Eric Hartsburg, the man who infamously got a Mitt Romney logo tattooed on the side of his head, says he now wants the ink removed because the former Republican candidate is “shameful” and has “no dignity.”
In an interview published on Wednesday, Hartsburg told Politico that he was taking tattoo removal chain Dr. TATTOFF up on their offer to remove the art for free.
“It stands not only for a losing campaign but for a sore loser,” he said. “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.”
The $1,000 effort to remove the tattoo is being led by Big Brother reality star Dr. Will Kirby, who is a board certified dermatologist and has reportedly supervised over 100,000 laser tattoo removal procedures.
“I’m estimating that he’s probably going to need about seven to 10 sessions,” Kirby explained. “It’s going to take the better part of a year.”
Earlier this month, Hartsburg told ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel that he had no regrets after Republicans had paid him $15,000 to have the Romney logo inked on his face.
“I still love the ink and I am a man of my word and will keep the tattoo for life,” he had said after Romney lost the election.
But one bad experience hasn’t discouraged Hartsburg from auctioning off his face.
“After it’s off, I’ll put the space back up for sale, but I might be a little bit more choosy about political tattooing,” he remarked. “But things can change, you know?”
Next time, however, the Indiana man is going to keep one important lesson in mind: “You can’t walk around with a big ‘R’ on your face!”
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