Jun200920
Kimberlize Yourself -- Tattoo Star Faces for All
01:15 PM
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Photo from HBVL.be.

A couple of days ago, Miguel posted on the latest internet and media darling, Kimberly Vlaminck, who supposedly asked her tattooist for three stars on her face, fell asleep and woke up with 56.

Yeah, we all said "Get the F#$k outta here," mostly because who falls asleep when getting tattooed, especially on ya face.

Turns out that it was all a brilliant marketing ploy according to Belgian and Dutch news -- sadly the US media is slow to catch up and I'm still seeing news editorials decry such tattoo horrors.

While not fully confirmed, speculation is that the mastermind behind Tattoo Star Face Girl is Belgian radio station MNM -- whose logo is a star -- and whose ad agency is behind the Kimberlizer.

Yes, the Kimberlizer!

Via webcam, you too can have Kimmy's celestial visage. The Kimberlizer even gets cute, asking whether you want 1 to 3 stars, then giving you 56. I had problems using it on my Macbook but others -- over 200,000 -- have already been given facial tattoos. 

Do it yourself and then send the pic to dad for Father's Day. Nothing says I love you more than a good internet meme.
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The claim that it was just a hoax was based on the fact that the kimberlizer website was registered in April, so a couple of month before. But ... all that was registered is the domain name (toputourworkon.com), not the "kimberlizer" part. (Fortunately, there's no need to register every sub-directory for a website :)). So it's still not sure that it's a hoax. (That looks a little too painful for the girl to be a hoax, to me).

Anyway, there were lot of things that were written about this story, often without checking first, so some articles are pretty funny to read.
The funniest one is that one, where they try to explain the fact that she might have fainted out
http://www.rtlinfo.be/rtl/news/article/250864/--Kimberley+et+ses+%C3%A9toiles:+Je+me+suis+%C3%A9vanouie

The funny/weird part is the 2nd paragraph ("Selon un examen effectué par un dermatologue, (...) de 2 cm à ces endroits du visage..."), and my attempt at a translation:
"According to a examination performed by a dermatologist, the young woman was tattooed much too deeply. Usually, the needle goes 3mm, on her forehead(?). The needle that tattooed Kimberley however went as deep as 2cm (~6/8 inch), which could explain why the young woman may have fainted. However, it's hardly conceivable that a needle could go as deep as 2cm in those places on the face."
(Sorry for my English - also, I'm not really sure about the "her forehead" thing, even in French it doesn't makes much sence to have that in that part of the sentence.)

But woohooh ... 2cm deep... that dermatologist was obviously an expert. Can I get a brain tattoo too? :)



Thanks, Enoo. You're right about the domain registration. Still, not convinced it's for real yet. All the stories surrounding it are just too bizarre but we'll keep looking out for the story.



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