Indiana man with Mitt Romney 'R' tattoo on face has no regrets

Michigan City man was paid $15,000 to get tattoo

INDIANAPOLIS - An Indiana man who tattooed a Mitt Romney "R" on his face for $15,000 says he has no regrets, even after his candidate lost the election.

Eric Hartsburg, 30, of Michigan City, a self-proclaimed professional wrestler, offered his forehead for advertising space on eBay and got the tattoo this summer.

He said he's disappointed that Romney lost, but proud of his contribution to the campaign.

"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," Hartsburg told ABC News.

Hartsburg said he has received some criticism over his tattoo after Romney's loss.

"(President Barack) Obama supporters have come up to me since the election and said, 'Told you so' or 'You look like an idiot,'" he said. "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."

Hartsburg has since put the middle space on his forehead up for auction, but hasn't gotten any offers yet. He's excited for what's to come.

"It's a decision that I made. … I can deal with the criticism. I have thick skin," he said. "I don't regret the tattoo at all. I would do it all over again if I had to."
 

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