I'm the most tattooed woman in the world with 98% of my body covered – after getting my first inking at 50

A SENIOR citizen holds the record for being the most tattooed woman in the world – and she only got her first inking when she was 50 years old.

Florida resident Charlotte Guttenburg first entered the record books in 2015 when she claimed the title of the world’s most tattooed female senior citizen with 91.5 per cent of her body covered.

But she didn’t stop there and has continued to get more inkings over the years.

Guttenburg now has 98.75 per cent of her body covered in designs, according to the Guinness World Records.

Not only did she increase her record of the world’s most tattooed female senior citizen but also claimed two more titles to her list of accolades, being the most tattooed woman ever and most tattooed woman living.

Only her face and a small part of her hands and feet are left unmarked.

While she said she had always had an appreciation for tattoos she didn’t get her first one until she was 50.

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Her first husband, who died many years ago, objected to her getting any tattoos even though he had a couple himself.

She got a butterfly put on her chest for her first inking.

"I knew immediately that I wanted to get a full suit," Guttenburg said in 2018, recalling her decision to get that initial tattoo. 

Her amazing story though doesn’t quite end there.

Her husband is Chuck Helmke, who holds the title for the most tattooed male senior citizen in the world.

They met when Guttenburg was having a preliminary session done and Helmke offered to hold her hand, knowing how painful it was.

Together, the couple hold both the male and female titles, for most tattooed senior citizens in the world.

They also hold two other records – Chuck having the most skulls tattooed on the body at 376 and Charlotte having the most feathers tattooed on the body at 216.

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