Huffpost Money

Mel Angst, Owner Of 'Artisan' Tattoo Shop In Pittsburgh, Finds Unique Flooring Material: 250,000 Pennies

Posted: Updated:
Artisan Tattoo/Facebook

When Mel Angst and her husband, John, decided that their new tattoo shop in Pittsburgh needed better flooring, they bought their material of choice for mere pennies on the dollar.

Specifically, 250,000 pennies (from $2,500).

The duo recently finished covering their floor in the copper colored coins, aided by a small army of volunteers recruited on Facebook.

As an incentive -- presumably to avoid 'nickel-and-diming' them -- the shop offered volunteers $10 discounts on a tattoo for each hour worked. Those who put in "some serious hours" also received a free penny tattoo and membership in "a pretty elite group."

"Amazingly enough, it's a lot cheaper to glue money to your floor than to actually buy tile," Mel told WTAE. "It's about $3 a square foot." The shop is 800 square feet and required 3 weeks worth of labor (about 300 man hours) to cover in pennies.

Workers at the bank that supplied the pennies told Mel it was the strangest request they've ever had.

Just one question: could you spare some change?

LOOK at a picture of the floor in progress [via Facebook]:
tattoo penny floors

Also on HuffPost:

14 Reasons Why Marijuana Is Good For The Economy
Share this
Current Slide

Suggest a correction

Around the Web

250,000 pennies make for unique flooring | Allegheny Co. News ...

Tattoo Shop Owner Tiles Floor With 250,000 Pennies - ABC News

Pittsburgh-area tattoo parlor and art gallery tiles floor entirely with ...

PICTURES: Tattoo artist glues 250,000 pennies to her floor to give ...

Floor Makeover Takes 3 Weeks, 250,000 Pennies : NPR

Tattoo shop owner uses pennies for floor tile - KCTV

Tattoo parlor tiles floor with pennies

Woman tiles floor with 250000 pennies