A man in Anchorage, Alaska, who tried to raise money by selling more than 20 facial tattoo ads, is now hoping to raise money to get them removed.

To do this, Billy Gibby -- aka "Hostgator Dotcom" and "Billy The Human Billboard" -- is going back to the inkwell and is selling branded advertising on other parts of his body.

"I'm trying to get rid of the ones on my face," he told The Huffington Post. "I regret them because I only did them because of my mental illness."

Gibby, 32, started getting branded tattoos in 2007.

At first, he sold them for $300 to $1000 at first, before his price slipped to $75, according to the Anchorage Press.

His tattoos include a full back tattoo ad for GoldenPalace.com as well as 24 facial tattoos representing various companies, including porn websites.

In his effort to raise money to feed his five kids, Gibby even changed his official name to Hostgator Dotcom in 2009.


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  • Billy Gibby Wants His Facial Tattoos Removed

    Billy Gibby, whose legal name is actually Hostgator Dotcom, is tyring to raise money to remove his facial tattoos, which are actually branded ads.

  • Billy Gibby Wants His Facial Tattoos Removed

    Gibby has more than 20 facial tattoos, which he sold for as much as $1500 and as low as $75.

  • Billy Gibby Wants His Facial Tattoos Removed

    Gibby, 32, is now hoping to have the facial tattoos removed and hopes to raise $4,000 by selling ad space on body parts he can cover.

  • Billy Gibby Wants His Facial Tattoos Removed

    Gibby has space on his chest, arms and hands, but said anyone who wants to tattoo his butt or sex organ will have to pay $1 million.

Lance Custen, CEO of HostGator.com, believed that the tatted ad was a good investment when the company inked the deal with Gibby.

"Billy, or should I say Hostgator Dotcom, is a great guy and we couldn't pick someone better to brand our company name. He's a successful boxer, a living organ donor, and has a great attitude," Custen told AOL News at the time.

Curiously, the deal did not include a web page for Gibby, which means his main method of promotion is his Facebook page.

Gibby/Dotcom is happy with his name, but is considering adding another advertiser to his legal name if it will help raise the funds to get his facial tattoos removed.

"I've gone to various tattoo removal specialists and one offered me a discounted deal of $4,000," he said.

Gibby/Dotcom said he's been told getting all the tattoos removed from his face will take 18 or 19 treatments spaced about two months apart.

It's hard to raise the money, especially since the sequester has caused him to lose his job doing mental health peer support.
He's been trying to get a grant from a mental health trust set up in the state of Alaska, but, so far, hasn't been successful.

So now he is offering to sell other parts of his body to advertisers willing to cover the cost of getting the facial tats removed.

"I have space on my arms, hands, chest and the legs," Gibby/Dotcom said. "I won't take ads from companies that are racist and I won't do political ads either."

Gibby/Dotcom also doesn't want to consider tattoos on his buttocks or penis, but admits everyone has their price.

"I'd need $1 million to do that," he said.

Although he made the decisions to get the tattoos on his face during a period when he was suffering from mental illness, Gibby/Dotcom said he hopes his decision to have them removed sends a message of tolerance to others.

"People shouldn't judge people by looks," he said. "They should get to know one another. People look at me like a criminal when I go into store. I did this to keep my family from being homeless."

Earlier on HuffPost:

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  • Billy Gibby aka Hostgator.com

    Billy Gibby or as he is known now, Hostgator.com. Photo courtesy <a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Adrift-Photography/237906681543">Stephen Nigl. </a> "Tamargo is not just a walking advertisement. He's a walking advertisement for businesses that no longer exist." -<a href="http://www.buzzfeed.com/jackstuef/branded-for-life" target="_hplink">BuzzFeed, "Branded For Life"</a>

  • Joe Tamargo

    Credit: <a href="http://www.savemartha.com">SaveMartha.com</a> "One of [Joe] Tamargo's tattoos is for SaveMartha.com, a site that was dedicated to keeping Martha Stewart out of prison following her indictment for securities fraud. Stewart went to prison. Stewart got out of prison. And yet Tamargo still has a tattoo imploring you to save her." -<a href="http://www.buzzfeed.com/jackstuef/branded-for-life" target="_hplink">BuzzFeed, "Branded For Life"</a>

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    Joe Tamargo's tattoo for <a href="http://www.grownupgeek.com">Grownupgeek.com</a>

  • Jim Nelson

    Jim Nelson's tattoo for CI Host. Credit: C I Host "In 2003, the first advertising space of this kind was sold on the back of the head of an Illinois man named Jim Nelson. A Web hosting company then known as CI Host paid $7,000 for the space. Nelson signed a contract stating that he would keep the tattoo for at least five years." -<a href="http://www.buzzfeed.com/jackstuef/branded-for-life" target="_hplink">BuzzFeed, "Branded For Life"</a>