By Mollie Mansfield
A dad of five who once earnt £17k for the x-rated tattoos which covered his body – including his face – has started laser removal surgery.
Billy Gibby, who had his name changed to Hostgator Dotcom by deed poll, had his body covered in x-rated tattoos to raise money to avoid becoming homeless.
After being laid off from his job, Hostgator was left unable to look after his family so resorted to selling his body as advertising space to internet companies.
Hostgator Dotcom, 37, was paid over £17,000 for the space on his body, which included him having the Pornhub logo tattooed on his face.
However now, Hostgator is struggling to cope with the artwork on his face so is fundraising for laser tattoo removal surgery.
Hostgator, from Alaska, United States, said: “My mind raced wondering what I could do to keep my kids with a roof over their head.
“Then I thought, ‘maybe companies would pay for my body as advertisement space’ so I started emailing companies non-stop.
“But now, I’ve got the money and there’s no more space for tattoos to go, and they’re causing my life hell.
“They’re affecting my mental health and how people perceive me as a person, when in the first place I was only having these tattoos to benefit others.”
Hostgator started to cover his body in tattoos in 2003 when he was written off from his job for undiagnosed mental health issues.
He then believes that it was a race against the clock to get some form of income, as he didn’t want to see his five-children on the streets.
He added: “When your kids mean everything to you and you don’t want them to be homeless, you’ll do anything legally in your power to keep them off of the street.
“Each time I got a tattoo on my body I knew that would keep us off of the streets for that month but I’d have to continue getting more.
“I was trying to get jobs at the same time, however understandably people didn’t want to hire a man with porn website tattoos on my face.
“The most I was paid for my tattoos was £14,000 by one website, however some were a lot less just because I was desperate for money.
“Now I work in Behavioural Health and want to get rid of these tattoos for my own mental health and for my job.
Hostgator has been raising money to have his tattoos removed for the past two years, in hope that he can move on with his life and continue his work in the behavioural health field.
However, despite having some of his tattoos removed, he still has a large amount covering his neck, face and hands.
Hostgator said: “One day I hit rock bottom, and realised I had to do something to get rid of these tattoos.
“I got so depressed that I looked in the mirror and cried about what I’d become – I felt suicidal, but I knew I couldn’t because of my kids.
“So I set up the donations page so that people could help me afford to remove my tattoos and get my life back on track.
“I had secured myself a job, so I knew I had a source of income that wasn’t from the tattoos, but it costs a lot to get the tattoos removed.
“Even though I’ve only had a few tattoos removed so far, I feel so much better without the judgement and self-hate.”
Hostgator is now raising money to have his final tattoos removed and to change his name back to his birth name. To donate please visit: https://www.gofundme.com/GetMyFaceBack