Internet-Famous Tattoo Artist Inks His Name Across Teen Girlfriend’s Face 24 Hours After Meeting Her

By: Gawker Email
By: Gawker Email

(Gawker) - Rouslan Toumaniantz first rose to Internet fame nearly four years ago, after he allegedly tattooed 56 stars on a Belgian teen's face against her wishes.

Kimberley Vlaeminck became an overnight meme after she claimed that Toumaniantz gave her 53 more facial stars than she asked for.

Maintaining throughout the affair that Vlaminck asked for 56 stars, Toumaniantz was ultimately vindicated when the girl admitted she did in fact request the tattoo, and only made up the cover story after her dad saw the stars and got mad.

But the sensational headlines in the days leading up to Vlaeminck's confession permanently scarred Toumaniantz's business, and he was forced to flee to Russia for a fresh start.

While there, Toumaniantz began an online relationship with an 18-year-old named Lesya, and the two ended up falling in love. They arranged to meet in person, and it was apparently re-love at first sight.

Looking for a way to broadcast their mutual affection to the world, Lesya agreed to allow Toumaniantz to tattoo his name (since changed to "Ruslan") across her face, just 24 hours after the two met in person for the first time.

"It's a symbol of our eternal devotion. I'd like him to tattoo every inch of my body," she wrote on her Facebook page.

The giant face tat wasn't entirely out of place on Lesya: She had previously inked the words "all for love" on her forehead.

"I know that there are people who are terrified that Lesya has made a rash decision that she'll regret horribly," a friend of the tattoo-happy couple is quoted as saying, "but sometimes the best decisions are the ones you make in an instant with your heart rather than the ones long-debated in your mind."

There are reports that Lesya and Ruslan have gone and made their union official in a more traditional fashion by getting married.


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