June 18th, 2009

You’re a Star

Posted in Other Stuff by 200

Nothing to do with policing although the incident was reported to the Belgian Police who advised it was a civil matter.

I was struck by the story of 18-year-old Kimberley Vlaminck whp paid a Romanian tattoo artist the equivalent of £55 to tattoo 3 stars onto the side of her face. She ended up with not 3 but 56. She is suing the artist saying she only asked for 3 stars. The story was on the BBC TV News this week.

It is somewhat difficult to understand how you wouldn’t notice someone tattooing 56 stars on your face when you only asked for 3 but she says she ‘fell asleep’ during the procedure. Now I’m no expert but when I had my tattoo the last thing I would have been capable of doing was falling asleep.

The tattoo artist says she was happy with the result, even checking it in a mirror as he continued & alleges that it was only when her father saw the result that she decided to say it wasn’t her fault.

The prize of the whole story, for me, is the quote from a psychologist. I’m not sure what school of psychology he went to but I’m fairly sure that psychologists must have some understanding of what the effects might be on someone when they make a statement about them. I was somewhat perplexed at his quote when he says “The trauma this girl must be feeling is indescribable.  She feels like a circus freak – and no wonder, because she looks like one.” Classic.

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  1. Blueknight says:

    56 stars pale into insignificance when you see how the tattoo artist looks

    June 18th, 2009 at 20:17

  2. Gareth says:

    I wonder if she’d been taking some sort of drugs, that made 56 stars seem like a “good idea”. It could also explain why she “fell asleep”. However it happened, I can’t see how it can be anything but her fault. Even 3 stars would of looked pretty stupid!

    June 18th, 2009 at 21:26

  3. Civ_In_The_City says:

    How long did YOU spend trying to decide which of those 56 stars were the 3 she actually wanted?

    I don`t actually know what to say about the story, I don`t think the result is horrendous, as facial tattoos go. I`ve not got any myself, mainly because I`d never be able to make my mind up what to have or where.

    June 18th, 2009 at 21:33

  4. Tony F says:

    It’s so funny…It is always someone els’s fault.

    June 18th, 2009 at 21:50

  5. gregg says:


    they all are, if you look from a distance….

    June 19th, 2009 at 01:13

  6. Fee says:

    Makes me wonder … what’s Belgian for chav?

    June 19th, 2009 at 10:39

  7. Officer dibble says:

    I wonder what 200′s tatoo was?
    I reckon its something in Latin which,loosely translated, means ‘For gods sake I only have one pair of hands and one set of earphones, just give me a minute!’

    It must be something you’ve said or thought many times over the years!

    June 19th, 2009 at 20:02

  8. Gareth says:

    Update to this story at:


    “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 pledged to sue the tattoo artist, Rouslan Toumaniantz, for the £9,000 she needed for laser surgery to have them removed.

    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 the that the tattooist made a mistake.”

    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.

    June 23rd, 2009 at 12:50

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