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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