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Porn-man; A Living, Walking, Talking Ad-Space

Porn-man; A Living, Walking, Talking Ad-Space
June 02
13:26 2017

A Man Who Sold Ad-space on His Own Skin:

Porn-man which I have lovingly dubbed him, is better known by the name Hostgator Dotcom. Now how does a man get such a strange name you might ask? He sells his name as ad-space for the highest bidder.
But that is not all which Hostgator sold, he also sold off his own skin as ad-space, getting whatever websites that wanted to pay, tattooed on his skin. Going so far for the money, as to tattoo his face with porn websites.
But what he did to his skin and more, are stories which can all be foud countless of places online.

What I want to talk about is his motivations and how he defends them, as well as what he might represent within the tattoo community. The story itself is indeed a few years old, so a lot might have changed. But what Hostgator (if that is still his name?) did and how he defended it, is still very interesting.

Rational choice in order to get money:

The title for this section perhaps gives up a lot, when it comes to Hostgators reasoning. But to him, getting even the porn-websites tattooed on his face, was a rationally made decision at the time. He needed the money and he had nothing against getting ads tattooed on him, so he did it. He did it to prevent him and his family from starving.
So all in all his intentions were good, but they were heavily effected by his bipolar disorder. The disorder having led him to think his choices were rational at the time, yet when he started taking medication, he began regretting them as he began to think more rationally as a whole.

Still despite his unfortunate case, affected by his mental condition. As well as his desperate need, to financially save his family. Many have seen loads of cases of others, getting brands tattooed on their bodies, in order to earn some quick cash or even a lot of money. One may fear that more people will end up like this, because of financial destitution. However I fear, that the case of Hostgator, however odd it may be, might be one of the nobler ones.
In many cases, i believe people almost over rationalize tattoos, at the same time as underestimating the lasting ability of the ink.

What might drive people to attempt to sell their skin like this?

They begin to look at tattoos from a rationally distanced perspective, viewing it as just some ink they can hide and that it won’t be a big deal to get a company logo tattooed. It might even earn them a lot of money and be a company, which they at the time, really love. So it all seems like a really sweet deal to them. However, as an embodiment sociologist, I think most people, with or without mental conditions, who try to earn money this way, are in for a world of regret.

Like with any way of earning money, or indeed swearing loyalty to a brand you like, you can fall out of love with it. You become disenchanted with the company you used to love, the job  whatever. Except in the case with tattoos, it doesn’t come off that easy and will end up costing a lot of money and time, to either remove or cover up, should you regret it.

Final thoughts and a small gallery:

Indeed this is all reminiscent of band tattoos and video-game tattoos, and so on… it’s all brands and it all seems harmless, indeed it can be quite harmless, even become quite the laugh later in life. What my point was, was merely, that when you over rationally choose to do such a thing, merely for the money. You will most likely regret it, quite quickly at some point in your life. Especially if it carries no personal meaning to you.

I mean, if you got a tattoo to get into a concert with your favorite band at the time. That might still be a good story later on in your life, even if you regret the tattoo itself. Even if you get a tattoo, commemorating a job you loved, it’s the same thing. Or a video-game or movie, whatever. But getting tattooed just to earn cash, not caring about how it looks or maybe even the placement. That I would advice against, as you don’t even have the smallest kind of personal connection with the tattoos.

I get the desperation and so on, in a case like the one of Hostgator. But should anyone wish to copy what he did.
I implore you! Reflect personally, not just rationally about the dollars and cents, before getting any tattoos done.

 

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Mads

Mads

Mads W. K. Masters of science in Sociology (Cand. Scient. Soc.), from the University of Copenhagen, who specializes in embodiment sociology, but especially in tattoos and tattoo culture etc.

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