The fault, dear Kimberley, is not in Your stars, but in Yourself: Teenager Admits that She Asked for 56 Star Tattoos on Her Face

180px-TattooInProgressBelgian Kimberley Vlaminck caused an international outrage when she blamed tattoo artist Rouslan Toumaniantz for tattooing her left side of her face with 56 stars while she slept inside of the three that she asked for. She insisted that Romanian-born Toumaniantz did not understand her French and English instructions and threatened to sue. She now admits that she asked for 56 stars and lied because her father was “furious.”

Vlaminck appears to have as little scruples as she does sense. What she does have is a lot of stars all over her face. What makes her a particularly pathetic figure is that she was willing to trash this tattoo artist to cover for her obvious lack of judgment.

When she threatened to tattoo artist Rouslan Toumaniantz for the £9,000 for laser surgery, he offered to pay for half of the amount despite his insistence that she wanted to have all of the stars.

It turns out that Vlaminck did not even fall asleep. It was a lie for beginning to end.

I am happy to report that Toumanaintz has withdrawn his offer. In the United States, he would have a defamation claim against Vlaminck, who clearly could use a good lawsuit.

Of course, I do not know which is more disturbing Vlaminck stars or the picture of Toumaniantz and his grotesque personal tattooing and piercings, here.

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  7. Former Federal LEO,

    You are quite welcome.


    Tattoos are not for everyone, and I don’t look down on people who don’t like them or don’t get them.

    To date, I have not discussed the tattoos-fixing-psoriasis thing with any medical professionals and in no way am trying to claim that tattoos are the answer for people with the condition. Psoriasis and other skin problems seem to exist on a spectrum and I would think there are a lot of variables involved.

    Also, I don’t know that it is an entirely good reason for me to be 100% covered in tattoos, at least at this stage in life (I am 29). I currently have a psoriasis outbreak on my left ear that’s going in to my scalp. I really don’t want to tattoo my ears and head right now because I am not yet fully self-employed and whether I like it or not, other employers are going to judge me for being tattooed. I have kept my hands, neck, and face/head blank up to this point because covering up my current ink is already an obstacle in some situations. On the other hand? I think my psoriasis looks grosser than my tattoos! It’s easier for employers to discriminate against me for the tattoos than psoriasis though, because the tattoos are a conscious choice.

    Assuming that this whole thing with Kimberley V. isn’t a hoax, I find her attitude towards her own poor judgment appalling. I also think that Toumaniantz did himself and other tattooists a disservice by tattooing her face. I don’t want to clog up Mr. Turley’s comments with my rants, so if you are interested in my views on this incident they are here:

  8. In Re Tattoos

    I love the flash. Some of it is fantastic art. But the application? Often a misfire. Rarely do I think it looks good when it goes beyond one or two modest sized tatts. The contrast I use for this is similar to lotta’s – Yakuza badges. These full body tatts are not only usually technically well applied, but their design as in integrated whole from the onset leads to a large tatt that has a pleasing artistic symmetry and are often just plain old beautiful art. It’s a symmetry more often seen in the East too. Here you get people who choose a seeming mish mash of themes and styles and sometimes it just looks like a jumble of art reference books puked on them. But then again, some like Coke and some like Pepsi. I will caveat this in that I have no tattoos myself. With me, it’s a “materials” issue similar to AY. I just don’t think they age well no matter how well done, but smaller (and simpler too – see tribal tatts) seems to be an advantage in that arena.

  9. Carrie Burrows,

    Thank you for your reply with a simple, fully acceptable answer to my question.

  10. I do not understand, the why, either. They fade, your body changes (gain weight/loss of weight), your pigment changes.

  11. Carrie Burrows: “I have tattoos because I like them.” That’s the best answer in the world. The psoriasis angle is fascinating, I’ve known 2 people with psoriasis (1 had patchy flare-ups and the other had chronic, severe psoriasis) but neither had ever been tattooed. Is there a medical reason that you know of for the tattoo suppressing the condition on a localized basis? Like FFLEO I just have an inquiring mind, I’m not trying to pry.

    Many years ago, like 35, I saw some pictures of Japanese ladies that had full back tattoos. Not the dragon/sword fighting sort, but very refined images taken from their print art and painting.
    The article said only a few artists in japan specialized in women’s tattoos and if you wanted one that’s where you had to go. They were some of the most beautiful skin art I have ever seen. Woulda’, coulda’, shoulda’ but I’m a chicken; I never had the guts to get tattooed. I like the current take on the retro tattoos of 50’s women, devils, fat-tired cars etc. Kind of like ‘nose art’ stuff from the 40’s too.

    What’s disgusting about the kid? Her cold feet and the trouble she caused?

  12. Former Federal LEO,

    I have tattoos because I like them. I also have a skin condition called psoriasis. When I get tattooed on an area, I don’t break out with psoriasis there any more. I am a former LEO too. Thank you for serving our country!

  13. Carrie Burrows,

    I am a 60s something old man and a veteran (many young recruits get tattoos after boot camp) and I simply never understood why any human, especially a woman, would get a tattoo or multiple tattoos. Can you explain the reason you have tattoos? This is a nonjudgmental, honest question.

    Thank you.

  14. Here is my nominee for blog headline of the year! And from the same play:

    “… [and] Cicero
    Looks with such ferret and such fiery eyes
    As we have seen him in the Capitol,
    Being cross’d in conference by some senators.”

    Julius Caesar (Act 1, Scene 2)

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