Face tattoos: the new extreme
Call me conservative, but I once thought sleeve tattoos were pretty extreme. And that body art that covered one’s entire back or legs were totally out there. But then I saw the above picture of the romantic gesture (and I used that term very loosely) made by Lesya Toumaniantz, and it forced me to reassess my definition of extreme.
In case you haven’t heard it yet, here’s the story: Russian designer Lesya met Belgian tattooist Rouslan Toumaniantz in a chat room. They fell in love and decided to meet in person. Within 24 hours of meeting Rouslan, Lesya had his name tattooed across her face – from cheek to cheek.
His. Name. Tattooed. Across. Her. Face.
Let’s forget for a second that tattooing a loved one’s name on your body can leave you in a bit of a pickle should things turn sour (I’m looking at you, Johnny Depp!), and focus on the fact that the very pretty Lesya now has a very permanent marking on a very visible part of her body. Is this what the world of tattooing is coming to? That a butterfly behind your ear/on your ankle or even an entire arm full of ink isn’t enough and your face is the new ‘it’ location to express yourself? That suddenly Rihanna’s under-boob tatt doesn’t look so out-there anymore?
Tattoo artist Kat Von D has a cluster of stars that run on the left-hand side of her face – from her forehead just down to her ear. Mike Tyson is renowned for the tribal tattoo that spans the side of his face. American Rapper Gucci Mane has an ice cream with lighting bolts coming out of it (you didn’t read that incorrectly) tattooed on his cheek. Admittedly these stars were a little kooky to begin with (Gucci got his tatt after being released from a mental health facility – yikes!), but is this where tattoo expressionism is heading?
What do you think of face tattoos – too much or just another way to express yourself? Do you have any tattoos?
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