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Local tattoo artist attempts to set new record

POSTED: Saturday, October 25, 2008 - 5:59pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - 10:59am

TYLER - It's not everyday someone attempts to break a world record. But for the next 24-hours, a Tyler tattoo artist is attempting to break the Guinness world record for doing the most tattoos in a 24-hour period.

At 1p.m. Saturday afternoon Derek Kastning began his attempt to set a new world record. Until Sunday at 1 p.m. he will tattoo non-stop, with all proceeds going to the Humane Society of East Texas.

"I thought it would be a good way to raise money for the Humane Society and bring a little business into our shop," Kastning said. "I got a lot of good people willing to help so I figured why not."

The rules for the event are simple. All tattoos will be the same pre-approved design. The design is a simple star and there are no restrictions on body placement or how many an individual person can get. A representative from Guinness will be on hand for the event. And any tattoo not completed at the end of time will not be counted.

"The current record is 415 held by Oliver Peck in Dallas," he said. "We have to do 416 to beat it, but were going to try to do 800." It takes about 20 seconds to do the tattoo, he said.

Though he's never met the current record holder, Kastning did speak to him on the phone. "He was cool about it," he said. "He just offered me some advice and told me he's going to try to take it way from me next year."

If your interested, the cost per tattoo is $20 and you may get as many as you want.

Call or stop by:

Rat-A-Tac-Tat Tattoos
1601 W. Front Street
Tyler, TX
(903)-525-9638

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