A tattoo of a bikini-clad woman was never going to look the classiest of inkings. But for one teenager, her dream of a Marilyn Monroe tribute tatt was dashed when she was branded with an image of a blow-up doll rather than her idol!
Siobhan Fields, 16, from Burnback, Scotland, paid £50 for the image of Marilyn in a bikini to be inked onto her arm. Unhappy with the result, she has now reported her tattooist, Dave Stewart, to the police, as she has discovered he does not have a council licence to practice.
Siobhan - who at 16 is two years below the legal age for tattooing - described her Marilyn tattoo as a 'monstrosity'. She said:
"It's horrible. It's so embarrassing. I've had to go out and buy loads of long-sleeved shirts because I don't want anyone to see it.
"I love Marilyn Monroe. She was absolutely beautiful - but this tattoo makes her look more like a blow-up doll. Her mouth is just a black blob, the eyes are circles, her eyes are two dots. She has black hair, the eyebrows are all wrong and there are wobbly lines everywhere."
Siobhan found Dave Stewart's 'Intenze Tattoos' on Facebook, and booked a session after being impressed by the tattoo examples on his page.
"Alarm bells should have started ringing when he said he would do it round at my house," said Siobhan. "I showed him the picture of Marilyn and he seemed very confident that he could match it. I booked an appointment and during the session I didn't look at my arm because I'm not good with pain, so I was just closing my eyes and gritted my teeth.