Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Woman wakes up with 56 stars tattoed on her face

Kimberley Vlaminck, 18, went into a tattoo parlor to get three stars tattooed around her left eye but woke up to find 56 stars covering the left side of her face. said Vlaminck said she fell asleep during the procedure and didn't feel anything until tattoo artist Rouslan Toumaniantz began tattooing a star on her nose.

"I cannot go out on to the street," Vlaminck said. "I am so embarrassed.

"I just look ugly, a freak, mutilated."

After the incident, the Vlaminck family filed a lawsuit and are seeking 9,000 euros to pay for laser surgery to remove the tattoos.

Toumaniantz said Vlaminck was awake for the whole procedure and is counter suing for 50 euros for the 56 stars.

"I did not hypnotise or dope her, as they say, it was with agreement," Toumaniantz said. "No way could I have tattooed so many stars on her face against her will."

Toumaniantz also said that there was no problem until Vlaminck's father came into the parlor and saw the tattoos on his daughter's face.

Basically, you have the classic case of teenage rebellion. The daughter clearly knew what she was getting on her face, and when her father became outraged she blamed the tattoo artist instead of taking the heat.

How could she not feel the discomfort of more than a hundred little needles entering her skin? It's not possible unless she was drugged, which is still a possibility. However, if this is the case then why hasn't the family gotten a drug test to back up their story? It certainly would improve their chances in court, so why not?

My guess is that the daughter is hiding something. She's playing the victim because she hates the tattoo that she most likely agreed to. Now she wants it removed but doesn't have the funds, so playing the victim seems like an appropriate move.

Well, I don't buy it, and I'm hoping a judge doesn't either. Yes, it is possible to pass out during a tattoo, but I highly doubt the artist would be able to tattoo 56 stars on someone unconscious without someone else noticing.

On June 23, reported that Vlaminck admitted to lying about the tattoos.

All the predictions of this girl lying are true. said Vlaminck told a Dutch TV crew that she asked for the 56 stars and initially adored them.

"But when my father saw them, he was furious," Vlaminck said. "So I said I fell asleep and that the tattoist had made a mistake."

Despite all the turmoil that Vlaminck put Toumaniantz through, the tattoo artist said he has agreed to help pay for some of the laser surgery to remove the tattoos. He said his reasoning behind it was that he feels like his client isn't satisfied.

Toumaniantz also said he has learned his lesson and will seek written consent next time before working on a tattoo.