Tyler, a broke-ass SFSU student, is currently in Spain and running out of funds. His next stop is Poland, and he's going to be stuck there without some financial assistance.
In short, Tyler needs cash to continue his trek through Europe. And he's asking you, dear reader, for help.
But he's willing to do a lot in return for your help: he'll get the tattoo of your choice, cut his hair however you like, or even write a song or story just for you. How cool is that?
This video explains the details.
I conducted an e-mail interview with Tyler to get answers to some nagging questions.
Why are you going to Poland, and through Europe?
RyanAir (slightly questionable Euro budget airline) has cheap flights throughout the continent. I wanted to get to Berlin to see a friend, or Switzerland, and...they were out of my budget. Poland was the cheapest, so I figured I could fly there instead and hitchhike my way back, or something.
Why did you start out without enough cash to get back?
After a year of hard studying here, I wanted my last month to be spent putzing around the continent and having a good time. The no cash thing was sort of a personal limitation I set for myself--I've CouchSurfed and dumpster dived enough to know that travel's not really expensive, but I really am scraping my pennies on this one. Still, that's not stopping me!
Is this all some viral marketing thing?
Meh, not really. I am a writer, folk singer, rapper, etc, but the goal is really to get across the continent, not to promote any of my art (though if anyone sees my other videos and downloads my free CD, guess I'm not complaining!).
How much success have you had raising funds thus far? What have you sold?
The donations are goin' alright! Just sold a romantic Skype date to this girl Rachel Zevita who almost won American Idol! Besides that, I'll be snapping a handful of pictures, writing limericks, doing one freestyle rap on public transit, writing a song. Oh yeah, and going naked for an hour! Ass tattoos still available...
Your hair seems awfully short. If I paid you to get a rainbow mohawk, how long would that take?
What's a rainbow mohawk? If that's about dyeing my hair, I'd do it if the cost of dye got covered! (Though I do have a song on my CD about how I found Poland to be homophobic, so...maybe the rainbow wouldn't fly there, haha!) I am willing to do stupid things like chopping off the middle so I look like an old man with a bald spot...
If you'd like to help out, there's more details on his website.