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Apparently This Matters: Face tattoos

Lesya Toumaniantz reportedly had her husband-to-be tattoo his name on her face about 24 hours after they met.
Lesya Toumaniantz reportedly had her husband-to-be tattoo his name on her face about 24 hours after they met.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • "Apparently This Matters" is CNN Tech's weekly, offbeat look at stories trending online
  • This week, Jarrett Bellini looks at a woman whose fiance' tattooed his name on her face
  • While piercings have become accepted, the face tattoo remains rare and shocking
  • Get one big enough though, and your parents might just stay quiet and take a cruise

Editor's note: Each week in "Apparently This Matters," CNN'sJarrett Bellini applies his warped sensibilities to trending topics in social media and random items of interest on the Web.

(CNN) -- When I was young, I remember that encountering an individual with a nose piercing seemed to mean something. Specifically: This person kills puppies.

Of course, nose piercings never actually meant anything. It was (and is) just body art.

That said, baseless conclusions used to come easy. Back then, it was rather unusual to see a person who'd willingly popped a fresh hole in his or her face when that face was doing just fine with the ones that came punched out from the factory.

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"Apparently This Matters" Is Jarrett Bellini's weekly (and somewhat random) look at social media trends.

But times have changed. Now nose piercings aren't a big deal. And to the best of my knowledge, none of my punctured friends have murdered any puppies.

Yet.

Not surprisingly, when it comes to these modern forms of personal expression, the simple, elegant nose stud has earned far more widespread acceptance than the almighty face tattoo.

Maybe it's because there are still not enough of them out there. After all, they're permanent.

2012: Romney face tattoo to be removed

And whereas piercings can easily be removed, there's a certain level of fierce commitment that comes with injecting dark ink directly into your face.

"Yay! In 60 years I'll still love dolphins!"

Five minutes later ...

"Well, that was a rather misguided decision."

However, almost nothing stacks up to the bizarre trending story this week from Europe involving a tattoo artist named Rouslan Toumaniantz.

You see, Toumaniantz met the girl of his dreams, Lesya, in an Internet chat room. They fell in love, and finally decided to meet face to face in Moscow. Presumably to wrestle a bear.

That's a standard first date in Russia. Look it up.

However, what makes this all really fun is that within 24 hours of meeting, Toumaniantz had, with consent, tattooed an alternate spelling of his first name over Lesya's face.

"Hey, I just met you, and this is crazy. ..."

Now, when I say he tattooed his name over her face, we're talking full cheek-to-cheek, gothic-style, see-it-from-space lettering. The kind of tattoo so outrageously big and bold and crazy that parents can't even really get mad.

"Your mother and I have discussed this, and we've decided to take a cruise."

Fortunately, the new, happy couple are getting married, and they have big plans to stay together forever. So not to worry. This can't possibly go wrong.

But here's the kicker. Toumaniantz is the same tattoo artist who, in 2009, made international headlines after he inked 56 stars on the face of a Belgian woman named Kimberley Vlaeminck.

Normally, that wouldn't be newsworthy. But, after the ink session was over, the woman claimed she only asked for three stars near her eye, and that the tattooist just kept adding more and more as she fell asleep in the chair.

Ultimately, this turned out to be a lie. She later admitted that she had, indeed, asked for all 56 stars but was scared about what her dad would say.

"Your mother and I have discussed this, and we've decided to keep you in a box."

This was three years ago, and when news of this girl's starry tattooed face hit the Web, naturally it went viral, and even spawned a website for The Kimberlizer -- a photo game where you position your head for a webcam and it instantly adds 56 stars to your face.

Today, the game still exists. And so do the real tattoo stars on Vlaeminck's face. So you know -- she's got that going for her.

But in this latest popular story from Moscow, Lesya still seems more than happy with her new face full of ink. Which is great!

Really, it's just the size of the tattoo that confounds the rest of us. For had her man simply used 12-point Times New Roman and inked his name near her eyebrow, this wouldn't even be a big deal.

Comic Sans, on the other hand? Death by firing squad.

Nevertheless, this particular face tat is big and bold, and definitely not going anywhere.

"It's a symbol of our eternal devotion," Britain's The Sun tabloid quoted Lesya as saying. "I'd like him to tattoo every inch of my body."

Modern face tattoos (even cool ones such as Mike Tyson's eye tribal) definitely have a long way to go before they reach the same level of social acceptance as nose piercings. But they will. It's definitely happening.

So go ahead and get that dolphin. Or maybe even a lover's name, beautifully scrolled across your forehead.

Just don't use Comic Sans.

"Your mother and I have discussed this, and we've decided to take the firing squad on a cruise. When they're done."

by on Feb. 9, 2013 at 3:36 PM
Replies (11-20):
maciymommieof3
by Silver Member on Feb. 9, 2013 at 4:11 PM

well.... you can't discriminate...but I sure could find another excuse NOT to HIRE her.

Quoting EireLass:

What the hell. How does one get a job when they have that?


gludwig2000
by Gina on Feb. 9, 2013 at 4:18 PM
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 Rofl, I have often asked if I had the word STUPID tattooed on my fore head, but no way in hell would I let a tattoo gun anywhere near my face. Can you imagine the ego of this guy?

gammie
by on Feb. 9, 2013 at 4:19 PM

A man who does this to a young stupid girl he will be abusive. She is a idiot and I think we have not seen the end of this story.

He does a lot of face Tatto's check out his Face Book page, ( just touch his name it will take you here) you can see the Young girl with he stars on her face.

Mommy_of_Riley
by Jes on Feb. 9, 2013 at 4:23 PM
The girl with the stars on her face admitted to lying. She got the tattoo she wanted but got scared what her Dad would do when he saw it so she made up a story...

Quoting ahappymommy:

The tattoo artist that did that to the girl is a terrible man, he is in big trouble for tattooing 50 stars on a girls face when she only wanted 4, now Im the first to say, DONT FALL ASLEEP GETTING A TATTOO, but he should have only done what she wanted done! This girl is a moron as well, men arent worth a giant forever face tattoo!

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Mommy_of_Riley
by Jes on Feb. 9, 2013 at 4:24 PM
4 moms liked this
Plenty of CLASSY people have tattoos.

Plenty of PROFESSIONALS have tattoos.



Quoting TranquilMind:

That is a hideously ugly tattoo on a pretty girl.


Shame on whoever did this. 


And whoever thinks tattoos will ever be considered classy or professional is just whacked. 

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Mommy_of_Riley
by Jes on Feb. 9, 2013 at 4:24 PM
Why not hands?

I'm curious. :-)


Quoting trippyhippy:

This chick's an idiot.  My husband is a tattooer and will not do hands or face tattoos on anyone that's not a tattooer or heavily tattooed already.

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Mommy_of_Riley
by Jes on Feb. 9, 2013 at 4:27 PM
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Plenty of places...

Mall, grocery store, theme parks, call centers, newspaper columnist, etc.


Quoting EireLass:

What the hell. How does one get a job when they have that?

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LauraKW
by "Dude!" on Feb. 9, 2013 at 4:38 PM
Uh, if it works for her, who am I to tell her she looks hideous? I mean, HIDEOUS!
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lga1965
by on Feb. 9, 2013 at 4:45 PM

 

Quoting EireLass:

What the hell. How does one get a job when they have that?

 Maybe a Tattoo parlor will hire her?

Ewwwww.

gludwig2000
by Gina on Feb. 9, 2013 at 4:51 PM

 While I hope you are wrong, I do see this as a means of controlling her, which can be the start of abuse.

Quoting gammie:

A man who does this to a young stupid girl he will be abusive. She is a idiot and I think we have not seen the end of this story.

He does a lot of face Tatto's check out his Face Book page, ( just touch his name it will take you here) you can see the Young girl with he stars on her face.

 

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