Guy who got Romney tattoo on face now wants it removed

A guy who apparently got a huge Romney “R” tattooed on his temple, now wants it removed.

While he doesn’t mind having a tatoo of a losing candidate, every since Romney made his comment about Obama winning the election because he gave “gifts” to various constituencies, the guy’s been getting yelled at by strangers, and he’s had enough.

You have to love how the LA Times summed it up:

Yeah, who would have guessed that having a giant red-and-blue R tattooed on your face would lead to ridicule?

From ABC OTUS News:

romney-tattoo-face“I could deal with being a part of a losing campaign, but to still stand behind Gov. Romney with the positions he’s taken post-election with the blame game instead,” Hartsburg said. “To be such a sore loser about it, to me I can’t walk around representing that.”The tattoo was meant to make politics more fun, Hartsburg said, but since Romney made those remarks strangers have been shouting lewd comments and hissing at Hartsburg on the street.

Romney made quite a splash post-election with his comments about President Obama winning the election because of his “gift”-giving:

“In each case they were very generous in what they gave to those groups,” Mr. Romney said.

“With regards to the young people, for instance, a forgiveness of college loan interest, was a big gift,” he said. “Free contraceptives were very big with young college-aged women. And then, finally, Obamacare also made a difference for them, because as you know, anybody now 26 years of age and younger was now going to be part of their parents’ plan, and that was a big gift to young people. They turned out in large numbers, a larger share in this election even than in 2008.”

The theme of Obama not quite winning the election fairly and squarely was repeated by Romney’s top strategist Stuart Stevens in a Washington Post op ed yesterday, who suggested that Obama didn’t really win young voters since he didn’t win young “white” voters under 30:

While John McCain lost white voters younger than 30 by 10 points, Romney won those voters by seven points

And his now-infamous line that Obama didn’t win the middle class (which isn’t necessarily true) and therefore didn’t “really” win the election:

On Nov. 6, Romney carried the majority of every economic group except those with less than $50,000 a year in household income. That means he carried the majority of middle-class voters.

So, while I’m glad tattoo guy finally saw the light about Romney, come on – it wasn’t exactly a secret that the man had a problem with 47% of the country.


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42 Responses to “Guy who got Romney tattoo on face now wants it removed”

  1. John Pidaras says:


  2. Papa Bear says:

    I don’t blame him. If I had a face like that, I’d want my face removed as well…

  3. karmanot says:

    Another Joe the dumber.

  4. HarpoSnarx says:

    Gee shades what the Inglourious Basterds did to each Nazi they let live. Except this stoopid Gooper self carved himself.

  5. A reader in Colorado says:

    Heh, me, I just took a gander at a few of your other posts. Suffice it to say you’re not equipped to lecture even such bright bulbs or Don Chandler or FLL on intelligence. For you, I would venture a day job guess of bathhouse cleaner. I doubt if anyone else here will be holding you up as a prime example of erudition, either.

    And your content free droning wearies me. Please, indeed stop wasting your worthless time.

  6. Dano2 says:

    I do like how that thinkin’ juice courses through your skull – clearly someone with an opinion other than yours is inferior. Let me guess: you’re a rocket scientist? Particle physicist? Mighty impressive, and soooo worth wasting my time on.

    *eye roll*



  7. G. M. A. J. H. says:

    I would never tattoo my body with anything about American Politics. If I ever got a tattoo on my body it would be about my love for Israel. That is something that will never change – it is as eternal as God’s love for Israel.

  8. A reader in Colorado says:

    There’s nothing so facile and petty and downright pathetic as a person having a probably fake public ephiphany that means nothing to anyone except the person making it – since Romney will never run for office again and an ephiphany that putting a Romney tattoo on one’s face might not have been such a good idea speaks of nothing but puerility.

    Unless it is someone insisting on others cheerleading for such a person in the comments section of a blog.


  9. cole3244 says:

    history had the scarlett letter to make people stand out, now we have the double romney to let everyone know who is a 1% ahole, thats one way to get color (other than white) in the gop.

  10. Dano2 says:

    I see, so he gets no credit whatsoever for having an epiphany because he clearly is dumb.

    Got it. I guess such a simplistic, facile approach makes things easier. Saves time on thinking, ya know. Amirite? Frreals!



  11. Anis Chity says:

    Obama is the best president Romney is too Boastful make money online easily

  12. Matt Munson says:

    There is a real good facial concealer product that can be used where he can wear it when he goes to public places. I think its called Dermablend, maybe Dermablend can do an advertisement with that guy.

  13. A reader in Colorado says:

    This isn’t ideology, it’s team sports, where the teams go away. I would say the exact same thing about a person tattooing (thanks for the spelling correction) an Obama for America tattoo on his freaking face. A lifetime symbol of support for a RIDICULOUS notion to which to commit an entire lifetime.

    The person is an idiot. If the tattoo wasn’t ridiculous on the day of the election, it would be ridiculous in four years, or eight.

    If this person wasn’t committed to joining the Romney Army, to the death, then tattooing a Romney logo on his face was STUPID.

  14. Dano2 says:

    He put a goddamn ROMNEY TATOO [sic] ON HIS FACE

    And a Repub CHANGED their MIND. Give the human billboard some credit that he isn’t so wedded to his ideology that he can’t change his mind. You can do that, right? Right?



  15. A reader in Colorado says:

    He put a goddamn ROMNEY TATOO ON HIS FACE.

  16. A reader in Colorado says:


  17. Naja pallida says:

    Yeah, but that doesn’t have the same media impact as a doofus with a face tattoo.

  18. mike31c says:

    Well, if you sleep with dogs, you might get bitten by fleas. What did you expect, ya Loser?

  19. MyrddinWilt says:


    I have seen rather better looking tats, seems a bit vivid to me…

    $15K would leave enough to pay someone to put a temporary transfer on a few times and still come out well ahead.

  20. karmanot says:


  21. Dano2 says:

    Doesn’t say a lot about you.

    Sure it does. The guy isn’t wedded to his beliefs and ideology and had an awakening and some compassion. He realized Rmoney was an idiot. He was open-minded enough.

    I guess it would be easy to say that it doesn’t say a lot about you that you can’t see his change, but that would be like shooting fish in a barrel, wouldn’t it, so I’ll pass.



  22. A reader in Colorado says:


  23. A reader in Colorado says:

    Talk about being dumb enough to jump into a painted black circle thinking it’s a doorway.

  24. nicho says:

    Doesn’t say a lot about you.

  25. UncleBucky says:

    Ann Romnette should pay for it. Seriousy.

  26. hauksdottir says:

    This jerk advertized and sold his face as a billboard blank… and was paid $15,000 by the campaign to wear this as a walking, talking ad!

    Instead of paying for the removal himself, out of that $15,000, some doctor is volunteering to do the $1,000 procedure for free. It will take almost a year (several treatments). THEN this attention-whore plans to sell the space off again.

    Hartzburg claims that Romney lacks dignity. :snicker:

  27. Zorba says:

    Stupid is as stupid does. ;-)

  28. JamesR says:

    Like a Buckley Tattoo that’d be accurate and useful!

    [Googling “Buckley Tattoo” doesn’t bring it up easily, for the young, and for tomorrow: ]

  29. JamesR says:

    LOL good catch I thought he’d stolen it from PBS

  30. Jake says:

    Maybe he could just start doing adds for Romika Shoes…

  31. JamesR says:

    If Romney were a real human being, he would help this poor sot.

    Think about it – if we were to apply the same standards to Romney as we would a functioning sane honorable sensible and merciful being, we would not accept his ‘right’ to ignore something like this. Romney’s worth a quarter Billion dollars – it’s not like he can’t afford to make this go away, simultaneously erasing a person’s horrible mistake, someone who gave Romney something regardless of the peculiar peculiars.

    If someone had my name tattooed on his face, firstly I’d feel a bit creeped out and would not quite want it there, because, you know. But if he wanted my name removed from his face, on which it most certainly does not belong, (incidentally bringing me ridicule every second it’s there,) I would gladly pay for it’s immediate removal. W. T. F. ?

    Really unbelievable. But yet not.

  32. Dano2 says:

    Like the main character in Silverberg’s To See the Invisible Man. Effective!



  33. monopole says:

    Remove it? They should require it for Romney voters! Then we wouldn’t need the special sunglasses:

  34. If he gets it removed, doesn’t he have to repay the $5000.00?

  35. Dano2 says:

    I mean, really, the guy who tattooed a party-political symbol on the
    side of his face like some perverse Maori war-tat, then complaining
    about his losing candidate’s lack of dignity?

    Actually, it looks like he is sane to me.



  36. Dano2 says:

    It looks like he can cover it up with a pink unicorn.



  37. BeccaM says:

    Yep, once an idiot, always an idiot.

  38. BeccaM says:

    Yep. No matter how good the laser removal, the subdermal scarring will be with him the rest of his life.

  39. BeccaM says:

    The story version to which you link doesn’t include the funniest, most ironic part of Hartsburg’s comments:

    “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 someone else for buying votes and paying off people. I can’t get behind that or stay behind that.”

    (My emphasis added. Source: )

    I mean, really, the guy who tattooed a party-political symbol on the side of his face like some perverse Maori war-tat, then complaining about his losing candidate’s lack of dignity? That’s rich.

  40. Naja pallida says:

    Personally, I can’t even understand how people can put political bumper stickers on their car, much less something this stupid. No matter what he does, he will always be an idiot. No escaping that.

  41. nicho says:

    I agree. It really doesn’t make an difference.

  42. microdot says:

    If he got the tattoo removed, well it’s back to his real self….If I were him, I’d reconsider.

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