Kickstarter Suspends Artist's Successful Campaign To Tattoo Her Entire Body

For Los Angeles-based artist Illma Gore's latest art exhibition, she turned to Kickstarter for the funds to tattoo her entire body. However, Kickstarter suspended funding for unclear, unspecified, (probably bullsh*t) reasons.

The project was suspended at roughly 3 p.m. on Thursday, January 15. What could this mean for Gore's art project?

According to Kickstarter's Help Center, a project can be suspended for various reasons including misrepresentation, violation of the basic rules, or inclusion of prohibited items.

However, after careful study of Kickstarter's parameters, the exact reason for Gore's project suspension is unclear at time of writing. Funding for the project was scheduled to be terminated on February 8, 2015.

"I want to be a singular tattoo for my latest art exhibition, and I want it to be your names," Gore wrote on her official Kickstarter page.

"There is something absurd and beautiful about having an accumulation of absolute strangers names draped over my pale goth skin, even if half of them are 'Penis Butt.'"

Gore's Kickstarter is accented by this glorious description: "Help me cover my body in tattoos before I'm sick and old and knitting mittens for lobsters." It was enough to inspire over 469 backers to contribute $11,072 toward her original $6,000 goal.

According to the most recent update, the campaign had reached 800 names, and the goal is a total of 2500.

The tattooing process will be filmed, and updates of each tattoo and the final exhibition will be added to her Facebook page, tomfoolery.art.

Less than five hours ago, Gore was celebrating the incredible triumph of her project, and posted her thoughts to her twitter account:

And yesterday, she posted this ecstatic thank you:

Gore is an artist not unaccustomed to shock and controversy.

She once made headlines as the "Topless Lesbian" who rode a bicycle through the streets of Brisbane, Australia with the phrase "My Shirt Didn't Match My Human Rights" painted on her back.

I wonder if she'd marry me.