Man tattoos face of Razer CEO Tan Min-Liang on his leg for a free phone

Tan with a tattoo in his likeness
PHOTO: Facebook/Matt Connelly

How far would you go to get a Razer phone for free?

For one man in Ohio, it meant tattooing the face of Razer's Singaporean CEO Tan Min-Liang on his leg.

Matt Connelly, 28, had commented on Tan's Facebook post in November, asking if he could get the highly-anticipated gaming smartphone for free in exchange for the tattoo of Tan's face.

Surprisingly, Tan sportingly agreed.

He wrote: "Lol sure - permanent tattoo and I'll be sure to sign the box when it's out!"

With that promise, Connelly went ahead and got the ink done. He even had a name for the piece - 'The TerMINator' - which explains the sunglasses Tan sports in the tattoo.

On Dec 3, Connelly shared a photo of the ink he got across his calf on Tan's Facebook page:

The TerMINator! As Promised Min-Liang Tan

Posted by Matt Connelly on Saturday, December 2, 2017

Tan followed up on Dec 6 by posting their little exchange in a  Facebook post, writing: "The Razer Phone has been sold out constantly due to the insane demand and we've been doing everything to keep it in stock....but there are those who would go to all extents to get a Razer Phone and Matt C has taken it to an all new level - by tattooing my face on himself.

"Congrats Matt - well played."

The Razer Phone has been sold out constantly due to the insane demand and we've been doing everything to keep it in...

Posted by Min-Liang Tan on Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Connelly told Channel NewsAsia that he is in correspondence with a Razer employee about his new phone. The report also confirmed that the company would be sending over a brand new Razer phone, signed by Tan.

An up-close look at Razer's first smartphone

  • The phone retails for S$1,068 with a SIM Only Plan, so it's actually more affordable than many flagships today. Here's a closer look at Razer's first ever smartphone.
  • If there's one thing about the Razer Phone, it's that there are no curves anywhere. The phone is blocky, with no-nonsense straight lines and an angular design. It is also rather wide at 77.7mm across, so it doesn't lend itself as easily to one-handed use.
  • The entire phone is coated in a nice matte black finish, while the Razer logo is displayed prominently on the back so you're never in any doubt as to who made this phone. As a nod to fans, Razer is also making 1,337 units of a special limited edition mode with the Razer logo in its original bright green.
  • The matte back stands in stark contrast to the glass backs of phones like the iPhone X and Samsung Note8.
  • The fingerprint sensor is built into the power button on the right.
  • The thick bezels may be something of an eyesore in 2017, but they're there because of the seriously powerful speakers they house.
  • The SIM card tray holds both the nano SIM card and the microSD card. There's no support for dual SIM here.

Spurred by Connelly's achievement, other netizens have also been trying their luck:

And making other offers:

While some thought Connelly had sold himself short:

Whatever it is, we're guessing this is a one-time-only offer. We can only hope it's worth it.