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What Would You Do For $10,000?

A Utah woman, Kari Smith, sold her forehead to an online casino on ebay for $10,000. She will put the money toward her son's education (yeah, right).

"I really want to do this," said Smith. "To everyone else, it seems like a stupid thing to do. To me, $10,000 is like $1 million. I only live once, and I'm doing it for my son...It's a small sacrifice to build a better future for my son."
"It feels like someone is taking a pin and just stabbing you with it," Smith told her son, Brady, seated nearby on the floor as tattoo artist Don Brouse - in permanent black block letters - branded her forehead with the Web site domain GoldenPalace.com....

"Will it go numb?" she asked.

"It'll go as numb as your brain," Brouse replied.

"My brain is already numb," she said, laughing.


Can you imagine permanently destroying your face like that for a mere 10,000 bucks?


Alex Tabarrok wonders if this makes the case for vouchers.

Will Franklin blogs the heck out of stuff at WILLisms.com.

More eBay-related tattooing:


And don't forget the Michael Jackson tattoo squad:



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Comments (21)

isn't golden casino the sam... (Below threshold)
Jay Tea:

isn't golden casino the same dips who are behind virtually every stupid pr stunt of the last few years? it's long past time someone pulled their plug...

(swearing off capital letters until my pinkie nail regrows...)

Yeah, apparently they recen... (Below threshold)

Yeah, apparently they recently bought a jar of air that was waved near Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie at their recent movie premiere.

What a dumb dumb thing to d... (Below threshold)
Zsa Zsa:

What a dumb dumb thing to do!... Who ever bought that air was even dumber!...Duh!

A temporary tattoo I could ... (Below threshold)

A temporary tattoo I could understand.



I just remembered there is ... (Below threshold)
Zsa Zsa:

I just remembered there is a make-up called derma Blend, or something like that! It might cover that up. IF... she decides she is sick of looking at that? It is supposed to help cover those Gorbachev type birthmarks!

Couldn't she have just gott... (Below threshold)

Couldn't she have just gotten a paper route?

At least it didnt hurt her ... (Below threshold)

At least it didnt hurt her looks any, not that much short of a veg-o-matic or a blow torch could.

I betcha a dollar that ten ... (Below threshold)

I betcha a dollar that ten grand buys a lot of cigarettes, cheap beer, and other things that won't directly impact the boy's life.

How much private schooling can you buy, even in Montana, for $10,000?

Ten thousand is a drop in a... (Below threshold)

Ten thousand is a drop in any educational budget, wouldn't even cover one year at the University of California, hardly even pay for the books and certainly not the housing, much less three quarters/thirty-six credits.

She should have asked for fifty thousand, if anything. Me, it'd been fifty million, just to see what they'd say (with fifty million, you could always get the thing removed afterward and buy a bit of compensation for the suffering involved -- I'd have also required lifelong payments of a few million a year to pay for hats and makeup and such...).

It wouldn't even buy a full... (Below threshold)

It wouldn't even buy a full year at a private school in Utah.

And so what if it did? Does it make the kid smarter? Maybe. Does it matter? His mom is walking around with a dumbass tattoo on her face.

Thumbs down to the tattoo artist that would agree to do this... did he get paid out of the $10k, or did goldenpalace.com throw that in?

Gee, for ten grand, mommy g... (Below threshold)
Eneils Bailey:

Gee, for ten grand, mommy got a tattoo. Next, she's frigging all the Oakland Raiders for seventy five bucks. It's great to have a mom that really cares about my education. Yeah,,... Right.

bullwinkle,...Maybe she has... (Below threshold)
Zsa Zsa:

bullwinkle,...Maybe she has a really good personality?

She's from Utah, couldn't o... (Below threshold)

She's from Utah, couldn't one of her 12 husbands kick into the college fund?

Zsa Zsa, I think the story ... (Below threshold)

Zsa Zsa, I think the story goes right to the personality in question, and makes it questionable. What I don't understand is why she didn't sell a kidney to someone in need, and save a life or make one more livable for someone. Oh yeah, she wouldn't have gotten all this attention, something that's probably worth much more in her opinion than $10,000.

bullwinkle...I couldn't agr... (Below threshold)
Zsa Zsa:

bullwinkle...I couldn't agree with you more!

There are a lot of things I... (Below threshold)

There are a lot of things I'd do for $10,000. This isn't one of them.

what happens when the spons... (Below threshold)

what happens when the sponsor goes belly up or is bought out and there's a name change and she's stuck with her tatoo unless she goes through painful - and costly - laser removal? seems to me it would have been a better investment for her to have dumba** tattooed instead.

On second thought maybe it'... (Below threshold)

On second thought maybe it's not such a bad idea, especially if the money actually goes to the child's education. Home schooling is totally out of the question. Maybe she could sell another spot for money to get fixed, she's about as qualified to be a parent as Bill Clinton is to teach a course in ethics.

Y'all are being too harsh. ... (Below threshold)
craig mclaughlin:

Y'all are being too harsh. 10k is folding money. And it ain't like she's the one that has to look at it every day. It'd suck to be a Dominoes delevery guy in her neighborhood though.

Who would hire her now? I c... (Below threshold)
Zsa Zsa:

Who would hire her now? I can't imagine her being able to get a reputable job at this point! Unless she get's that tatoo taken off ! BUT... It will probably end up costing 10,000 just to take it off. bullwinkle,... once again I agree with you! NO HOME SCHOOLING!

I can't stop thinking about... (Below threshold)
R. Kelly:

I can't stop thinking about the stupidity of this woman! Her son's not even gonna want her at his graduation - he'll be to embarassed. Her wedding pictures are gonna look great also!

Would any of you guys put a tatoo on your forehead for $1,000,000?...What if the tatoo had to read "www.guyonguyaction.com"? (I'm not offering, just a conversation starter)






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