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World record breaking tattoos, all to benefit East Texas pets

The current record was 415 tattoos in 24 hours by an individual. Well, one East texas tattoo artist thought, 'Hey, I can beat that!' and boy, did he ever. KLTV 7's Molly Reuter was at Rat-A-Tac-Tat Tattoos in Tyler this weekend for the Guiness World Record-breaking attempt.


One star after another, Derek Kastning of Tyler went from a back to an arm - yes, even to a head.

"That's my best feature I guess, and I can show it off," said Bo Silvey.

Derek started his Guinness world record attempt at 1:00 pm Saturday, and people waited in line for hours hoping to be a part of history.

"It's for a good cause..."

"I think it's pretty cool. You know someone from Tyler is setting a world record."

Now there were a few guidelines. Guinness says the tattoos have to be a specific size: 3.25 by 3.25.

They also need to be two colors, in this case black and blue.

And then, of course, people have to be monitoring every move.

One of the challenges Derek faced during his world record attempt was running out of people, so I thought, hey I'll be a good sport and...no, I don't think so.

Luckily, Derek didn't need me.

At midnight Sunday, the record had already been broken.

"Our original goal was like 450, or 500 and at midnight we realized we could cream that, so we started shooting for like a thousand, or 800," said Derek.

When the clock struck 1:00 pm Sunday, Derek finished his 726th tattoo.

"I'm pleased to announce we have a new Guinness World Record holder..."

And finally, after 24 straight hours of tattooing, Derek can take a break.

"I'm going to go home and sleep and come back for work Tuesday morning, and we will be open for business," said Derek.

The tattoos cost $20 each, and all the money Derek raised went to benefit the Humane Society of East Texas.

Molly Reuter, reporting. mreuter@kltv.com

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