Lets recap, in our previous installment of “why you shouldn’t fall asleep while getting a tattoo” we discovered that:
Kimberly Vlaeminck, 18, made headlines when she claimed last week to have woken up from a tattoo session with 56 stars on her face. She said she had asked for just three small ones. Turns out though, Vlaeminck was lying.
And that’s according to the very eloquent staff at BoingBoing (I have to say, I’d paraphrase it myself but I’m still a little shocked at the picture). The Sydney Herald reports that apparently she lied about it because her dad got mad at her. Moreover, the tattoo artist offered to pay to have half of her stars removed – but when he found out she was lying, he took that offer right back.
To add to the lineup of international press covering this incident (you’d think they were talking about the insanity going on in Iran or something) – here’s something that Dutch TV added to the fray:
“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 had made a mistake,” Ms Vlaeminck told Dutch TV.
Now of course, our press correspondants have the ingenuity of the Australians and the Dutch combined. Maybe even as much insight into current events as BoingBoing’s star reporter Cory Doctorow – although it was David Pescovitz is the actual writer behind BoingBoing’s writeup. Sooooo.. why hasn’t anybody said anything about this particular tattoo artist? I mean, look at the guy (I’m assuming that’s him in the callout picture up there, and not lets say – the dad of this poor girl for instance)! You can barely tell he’s human, he looks more like a character who stepped off the set of Star Trek. Self-expression is good, but when you run out of canvas, it might be a problem.
So, honestly, I care not who lied and who fell asleep and who was doing the tattooing. The whole story is just a tad-bit too bizzare to me. So I’ll stop talking about it – at least until the next “twist” gets revealed, which will probably qualify it as a script for the next M. Night Shyamalan blockbuster movie.
UPDATE: There’s a video of the girl and the tattoo artist! Woohoo!