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What Happens When The Website Tattooed On Your Face Goes Belly Up

Back in the halcyon days of the dotcom boom, we did a lot of crazy things. We spent millions of dollars on extravagant nerd parties. We lavished mountains of funding on startups selling nappies to puppies. And we eventually skinvertised on the backs and arms and faces of human beings. And then those people had to go on living their lives.

BuzzFeed’s Jack Stuef took a deep dive into what happened to the once-common-but-always-weird practice of permanently tattooing on advertisements. And, more curiously, what happened to all of the folks that stuck a big GoldenPalace.com on their foreheads last decade. As you might imagine, life is getting weird. Here’s an excerpt about one man, named Hostgator Dotcom:

Dotcom, who is still selling ink on himself, keeps track of all the websites on his body and simply covers up those that go defunct with a tattoo from a new buyer. He thinks he may one day sell his a tattoo for his whole body to one company and become a “human-mascot-type thing”.

That probably sounds about a tenth as bleak as it actually is to do. Definitely take a few minutes to pick through the rest of the details in the full piece over at BuzzFeed. [BuzzFeed]

Photo: Stephen Nigl/BuzzFeed FWD


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