Woman Sets Guinness Record with 18 Tattoos of Madonna

A Kansas woman set a new Guinness World Record for ‘most tattoos of the same musician on the body’ with 18 portraits of legendary singer Madonna.

Tara Berry has been a fan of Madonna since 1983 when the pop icon put out her hit single ‘Borderline’, but she only started getting tattoos of her in 2016, at a time when the artist was actively looking for fans who had her tattooed on her bodies to appear in one of her videos. Tara had been wanting to do it for a while, and this gave her an extra incentive to finally go under the tattoo gun, but little did she know that it was just the beginning of her tattooing journey. She ended up getting a whopping 18 tattoos of Madonna on her body, enough to claim the Guinness record for ‘most tattoos of the same musician on the body’.

Photos: Tara Berry/Guinness Records

“I get stared at and gasps a lot. All kinds of people touch my arms or ask if they can, some grab my arm very enthusiastically. I welcome it all,” Tara told Guinness Records. “Many, many people ask if they can take pictures and video my arms. I’m happy to oblige.”

The Topeka-based woman started out with two tattooed portraits of her favorite singer, but then she heard about Nikki Paterson, the former holder of the world record for most tattoos of the same musician, who had 15 portraits of Eminem tattooed on her body. Tara was intrigued and after talking it over with her tattoo artist, she decided that she could snatch the record from Patterson.

Photo: Tara Berry/Guinness Records

Interestingly, most of Berry’s tattoos were done over a period of six months, during which she spent about 110 hours getting inked and just under $10,000. It wasn’t easy, but she “begged, borrowed, worked out deals, anything to move forward in the process.”

Tara Berry admits that her mother was “flabbergasted” by the permanent artworks on her body, but her friends thought it was cool, and she loved them. Her Madonna tattoos feature iconic moments from the artist’s long career, including her controversial kiss with Britney Spears, and her iconic Lolypop photo.


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