Charlotte Guttenberg loves tattoos.
She has completely immersed herself head to toe in ink, with her body art earning her a place in the new Guinness World Records 2017 Edition book as the Most tattooed senior citizen (female).
At age 67, Charlotte has proven that she is fearless of pain and needles as her body is exactly 91.5% covered in elaborate designs and colour.
A writer from Melbourne, Florida, she is a master of occupations- certified as a personal trainer and life coach.
Charlotte’s record-breaking story began a decade ago, when she started accumulating tattoos following her first professional tattoo in 2006.
This was done as a birthday gift for herself following the death of her husband – who was always opposed to body art.
From that very first splotch of ink, Charlotte's passion for tattoos spread like wildfire over her body.
Despite the near total coverage of her body, Charlotte still plans on adding tattoos to her rather interesting collection, the next being a piece of artwork on her head by Billy Haydock of Alternative Connections in Melbourne, Florida.
Charlotte says that she often gets plenty of attention for her inked skin.
Welcoming the company, she’s always willing and able to share her human body mural with interested people who stop to ask.
Compared to the extravagant art on her body, Charlotte’s daily life is fairly simple.
She currently lives with her life-partner, Charles “Chuck” Helmke, whom she met while being tattooed, who was recently recognised by Guinness World Records as ther Most tattooed male senior citizen.
The 75 year old also shares Charlotte’s love of fitness and writing as he is a retired defense trainer and current writer.
Chuck got his first tattoo when he was in the US Army, in November, 1959. After getting a few more tattoos with some army buddies in 1960, he went on a 40 year hiatus and did not get another tattoo until the year 2000.
Open to the idea of more tattoos, he claims that the lack of space is the main thing holding him back.
Chuck has competed at tattoo conventions over the past several years, also garnering titles and public attention for his extravagant body art.
The pair are aesthetically ideal, as 93.75% of his body is tattooed, as verified on August 2, 2016.
With her record-breaking achievement, Charlotte hopes to promote mutual respect among tattooed and un-tattooed people.
She feels tattoos are a beautiful, ancient art form and that respect for the individual should extend to include how we decide to decorate our bodies.
The pair are delighted to be part of the Guinness World Records family and describe the experience as “magical, amazing, and unbelievable.”
Charlotte's record and thousands of others appear in the new Guinness World Records 2017 Edition which is out now priced at £20 in the UK and $28.95 in the US.
The Guinness World Records Gamer’s Edition 2017 is also available now for £9.99 UK and $14.99 US.