Nothing says family bonding like letting your brother give you a tattoo while riding a half-century-old wooden roller-coaster.
Modern-day daredevils Burnaby Q. Orbax and Sweet Pepper Klopek, of the touring freak show Monsters of Schlock, did just that Wednesday on one of B.C.’s most iconic landmarks.
“It’s been a lifelong dream of my brother to be tattooed on a running roller-coaster,” Orbax said before the stunt at Playland at the PNE. “Having never tattooed anybody and having access to the oldest running wooden roller-coaster in Canada, we decided (Wednesday) would be the best day to achieve that dream and make it a reality.”
“We’ve done much more dangerous stunts all over the world, but this is probably our stupidest stunt that we’ve ever done,” he added.
Orbax held the tattoo machine, while the ink cap was duct taped to Klopek’s hands.
After the second round in the coaster, the brothers high-fived and hugged. The end result: a smiley face with a really long tongue.
“He did a good job. I’m proud of him,” Sweet Pepper Klopek said of his new tattoo on his upper right knee. “Who thought you could do that, eh?”
Last year, the great Orbax broke the Guinness World Record for the longest, heaviest pull from two shark hooks in his back. He pulled a four-tonne pick-up truck over a distance of 111.7 metres.
Meanwhile, Sweet Pepper holds the world record for the most amount of mousetraps set off on a tongue in a minute — 40 to be exact.
PNE spokesperson Laura Ballance said the historic roller-coaster, which was built in 1958, has seen its fair share of memorable moments.
“In the 20 years that I’ve been here, I’ve seen people get married on this coaster,” she said. “I’ve seen a lot of movies being filmed. I’ve seen celebrities that have flown in just because of the iconic reputation this rollercoaster has not only here in British Columbia but around the world.”
The five-time Guinness World Record breakers, who are back at Fright Nights with three nightly shows, are sure they can top this stunt next year.
“Oh yes, I just don’t know how yet but we will,” Sweet Pepper Klopek said.
Fright Nights at Playland at the PNE runs until Oct. 31.