Barter Queen (Kendall-Leigh Neuner)

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On A&E’s Barter Kings, Kendall-Leigh Neuner displays the tattoo art of the deal.

Barter Kings has something going for it that the other buy-and-sell reality shows lack. If you bring a piece of ephemera to Rick Harrison on Pawn Stars, he won’t offer you its market value, and he’ll tell you that. If Mike Wolfe roots around your attic on American Pickers, he’ll try to swindle your family’s heirloom for wooden nickels. But on Barter Kings, Antonio Palazzola and Steve McHugh will try to meet your demands at the same time they’re advancing their war chest. It’s win-win when they swap their $10,000 boom lift for your $15,000 deck boat because you were done with the boat. Barter Kings also features the lovely tattooed Kendall-Leigh Neuner, who minds the shop and does some wheeling and dealing of her own.

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“When you think about it, how much stuff do you have that just sits in the corner and collects dust?” she starts her sales pitch. “You could take that and trade it for something you could actually be using, and in turn, benefit someone else who might find some use in your unused item.” Though a flipper, she is far from immune on the need to acquire goods. “I’m not even going to lie—I do have a clothes and shoes problem,” Neuner says. “Not until recently, due to not having the means, have I been able to start my own oddities collection. It always gives me something to talk about when people come over. I recently got a mummified pig fetus. So, yeah, it’s that kind of party.” Her last indulgence was Mexican chili candy. “That I will not trade or even share.”

She does make time for other things, like modeling (for companies such as Beats by Dre and Ray-Ban) and working in the public relations department and showroom for H&M. She went to college for criminology. “I wanted to study serial killers,” she says. “I love The Silence of the Lambs so I was obsessed by Hannibal Lecter—the forensic psychologist part, not the whole cannibal part.”

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“I was at Disneyland and straight-up had a woman shield her child’s eyes away from my tattoos, like I was Medusa going to turn them into stone. I wish I did.”

The only deal Neuner might have gotten hosed on was an early tattoo transaction. “Anyone who has known me for a while knows how ridiculously bad my right upper arm is,” she says. “I hate when people ask to see it because it’s just terrible, but I won’t ever cover it up, because it’s a part of me. It happened. All I can do now is laugh. It’s just obnoxious—brass knuckles, the Hollywood sign, writing about L.A. that is completely crooked, and buildings that look as if a 4-year-old tried to draw on me.” Of her earlier work she prefers the sparrow on her ribs, which she got in memory of her grandfather.

Conventional wisdom says that it is tough to be a mainstream model with tattoos (let alone one with bad pieces), but Neuner believes that’s no longer the case. “It has actually gotten me more work,” she says. “In recent years tattoos have started to become a lot more acceptable. There are a lot of companies that actually want girls with real tattoos or alternative—god I hate that word— style. I have been approached and praised for my tattoos by the strangest people. People I would never imagine would like them. That has been a nice little surprise, people loving the look.”

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Obviously, there are still those who have not gotten the new memo—or the Direct Message or the Facebook invite to the “Tattooed People Are Not All Scary” group—but Neuner ignores them. “Those who are ignorant and assume anyone with tattoos is a brat … are idiots. For example, I was at Disneyland and straight-up had a woman shield her child’s eyes away from my tattoos, like I was Medusa going to turn them into stone. Ridiculous. I wish I did.”

“I was at Disneyland and straight-up had a woman shield her child’s eyes away from my tattoos, like I was Medusa going to turn them into stone. I wish I did.”

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