A KIDDERMINSTER tattoo artist is raring to take on a record-breaking challenge this Christmas in support of two animal charities.

Thomas Haycock, 27, who runs the Stags Head Tattoo studio in Blackwell Street, will undertake a charity 'tattooathon' on Christmas Eve, where he will attempt to ink at least one hundred volunteers in the space of 24 hours.

The tattooist was inspired to take on the challenge by his love of animals and the work of the two charities, Happy Staffie Rescue and Snuffles Rat Sanctuary and Rescue. Money raised from donations on the day will be split between the two.

Thomas will also make a world-record attempt, aiming to do one hundred tattoos in 24 hours.

Thomas said: "The two charities work so hard and care so much about their animals, and I'm a huge animal person.

"I wanted to help them out and raise funds for their great work.

"The support I've received has been brilliant, I didn't expect it to go so far as it did.

"Loads of people have messaged me so if they turn up to get a tattoo it will be a really busy day.

"I'm going to start at six in the morning on Christmas Eve and I'm going to do it until people stop coming.

"My goal is to reach one hundred tattoos on the day.

"There will also be a assortment of animal paw prints but it won’t be a discussion type of event because we want to raise as much as possible.

"So people can choose the design, someone will prepare one while I’m doing another so it can be continuous cycle.

"I know tattoos aren't for everyone, but anyone is welcome to come down and make a donation, and any help will be greatly appreciated."