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Think Before You Tattoo!

June 25th, 2009     by Desir√©e O     Comments

I got my first tattoo when I was 18. It was actually my 18th birthday present from my sister and was part of an amazingly wild May 2-4 weekend. But as crazy as the weekend was, the tattoo part of it was extremely planned out.

I had wanted a tattoo forever, and although my mom was okay with it, she made sure I had found a reputable (i.e. clean and capable) place to get it done and had really, really thought about what I wanted.

She talked to me about how having a tattoo visible in certain places could effect aspects of your life like your career. She explained to me that what I may want now might not be so cool 20 years down the road. She even drew examples on my back so I knew exactly where I wanted my tattoo placed.

To this day, I love my tattoo (and each that has followed) and have no regrets.

But that’s just me.

Kimberley Vlaminck on the other hand…

The 18 year old Belgian girl is in a bit of trouble after lying about the circumstances surrounding getting 56 stars tattooed on her face.

Kimberly had initially loved the tattoos when they were finished, but when her father freaked, she lied and told him that she had only asked for 3 stars. She claimed the tattoo artist, Rouslan Toumaniantz, had misunderstood her request because of a language barrier, and when she fell asleep during the tattooing he went ahead with all 56.

The truth has now come out (after Kimberly was caught on tape admitting it), and it seems no one really believed her story in the first place. Frankly, I don’t know too many people who could fall asleep while having their face tattooed!

I post this here not to say anything bad about Kimberly (she made some bad choices and now has to face up to them…excuse the pun!), I’m posting this as a cautionary tale.

For goodness sake, really THINK about your tattoo before you get it inked on your skin!

I’ve never had it done myself, but I’m guessing that getting a tattoo like Kimberly’s removed is not fun!!!

Although she could just keep them. She doesn’t get my respect for lying (or then threatening to sue tattoo artist Toumaniantz), but keeping those stars would be pretty hardcore…I guess. Though they can’t come close to Toumaniantz himself:

So what do you think?

Was Kimberly’s biggest mistake not considering the consequences of her tattoos? Was it lying about them and blaming someone else? Or was it letting society (and her dad) convince her there was something wrong with her tattoos when she initially loved them?

Tags: advice, body politics

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