Star-Struck Kimberley Lied
Posted by Shaun Dawson on June 24, 2009
Kimberley Vlaminck, 18, from Kortrijk, in Belgium, had placed three dots on her face with eyeliner, because she thought it looked pretty. She was walking in town with her family when they passed a new tattoo shop, the Tattoo Box, run by Rouslan Toumaniantz.
Her father suggested that they go in and asked her if she wanted to get her three dots tattooed. She said yes and he gave her his permission. Instead of getting her dots tattooed, Kimberley decided to get a few stars on her face around one eye.
While Rouslan Toumaniantz was working on her, she fell asleep. When she awoke she discovered that he had tattooed a total of 56 stars all over the side of her face. She was horrified and her father was very angry. Kimberley thinks that there was a communication problem. She says she asked for the three stars in French and limited English, and Toumaniantz didn’t understand her.
Kimberley wants the tattoos removed and is suing Toumaniantz for the cost of doing it. She says she hardly goes out, people stare at her because “she looks like a freak” and she worries that she won’t be able to find a job looking like that.
Tattooist Rouslan Toumaniantz tells a different story. He says Kimberley was aware of what he was doing. She was not asleep. He also claims to have a witness who saw everything. According to Toumaniantz, the problems started when Kimberley’s furious father saw what had happened to his daughter’s face.
“She was awake and looked into the mirror several times as the procedure was taking place” he said. “The trouble all started when she went home and her father and boyfriend threw a fit. They are saying things now like I doped her or hypnotised her. What rubbish. She asked for 56 stars and that’s what she got.”
Toumaniantz says that although he is not at fault he offered to pay for half the cost of having the tattoos removed.
“Kimberley is unhappy and it is not my wish to have an unsatisfied client,” Toumaniantz said. “There is a way to remove the tattoos with the help of a laser. I accept to pay for half the cost.”
Well the truth has finally come out: Kimberley Vlaminck Lied!! She admitted that she willingly asked for the striking design. Kimberley Vlaeminck said she “initially adored” the tattoos, but when her father reacted furiously she had decided to lie about it and blame the tattooist. She confessed to being awake and “fully aware” of what the tattooist – Rouslan Toumaniantz – was doing.
Mr Toumaniantz – who is covered in tattoos and piercings – had insisted Vlaeminck wanted 56 stars tattooed on her face. He had initially offered to pay for half the expense of the laser treatment to remove the tattoos. But after the teen’s confession, he withdrew his offer. Mr Toumaniantz said he did not mind the international exposure.
“I don’t regret it. To tell you the truth, this has given me some publicity.”
However, he now intends to get written consent from clients before he begins tattooing.