You can call Staysha Randall, a Las Vegas sideshow performer, either a very courageous woman or a really foolish one. That doesn’t change the fact that, once the Guinness Book of World Records verifies her stunt, she will be richer for setting a new record for Most Piercings in a Single Sitting.
A couple of days ago, Randall became a human cushion at the Inktoxicated Tattoos, with the aim of topping the previous record of most body piercings in a single sitting, 3,100.
As Las Vegas Weekly
informs, initially, Randall wanted to go beyond the 3,200 piercings she ended up getting, but, after over 7 hours on the table, she decided she had enough.
“From noon to 7:28 p.m., [body piercer Bill ‘Danger’] Robinson stuck 3,200 industrial strength needles (18-gauge, 1.5-inch) into Randall’s shins, calves, back and arms, beating the previous record of 3,100 held by some guy in Texas,” the publication reports.
When the sitting was declared over, Randall stepped outside for pictures: she had rows and rows of needles stuck in the skin on her back, lower back, thighs, calves and the back of one arm.
The other arm, where the other 400 needles were supposed to go in, managed to escape un-pierced.
Las Vegas Weekly writes that Randall was sober at the time she was pierced, because alcohol thins the blood and she couldn’t afford to bleed too much during the record-breaking procedure.
She had also refused painkillers or sedatives, even though she was obviously in pain.
“I want to get this done in six and a half hours. It’s not just about getting into the record books, it’s about staying there,” Robinson said for the media outlet, as he continued to introduce needles in the skin that had been rubbed with E-Z Lube beforehand to make them slid in quicker.
The calves were the most difficult, Randall said for the same media outlet, as she bit into a paper towel that had been covered in saran wrap.
“The plastic is so I don’t destroy it. Well, actually I already destroyed one. The calves are the most painful. My skin is really thick there, and we’re going close to the Achilles tendon,” she said.
In the end, she made it through, but she’s still awaiting verification from Guinness for the new World Record