World Record Tattoo Rip-Offs
Last week, Global News Canada reported that "tattoo concerns" were abound in Edmonton among those who got some incredibly bad tattoos after participating in one tattooist's quest to break a world record for most tattoos within 24 hours. I know what you're thinking: How can one possibly get a bad tattoo for $20 in the back of a bar & grill along with 818 people? Mysteries of the world are often unfathomable, my friends.
It all went down last July when young tattooer Diankh Lopez broke (or claimed to have broken) the previous Guinness World Records mark of 801 tattoos within 24-hours set by Hollis Cantrell of Arizona in 2008. Dianke, who had only been tattooing for four years, marked 818 people with either paw prints or an infinity symbol. And she did it for charity, damn it! All the proceeds ($4,795) allegedly went to the Edmonton Humane Society.
You'll often find charities tied into these world record attempts. Artists trying to balance their need for some sort of fame, but saying it's a selfless act to help the puppies or the children. There are, in fact, many great tattoo fundraisers for charity, and most of them are not bound to scar as many people as possible within a short period of time.
Of course, these world records wouldn't take place if there weren't the willing bodies. Many of those bodies in the Global News video said they participated to help the puppies, but I'm guessing the cheap tattoo ticket price was also a factor. And considering the "you get what you pay for" maxim, you'd think that they wouldn't be so shocked and appalled that their infinity symbol looks like, well, that I did it.
There should be no surprise at all, in fact, because Diankh made participants signed a waiver that specifically stated that the tattoos would be "rushed" and she could not vouch for quality. She did, however, promise free touch-ups. And when people went to get those free touch-ups, she "disappeared."
Diankh resurfaced when Global News caught up to her. Evidently, fellow Edmonton tattooers weren't happy with her stunt and refused to hire her or let her work at their shops. Now people just have to wait until she can find a place to work.
It's a sad lesson for a young tattooer, but we should all take heed not to support these world record rip-offs.