Eric Hartsburg, the 30-year-old Michigan City, Ind., man infamous for getting the Romney/Ryan campaign logo tattooed on his face has decided to get the symbol removed.
The avid supporter of Republican candidate Mitt Romney became known when he sold his face as advertisement space for the for $5,000 on eBay and got the double-R emblem permanently inked onto his visage.
Even after Romney lost the election on Nov. 6, the professional wrestler swore he would keep the tattoo and did not regret getting it.
“[I’m] glad to know that I did all that I could,” he told Politico.
“I still love the ink, and I am a man of my word and will keep the tattoo for life.”
Now, Hartsburg has changed his mind, claiming that he does not support Romney’s comments following the election. The former Massachusetts governor stated he believed the president was reelected because of “gifts” given to minority voters, women and young people.
“It stands not only for a losing campaign but for a sore loser,” Hartsburg 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.”
Hartsburg was offered free laser removal of the tattoo by the Dr. Tattoff chain, which he first declined, but has now decided to accept. He will travel to Los Angeles next week for his first tattoo removal session.
According to Politico, Will Kirby, known for his appearances on reality shows such as “Big Brother” and “Dr. 90210,” will lead the first session.
“You can’t walk around with a big ‘R’ on your face!” Kirby said of the tattoo.
“Fortunately, it’s on the face, and tattoos above the heart tend to be easier to remove because of increased blood flow as opposed to ankles or feet. Unfortunately, there’s a lot of blue ink -- one of the more difficult colors to erase.”
Kirby expects the tattoo will require 10 sessions in order to be full removed. Factoring in the time in between needed for the skin to heal, the whole process should take close to a year. Dr. Tattoff will foot the approximately $1,000 bill.
Hartsburg says he plans to put his face back up for sale following the removal but will probably think twice about getting another political tattoo.