August 5, 2002
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Get paid for living. Get paid up to £800 or $1270 for having a unique, non-permanent advertisement tattooed on your body using Timed Tattoo Technology ™. Join here. (or not...)
posted by ColdChef (33 comments total)

Somebody on Big Brother 3 in the UK had a Nike swoosh tattooed on his arm with his name underneath. Yes, in answer to your question, he was a complete dickhead.
posted by Summer at 7:17 AM on August 5, 2002

Gee, I have a birth mark, does that mean my maker is taking care of me, I trust He is.
posted by thomcatspike at 7:17 AM on August 5, 2002


Reminds me of this guy who had tatooed, "Peckerwood"
across his belly because what it stood for and who he was all about.
posted by thomcatspike at 7:19 AM on August 5, 2002

TCS, tou only have to worry if your expiration date is 6/66.
posted by yhbc at 7:20 AM on August 5, 2002

I am very disturbed by people like this.

George C. Reiger Jr. is proclaimed by the worldwide news media as the #1 devoted Disney fan of all time ! He is the only person in the world with over 1,000 (1,355 to be exact) Disney tattoos. He is also the only person with a custom built Disney House in the world with over 18,000 Disney items. Mr. Reiger has been on numerous television shows both local and national. George Reiger (The Disney Tattoo Guy) is by far Disney's #1 fan !!!
posted by ColdChef at 7:23 AM on August 5, 2002

Does anyone else remember hearing something on NPR a few days ago about a guy getting some trademark tattooed on his skull and getting paid $100,000 to keep his head shaved for a year? I can't find it on there site.
posted by anathema at 7:28 AM on August 5, 2002

creepy, CC. From the disney guy's Top 10 Reasons why George Reiger is Disney’s Number 1 Fan:

4. Living in Pennsylvania, as of April 2000 has traveled to Disney theme parks worldwide an astonishing 238 visits to Walt Disney World, 112 visits to Disneyland California, 39 visits to Disneyland Paris and 9 visits to Tokyo Disney in Japan. (emphasis mine)

EuroDisney 39 times??? Now we know he's one looney bastard.
posted by Ufez Jones at 7:31 AM on August 5, 2002

My left forearm is my only un-inked limb, so if it wasn't permanent, sure I'd do it. Who would want to do the forehead, though?
posted by adampsyche at 7:33 AM on August 5, 2002

Yes, for the low reserve price of $100,000, Swanson, a man once considered"stable," offered up his own head as a billboard to the highest bidder.
posted by ColdChef at 7:34 AM on August 5, 2002

I don't see the problem with this. People PAY to wear stupid logos on their clothes, sportsware, accessories.. yet this is working the right way round, you're getting paid to wear the logo.

The idiots are those who pay, not the ones who get paid ;-)

However, I think this is a hoax. The site just gives it away.
posted by wackybrit at 7:50 AM on August 5, 2002

However, I think this is a hoax. The site just gives it away.

As does CC's third link:
There's a clever hoax on the Web purporting to be the site of an advertising firm looking for people to become human billboards by getting corporate tattoos.
posted by PinkStainlessTail at 7:53 AM on August 5, 2002

You know, I looked all over the "Tadoo" site for the "wink" that lets me know this is a joke, but I couldn't find it. Not even in the lengthy "Terms and Conditions."

Now, I'm sure that it is fake, but is there maybe some proof? Anyone try to sign up?
posted by ColdChef at 7:56 AM on August 5, 2002

Hm. Do I see a new form of TextAds in the works?
posted by adampsyche at 8:00 AM on August 5, 2002

Registration leads you to a "List of Fools" page, which draws your attention to this passage in the T&C:
I'm on the list as B Q.
posted by PinkStainlessTail at 8:08 AM on August 5, 2002

Given Disney's "friendly" corporate background, I'm surprised they haven't sued George C. Reiger Jr. for copyright infringement and requested residuals on his tattoos
posted by ElvisJesus at 8:13 AM on August 5, 2002

Thanks, PinkStainlessTail. You took the bullet meant for me.
posted by ColdChef at 8:17 AM on August 5, 2002

Does anyone remember their first washable tattoo they had?Mine, those lick'm stick of the 70's.
I bet you all forgot, Theme Parks and their ultraviolet re-entry stamps(change day to day).
PS, since I worked at one, if you take the cellophane wrapper off a box of cigarettes and and push hard over a fresh stamp. You can pass it on to a friend, sometimes more.
posted by thomcatspike at 8:56 AM on August 5, 2002

Well, Elvis, it's my understanding from a documentary I saw sometime back that they have either banned or severely limited his visits to their parks (he draws too much attention away from The Mouse when he's there.) For him that's probably as bad as being sued.
posted by InfidelZombie at 8:57 AM on August 5, 2002

This is assuredly not a hoax. Last April I had "WorldCom" tattooed on the back of my neck. They gave me $45, a coupon for a large Domino's pizza (which is ironically tattooed on my left calf) and a years supply of electrical power. I thought I had made out like a bandit but now I'm the one who looks like a big jerk.
posted by topherbecker at 9:45 AM on August 5, 2002

Seriously? Got a picture?
posted by ColdChef at 9:52 AM on August 5, 2002

Nah, unfortunately I only have non-corporate tattoos. BUT I think my fradulent yarn there clearly illustrates the risks of billboarding oneself, for the kids here on metafilter. Kids will do pretty much anything, from drinking beer to smoking cigarettes and I wanted to make sure they didn't get drawn in by the siren song of easy money and cool ink.
posted by topherbecker at 9:58 AM on August 5, 2002

Enron tattoos going cheap. Only have to pay $5 direct to your favorite creditor!

(I originally put 'Exxon' by mistake.. I wonder if Exxon are getting any fallout from Enron, thanks to the similar name..)
posted by wackybrit at 10:20 AM on August 5, 2002

Enron tattoos
Exxon are getting any fallout from Enron
Wasn't there a similar name from the two above for a gas station(east coast in US)?
posted by thomcatspike at 10:28 AM on August 5, 2002

Whackaa! Ten points for me!

Actual person with Nike tattoo (no picture. Damn!):

I have a tattoo that is a reminder to me. It is Kanji writing with other ornamentals around it. It says "believe in yourself." A picture is enclosed. There is a Nike swoosh also. I have never believed in a company as much as I do Nike. It does many things for so many different people.

This is from Stayfree magazine, which rocks, btw. I have their Conspiracy Issue, and it's excellent.
posted by beth at 12:20 PM on August 5, 2002

Correction: the pic is on this page (scroll down).

No, this lady didn't get paid, she did it just because she thought Nike was such a great company, but still.

Perhaps that's more disturbing?
posted by beth at 12:25 PM on August 5, 2002

The siren song of easy money and cool ink? I blame demon rum.

tcs: Exxon brands include Esso (S.O., for Standard Oil), and now Mobil. Exxon itself was originally Jersey Standard (S.O. of N.J.); Mobil was Socony (S.O. of N.Y.); and Esso was a brand used primarily by overseas branches of Standard Oil.

I suspect you may be thinking of Chevron, aka at one time Standard Oil of California.
posted by dhartung at 12:31 PM on August 5, 2002

Update on Jeff Swanson, the man who offered up his head as a billboard for $100,000
posted by madprops at 2:30 PM on August 5, 2002

Speaking "kids today"...which really, is only 2 steps away from saying "Why in my day...." but I digress. Anyway, best kid tattoo I've ever laughed at...

Picture it: lollapalooza: 1991 I think...Texas summer. It's very hot. Nigh on to everyone has stripped down to the least possible amount of clothes that they can legally get away with wearing. Including, mind you, the little teenage boys.

So, we're sitting on our blanket, watching the parade of mostly naked, heavily tattooed and pierced flesh present itself for our perusal...when along the stream comes this boy...and I do mean, boy.

Kid was so young, he probably didn't have pubic hair yet. Concave chest, little reedy arms, couldn't have weighed more than 90 lbs soaking wet. Across this boy's chest...such as it 2 inch high gothic letters, was the phrase...and I quote here..."I SUFFER". Now, one can only hope it wasn't permanent. In any case, we laughed. Pointed and laughed. Wondered aloud if his suffering was caused by a severe grounding, or if mommy had cut off his allowance. :)

(Fair disclosure: I too have a tattoo...of Sam I am, holding a platter of Green Eggs and Ham. Just as a simple reminder that you only learn by trying new things.)
posted by dejah420 at 3:15 PM on August 5, 2002

Did anyone else read this and think, long-term temporary tattoos are a really good idea, especially for people unsure if they want to commit to a tattoo?

If only I could afford the R&D.
posted by drezdn at 3:51 PM on August 5, 2002

I checked out the ebay auction of Swansons head, and there was no bid listed. Guess he wasn't to keen on having him put up "legalize it" and a picture of a pot leaf.

Just what exactly does that say about the person who had $100,000 to put up on that?
posted by daHIFI at 4:06 PM on August 5, 2002

I'm waiting for advertisements to be projected directly into my dreams.
posted by drstrangelove at 4:07 PM on August 5, 2002

I checked out the ebay auction of Swansons head, and there was no bid listed.

According to the eBay Terms and Conditions on Human Parts and Remains, that auction would be banned. They're pretty quick to catch this kind of thing and shut it down, especially if it's getting a lot of press. eBay is the wrong place for the guy to sell his head.
posted by etoile at 7:44 AM on August 6, 2002

I know this was a joke, the site. But, no sooner as I arrive home and flip on CNN around 3pm, what do I see, a follow up to this, ColdChef. A professional soccer game which was interrupted by this idea right here. These two guys body painted the rival team's sponsor which was the visiting team in the stadium. So they were advertising the visiting team's sponsor on some one's sponsored home turf. Wow, now that is some competitiveness on the field. And they not only advertised the company slogan, butt their naked bodies too. The goal, not to score butt to advertise for all to see, and get paid. How, by really streaking a message. And final note folks, they did apologize after the game, again were also paid money. ColdChef was that you? The two guys well, advertised they were cold.
posted by thomcatspike at 11:31 AM on August 6, 2002

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