Arizona man spends $15,000 having his whole body TATTOOED

An Arizona man spent a staggering $14,900 getting his entire body inked in just 40 days after being inspired by a model on Instagram.

In 2017, marketing specialist Paul Steiger, 35, from Scottsdale, Arizona, first dreamt of getting his whole body tattooed after coming across a model on Instagram who had visited Phuket in Thailand to have work done.

In July 2020, after four years of saving up, Paul finally had the money required to cover the cost of the work, however the global pandemic put an end to his plans, and his flights to Thailand were cancelled five times.

Interesting: Arizona marketing specialist Paul Steiger, 35, has revealed he spent $14,900 having his entire body tattooed in Thailand in January

Interesting: Arizona marketing specialist Paul Steiger, 35, has revealed he spent $14,900 having his entire body tattooed in Thailand in January 

Unique: Paul insists he has no regrets about his tattoos, which took 41 days to complete

Unique: Paul insists he has no regrets about his tattoos, which took 41 days to complete

After six months of waiting and a 15-day quarantine on arrival, in January 2021, Paul finally landed in Phuket where he immediately headed to the Bloodline Tattoo Parlour to get his body fully covered in ink.

Despite planning his full body covering for over four years, Paul decided to leave the specifics of the tattoo designs up to the professionals.

Over the next 41 days, Paul had his chest, arms, back, neck, and left leg completely covered in tattoos, in excruciating sessions that lasted upwards of five hours per day.

The tattoo artists covered Paul’s muscular frame in a combination of intricate gothic and floral designs, including a skull on his left forearm and a haunted house on his side.

According to the 35-year-old, the most painful part of his body to have tattooed was his chest with his knee, upper ribs, hands, fingers and the front of his neck also being particularly sensitive spots.

Fortunately for Paul, his friends and family have been overwhelmingly supportive of his cavalier attitude towards his tattoos, with only his 77-year-old grandpa speaking out against his decision, saying that his tattoos will look rough when he reaches old age.

In total, Paul spent $14,880 on his tattoos, getting a significant discount due to the tattoo parlor being almost empty because of the pandemic.

‘I had a few tattoos before on my right arm and chest, but I honestly thought that my tattoos were s**t, looked like s**t and I just wanted to fix them,’ said Paul.

‘So I thought I might as well do the whole body at once while doing it.

‘Four years ago I made a goal that I would go to Phuket, Thailand, which I found out about from an Australian Instagram tattoo model and get my tattoos at ‘Bloodline Tattoo’.

‘In summer of 2020 I finally saved up the money to get the work done and fly there.

‘Unfortunately my flights were cancelled about five times and I wasn’t able to get to Phuket until the end of January 2021.

‘Even then I had to do a 15-day quarantine in Bangkok first.

‘I was told numerous times that I could do it in Hungary or the USA for probably cheaper and sooner, but I had a goal and a vision and I had to make it happen. So, I did.

‘We worked Monday through Saturday doing roughly five hours per day, which added up to more than two-hundred hours in total.

‘As far as tattoo design, I didn’t plan it too much. I had some images I sent to the shop but nothing was set in stone.

‘All I knew was that I wanted to cover my whole body except my right leg and right butt cheek.

‘I wanted it to have a little contrast and I didn’t want to be average.

‘Lots of people have full body tattoos suits completely covered but it’s very rare that people leave a leg and butt cheek open when doing a bodysuit tattoo.

‘For me my chest was probably the most painful part, because he was covering my previous tattoos so he was going deeper and using white ink.

‘I remember a few spots being pretty bad like my knee, my upper ribs, my hand, front of my neck and my fingers which swelled up.

‘My friends and family were pretty cool about it all.

‘I feel like having a s**t ton of tattoos in 2021 is okay now without being judged as much as it used to be.

‘I do know that even though my grandpa totally accepts it and has only given me a very small amount of stick for it, I think he would prefer me without any tattoos.’

Despite undergoing what some would consider a bold move in getting over 200 hours worth of tattooing done in little over a month, Paul has no regrets, apart from the fact that he ran out of time on his visa to get his armpits tattooed – something he wants to put right as soon as possible.

After a chance encounter with a TV and film producer during an overlay on his way back from Thailand, Paul hopes that his tattoos marathon story may inspire the creation of a miniseries tattoo challenge show on Netflix or Amazon.

‘I won’t ever regret my decision to get my tattoos,’ said Paul. ‘I can’t reverse it so why even think about that.

‘Only thing I regret is not getting my armpits done, because my visa ran out, which they told me would bug the hell out of me eventually and it already is.

‘I plan to get that fixed in the very near future.

‘It was one of the greatest experiences of my life and I would do it all over and go through the pain again if I had to.’ 

Hundreds of guys named Josh showed up to Nebraska to battle each other with pool noodles

Hundreds of men and boys called Josh showed up to Nebraska to battle each other with pool noodles for the right to keep their name after one Josh challenged the others in a Facebook message that went viral last year. 

The hilarity started in April 2020 when an Arizona college student named Josh Swain sent a message to a group of other men with the same name challenging them to a fight for the right to keep it.

Videos posted online on Saturday show total mayhem as the grown men and boys named Josh actually showed up a year later to hit each other with pool noodles, some even falling to the ground.

Though only two Josh Swains showed up most people who attended were in fact named Josh. The Josh Swains duked it out with a game of ‘rock, paper, scissors’ before the revelry started.

The winner of the battle royale was a 5-year-old referred to as ‘Little Josh,’ according to KLKN reporter Yousef Nasser. His victory was celebrated with a Burger King crown while he was lifted up by an adult to thunderous cheers from the crowd. 

Joshes gathered to battle it out to find out who is the rightful owner of the name Josh via a pool noodle battle royale

Some people not named Josh also showed up to watch the event

Some people not named Josh also showed up to watch the event 

Josh Swain, left, the original poster, crowns a five year old boy named Josh the victor, right

Josh Swain, left, the original poster, crowns a five year old boy named Josh the victor, right

Only one other Josh Swain showed up and they duked it out in a game of rock paper scissors

Only one other Josh Swain showed up and they duked it out in a game of rock paper scissors

'Little Josh' Vinson Jr. is crowned the ultimate Josh with a Burger King crown on Saturday that is too big for his head

‘Little Josh’ Vinson Jr. is crowned the ultimate Josh with a Burger King crown on Saturday that is too big for his head

People gather around a little boy named Josh who was crowned the ultimate Josh on Saturday

People gather around a little boy named Josh who was crowned the ultimate Josh on Saturday

Josh Swain sent this original message for the Josh Fight last year

Josh Swain sent this original message for the Josh Fight last year

Josh Swain had written in the original message last year: ‘You’re probably wondering why I’ve gathered you all here today.’

Another man named Josh Swain replied ‘because we all share the same names’ while another Josh Swain left the chat.

‘Precisely, 4/24/2021, 12:00 p.m., meet at these coordinates, (40.8223286, -96.7982002) we fight, whoever wins gets to keep the name, everyone else has to change their name, you have a year to prepare, good luck,’ Swain wrote.

KnowYourMeme, a database for viral content online, noted that the GPS coordinates in the original message point to a location outside the Lincoln airport that was later registered as the ‘Josh Fight’ when searched on gps-coordinates.net.

Over the last year, people online have continued to remind people named Josh about the Josh Fight in a bid to turn it into a reality. However, it eventually hit a small snag. The person who owned the private property apparently did not want any part in it.

Then on Tuesday, the Twitter account @MemesCentral made a post that said the Josh Fight had been moved.

The post included a picture of a shipping pallet with a message that reads: ‘No Josh Fight Here!!! Private Property.

‘Please go to Bowling Lake Park for Josh vs Josh vs Josh,’ the sign reads before noting the new coordinates. ‘May the best Josh win.”

A sign is seemingly placed at the original location for the Josh Fight directing guys named Josh to a local park

A sign is seemingly placed at the original location for the Josh Fight directing guys named Josh to a local park

A man named Josh wears a nametag that reads 'Josh' during a massive Josh Fight in Nebraska

A man named Josh wears a nametag that reads ‘Josh’ during a massive Josh Fight in Nebraska

People named Josh hit each other with pool noodles during a massive brawl on Saturday

People named Josh hit each other with pool noodles during a massive brawl on Saturday

Spectators not named Josh record the battle from the safety of the sidelines as the Joshs battled in an open green space in Air Park

Spectators not named Josh record the battle from the safety of the sidelines as the Joshs battled in an open green space in Air Park

One Josh holds two foam swords for the Josh fight, which was randomly held in Nebraska

One Josh holds two foam swords for the Josh fight, which was randomly held in Nebraska

Josh Swain, the original, then confirmed details of the event on Reddit but said it would be held at Air Park Green Area – not Bowling Lake Park as the sign read. 

‘Almost one year ago, under a spell of pandemic boredom, I made a group chat of all the people on Facebook that I could find with the same first and last name as mine,’ he wrote on Reddit.

‘This was a complete joke, and I have posted jokes to my twitter before, but when I posted the screenshots to my Twitter here, the internet ran with it, and ran with enough endurance for you all to remember a YEAR later.’

He continued: ‘That doesn’t happen very often, so I’m afraid I have to oblige the internet and trek all the way across the contiguous United States to defend my name.’

Swain said that he had picked the original coordinates ‘at random.’

‘They landed on some farm owner’s land who did not agree to host such a ridiculous event. Please be courteous and proceed directly to the new coordinates.’

Swain noted on Reddit for people who show up to bring canned goods for the Food Bank of Lincoln, while providing a link to an online fundraiser for Children’s Hospital & Medical Center Foundation – which he cheekily named ‘Help pay legal fees for Josh Swain’s to change their name fund.’