Store owner tiles floor with 250,000 pennies

Pennies illustration 
By: Aarav Sen 

(Scroll down for video) The floors are really tiled with money in the U.S., at least in one store, according to reports.

The owner of a Pittsburgh-area tattoo shop said she saved some money by using real money as tiles for her floor, with 250,000 pennies.

Mel Angst was looking for an inspiring way to tile the floor of her Garfield, Pa. Tattoo gallery, Artisan, which she runs with her husband, the tattoo artist Jason Angst.

"My floor has about 250,000 pennies," she said. "Surprisingly, it is much cheaper than using real tiles to tile a floor. It is $3 per square meter."

Angst said that after finding the proper adhesive to place the coins on the floor of her shop, she met people through Facebook to record working hours. She exchanged the tiling job for $10 off per hour of work for tattoo work, she said.

"There were days when it was just me," she said. "I think the most we ever had was 7 people, but on average, we had 3 or 4 people a day for 10 to 16 hours a day for three weeks straight, sticking to those people it just surprised me that it took about 300 man-hours. It was crazy."

In total, there will be about 800 square meters of pennies.

Artisan had a gallery show last week, where people could see the floor, and Angst looks forward to next week, when it will be completed. Once done, everyone who recorded 30 hours of penny-tiling was promised a free penny tattoo at the shop.

The gallery plans to partner with Tazza D'Oro and open a coffee shop inside the space in the spring.