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?
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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.
Shawn on June 11, 2018:
I've tried looking up any websites or any way to get paid for getting a tattoo and I'm not having any luck could somebody please send me somewhere I tried at lease your body but the website isn't working
Mary on January 06, 2018:
I would have a tatoo done can you do one for me please m stocker
Rebecca Stanley on November 13, 2017:
Yes I want to get paid to get tattooed
Jeff Boettner (author) from Tampa, FL on September 02, 2017:
Hi Sheri, me too! I love coke, I'd prob do one for free. Something like a monk, riding a dragon, drinking a coke ( the monk, not the dragon....)...ooooh, or maybe both drinking a coke.......
Sheri Green on August 30, 2017:
I would Love to do Coke Cola advertising
Joe emery on January 29, 2017:
Id love to do this on my back or legs maybe arms
Jeff Boettner (author) from Tampa, FL on January 13, 2016:
Excellent question. I would recommend making a list of companies\products that you really like, that you wouldn't mind showcasing somewhere on your body, then contacting these companies one by one. Specifically, try to get in contact with the marketing department. Good luck, and if you are able to make money off a tattoo, please let us know about it! Thanks for stopping by! --howlermunkey
Laura on January 10, 2016:
How would I be able to get paid for a company tattoo
Jeff Boettner (author) from Tampa, FL on October 16, 2014:
Excellent question. You'll probably have to do a little marketing. Write a few emails with an idea and perhaps a proposal, see if you can get any interest. If you find a taker please let me know! I'll be glad to update this article with your story. Thanks for stopping by!
Joe on October 15, 2014:
How do I go about getting paid to advertise a company with a tattoo?
Jeff Boettner (author) from Tampa, FL on September 20, 2014:
Hi noel, agreed (except for the forehead).
noel on September 18, 2014:
I'll get paid for tattoos
Jeff Boettner (author) from Tampa, FL on May 24, 2014:
@migo, awesome idea, how much for a howlermunkey tattoo?
migo garcia on May 23, 2014:
Trying too bilboard my body with tattoos. If you have a company & would enjoy its logo tattooed on my Body. I make musik currently, but tryna star in, photo shoots, musik videos, magazines, on social media, maybe attempt an acting career. So you got a chance now, Ima present the logo however you agree. Serious inquiries email me at email@example.com cell#404-914-6276, other contact#404-931-4866, facebook under: yung migo email for fb:firstname.lastname@example.org
Jeff Boettner (author) from Tampa, FL on April 26, 2014:
Hi Russell, agreed, as long as its not my forehead, I might consider. Depends on the logo though, it is fairly permanent after all.
Russell on April 25, 2014:
That's cool to get money to have your favorite logo
on your body.....
Jeff Boettner (author) from Tampa, FL on September 21, 2013:
Yep, you might have been able to cash in on that tattoo. Never too late to ask :)
Thanks for stopping by -- J
Suzanne on September 19, 2013:
I got the Modcloth logo tattooed on my body (because I love them!) It occurred to me much later I probably should have asked for at least a coupon code.
Jeff Boettner (author) from Tampa, FL on December 08, 2012:
@Amanda, when I first wrote this hub, my thoughts were "you couldn't pay me enough", but, now......I'm rethinking my thoughts lololol (not forehead, but arms, back, def), Thanks for stopping by!
Amanda Cef on December 08, 2012:
Really would love the opportunity!!!
Jeff Boettner (author) from Tampa, FL on October 03, 2012:
@neophonic :), ha! not sure I would get good backlinks, might want to try one of the online casinos, Thanks for the laugh :)
Jakub Dubec from Europe on October 03, 2012:
howlermunkey.hubpages.com - how many $ do You offer? :D
Jeff Boettner (author) from Tampa, FL on September 29, 2012:
@SuzieHQ , yep, wonderin how google will count those backlinks! Thanks for stopping by :)
Suzanne Ridgeway from Dublin, Ireland on September 29, 2012:
What a riot of a hub! Unreal these walking billboards of backlinks!! lol loved that idea of backlinking you mentioned. Some serious money can be made it seems, well researched and great linking with places for further info. Voted up, funny and interesting - look forward to more of your writing Jef with AP :-)
Christy Birmingham from British Columbia, Canada on August 10, 2012:
What a crazy guy! I would not do this for any amount of money. I think it's funny that most people answered the poll with 'depends on where the ad is placed' LOL
Jeff Boettner (author) from Tampa, FL on July 18, 2012:
@B Lucy, Thanks! yes, Ive thought about it too, and if someone paid me a substantial amount of money for anything but the face, I probably would do it.
Jeff Boettner (author) from Tampa, FL on July 18, 2012:
@CriticalMessage, Thanks! yeah its crazy what some of these people did..forehead? a bit much. I couldn't even put billy's (the human billboard) face in the hub because his forehead has an add for an adult web site....
B Lucy from Podunk, Virginia on July 17, 2012:
Haha . . you've got me thinking about this one! Never the face but if I'm being honest . . a couple of million might garner other body parts!! = )
Murphy from Chicagoland, Illinois on July 17, 2012:
This is funny !!! *smiles*
Jeff Boettner (author) from Tampa, FL on July 15, 2012:
Thanks MazioCreate! Actually, I believe there are some opportunities where the AD can be stick on and not permanent, you just have to look for it.
MazioCreate from Brisbane Queensland Australia on July 15, 2012:
This is a great hub. I had never heard of this type of company branding before and was gobsmacked when I saw the title in your hub display. I might venture down that road if the tattoo was a stick on. LOL! Liked and shared with my followers.
Jeff Boettner (author) from Tampa, FL on July 13, 2012:
hahahaha, good point Window Pain
Window Pain on July 13, 2012:
Might not be so good if you're a boxer.
Let's say you've got an "Allstate Insurance" tattoo, and the other guy just got royally screwed by Allstate Insurance...
Let's say you've got a "Dairy Queen" tattoo, and you're over at the weigh-in...
Let's say you've got a "Nyquil" tattoo, and you're laying on the canvas knocked out...
Jeff Boettner (author) from Tampa, FL on July 13, 2012:
Hi Lin02, yes, in sports, especially boxing, a tattoo on a back or arm could pay off big, especially if the athlete wins a lot.
Lin02 from India on July 12, 2012:
Good for the players even. The sports person can use this.
Jeff Boettner (author) from Tampa, FL on July 09, 2012:
HA! quite, thanks Windows Pain
Window Pain on July 08, 2012:
*Vacant Cranium For Rent*
Jeff Boettner (author) from Tampa, FL on July 08, 2012:
Thanks ShiningIrishEyes , yeah I think Billy's popularity fell drastically when he put an xrated.com ad on his forehead....I mean seriously...what was he thinking? (which I didn't want to show in my hub obviously). Like me, most people probably won't show his face now due to ad regulations etc... so all of that and for what.. now what's he gonna do?
Shining Irish Eyes from Upstate, New York on July 08, 2012:
As my voted choice reflects, there is no amount of money in this world to use as a human billboard.
I heard about Billy and found this write entertaining and extremely interesting.