A Banbury tattoo artist may have made it into the record books after taking part in a world record attempt earlier this month.
Roger Dighton, 53, of Fellowship of the Needle tattoo parlour, on Parsons Street, was one of 36 tattoo artists to ink one man simultaneously at the Needle Gangstas Beano Annual Tattoo Expo on February 7.
The expo took place at the iPro Stadium in Derby and the willing victim was King of Ink Land King Body Art The Extreme Ink-Ite, who was known as Mathew Whelan before changing his name by deed poll.
He is believed to be Britain’s most tattooed man and is known as Mr Body Art.
Speaking to the Banbury Guardian, Mr Dighton said Mr Body Art was trussed up in a harnass to make it easier for the world record attempt to take place.
He said: “We harnassed him up and got around him to tattoo him. We were all given a number from one to 36 to show we had done it.
“He was completely suspended by his ankles, waist and arms. There were also people underneath him. All the machinery was supplied and we brought our own power packs and crowded around him. It was a bit of a hassle to be honest!”
Mr Dighton is a member of the Needle Gangstas, an international tattoo and body piercing group formed in 1993.
The group asked tattoo artists who were interested in taking part in the world record attempt to put their names forward and a lucky 36 were chosen.
Mr Dighton said: “This is the first time I’ve taken part in something so big.
“I applied because I wanted to be part of a world record attempt – it is something that has interested me.
“It is cool to be part of a world record. Tattooing is also something I have always wanted to do.”
Mr Dighton has been running Fellowship of the Needle for the past four-and-a-half years and originally trained as a body piercer.
Before joining the body art industry Mr Dighton was a lorry driver.
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