Edmonton artist Diankh Lopez inks record 818 tattoos in 24 hours

Steve Mertl
National Affairs Contributor
Daily Brew
MIAMI BEACH, FL - SEPTEMBER 07: Tattoo artist William Coy dips the tattoo needle into black ink as he works on a tattoo at the Tattoos by Lou studio on September 7, 2011 in Miami Beach, Florida. The Food and Drug Administration continues to look into tattoo inks to find out the chemical composition of the inks and how they break down in the body, the short-term and long-term safety of pigments used in tattoo inks and how the body responds to the interaction of light with the inks. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

And here's a bulletin from our Dubious World Records Desk: An Edmonton tattoo artist claims to have broken the record for the most tattoos inked in 24 hours.

Diankh Lopez created 818 tattoos by Sunday morning, beating the previous Guinness World Records mark of 801 set by an Arizona skin-inker Hollis Cantrell in 2008, the Edmonton Journal reported.

“It’s exciting, it’s amazing, but I’m just really exhausted right now,” Lopez said. “I can’t wait to lie on my bed.”

Lopez told CTV News she was actually aiming to do more.

"My original goal was 1,000," she said.

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The record bid was organized to raise money for the Edmonton Humane Society. Lopez set up shop at Duke's Bar and Grill at 11:30 a.m. Saturday morning and set to work.

By late afternoon there was a lineup of bar patrons waiting to be tattooed. Tattoos and booze go together, don't they?

For $20, customers got their choice of a small paw print or infinity symbol in black ink. Lopez, a tattoo artist for four years, told the Journal she chose the paw print because it was simple and quick, and also because it might hold special meaning to some people.

“They may have pets or they want to pay tribute to old pets,” she said.

By 11 p.m. the crowd at Duke's was beginning to thin and Lopez worried she might not break the record.

“That’s when my husband called a couple of his friends and they got 80 tattoos on their backs, so that boosted it up again,” she said.

Lopez pressed on even after last call. The bar stayed open through the night but stopped serving liquor at 2 a.m. Sunday.

Some of her patrons learned about the fundraiser via Facebook.

"I couldn't wait to get over here," Jennifer Berg, who pre-registered for her infinity tattoo, told the Journal. Berg, a humane society supporter, even convinced her husband to get his first tattoo.

The event, which was sanctioned by Alberta health officials, raised a total of $4,795.

“For the funds raised I’m a little bit disappointed, I wanted to break the $5,000 mark,” Lopez said. “I would definitely do some other fundraiser but probably not a 24-hour thing.”

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The record remains unofficial until confirmed by the Guinness organization.

Before starting her attempt, Lopez told Global News she wanted to challenge herself.

“It’s a fun thing too,” she said. “Back in 2007, Kat Von D from LA Ink was the first one to do this. She broke the record first and since then three others broke it and it’s always been in my mind … I’ve always been thinking about that, planning it.”

But here's my question: If Lopez was inking people for 24 hours straight, what do those last few tattoos look like?