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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 (41-50):
FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on Feb. 9, 2013 at 8:35 PM
1 mom liked this

I have a tattoo so I certainly cannot say I dislike the idea of a tattoo.

I can, however, hold the opinion that I do not like many tattoos, I do not care for the sleeves and the covered look.

The face..............absolute stupidity.

Here is a friend from high school..................good thing he likes being a roadie because he would probably not get much else.

While he is absolutely entitled to do as he pleases with his body....and he certainly does not need my approval or otherwise, I think he is a fool.

talia-mom
by Gold Member on Feb. 9, 2013 at 8:47 PM

You can discriminate against something like that and should depending on your business.


Quoting maciymommieof3:

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?




TruthSeeker.
by Milami on Feb. 9, 2013 at 9:08 PM
1 mom liked this

 

Quoting EireLass:

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

 One can always work at Jimmy Johns!!

NWP
by guerrilla girl on Feb. 9, 2013 at 11:15 PM

I just checked out this guy's facebook page and his album of face tattoos.

Wow.

North West Passage

AdrianneHill
by Platinum Member on Feb. 10, 2013 at 9:59 AM
I've actually seen that rule written in tattoo shops, right before no smoking while getting inked and right after a warning telling people not to ask for anything smaller than huge

Quoting tambrathegreat:

I work with a girl who has tattooed several of her exes names on her body.  She regrets each and everyone.  I still laugh at her for doing it, because the first rule of tattooing should always be, "don't get your current lover's name tattooed on your body.  It is a sure way to doom your relationship."  Oh well, at least she wasn't dumb enough to have them tattooed on her face. 

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Ms.KitKat
by Platinum Member on Feb. 10, 2013 at 10:33 AM

 meh- this is nothing compared to the local guy who tattooed his face to look like a cat- and even added whisker implants. People are nuts.

tambrathegreat
by on Feb. 10, 2013 at 11:37 AM

This kind of tattoo in my opinion is different that some stupid little girl getting her boyfriend (of 24 hours) name tattooed on her face.  His tatto has signifigance in the culture.  Her tattoo shows that she's stupid and gullible.

Quoting turtle68:

 Slightly different scenario...it was a tribal Tattoo...just tried to find a photo of him.  He was a big Maori activist.  His tattoos were friggin scary if you ask me.  I have no idea what role he played...but he was an active corporate lawyer...while he was alive.

Quoting EireLass:

Amazing. I wonder how many accounts he has, and by which companies. Or perhaps he's the behind the scene guy.

Quoting turtle68: 
Quoting EireLass:

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

 My boy cousin had a full face tattoo...he was a corporate lawyer.


 

 Edited to add:

Not a great pic but got bored looking for one LOL



rotPferd
by Silver Member on Feb. 10, 2013 at 11:44 AM

 

I think this is awesome and would consider it myself. This woman had a double masectomy and did this to cover the scars.

Trollslayer
by Bronze Member on Feb. 10, 2013 at 11:46 AM
1 mom liked this


Quoting rotPferd:

 

I think this is awesome and would consider it myself. This woman had a double masectomy and did this to cover the scars.

Now that is freaking amazing!

maciymommieof3
by Silver Member on Feb. 10, 2013 at 12:45 PM

How can you? if someone can perform the essentials functions of the job- you can not discriminate on "looks"

Quoting talia-mom:

You can discriminate against something like that and should depending on your business.


Quoting maciymommieof3:

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?





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