(WASHINGTON) — Campaign season is over, and it seems as if the biting battle between presidential candidates Barack Obama and Mitt Romney has faded away. But not for everyone.
Eric Hartsburg, who got the Romney ‘R’ logo tattooed on his face for an eBay bid of $15,000, will have a constant reminder of his losing candidate probably for the rest of his life.
But Hartsburg said that’s fine with him.
“I am college educated, and I am not an idiot,” Hartsburg, a professional wrestler, told ABC News. “Getting the tattoo was a decision that I made, and I am cool with.”
When asked how he felt about having a losing candidate’s logo permanently stamped near his right temple, Hartsburg said, joking, “Wait, did the election already happen? Did Romney lose?”
Hartsburg, 30, who got the tattoo after auctioning off the prime real estate on his face, said, “Of course I am disappointed about the election results. I wanted Romney to win, obviously, but I am proud of the voters and the record turnout in certain places. And most of all, I am proud of the effort that I made.”
But Hartsburg has received some criticism for his tat post-election.
“Obama supporters have come up to me since the election and said, ’Told you so’ or ‘You look like an idiot,’ but if you take Romney’s losing out of the equation and someone with a face tattoo out of the equation and actually have a conversation with me, you might realize that it’s not just about what is on the surface,” he said.
“Besides,” Hartsburg continued, “It’s a decision that I made. … I can deal with the criticism. I have thick skin. I don’t regret the tattoo at all. I would do it all over again if I had to.”
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