MISSY ELLIOTT and Marlene Dietrich are among the figures adorning bodies after a major tattoo festival brought hundreds of people to Brighton.

The rap artist was among many drawings inked onto fans at the eighth Brighton Tattoo Convention, held from Friday to the early hours of this morning.

Leading tattoo artists and aficionados of the art came to the Hilton Brighton Metropole Hotel to see and try new designs and have new markings etched into themselves.

Guen Douglas won the best of the day award on Friday for her warrior-inspired lady adorned with a jaguar head dress, while Ryan Evans won the award on Saturday for his intricate portrait of Ms Dietrich.

Psychobilly band The Meteors played at the convention on Friday while the Sex Pistols Experience tribute act played on Saturday.

It was the first time the convention, founded in 2008, has been held over three days, with tattooing, competitions, performances, workshops and gallery shows.

More than 350 artists, from 16 countries including Australia, Mexico and Japan, showed their work.

A free after-show party, which was hosted by the Brighton Rumble Rockabilly Club, was due to take place last night.