Tattoo You: Right Arm for Hire to Fund Nursing School Dreams

Tattoo You: Right Arm for Hire to Fund Nursing School Dreams

The Pantagraph, Bloomington, Ill.

July 31, 2009

BLOOMINGTON — Offering to tattoo advertising on his arm to finance nursing school is probably the craziest thing Douglas Hall has ever done.

But, since it’s for his 3-year-old daughter, Mya, he doesn’t care what anyone thinks.

Hall, a certified nursing assistant at the McLean County Nursing Home, wants to become a licensed practical nurse and eventually a registered nurse so he can earn more and give Mya a better life. However, the 23-year-old Bloomington resident needs to raise money for living expenses such as rent, food and daycare while he’s training.

He’s gotten some financial aid, but not enough, and family and friends are in no position to fill in the gaps, he said.

The result is that Hall has turned to eBay, offering to sell his right arm to any firm that wants him to ink its logo.

Hall hopes to make at least $2,000 and perhaps as much as $20,000.

“It is nuts. It’s insane,” Hall said. “I’m just tying to give my kid a better life.”

Mya lives with Hall’s ex-girlfriend in the Chicago area but visits regularly.

“I don’t want her to have to struggle and worry about what we can afford,” said Hall, adding that he can’t make a good life for Mya on his current wages of about $10 an hour.

He expects to make about double that as an LPN and more if he becomes a registered nurse.

Hall is scheduled to begin nursing school in Springfield in mid-August and hopes not to have to work full-time.

He hopes firms providing health care products might see him as a good opportunity to advertise their product. But so far he doesn’t have any takers on his eBay offer, which expires Saturday. He will relist it if there are no bids.

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It can be found by searching for “Tatoo (sic) advertising for single father.”

The idea of a tattoo surfaced after Hall heard of several well-publicized cases of people selling tattoos on their bodies to raise money.

John Rowe, owner of Psychopathic Ink in Bloomington, said a tattoo is permanent unless covered with another tattoo or removed by laser.

“I will do whatever it takes for her (Mya),” Hall said.

© YellowBrix 2009

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