Some of you may remember last month when I reported on a man getting the Romney campaign logo tattooed onto his face. Apparently he’s not happy with his choice of body art any longer, because he’s getting it removed.
Back in October, I reported,
Ask yourself. What is a classification for stupid people? If you’re a die-hard liberal and want to make a joke at the expense of the other side, you might say “Republicans.” Or “conservatives.” If you’re being a bit more serious and don’t feel like insulting an entire demographic based on the apparent low intelligence of a few (okay, more than a few, but the point stands), you might say, “people that get facial tattoos for money on Ebay.” Apparently Eric Hartsburg of Indiana made a leap of brilliance and decided to do both. Hartsburg posted on Ebay selling the five by two inch space for $5,000 to anybody that wanted to advertise — on his face.
He claims that his change of heart has to do with Romney’s post election remarks, which many of us will notice are astonishingly similar to his pre-election remarks, saying that “It stands not only for a losing campaign but for a sore loser. He’s pretty shameful as far as I’m concerned, man. There’s no dignity in blaming somebody else for buying votes and paying off people. I can’t get behind that or stay behind that.” (Politico)
Politico also reports that,
Hartsburg tells POLITICO he plans to get the tattoo lasered off, a process that could take a year.
Tattoo removal chain Dr. TATTOFF offered to remove it for free, an offer Hartsburg originally rejected, telling POLITICO earlier this month, “I still love the ink and I am a man of my word and will keep the tattoo for life.”
That’s probably the justification for the first bit of the Politico piece, which starts off with (admittedly wittily), “Critics of Mitt Romney accused him of being a flip-flopper. Now one of his die-hard supporters is guilty of the same charge.”
As Slate points out,
So to recap, Hartsburg sold the prime advertising real estate that is his face for $5,000 before the election. He was still totally loving the ink after Romney lost the election. Then, and only then, he had a change of heart after hearing Romney say pretty much the same thing that he’d been caught saying on the “47 percent” tape that played on a near-constant loop on cable news networks for a stretch this fall.
He’s admitted to relishing his short time in the spotlight, and while he is getting the tattoo removed, he also plans on putting the same spot up for sale on eBay once again. He’s not sure if he’ll get any more political tattoos, I wouldn’t put it past him.