Skinvertising Zombies: People with Tattoo-Ads for dead Companys

Schönes Posting auf Buzzfeed (!) über Leute, die sich während des Dotcom-Booms Tattoo-Werbung für Websites haben stechen lassen. Die Firmen sind schon lange alle pleite, die Tattoos bleiben.

Wherever Joe Tamargo goes, people stare at his forearms. He likes it that way. Years ago, Tamargo, a resident of Rochester, New York, auctioned off space on his arms, transforming himself into a human billboard. “I just thought that would be the most visible place possible for people,” he told me. Today, they’re covered in tattoos bearing the logos of 15 different websites.

“When I tell them the story, they’re like, ‘Yo, that’s pretty cool. I’m going to check out those websites,'” Tamargo, 38, says of people who see him in public. “And then they get there and there’s nothing on the website.” Tamargo is not just a walking advertisement. He’s a walking advertisement for businesses that no longer exist.

Energetic dot-coms flush with startup cash were known in the late 1990s and 2000s for their marketing stunts. Of course, many of those businesses imploded. But unlike their expensive Super Bowl ads, tattoos aren’t so ephemeral. There are dozens, if not hundreds, of people out there with the domain names of defunct websites etched prominently and permanently on their skin, the walking detritus of zombie websites’ marketing campaigns.

Branded For Life: At least selling your soul doesn’t leave a mark. Meet the human billboards that sold their skin to companies that don’t exist anymore. (via Cyn-C)