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Monday, November 12, 2012

Interview with a Man Who Got a Romney/Ryan Face Tattoo

Posted by on Mon, Nov 12, 2012 at 11:58 AM

Politico interviews Eric Hatsburg, a professional wrestler from Indiana who got the Romney campaign logo tattooed on his face:

“Totally disappointed, man,” Hartsburg told POLITICO. “I’m the guy who has egg all over his face, but instead of egg, it’s a big Romney/Ryan tattoo. It’s there for life.”

Hartsburg’s tattoo covers a 5-by-2 inch space on the side of his face, and he did it after raising $5,000 on eBay for the effort. He didn’t even tell his wife he planned to get the tattoo until about an hour before.

Here's the beginning of a sentence that I'd never thought I'd write: The smart thing to do with that face tattoo would be to get a mirror image on the other side and add a few bars to the design to make it a generic, patriotic face tattoo. But I'm willing to bet Hartsburg isn't all that upset about his infamy right now, anyway. He's like Joe the Plumber for 2012 with an even lower IQ.


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Folks are missing the greater issue which is that he raised $5K for a tattoo that should have cost a few hundred dollars, most? Sounds like he must have made a tidy profit off the endeavor, or if the best customer his tattoo parlor has ever had.
Posted by freshnycman on November 13, 2012 at 12:54 PM · Report this
I don't get why he thinks anybody cares about how he feels about it now. He knew damn well when he got the thing that there was a less in 50/50 chance his candidate would become president.
Posted by suddenlyorcas on November 13, 2012 at 9:37 AM · Report this
The 30 yr. old, who mentions that his 15 yr. old son thinks his face tatt. is cool. Anyone else suspect that Hatsburg has a long list of examples of poor choices he's made?

Posted by TampaDink on November 12, 2012 at 8:01 PM · Report this
ForkyMcSpoon 17
Yeah, if only Romney had *won*, he wouldn't look like a tool.
Posted by ForkyMcSpoon on November 12, 2012 at 5:38 PM · Report this
blip 16
He can always be a spokesmodel for Aquafresh.
Posted by blip on November 12, 2012 at 4:34 PM · Report this
Urgutha Forka 15
If I had to get a tattoo, I'd probably get my blood type tattooed over my heart.

But I'm a pragmatist.
Posted by Urgutha Forka on November 12, 2012 at 3:46 PM · Report this
Unfortuntely Paul, this picture (…) tells us that he already has some ink on the other side of his face. So you're idea to mirror the design won't work.
Posted by LukeJoe on November 12, 2012 at 2:09 PM · Report this
seatackled 13
Don't some communities do tattoo removal for free, as long as it's a gang symbol, like this one is?
Posted by seatackled on November 12, 2012 at 2:03 PM · Report this
rob! 12
@10: Aw, c'mon. Maybe a little Sleestak in a discreet location someday.
Posted by rob! on November 12, 2012 at 1:54 PM · Report this
Sigh. He's 30 and has a 15 year old son. See kids, this is what happens when you outlaw birth control and sex education.
Posted by Corydon on November 12, 2012 at 1:51 PM · Report this
Urgutha Forka 10
Nuthin'. I'm not a fan of tattoos (I've seen some great ones... they're just not my thing).

All the artists encourage people to think about it and choose carefully and tell them they're more than happy to help them design something personal... still, lots and lots just wander in and say, "I want that now! No, I don't want to think about it!"

The only thing they absolutely refuse to do on the spot is names of girlfriends/boyfriends/spouses. They said way too many of them regret it too soon. One of the guys said he used to do it and stopped when one customer broke up with his girlfriend in the shop while he was getting her name tattooed on him.

Posted by Urgutha Forka on November 12, 2012 at 1:42 PM · Report this
Phoebe in Wallingford 9
Tattoos can be removed, but certainly in his case that seems daunting.

@1: I hope your brother advises such customers as to perhaps think it over a day or two?

Posted by Phoebe in Wallingford on November 12, 2012 at 1:17 PM · Report this
Max Solomon 8
leave Gay Dude for Romney alone!
Posted by Max Solomon on November 12, 2012 at 1:12 PM · Report this
The people he hangs out with could probably be persuaded that RR stands for Rolls Royce. If he cares enough what they think (I'm guessing he doesn't, though).
Posted by originalcinner on November 12, 2012 at 12:59 PM · Report this
mikethehammer 6

Pretty great. You know what though, he's gonna be fine. It's far enough off to the side that if he just had slightly longer hair that wasn't cut & worn like a total nimrod (take a look at the pic) I don't think he'd ever really have to answer for it.
Posted by mikethehammer on November 12, 2012 at 12:48 PM · Report this
My guess is that in a couple of weeks nobody will remember what the official Romney-campaign logo looked like but the dude will be asked for the rest of his life why he got a stripe of toothpaste tatooed on his face.
Posted by Tree of Life on November 12, 2012 at 12:44 PM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 4
If he had put it lower he could have grown a beard. But thinking ahead isn't his strong suit.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on November 12, 2012 at 12:34 PM · Report this
Supreme Ruler Of The Universe 3

He could get an Obama/Biden one of the other side and it would like having Heaven/Hell mudflaps on a truck.
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe on November 12, 2012 at 12:20 PM · Report this
rob! 2
Spill, Dr. Forka—what did you have your bro tattoo on you and where?
Posted by rob! on November 12, 2012 at 12:17 PM · Report this
Urgutha Forka 1
My brother's a tattoo artist. He said over half of the people who come in are completely random and usually just pick some flash off the wall or something super common. No planning, nothing, totally impulsive.
Posted by Urgutha Forka on November 12, 2012 at 12:11 PM · Report this

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