This fall, Eric Hartsburg auctioned off tattoo space on his face via eBay. The winning bid of $15,000 resulted in a 5-by-2-inch Romney/Ryan campaign “R” tatt. At first, despite Romney’s election loss, Hartsburg remained firm in his resolve to keep the tattoo, despite an offer from a tattoo removal company to get rid of the ink free of charge.
But now, POLITICO reports, he has changed his mind.
After Romney’s comment about President Obama buying the election with gifts, Hartsburg decided he no longer respects the former Massachusetts governor, calling him a “sore loser.”
“He’s pretty shameful as far as I’m concerned, man,” Hartsburg told POLITICO. “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.”
The removal process — which could take up to a year and would have cost $1,000 — will take place in Los Angeles, at Dr. TATTOFF. And while a tattoo above the heart is generally easier to remove, half of the R is in blue, one of the most difficult colors to remove, according to Will Kirby of Dr. TATTOFF. He estimates the extremely painful process will take about 10 sessions.
Hartsburg is already planning on putting the space up for sale again, but might show more discretion about what bid he selects, perhaps avoiding politics altogether. But he also joked about the R standing for Marco Rubio, should the Florida Senator decide to run for president in 2016.
“Everybody keeps telling me to just put a sign in my yard instead of a tattoo on my face,” Hartsburg told POLITICO.