VALHALLA Tattoo Studio has celebrated its first anniversary – and it’s been a very successful first 12 months.

And it’s not hard to see why when you enter the shop at 7 High Street, Polegate.

Manager and co-founder Lee Hillier and wife Michelle are building up a great business.

Officially, it’s a tattoo parlour and Lee explains it is ‘more of an art studio that does tattoos.’

He said: “We are Nordic-inspired and we have a slightly different feel. We are friendly and you are guaranteed a warm welcome.”

There are three artists – Michelle, Jacob and Katie.

Lee said: “Each tattoo is created in a private room, and for Michelle 80 per cent of her clients are female.

“We are proud to say we are the highest rated tattoo studio in the Eastbourne area.

“That’s because you get a different experience with us. From the moment you walk through the door, we are inviting, engaging and relaxing – our work is exceptional, and so are my coffees.”

“It is a form of art on your body for the rest of your life so we have to get it right – and we do.”

Cost is £120 per hour. Customers are all ages, including a lady aged 86 who decided she wanted her first tattoo. And why not?

Valhalla was named Best Tattoo Studio locally in a recent Business Awards.

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