Spanish anglophile has West Pier tattoo on his arm

Posted On 24 Feb 2015 at 12:08 pm

A Spanish man has got a large tattoo of the West Pier on his arm after falling in love with it during a trip to Brighton.

tatto-recoveringIvan David Sánchez, 37, became an Anglophile after studing English as a break from his “dull” call centre job in Barcelona.

He decided to take a trip to Brighton and was entranced.

He said: “From the very first day I was astounded with its streets, shops, museums, people.

“But it was when I was walking along the beach that discovered the West Pier and it really left me in shock.

“I was right in front of it and I just could not believe that there was such a structure in the middle of the sea so beautiful and lonely. I really wanted to touch it and feel it.

“A friend of mine explained to me the sad story of the tragic fire that left it in that state. I must confess I felt a mixture of sadness and anger.”


Ivan David Sanchez

In 2011, he moved into a flat in Telscombe Cliffs and got a job on the Palace Pier, where he was able to imagine what it must have been like to work on the pier in its heyday.

Now living back in Spain, he decided to get a permanent reminder of it inked onto his arm.

He said: “I am a curious person and the West Pier history is something that has been fascinating me. It was built in 1866, but it was the fires in 2003 which more sparked my interest.

“And taking into account that we all know what its end will be, I decided to tattoo the pier and so at least I keep a little piece of its enduring history in my body.”

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  2. steve pengelly Reply

    Hey guys

    I have a tattoo of the west pier also but in the water its the reflection of when it was on fire. I can sent a picture if your wanting to see =)

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