Leon moved from his home in Banbury to Weymouth in 2003 to pursue a career in tattooing. After completing his apprenticeship under the watchful eye of his father Fred, he returned to his home town of Banbury where he would start Empire Tattoo Studios (formally S&D Tattoos).
Leon's passion is black and grey realism and big bold traditional ink, as well as educating the next generation of tattooists.
I have been involved in the tattoo scene since I was 17 when I started my apprenticeship and learnt the basics of what makes a good tattoo and what tattoo suits the customer. Since then I have consistently been improving my standard of work to please my customers. I mostly specialise in custom and free hand work where I am given a basic idea and create something that is beyond expectations. I believe everyone is an individual so the tattoo you choose to wear should be significant to you. I'm excited...
Back in 2008 it was Lee and Leon who formed Empire Tattoo Studios (formally S&D Tattoos). Lee had come from a completely different background but decided the tattooing industry was something he wanted to tackle. Lee works on the reception and is now an established Piercer and Tattoo Removal Specialist.
Dan started with us in November of 2016 as a semi skilled apprentice and has been tattooing full time since April of 2017. Dan enjoys dot-work, traditional and cartoon style.
Steph joined the team in September 2016 from a retail background. She is now a fully trained piercer, laser removal specialist and runs the shop on a day to day basis.
Rudi joined the team in early 2017 as Cornish's apprentice, she works alongside him as well as learning to pierce. When Rudi is fully trained she hopes to specialize in Mandalas, Neo-Traditional, Traditional and dot work