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How to Tattoo a company's Brand Name or Logo and how to Get Paid from Them
After reading about “billy the human billboard”, a guy who has put at last count over 23 brand named tattoos on his body for money (and even changed his name to “Hostgator Dotcom”).., I was going to ask a forum question “how much would you need to get paid to put a company's brand or logo tattoo on your body? But then I realized, this would actually make a great hub. People have put brand names and logos all over..., forearm, back, forehead, for money and just because they love the product. Want to see what some of these people got paid to brand themselves? Read on…
Meet Billy Gibby a.k.a " Billy the Human Billboard". At first glance he may appear a bit crazy, but Billy's story does start out with good intentions. Billy is a well known boxer in Anchorage Alaska, and as a boxer he already knew how to get paid for temporary tattoos from companies willing to pay good money to get their logo seen. But when a childhood friend needed a kidney transplant he decided to go the extra mile and offered to put a permanent tattoo anywhere on his body for more money. A few years later I read that he now has collected 26 paid for tattoos (including an adult website on his forehead) and hopes to someday make it into the Guinness book of world records for the most paid for tattoos on a person's body. In one of his most recent moves, he not only put this company's brand name on the back of his neck, but he legally changed his name to Mr. Hostgator Dotcom. Just wondering if some of the many punches to his face over the years have possibly affected his rational?...Interested in advertising on this 18-0 tough man champion boxer's body? You can check his personal blogpspot here for prices... I'm wondering If I should put "Howlermunkey" on his chest.....Would that count as a backlink??
Next up is Kari Smith, a young mother from Utah who wanted to help pay for her son's college tuition. I don't know about you, but this picture makes me want to avoid this online casino at all costs. You may remember Golden Casino from other stunts, such as the purchase of the "Virgin Mary Grilled Cheese Sandwich" featured in my "Top Ten Craziest and Weirdest items that ever Sold on eBay" hub. I'm wondering what's next, will the Vegas casino's tattoo "Cheater" on your forehead if you get caught counting cards at the blackjack table?
How much did Kari get paid to tattoo her forehead? Ten thousand dollars. I'd really like to know if that money is still socked away in the bank. Wouldn't it be ironic if it got wasted in online slot machines? Imagine that scenario, not only did you lose your son's college tuition, but now every time you look in the mirror you see the casino that took your money back. Sounds like a scene from "The Hangover, part 3". You can find some more extreme brand tattoo pics at Rankmytattoos.com. Believe it or not, some people brand themselves with company logos for free.
So was this a fad?
It seems most of the websites I found that give info on "how to tattoo yourself with corporate logos for money" seem almost dead at the moment. The pages I found include "tatad.com" , which currently has a "bandwidth exceeded" error message, and "leaseyourbody.com" (featured on Billythehumanbillboard's neck) doesn't seem like it has any recent posts. (I feel sorry for the girl with the temp tattoo on her forehead), how long has her picture been on the front page of that site?
After much research, it seems the best way to get paid from a company to tattoo yourself with their brand name is to contact therm directly. You could also try selling personal advertising space on eBay. Some companies, such as ecko, offer a lifetime 20% discount. Personally I'm thinking more along the lines of 60-70% discount would be fair. Hmm, this leads me to a poll, How much would it take for you to tattoo a brand name on your body?
How much would you take for a company to place their brand name as a permanent tattoo on your body?
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So now I'm wondering if HubPages would pay me for a tattoo. Probably have to publish a few more hubs first ;). If You find some more crazy or lucrative corporate brand tattoo stories please feel free to comment.