U.S. - On Wednesday a man called Eric Hartsburg auctioned off a 5-by-2 inch spot on the right side of his face for a Mitt Romney tattoo. The winning bid is $15,000 (N2, 328,900), from an anonymous Republican eBay user.
"I am a registered Republican and a Romney supporter," Hartsburg said. "I didn't mind getting this tattoo because it is something that I could live with and it's something that I believe in."
So much so that he now sees real purpose in the tat. "In the beginning it was done for gags and publicity, but now I see it as a way to encourage young people to vote," he claims.
He also sees himself as a sort of trailblazer for young people who might be ashamed of their conservative political instincts.
"I want young people to know that it's O.K. to be young, and it's O.K. to be a Republican. You don't have to be rich or elderly to be labeled as a Republican, and I want everyone to know that."