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Hostgator Dotcom (aka Billy the Billboard)

Thursday, August 19, 2010 by

Many will remember “Billy the Human Billboard“, who we covered in our previous blog post after he received a HostGator tattoo on the back of his neck. Billy’s HostGator tattoo has sparked a range of responses from: people asking to get this done, outrage, and even proposed boycotts.

Someone even went as far as to compare HostGator with human traffickers as you can see in the video below:


Billy has gone on to receive additional tattoos from other companies (27 and counting), moving him closer to his goal of having the most tattoo advertisements in the Guinness Book of World Records.

Since then, Billy is no longer “Billy the Human Billboard”, as he has legally changed his name to “Hostgator Dotcom”.


Hostgator Dotcom’s driver license:

Hostgator Dotcom’s certificate of name change:

  • Bob
    19 August 2010 at 8:30 pm

    Anyone find it interesting that both videos use the same background and font for their intros? The dissenter is also a brand new account.

    I smell an attempt at a viral campaign not thought through very well.

  • Tiago
    20 August 2010 at 4:07 am

    This is a king sick….

  • James
    20 August 2010 at 11:10 am

    Props to HostGator dot com for being an organ donor.

  • Chad Bean
    20 August 2010 at 11:18 am

    @James: Not just an organ donor, a living organ donor.

  • Kevin Hazard
    20 August 2010 at 11:47 am

    I think the best part of the whole thing is the fact that his middle name is still “Mel.”

  • Tristan
    20 August 2010 at 12:20 pm

    Now I want to switch to another hosting company…

  • Nocturne
    20 August 2010 at 1:14 pm

    I like the punched in door in the back of the vid.

  • Joel
    20 August 2010 at 4:13 pm

    That is awesome. Go Hostgator Dotcom ftw!

  • Ryan from NJ
    20 August 2010 at 4:33 pm

    Its a free country, so if people are willing to get paid to tattoo themselves with brand logos, then hey, its their choice. Common Sense people.

    Off topic, its nice to see The Planet’s Evangelical visiting one of his customer’s websites.

  • Mark
    20 August 2010 at 6:53 pm

    Pretty sad hostgator is willing to pay someone to do something they know is foolish and stupid.

  • Chris
    21 August 2010 at 7:19 pm

    Though I support Host Gator (the website), I find this absolutely disgusting.

    First of all, by this video and previous videos, obviously something is not right with this guy. Secondly, the fact that HostGator paid a “large sum of money” in support of this guy (who again clearly has something wrong with him) just bothers me. I feel as if you have taken advantage of someone by waving money in there face.

    Sorry HostGator

  • PatrickP
    23 August 2010 at 8:26 am

    I don’t think there’s anything ‘sad’ or wrong with our company having a little sense of humor ;)

  • Chris
    24 August 2010 at 3:12 am

    He’s a big boy, he can make his own decisions.

  • Tony
    24 August 2010 at 10:18 am

    Way to go HG, I don’t see anything wrong with it and in fact hope you bring Hostgator Dotcom with you to cPanel Conference 2010 to show off!

  • hostgator dotcom
    27 August 2010 at 8:16 pm

    I can honestly say that my hostgator dotcom is a genuis and I can state that beacuse I am Hostgator Dotcom lol and I can also say that the company is amazing and the best web hosting company out there by far

  • Daniel
    28 August 2010 at 2:56 pm

    lol.. my arm is gonna be famous now… lolz

  • Robert
    29 August 2010 at 5:30 pm

    I dont see why this is a big deal with so many people… He wasnt forced so there is no moral wrong. Hopefully my company will have the fund to do something like this soon hahaha.

    Nice one Host Gator!

  • russ
    31 August 2010 at 9:36 am

    anyone else notice that this blog is located on

  • Ken
    31 August 2010 at 5:20 pm

    Just read your newsletter about the Austin move, etc, and the pics.

    Well, yeah, all that’s great and everything.


    The pic of the young lady shopping at Target?

    She’s seriously cute, even though it’s only a profile shot. Cute. Very.

    Do feel free to give her my email address! :)

    Hey thanks!


  • That Guy John
    31 August 2010 at 6:17 pm

    @Russ… This is Hostgator’s company blog.. so why wouldn’t it be on this domain?

  • kat
    31 August 2010 at 6:52 pm

    How much would you guys pay him if he had a child named Hostgator Mel Dotcom Jr.? =)

  • Ron
    3 September 2010 at 5:41 pm

    I’m now thinking of changing my name to Billy Mel Gibby. I wonder if he would pay me. I just want to be more like him. I’d be interested in what he thinks of a “large sum of money” is.

  • scotty
    11 September 2010 at 8:38 am

    I love it! dont see it as “stupid”, for him it clearly doesnt matter, only for those tight-ass “civilians” who clearly want to walk with the masses, and do (and say) everything society demands from them…TIGHTASSES!!!

    this is a man with some balls hangin’ still…
    you checked them resently?

  • mark van nxs
    15 September 2010 at 4:05 am

    Hostgator? I thought hostgetter, get a good hosting. Important for you to get the site on the net.

  • Jetrica
    2 November 2010 at 10:06 am

    Have found your web page. My pal mentioned it to me before, yet never got around to checking it out until now. I must express, I’m floored. I really enjoyed reading through your posts and will absolutely be back to get more.

  • Caresse
    10 December 2010 at 2:40 am

    This is a king sick

  • greg
    5 May 2011 at 5:34 pm

    I went to jr high and high school with that guy, swear to god. He used to tell everyone that he had been abducted by aliens. He wore turtle necks every single day, and he said he did so because it hid the marks left from aliens. He also told everyone his dad was moving him to alaska, so he could train for the olympics…he was a weird fucking dude!

  • Anonymous
    28 December 2011 at 4:54 am

    Ein bemerkenswerter Bericht, den ich gerne weiter empfehle.
    Beste Grüße
    Sehenswuerdigkeiten Berlin

  • Stan Merryman
    11 July 2013 at 7:24 am

    wonder if his kid is named “gator-tot” lol