PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The Bleed Black and Gold Tattoo Expo kicked off at Station Square Thursday and runs all weekend long.
One artist at the expo is trying to break two world records.
Robin H.M. loves what she does.
“This is not a job for me. This is a way of life. This is what I do,” tattoo artist, Robin H.M., said.
She’s using her 21-years of experience in hopes of breaking two world records. The first world record is the “longest tattoo session” for a single person. Jeff Garton has taken on that role.
“To find my limits and push my limits of what I can do,” Garton said. “Self expression. It’s my art. I can take it to my grave. It’s mine. It’s my art.”
Garton has volunteered to sit for more than 60 hours straight through Saturday night so he and Robin H.M. can make the Guinness Book of World Records.
“We’re gonna kick this out for sure. We’ll break the record, which is 52 hours and something,” Robin H.M. said.
Both are from Sandusky, Ohio. The pair broke the record in 2011, but was beat out after that, which is why they’re at Pittsburgh’s first-ever tattoo convention trying to break the record again.
“We’re not here to break this record this time, Jeff and I both. We’re here to shatter it,” Robin H.M. said.
The team is allowed to take five-minute breaks every hour to use the bathroom or grab a snack. Robin H.M. says she’s been training for the past year.
“This time it was all about strengthening my core. Building muscle strength to endure sitting for such a long period of time,” Robin H.M. said.
“This is the last time for me, so I don’t really have that much skin left,” Garton said.
“I think it’s important for women to stand up and do what they do no matter what it is. Go after it at its best,” Robin H.M. said.
As for the second world record, that is the “longest tattoo session” for multiple people. Robin H.M. hopes to tattoo nine more people over a total of 70 hours. She will finish on Sunday.
You can watch her live stream on her Facebook page here:
You can watch it on the Robin H.M. Tattooing page at this link. (WARNING: There could be some explicit language.)