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Crowds Pack Tattoo Shop in Silver Lake to Help Break World Record

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Tattoo artist Jeremy Swan got off to a busy start when the clock struck twelve this morning. Vying to break the Guinness World Record for "most tattoos done in 24 hours," his Silver Lake parlor, Broken Art Tattoo, was slammed with people of all ages ready to be inked. By 6 a.m., it was Swan's goal to have completed nearly 350 tats (Note: this post was written prior to 6 a.m.), which would put him on a pace to easily topple the current record, held at 802 tattoos.

No Guinness staff were on site, but the process must be rigorously documented with a security time lapse video, registered nurses or EMTs on hand to observe, take notes and render aid if needed, photos of each tattoo, and a copy of every participant's photo I.D. And to boot, each item and every photo of a tattoo, must be notarized individually. To qualify, tattoos must be 1.25 x 3 inches and have a minimum of two colors.

It's not too late to get yourself a tattoo as the event, complete with a bar, DJ and party-like atmosphere, continues until midnight. Swan is offering four design choices for $20 ($10 for each one thereafter): A bat, a heart with wings, the letters "LA", and the number "13" (for Friday the 13th). The "LA" tattoo was, by far, the most popular choice that we observed during the early morning hours.

Previously: Silver Lake Tattoo Artist to Attempt World Record