Who is Len Martin and what is the gorilla glue challenge?

ASPIRING rapper Len Martin thought "Gorilla Glue Girl" Tessica Brown was "lying" about how power the adhesive was, and ended up in the emergency room himself.

Martin, 37, tried out the Gorilla Glue challenge for himself by applying the product on his lip.

Who is Len Martin?

Len Martin is an aspiring rapper from Louisiana.

He previously made headlines for participating in the ice cream challenge, in which he licked a carton at the supermarket and put it back.

Martin thought Tessica Brown was "lying" about how powerful Gorilla Glue was, so he applied the substance on his lip, which resulted in a trip to the emergency room.


The 37-year-old told WKBN that he wanted to prove it was "not as serious as she [Brown] was trying to make it."

“I thought she was just playing around because I didn’t think it was that serious,” Martin told the outlet.

“I actually tried it out before and it actually didn’t do anything for me … So I was like, ‘Okay, she’s lying’ and there are all these challenges going on so I was like, ‘Okay I’m going to try it’ and it went backwards.”

The aspiring rapper filmed himself gluing a Red Solo cup to his upper lip.

“I thought it could lick it off kind of to moisten it and pull it right off but that didn’t work.”

He ended up in the emergency room, where a doctor performed a “painful peeling.”

“This is definitely not one to try. Let’s just stop this now … It’s very harmful,” Martin said


“I would never want to stick no Gorilla Glue to my lip and have it stuck there and go through all the situations that I had to go through,” Martin said.

“I didn’t think it would go this far … You got Valentine’s Day coming up. I can’t even kiss my lip,” he continued.

What is the Gorilla Glue challenge?

The Gorilla Glue Challenge is a dangerous copycat attempt where people use the substance on themselves to prove the glue isn't strong.

Martin, initially thought Brown was overplaying the situation for "clout," however after his firsthand experience he realized she wasn't lying.

Gorilla Glue's, based in Ohio, disclaimer states the "spray adhesive is considered permanent and designed for use on craft, home, auto or office projects to mount things such as paper, cardboard, wood, laminate and fabric".

The warning label also says "Do not swallow. Do not get in eyes, on skin or on clothing."

What happened to Tessica Brown?

Tessica Brown, 40, became a viral sensation after she posted a video of herself on TikTok explaining that she used Gorilla Glue adhesive spray on her hair.

In a TikTok post, Brown told her followers her hair had been stuck parted to the side in a long braid for over a month after she used Gorilla Glue to replace her hairspray.

Speaking on the video, she said: “My hair has been like this for about a month now.

“It’s not by choice – when I do my hair I like to finish it off with a little got2b glued spray (a Schwarzkopf hair setting spray) you know just to keep it in place.”



“Well I didn’t have any more got2b glued spray so I used this.”

Brown held up a can of Gorilla Glue Heavy Duty spray adhesive.

“Bad, bad, bad idea!” she continued, “My hair, it don’t move, you hear what I’m telling you – it don’t move.

“I’ve washed my hair 15 times and it don’t move.”

Brown admitted herself to the emergency room at St. Bernard Parish Hospital in Chalmette, Louisiana, after her unfortunate incident went viral, however medical personnel were unable to help with her dilemma.

Brown managed to chop off her ponytail with a superglue remover, but said her scalp still burned from when medical staff doused her with acetone.

Was Tessica Brown able to get the glue removed?

On February 10, Brown traveled from Louisiana to Los Angeles to meet the Beverly Hills doctor who said he could fix her glued-down locks and not charge the $12,500 it would normally cost.

The 40-year-old is recovering well after the plastic surgeon was successfully able to unstick her rock-solid hair.

Dr Michael Obeng told KCBS TV: "The surgery went well. Tessica is doing well. She's awake. The hair crew is doing her hair.

"When I found out this was a reality, you can only feel compassion and sympathy for Tessica."

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