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Girl with 56 stars tattooed on face admits she asked for them

A teenage girl who claimed 56 stars were tattooed on her on her face as she slept when she asked for three has admitted she was awake the whole time – and lied because her father was "furious".

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Kimberley Vlaminck had insisted she dozed off after asking the tattooist for just three small stars – then woke in horror to find her face was covered.

The Belgian blamed the Flemish-speaking tattooist for not being able to understand her French and English instructions.

Amid a frenzy of media attention, she then said she would sue the tattoo artist, Rouslan Toumaniantz, for the £9,000 she needed for laser surgery to have them removed.

She said after the tattooing last week: "It is terrible for me. I cannot go out on to the street. I look like a freak."

But the 18-year-old has finally confessed she did not fall asleep, that she wanted all the stars and was "fully aware" of what Mr Toumaniantz was doing.

Ms Vlaminck told a Dutch TV crew: "I asked for 56 stars and initially adored them. But when my father saw them, he was furious. So I said I fell asleep and that the tattooist made a mistake."

Mr 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 56 stars.

He said at the time: "I maintain that she absolutely agreed that I tattoo those 56 stars on the left side of her face."

But despite insisting she had asked for 56 stars, he still initially agreed to pay for half of the treatment to remove the tattoos.

"Kimberley is unhappy and it is not my wish to have an unsatisfied client," he said.

"I don't regret it. To tell you the truth, this has given me some publicity." Mr Toumanaintz is now said to have withdrawn his cash offer and said from now on he will get written consent from clients before he begins tattooing.

Source: The Telegraph

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Marta said…
What a mess! I'm sure she regrets having decided to get such a tattoo. If she had chosen a less visible part of her body, she probably wouldn't regreted so soon.
Hilde said…
She couldn`t deceive her parents. Anyone has noticed in Mr Toumaniantz??????
Susana said…
Hi Graham!! How are you?
I known this story and It was been terrible, but i think that all responsibility is of the costumer, no?
Graham said…
Hi girls!

I think everyone can agree that this tattoo is hideous.

What kind of tattoos do you like? Would you ever get one? If you got one, what kind would you choose?


If she had chosen a less visible part of her body, she probably WOULDN'T HAVE REGRETTED IT so soon.





/ I think it's the customer's fault.