in a separate blog post. There was so much to look at!

It was great to spot some of my favorite tattooist at the event the likes of Grace Neutral, Tim Hendricks and many more. So what are you waiting for? Go and find a tattoo convention near you and appreciate the beautiful art that is tattooing! Thanks for having me Sailor Jerry!



  1. February 20, 2014 / 5:00 pm

    Oh man, looks like so much fun. I'm going to try to go to a tattoo convention this year.

  2. February 20, 2014 / 5:08 pm

    Looks and sounds like you had an awesome time Ella, and such a great blogging opportunity too! x

  3. February 20, 2014 / 5:12 pm

    So many attractive people in these photos! Haha, it sounds like you had a great time, I'm so gutted I couldn't go this year :(! x

  4. February 20, 2014 / 6:15 pm

    I'm fastenated by tattoo culture and the characters that come with it. I must admit I do love the look of the throw-back fellas, but of course, got me a bit weakness for tattooed ladies. Looking forward to part two and seeing your new work.

    Buckets & Spades

  5. February 20, 2014 / 6:56 pm

    This seems like the perfect event. I love sailor jerry's and tattoos! glad you had fun x

  6. February 20, 2014 / 7:28 pm

    haha this looks like such a cool event!! I didn't even know such a thing existed but that must be so inspiring 🙂
    I'm really thinking of getting a tattoo and I think this year might be the year I do 🙂

  7. February 20, 2014 / 7:44 pm

    This looks AMAZING you lucky gal! Those bearded men, ohhhhh my days. Can't wait for the second post about it! Your tatt looks amazing from what I've seen on insta & twitter, eep! x

  8. February 20, 2014 / 8:26 pm

    The guy getting tattooed in the first picture has an incredible chest piece. I've got to get myself along to a tattoo convention, they always look like great places to be.

    Raise The Waves

  9. February 20, 2014 / 9:10 pm

    I love this so much Ella! The tattooing scene is so friendly (in my experiences, at least) and I'd love to go to a convention. Maybe next year hey!

  10. February 20, 2014 / 9:47 pm

    Wowwww Ella I would LOVE to go to a tattoo convention! Me and my bestie have a pack that we'll go to Brighton when we're 25 and get tattoos, maybe we'll go here! <3 Claire @ Jazzpad

  11. February 21, 2014 / 12:40 am

    What and incredible day.

  12. February 21, 2014 / 1:22 am

    Ahhh I've always wanted to go to a tattoo convention! I'm super shy and it seems very intimidating…but I do love tattoos and bearded men 🙂 It looks like you had a blast! I can't wait to see your tattoo!

  13. February 21, 2014 / 4:41 am

    Looks like such a good day! Fantastic pics too!
    I have to say though, it's definitely got me itching to get my next tattoo >.< haha damn it!
    Mr Joiee: The Blog!

  14. February 21, 2014 / 10:46 am

    Was gutted I couldn't come this year 🙁 got tattooed by seven sins there a couple of years ago
    Looking forward to your next post on your thigh ink

  15. February 21, 2014 / 12:36 pm

    Wow looks like a fab day. I'm going to go to the one in leeds in a few months time, will be weird to feel like the odd one out as probably the only person with no tattoos! Maybe it will inspire me to take the plunge myself, although Id have to hide it from my parents, I'm 25 but they can still tell me off in a way that makes me feel really bad! Very much looking forward to your post on getting your new tattoo, I saw a peek of it on instagram and it looks amazing and really unique (probably because you designed it yourself im guessing?) x

  16. February 21, 2014 / 2:43 pm

    I've never been to a tattoo convention, but after seeing these pics I may have to change that 🙂

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