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Posted in Human Interest by misterroadtripper on August 3, 2010


By Kate Nocera, NY Daily News (Wednesday June 17th, 2009)

Belgian woman woke up in a tattoo parlor with fifty-six stars covering the left side of her face, after, she claims, she only asked for three, The Daily Mail reports. Eighteen-year-old Kimberly Vlaeminck is suing Romanian tattoo artist Rouslan Toumaniantz for ten thousand Euros to pay for its removal.

Although Toumaniantz maintains that Vlaeminck asked for all fifty-six stars and he has the witnesses to prove it, he is willing to split the cost of removal. “Kimberley is unhappy and it is not my wish to have an unsatisfied client,” Toumaniantz said. “There is a way to remove the tattoos with the help of a laser. I accept to pay for half the cost.””

Toumaniantz insists that Vlaeminck left his shop happy and satisfied with the job he had done decorating her face. She only started complaining after her father and her boyfriend saw her and were horrified, the Daily Mail says.

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Pardon me, but if you have ever been tattooed, especially anything near or on your face, do you really think that someone could tattoo fifty-three extra stars on your precious punum and you not notice it? Something fishy is going on here, if you ask me.


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I lied about tattoo blunder because my father was furious.” Teenage girl with fifty-six stars on her face finally comes clean

By Ian Sparks

A teenage girl who claimed fifty-six stars were tattooed on her face as she slept when she’d only asked for three has admitted she was awake the whole time—and lied because her father was “furious.” Belgian Kimberley Vlaminck said last week that she woke up in horror to find her face covered with stars of various sizes, which spread out over the left-hand side of her head. She went on to blame the Flemish-speaking tattooist for not being able to understand her French and English instructions.

Amid a frenzy of media attention, she then vowed to sue tattoo artist Rouslan Toumaniantz for the £9,000 she needs for laser surgery to have them removed. She said, after the tattooing, “It is terrible for me. I cannot go out on to the street. I look like a freak.” But the eighteen-year-old has finally confessed she did not fall asleep, that she wanted all the stars and was “fully aware” of what Toumaniantz was doing.

Tattoo artist Rouslan Toumaniantz had originally said he would pay for half of the laser treatment that Vlaminck needs to have the stars removed. Miss Vlaminck told a Dutch TV crew, “I asked for fifty-six stars and initially adored them. But when my father saw them, he was furious, so I said I fell asleep and that the tattooist had made a mistake. Toumaniantz, himself covered from head to foot in tattoos and piercings, had consistently denied he had made a mistake and always insisted Vlaminck wanted all fifty-six stars. He said at the time, “I maintain that she absolutely agreed that I tattoo those fifty-six stars on the left side of her face.” But despite insisting Vlaminck had asked for fifty-six stars, he still initially agreed to pay for half of the treatment to remove the tattoos.

“Kimberley is unhappy,” he said, “and it is not my wish to have an unsatisfied client. I don’t regret it. To tell you the truth, this has given me some publicity.” Toumanaintz is now said to have withdrawn his offer and said, from now on, he will get written consent from clients before he begins tattooing.


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Stupid is as stupid does. I think they are both stupid. First of all, I would NEVER have put stars on that girls face. Secondly, I think if the shop owner wants to pay for HER mistake, he’s a fool. That’s what release forms are for. This is a perfect example of how the new breed of tattoo artist is screwing up the trade for everybody. Indiscriminate tattooing for the sake of money and a chance to be in the news. This is nothing short of shameful for everybody involved in tattooing today.

—Uncle Tim

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