As this post keeps getting comments so long after the fact I thought an update to the story was needed. The tattoo artist was innocent after all. Kimberley eventually owned up that she regretted the tattoo after her parents saw it and so she invented a story to get out of trouble. See the comments for further details.
Kimberley Vlaminck from Belgium is a normal 18 year old girl who wanted to get a tattoo for her birthday. Her father, upholding some form of family tradition of tattoos, agreed that she could have one and she decided on the very tacky three stars near her left eye tattoo. As you can see from the photo on the right, not everything went to plan.
Kimberley claims that she fell asleep during the tattoo procedure and woke up with fifty-six stars on her face. “It’s horrible. He’s turned me into a freak. I can’t go out on the street now without people looking at me.” Kimberly sobbed, completely missing the point that any facial tattoo makes people look at you by definition. She is currently suing tattooist Rouslan Toumaniantz for ten thousand euros as compensation to pay for laser treatment, although even that is likely to leave her scarred for life.
As with all news stories featured on The Dark Furie, there’s another side to this story of an evil tattooist taking advantage of an innocent girl. Rouslan claims that Kimberly was awake during the entire procedure and checked the mirror several times to see how the design she wanted was coming along, never once complaining. He also says that she was happy with the work he’d done until she got home and her father went mad and her boyfriend dumped her. I believe him but most people wont because… Well she’s a young girl who’ll have lots of innocent looking “before” photos of her to show in court and he looks kind of like a cartoon.
“She absolutely agreed that I tattoo those 56 stars on the left side of her face but she is unhappy and I do not wish to have an unsatisfied customer. There is a way to remove tattoos with a laser and I accept to pay half the cost.”, Rouslan told journalists as a press event. Another customer has been questioned by the police and backed up Rouslan’s claim that Kimberley asked for fifty-six stars. Why aren’t those two facts reported on most of the news sites that talk about this story? Well, isn’t an evil tattooist taking advantage of a young girl a much juicier story than a kid making a mistake and blaming others for it?
All I know is this – I’ve had a few tattoos in my time and never fell asleep during any of them. I’ve never had a facial tattoo but do know they hurt a lot more than regular tattoos. If Kimberley is telling the truth about falling asleep during the procedure then she was probably very drunk or very stoned, probably to get some courage, and not really capable of saying for sure that she only asked for three stars.