TYRONE - Whether a Tyrone tattoo studio broke the world record for the most tattoos in a 24-hour period is up to the folks at Guinness now.
TNT Tattoo and Body Piercing owner Will Myers said a single tattooist completed 804 tattoos Saturday in 15 1/2 hours. That's about one per minute.
"It went very well," Myers, 31, said Tuesday.
(Mirror photo by Gary M. Baranec)
John Streightiff (right) tattoos a stick of dynamite on Kim Hebler’s ankle Saturday at TNT Tattoo and Body Piercing in Tyrone.
He said one customer "donated his leg" to get 170 1-inch-by-1 1/2-inch sticks of dynamite tattooed on it.
Myers said the studio did its best to adhere to the stipulations set by the Guinness Book of World Records and said all accompanying paperwork and a continuous video of the marathon session would be sent for verification.
"There's that chance Guinness will say we didn't make it, but we stayed within their stipulations as close as possible," Myers said.
Regardless, Myers said the event raised $4,500 for Grandma's House, a Washington, D.C., charity that helps children affected by HIV.
One of the customers who took part in the attempt was Emeigh resident Mark Stouffer, 41, who had his dynamite tattoo inked atop his shaved head.
"I thought it was a good cause, and I wanted to do it," Stouffer said. "I feel they put on a good display here and did a good job. They're real friendly. It was a good time."
A Texas tattoo artist was certified as the record-breaker last year with 726 tattoos, followed by another attempt in the fall by an Arizona artist who did 803. Myers said he wasn't sure if the the Arizona attempt had been certified, so he and artist John Streightiff decided to break that number just in case.
"I didn't think it could be done, but we did it," Myers said. "Regardless of Guinness, everyone will know we got it. At the same time, Guinness has the last say."
Several attempts to contact Guinness about the record attempt went unanswered.
Mirror Staff Writer Greg Bock is at 946-7446.