Gonna bring this up to management here. Seems like we can get prime facial ad space for just a few grand. Definitely something worth looking into for FH.VICE: Why, Hostgator? Why?Hostgator Dotcom: Well, I used to just sell tattooed advertising space on my body, but no one was really buying it. I was laid off at the job I had, my family and I were gonna be evicted, and I needed a way for us to survive financially. I didnít want to do anything illegal, and I didnít have any friends I could borrow money from. I looked for jobs but couldnít get one, and I couldnít allow my wife and children to be homeless, so I thought Iíd sacrifice my face so that they could have a place to live. I didnít want to do itóI really didnítóbut I also didnít want my kids to be homeless.
That's very noble of you. How many people are you supporting?
Five kids and my wife.
And Iím guessing Hostgator isnít your given name?
No, I sold my name to Hostgator.com for $15,000 (£9,966).
Wow, I might have to sell my name if you make that kind of money.
Iím actually trying to sell my name again right now. Iím trying to get in The Guinness Book of World Recordsfor the worldís longest name. So if Golden Palace buys my name, then Iíll be Goldenpalacedotcom Hostgatordotcom.
And it flows so nicely off the tongue. Doesnít that breach your contract with Hostgator, though?
No, because I still have Hostgatordotcom in my name.
True. What are some of the websites you have on your face?
What do your wife and kids think about that?
My kids are still young, and they accept me for me. My wife is OK with it, but she wants me to get the ones on the face removed, so thatís what Iím working towards now.
So you regret getting the porn sites tattooed on your face now?Yeah. I did it for a good reason, but I wasnít thinking rationally at the time. I have bipolar disorder, which Iím not trying to use as an excuse, but I wasnít thinking as rationally as I am today. I take medication now, and Iím more rational.
Thatís good. So whatís your plan to get the face tattoos removed?
Well, Iím hoping to sell space on my body so I can afford to remove the ones on my face.
No, Hostgator, no! Youíll just regret those tattoos!
No, I donít regret the ones on the body at all because people donít really judge me for those. People see the ones on my face and they think Iím a killer or a drug dealer, but my body is fine.
Do you charge more for the face, then?
Yeah, they cost about $4,000 (£2,658) each.
You live in Alaska though, right?
So there canít be too many people seeing your face each day, can there?
A couple thousand people see it per day, actually.
Oh, OKóI guess thatís alright. How did you convince companies to buy your face space?
They were pretty excited about it because itís new and because of all the exposure theyíd get once I got in the news.