It’s official. Australian Michael Baxter’s tattooed back showcases the Most Characters From A Single Animated Series – a remarkable total of 203.
After much speculation in the media, The Guinness Book of World Records has confirmed that Baxter’s colorful inking does indeed make him the planet’s foremost walking advertisement for the long-running Fox TV hit “The Simpsons”.
While Michael says that Homer is his sentimental favorite, all of Springfield’s prominent citizens are on display – along with a host of supporting players and some well-known landmarks such as the iconic Moe’s Tavern.
To be certified for the record, the characters had to be shown exactly as they were in the animated series. And Baxter was required to provide details of the episode(s) in which they each appeared as represented by their tattoos.
Regarding his record-breaking ink, the 52-year-old Simpsons fanatic said: “I wanted to get something which was unique, which nobody else had or would even think of getting. I’m a huge fan of the show. I love the tattoo, and I know lots of other people, including my grandchildren, do too.”
In one year, Baxter spent 130 hours (the equivalent of more than five and a half days) in the chair of tattoo artist Jade Baxter Smith, and his Simpsons tribute body art has set him back a total of nearly US$8500.
Even though Baxter now holds one record, the Homer Simpson character is arguably even more popular with a man named Lee Weir of New Zealand. Weir holds his own impressive Guinness World Record for Most Tattoos Of The Same Cartoon Character. Weir’s left arm displays no fewer than 41 images of the hapless Simpson patriarch.
It may be hard to believe that a TV show can inspire that degree of devotion – not to mention the investment of time and money these two superfans have made on behalf of “The Simpsons”. With that said, we have to admit that, unlike many tattoos, these are quite likely to make people smile. And there’s certainly nothing wrong with that.