Tattoo Conventions

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

March Madness – Three tattoo Conventions in Three Weeks – Week Three

Part 3 – Scottish Tattoo Convention – March 24th, and 25th

The last weekend of March Madness was the home town convention, The Scottish Tattoo Convention at the Corn Exchange. This time the whole team was in attendance; AlexLauraKyle, and myself. After setting up (in a prime position by the stage), we were good to go for a full weekend of tattooing. It was a wonderful weekend of tattoos and entertainment. Being so close to the stage, we got to enjoy all of the performances from the comfort of our booths.

Day One


It was a long day with all three artists starting the convention with full day portraits. Kyle finished first with a rad portrait of Snoop Dog. Unfortunately, we didn’t get the best photo (convention lighting is the worst). Laura, was next to finish with a sweet portrait of Bianca Del Rio from RuPaul’s Drag Race. As per usual, Alex was the last to finish with a stunning portrait of Darth Maul (legs not included). They can be seen below but there’s better quality versions on our instagram page. A solid day of tattooing (followed by excessive consumption of Chinese food).


Day Two


After a long first day, the gang got stuck into day two….


Kyle spent the day doing a gutted bird (pictured left). A bit gruesome but it turned out great. It was a last minute change of plan but it worked out for the better.

Laura started work on a big Bride of Frankenstein piece. Keep an eye out on our instagram for the finished piece in about a month.

Alex continued on a huge back piece he’s been working on.  Keep an eye out on our instagram for the finish piece in about 2 years… the dude has a big back.

The second day wasn’t as long as the first. We all got finished at a more reasonable time. That said, once we packed up, moved everything back to the studio and then had some dinner, Laura and I finally made it to the after party about midnight… I didn’t get too drunk, I promise… well, maybe a little. -Baz

March Madness – Three tattoo Conventions in Three Weeks – Week Two

Part 2 – London Tattoo Collective – March 17th and 18th


After the dust had a brief chance to settle on Alex‘s convention kit, it was dusted off again a few days later to take to London. The London Tattoo Collective is another great show full of great artists.

On day one, Alex started another 2 day piece. This time a Venetian inspired one. The client had been on the books for this piece since last year’s Tattoo Collective so it had been some time in the making.

By the end of the first day, Alex had finished this head with mask. As usual, Alex was tattooing long after most of the other artists had packed up for the day. It was a long day but the client sat for the tattoo like a trooper.

Alex hadn’t planned on entering the Best Large Colour this time around but one of his clients was in attendance and, even though the piece is unfinished, they decided to enter it. Not Alex’s usual style but this Disney lower leg half sleeve (pictured below) got on stage and impressed the judges enough that he got a 2nd place Best Large Colour. Another great start to the weekend and another great trophy for the wall.


Day two was a much shorter day. With the head already in, Alex just had to add a Venetian canal and gondola under it. The finished piece came together beautifully and, whilst pop-culture portraits are always fun, Alex really enjoys tackling something a little different.


March Madness – Three tattoo Conventions in Three Weeks – Week One

It’s been a busy month with three great tattoo conventions in three weeks.  Packing up kits, flight, unpacking kits, working the weekend, packing up kits, flight, unpacking kits… rinse and repeat… twice.


Part 1 – Mondial du Tattouage – March 9th, 10th, and 11th


First up, the Mondial Du Tattouage in Paris. Empire Ink’s Grand Moff, Alex Rattray was one of the attending Artists. Alex was in great company. Mondial Du Tatouage features 420 of the world’s best tattooist and gets 32000 visitors through its doors making it one of the biggest Tattoo Conventions in Europe.

The weekend got off to a great start with Alex getting 1st place in the category of Best Large Colour on the Saturday. Not only was it a great honor to win at such an amazing convention, but the trophy did a good job of making Alex better looking.

Alex planned on doing a big 3 day piece over the course of the weekend. He managed to get a lot more done on the first day than he thought and then finished it on the second day (pictured below), giving him the third day to enjoy the show.


Such a huge and fun show full of great artist and attendees. Alex is looking forward to returning next year.