The old cliché “love is blind” is one particularly applicable to young lovers caught in the throes of the first rush of a new romance, when all that seems to matter are feeeeeelings and the urgent tinglings around one’s naughty bits.
However, relative to the following story, a more apt truism might be “love is STUPID.” And sometimes, really, REALLY stupid.
You see, after finding one another in an online chat room and rapidly falling “head over heels” (their cliché, not mine) in love upon meeting shortly thereafter, Russian college student Lesya Toumaniantz pledged her eternal love to tattoo artist boyfriend of 24 hours (24 HOURS!) Rouslan Toumaniantz, in one of the most physically permanent and lasting ways a person can.
By having him tattoo his name in 5-inch script ACROSS HER ENTIRE FACE.
Because love means never being able to get a decent professional job again in your life, like, EVER? Apparently so.
Oh and did I mention that these two crazy kids are getting married? I suppose they’d better, because I’m thinking having some other dude’s name inked over pretty much all the visible flesh on your head might be many a potential suitor’s idea of a dealbreaker.
And now Lesya who has already taken Toumaniantz’s name despite only being engaged since January 20 is learning to tattoo under his tutorship.
‘Their plans for a life together include her learning to tattoo while she also gets the full-body ink that she’s always dreamed of and of course a family,’ said a friend of Toumaniantz.
He added: ‘I know that there are people who are terrified that Lesya has made a rash decision that she’ll regret horribly, 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.’
Friends of Lesya have flooded her with messages praising the artwork and how beautiful she looks.
‘Sooo beautiful. even the style of the name fits your face well,’ [one] wrote.
So this seems like a sane, solidly-grounded relationship that has some legs on it, right?
Without stating the obvious, it’s a fairly common and unremarkable thing for lovers to get tattoos of one another’s names on their bodies – it’s much-needed fuel for the engine that drives the economic powerhouse of our nation’s great tattoo removal industry, after all. And though few of us can probably speak to the generalized regret associated with a FACIAL tat (anyone got Mike Tyson’s number?), who among us hasn’t known someone who’s had to spend hours of their time and a good chunk of change getting their high school or college boyfriend’s first name slowly burned from their ass, all the while cursing the day they somehow convinced themselves that they’d be with Brad 4-EVAH?
Which is to say, how then, and on what planet, could this — THIS — possibly ever be a good idea?
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