Guest Artists

Multiple Day Tattooing

Alex Rattay has changed the way he tackles his big realism pieces. Instead of cramming a smaller and/or less detailed piece into one day session, or spreading two day sessions over a couple of months, he’s now doing multiple days, back to back. The end result is undeniable. You end up with a much more consistent tattoo with a lot more of the finer details that make the tattoo look amazing. He’s now done a lot of 2 or 3 day sessions and is always looking to do more.

Back in February, Alex gave a seminar on Multiple Day Tattooing Techniques at Mark Bester‘s Tattoo Academy. It was a great couple of days and Alex got some positive feedback. He did a 2 day Scarlet Witch on our very own, Laura Jane Penman (Pictured Below).

From all reports, if you can sit for one full day of tattooing, you can sit for two days. The second day is less painful than the first as you already have the endorphins going to the body part from the previous day. Alex has had quite a few clients now return for a second lot of multiple days.

Here’s a few examples of of some two day pieces Alex has done in the last few months:


The Above piece was done over the two days at the London Tattoo Collective. Conventions are ideal for 2/3 day pieces.


The above Starlord piece was done in the studio on future guest artist, Jack Midz. Jack will be back for another 2 day Avengers Infinity War inspired piece to coincide with the release of the film.


This next one was the one Alex did at The Tattoo Academy on Laura Jane. Notice all that fine details in the collar that would have been impossible in a one day session.


Lastly, we have this gorgeous tiger done recently in the studio. Those eyes and that tongue came out amazingly.

If you’d like to book a two day session for a wonderful big piece, contact the studio for more information. Discounts are offered on Alex’s normal day rate. -Baz

Snowmageddon 2018

Benjamin Laukis and Natalie Nox’s Snowed in Guest Spot


It snowed last week. Did you see the snow? Not many people were talking about it so you may have missed it.

Yes it puked down on most of the UK, covering the country in a blanket of white. Trains and buses were cancelled and so were flights. Unfortunately it made it hard for most of our clients to get in to get their tattoos. We did have a couple of clients that made the impressive journey from South of the border, in the snow, to get to their booking. To those guys, we salute you.

People were panic buying milk and bread as if every dairy farm and bakery were going to magically dissolve as a result of the snow and no bread and milk would ever be produced again. As with everything, the internet responded with memes. Scotland’s drug dealers (allegedly) gave up selling their usual product and instead opted to peddle in black market baked goods.

Through it all, Empire Ink remained open and powered through the snowpocalypse with the aid of AT-ATs, AT-STs, snowspeeders and utilizing the occasional dead Tauntaun to keep warm. They really do smell worse on the inside!

Benjamin Laukis and Natalie Nox got a day into their guest spot before the snow hit. Benjamin managed to get one client in before the country ground to a stand still. He did a sweet guitar/skull piece using the client’s own guitar headstock for reference.


Natalie had a client return and get this heart added to the gorgeous Rebel Alliance logo (Rebel Scum) that she did during their guest spot in November last year.


The rest of their time here didn’t go as smoothly. As the heavens opened up and brought the city to its knees, Benjamin and Natalie, unfortunately had clients unable to make it in. One of Natalie’s clients did brave the “Arctic conditions” and drove up from Newcastle to get a beautiful sleeve. We’ll hopefully get a picture of that soon.

Then came Friday and it was time to say good-bye to Benjamin and Natalie but Edinburgh Airport had other plans. Alas, their flights were cancelled and they had to spend Benjamin’s Birthday in Edinburgh rather than the intended Lithuania. It did mean we got to spend Benjamin’s Birthday with him and our amazing neighbors, Tasty Buns came to the rescue with this lovely cake.


Whilst it was a shame that Benjamin and Natalie didn’t get to Lithuania for Benjamin’s Birthday, it did mean that one of Benjamin’s clients that couldn’t make in earlier in the week managed to come in and get this great flamin’ skull done.


Despite Scotland becoming a dystopian nightmarish snowscape for most of their visit, we had a great week with Ben and Nat and look forward to future visits… but probably not in Winter.