Frequently Asked Questions

Below are answers to a number of frequently asked questions, if the answer to your question is not below then please feel free to give us a call or pop into the studio.

Where are you Located?

Where are you Located?

Empire Tattoo Studios is located in Butchers Row, Banbury, OX16 5JH. We are behind Subway from the High Street, or just up from Cargo if accessing via the Market Square.

When are you open?

When are you open?

Monday – Saturday 9.30am – 5.30pm. Sundays – Closed.

How can I book an appointment?

How can I book an appointment?

All our bookings are carried out in person, although you can enquire via our Facebook Page or call us on 01295 252455.

How can I get a price quote?

How can I get a price quote?

This can be done via our Facebook page but ideally we recommend calling into the studio and having a chat with the team on reception. As standard we charge an hourly rate of £70, or a whole day at £500. However some tattoos will be charge on a set price depending on size, time, scale etc. Our minimum charge is £30.

How do I know which Artist to book?

How do I know which Artist to book?

You will find a Bio for all of our tattooists using the ‘Artists’ Tab at the top of our home page, these included a selection of images from their portfolio. Further images can be found using the ‘Gallery’ Tab which provides a link to our Facebook account.

Do you do Piercings?

Do you do Piercings?

Yes we do. All piercings work on a walk in basis, no appointments needed.

Do you do Tattoo Removal?

Do you do Tattoo Removal?

Yes we do. Prices start at £20.

How old do I have to be?

How old do I have to be?

Strictly 18 for tattoos, ID May be required. Age 16 for piercings, if under 16 please bring a parent with you. (Please note nipple piercings have a minimum age requirement of 18, ID may be required)

Do you take Walk Ins?

Do you take Walk Ins?

Walk-ins are welcome when we are available. It's best to call ahead to check availability, especially on weekends as we tend to be pretty busy. If you need a custom drawing, it's best to schedule a consult first.

Do you do cover-ups?

Do you do cover-ups?

Yes, we actually do a lot of cover ups, and they make up a large portion of the work we do here. What is a cover-up? This is when you have an existing tattoo - maybe something that is older, and the wearer no longer likes the tattoo for one reason or another and has a tattoo artist design something to go over it with a new design. The goal is to completely cover the old tattoo so that you cannot see the old one underneath it.

Does it Hurt?

Does it Hurt?

Well of course, but how much it hurts really depends on the tattoo and placement and your own tolerance level. The important thing to remember is, the pain is usually very minor (not as bad as you'd think) and the pain is only temporary. The tattoo is forever.

Can I bring you my ideas and have you draw them? What's the process?

Can I bring you my ideas and have you draw them? What's the process?

If you need a custom drawing done, you'll need to schedule a consultation. This is a free, 30-minute appointment where you'll meet with the artist of your choice and discuss your ideas and plans for your tattoo. It is a good idea to bring drawings, sketches, photographs, notes, etc. to help illustrate your ideas. Don't worry if you can't draw! Even stick-figures help us visualise what you want for your tattoo.