Brighton tattoo artist found dead in Bali hotel room
A TALENTED trainee tattoo artist has been found dead in his Bali hostel on the day he was due to return home.
Nico Hicks, from Brighton, was gaining experience in a tattoo studio on the paradise island before his death.
The 28-year-old was due to leave North Kuta and return to England when he was found dead by a friend.
An inquest into his death at Brighton Coroner’s Court has been announced for later this year.
Heartbroken friends paid tribute on social media, with one saying: “Rest in peace Nic, you were supposed to be back in England yesterday, God bless your soul.”
While another friend wrote: ‘Rest in peace bro I can’t believe it two days ago this is the last time I will see your smile. I’ll miss you”.
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Nico left school at a young age and traveled the world while working several jobs including chef, bartender, fruit picker and receptionist.
On social media, Nico shared photos from his travels in Indonesia, including visiting one of its main tourist spots, Mount Batur in Bali.
He also ran a hotel called Capsule Hotel New Seminyak in Bali, which won Tripadvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Award in 2016.
Nico, who was a talented illustrator, decided to pursue his “longtime dream” by starting an online illustration course at Sessions College.
The college, which offers online degree and certificate programs in art, design, and photography, lists him online as a Student Ambassador.
Prior to his death, Nico had served an apprenticeship in a tattoo studio in Bali.
The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office has been in contact with the Indonesian authorities and Nico’s family following his death on April 16.
A spokesperson said: “We were in contact with the Indonesian authorities following the death of a Briton in Bali in April and have been supporting his family during this difficult time.”
A celebration of Nico’s life was held in May and brought together dozens of friends and family members.
During the event, friends were seen singing Nico’s name to the tune of Atomic Kitten’s Whole Again – a song which has recently been repopularized by English football fans.
An inquest into Nico’s death is due to take place at the end of August.
Bali, Indonesia is a popular place for tourists from all over the world. It is known for its mountainous interior of lush forests, clear lakes and sandy beaches.
The island is popular with people passing through Thailand and traveling to Australia.
Foreign Office policy states that when a person dies overseas, it is for the next of kin to “decide between local burial, local cremation or the return of the person or their ashes home, what is called repatriation”.