One penniless student has gone to extreme lengths for cash, selling his surname for 200 quid.
Art student Alan Kerr put his surname up for auction and sold it off to the highest bidder, in a move to promote his artwork and make some money.
An independent music label stepped in with the £200 offer and the 33-year-old changed his name by deed poll to the rather more wordy ‘Alan Trashmouth Records’.
Alan, a final year student at Edinburgh College of Art, said:
I changed my name by deed poll. It’s a good name for being in a rock band. Now I will have to change my details with the bank and on my driving licence. It’s about artists and how artists make money and how – as a young graduating artist – I can make money.
Alan approached businesses across the UK by letter and through social media sites, before Trashmouth Records stepped in.
Alan is currently a member of the band ‘Bat Bike’, and is working with the music label to produce his debut album ‘Getting Back’.
There is currently no word on whether the rest of the band are planning to change their names too.