Woo hoo! Here’s a new Simpsons-related Guinness World Records title that’s sure to be the talk of Springfield.
Lee Weir, a 27-year-old from New Zealand, has set a new record for most tattoos of the same cartoon character tattooed on the body after devoting one of his arms to the appreciation of Homer, the animated TV show’s infamous bungling dad.
Lee has 41 tattoos of Homer in total, each representing Bart’s dad in various states, including Homer as a jack-in-the box, the Grim Reaper, in an elephant suit, as the Hulk, and even Homer as a donut.
Choosing to spend all of last year alcohol-free, Lee decided to spend the money he would have spent on his tattoos. One wonders what Duff Beer fan Homer would make of the tribute!
The chance to attain a Guinness World Record also proved a big motivating factor for Lee’s quest to cover his arm in cartoonist Matt Groening’s signature style.
Before the record was verified, Lee said: “the thought of being a world record holder is something that excites me to the very core. Let’s hope it happens for me.”
The Simpsons stands as one of the most popular cartoon series of all time, with the show holding world records for both the longest-running sitcom on US TV (546 episodes), and the most Emmy Awards won by an animated TV series (28 awards).
Lee is not the only The Simpsons fanatic who’s fascination with the sitcom has earned them a Guinness World Record. Cameron Gibbs from Australia owns the largest collection of The Simpsons memorabilia – boasting 2,580 items as on 20th March 2008.
Meanwhile Jeremiah Franco and Carin Shreve, both from California (USA), set a new benchmark for the longest marathon watching television in 2012 after absorbing consecutive episodes of Bart and co.'s exploits for an incredible 86 hours and 37 minutes.
Video: Lee Weir interviewed for Australia's Sunrise morning show.