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• WHAT: Guinness World Record Event: Longest Tattoo Session
• WHEN: 9 a.m. April 15 through April 17
• WHERE: 546 Tattoo Studio, 53 Benedict Ave., Norwalk
• COST: Free
• INFO: 419-357-0200
Doing anything for 50 hours straight is a long time. But that’s not going to stop tattoo artist Robin H.M. and recipient Jeff Garton from trying to break the Guinness World Record for Longest Tattoo Session.
Starting at 9 a.m. on April 15 and continuing through April 17, they will aim for 50 straight hours of tattooing at 546 Tattoo Studio in Norwalk.
The current record stands at 48 hours and 15 minutes and is held by Jocke Hultman and Martin Hansen of Sweden.
Garton, whose body is almost completely covered in tattoos, has wanted this particular piece for a long time, but couldn’t find an artist who had the time or experience to do such a complicated design. Luckily, Robin H.M. — who has always wanted to aim for a record — was willing to step up to the plate.
“It’s an artist’s version of a dollar bill, very detailed, and a fairly big size,” said Garton. He plans to get a 8x12” bill on one of the last unlinked parts of his body.
When we asked why he wanted a dollar bill, he cited personal and social reasons. “It shows the rougher side of capitalism,” he said. “It really reflects the state of our times.”
Curious? Of course you are. That’s why the inking is open to the public, so you’ll have a chance to stop by and check out the progress.
As for Garton, his days of being inked are winding down. “I only have a couple places left on my body,” he said. “I’m running out of room. This is probably one of my last tattoos.”
Robin H.M. is also using this World Record attempt to raise awareness about a local issue — specifically, the children affected by cancer in what has come to be known as the cancer cluster. Donations will be accepted throughout the duration of the event, and all proceeds will go to the affected families.
Lead art: Robin H.M. in her 546 Tattoo Studio, Norwalk. Photo: 546tattoo.com.