Ink Fast

The current Guinness World Record for the most tattoos done by a single artist in a 24-hour period is 801. That record was set on Nov. 16, 2008, by Hollis Cantrell of Artistic Tattoo in Phoenix, Arizona

Jason Freeman of Triumph Tattoo in Reno is aiming for 804 tattoos in his upcoming attempt to break that world record, starting at 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 14.

The history of the record is short. The list of people that’ve held the record include: Kat Von D, Oliver Peck, Derek Kastning and John McManus

He’s also concerned about getting the number of people to come out and get tattooed. Luckily, he doesn’t have to tattoo 802 different people. Anyone can get as many tattoos as they like and each one counts toward the total.

“If I could get people to even get two tattoos, that would be such a help,” says Freeman. “I’m pretty confident that I can do the tattoos. But, I’m not kidding myself, I’m nervous for sure.”

However, he’s more nervous about things outside of his control and with meeting all the Guinness guidelines so that, if he does in fact break the record, it will be recognized.

These guidelines include things like:

“This record is to be attempted by an individual.”

“Each tattoo must cover an area of at least 24cm2.” (That’s approximately 1.25 x 3 inches.)

“Witnesses must have experience with tattoo techniques. These individuals must judge whether each finished tattoo is of a suitable standard.”

“The event is continuous. The clock does not stop.” Twenty-four hours means a complete 24-hour cycle including rest breaks.

“Two experienced timekeepers must time the attempt with stopwatches accurate to 0.01 seconds.”

“The entire attempt must be filmed in case further evidence is required.”

Well, it’s a very trying task! We wish you good luck!

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