If you're ever lucky enough to be in Afghanistan, Gunnery Sgt. Benjamin LeppingÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s left butt cheek has a special surprise.
Or, as Lepping puts it, "the hottest cougar in the Republican Party."
News of Lepping's Palin tattoo -- which displays her trademark glasses and smiling mug -- has apparently been making the rounds in Lepping's ranks overseas, and appeared online at the Military Times website on Thursday. The Times' headline was, "MarineÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s cheeky Sarah Palin tattoo the butt of jokes."
"When I came to Afghanistan, I expected to find many strange and unusual sights," the paper's reporter penned. "A gunnery sergeant with a tattoo of Sarah Palin on his buttocks wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t one of them."
The Marine technician, who hails from California regiment and originally from Kentucky, told the paper he got the tattoo while on a mission in Alaska.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“On the way back, I decided I wanted to get a tattoo that reminded me of Alaska, because we really had a good time,Ã¢â‚¬Â the soldier said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“I decided, Ã¢â‚¬ËœWhat could be better than getting a tattoo of the hottest cougar in the Republican Party?Ã¢â‚¬â„¢"
The Marine says he has about thirty tattoos.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“If it was going to be a funny tattoo, I figured it had to be in a funny place,Ã¢â‚¬Â he quipped to the reporter. Ã¢â‚¬Å“IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d say itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s pretty famous in the southern California area.Ã¢â‚¬Â
The Times' image of the tattoo includes responses from readers in the comments. One called Lepping's tattoo of the former Vice Presidential hopeful "shameful."
"This is a shameful display by anyoneÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ let alone a Marine," one commenter remarked. "Tell me, would he find it playful and respectful if a LCPl put his face on their butt?? Does he think his [commanding officer] would find it cute and funny if the GySgt put his face on teh [sic] GunnyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s butt?? Highly doubt it!"
"Want a reminder of Alaska put a Moose on your butt," the commenter added. "In my time there I saw alot more moose than any of the Palins. This isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t about Alaska or memoriesÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ this is sadly and simply disrespectful especially considering the location."