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Photo via the Needle Gangstas Tattoo Facebook page.
I usually don't pay much attention to tattoo-related world record attempts, as so much of them are people lining up to get weak tattoos from tired artists trying to garner attention by doing a billion pieces of flash in five minutes.
BUT, when one man gets hoisted up by clip cords to have 36 artists tattoo him simultaneously ... yup, I can't look away.
The Guinness World Record event took place over the weekend at the Needle Gangstas Beano Tattoo Expo in Derby, England, when a man named King of Inkland King Body Art The Extreme Ink-ite -- his legal name -- had the numbers 1 to 36 tattooed all at once by one artist for each number all over his body while he lay in a harness (created by Bov Williams Tattoos Irons). That's pretty hardcore.
After our friend Paul posted in the Needles & Sins Facebook group the photo above from the Needle Ganstas Tattoo Expo page, I checked the news to see if it got any coverage and found this Derby Telegraph article, which has photos of the King as well as general shots from the convention floor.
The new World record holder also told the Telegraph:
People were spurring me on and I had to concentrate on carrying on. [...] It was tough but I'm so glad I've done it and that it's over. It was very intense.I'm pretty certain there is someone out there who will strive to take away the King's crown, and it will be interesting to see just what that person does to snatch it.
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.