Can You Sell Body Advertising?

By Eric Hammer

This has to be one of the most unusual ways to make money ever devised by anyone. Lease Your Body allows you to sell yourself for body advertising. The company, founded in 2005 allows people to rent out various parts of their body, including their forehead and arms for money. You agree to wear a temporary tattoo for 30 days and in exchange, you get paid a fee, up to $5,000.

The owner said the idea came to him after he saw someone sell the right to create a permanent tattoo on his body on eBay.

It's hard to tell however whether any real advertisers have ever gone for the program or not. Certainly the site design is not encouraging - instead of prominently advertising the chance to purchase someone's body (or at least to rent it for body advertising), there are a number of Google Adsense ads running on the site. The forum has a handful of discussions going with the most recent post coming from February, 2011 so it does seem the owner is still around, but the only photo of someone having gotten an ad tattooed on her forehead was a girl whom the company paid to do the job back in 2005.

Editors Note: As of late 2013 it seems that the Lease Your Body website is not very active (there is still a link for donating to a Katrina relief effort), so it is doubtful you can even get relevant information there, let alone payment for a temporary tattoo placement. If you search "body advertising" you can find recent news items which might mention companies that are still active in this field.

How Much Can You Make?

As previously noted, in theory you can make up to $5,000 at a time from advertisers, however it doesn't seem like there's much going on at the site. You could also try to strike out on your own, offering to rent space on your body through eBay in which case you will get whatever people are willing to pay for your services.

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Remember that you will have your temporary tattoo exposed all the time and you basically become a walking billboard for the company who purchases the right to display their advertising on your body. This means getting the good and the bad, including the people who will tease you for "selling your body."

You can also look into more traditional ways to sell your body for cash (no, not that way - and shame on you for thinking such dirty thoughts) including medical experiments and modeling. There are a few other ideas in the resources section below.

Qualifications / Requirements

Technically, the only qualification required for this business is that you must be breathing. And we suppose that theoretically you don't even need that, though we sincerely hope no one would try to arrange for advertising at their own funeral. In practice however, the company says that being attractive and having good photos of yourself up on the site does help a lot in getting companies to advertise on you.

First Steps

Start by signing up with the company. They seem to charge a $19.95 fee for doing so , so you should be sure you're willing to commit to body advertising since the money is non refundable.

Resources

Check out these helpful resources to learn more about body advertising:

Lease Your Body - This is the website for the company that offers to arrange for the temporary tattoos where you can do body advertising.

The Body as Billboard: Your Ad Here - This article from the new York Times details how people were paid $777 (or a plane ticket worth more than that) for shaving their heads and having a slogan tattooed on it.


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