The intersection of music and presidential politics took another interesting turn Monday morning when Arizona radio station 102.5 KNIX held a contest offering free country music concert tickets for a year to the first person willing to have a giant stamp of Donald Trump tattooed on their lower back. After three other contestants chickened out, 38 year-old Travis Gaarder now has proof of his love of country displayed across his backside.
The winner of The Ben & Matt Show‘s “Trump Stamp” challenge spoke to Billboard by phone from his parked truck on Tuesday (March 22), where he admitted, “The only reason why I did it was for the concert tickets” – really any concert tickets, as Gaarder had no particular band in mind when he entered the competition. “Any of ’em would do for me,” he said. “I just like music.”
When asked if he’s even a Trump supporter he quickly admitted he’s not a particular fan of that candidate or any of the other current contenders, and did not plan on showing off his new ink at any Trump rallies any time soon due to the violent eruptions that have become hallmarks of those events lately (“I think I might kind of try to stay away from that,” he said.) Gaarder does think the notoriously egotistical billionaire would approve of the tattoo, though, which joined his previous two inkings, of a dragon and a serpent.
So all things considered, was the tattoo worth it just to see every country music concert coming to Phoenix?
Here is a time lapse video of Gaarder getting the tattoo, if you need to see it to believe it: