Teenager's warning over rogue tattooist after paying £50 for abysmal Marilyn Monroe design
- Teenager estimates it will take £300 to cover up 'monstrosity'
- Has set up a Facebook page to warn others of tattooist Dave Stewart
11:32 EST, 3 January 2013
21:47 EST, 3 January 2013
A teenage girl's dream to pay
homage to her idol Marilyn Monroe with a tattoo of her has ended in a
nightmare - after the finished artwork looked like a 'blow up sex doll'.
Fields, 16, paid £50 for the image of Marilyn to be inked on her left
arm but said the end result was simply a 'monstrosity'.
heartbroken hairdresser said tattooist Dave Stewart - who does not have
a council licence to operate - originally agreed to refund her money
but then blocked her on Facebook.
Some like it botched: Siobhan Fields, 16, is
appalled with the result of her Marilyn Monroe 'artwork' she received
from Daves Intenze Tattoos
The teenager says it's going to cost an estimated £300 to cover up the tattoo
She has now reported him to police and today warned other potential victims to steer clear of the tattoo artist.
Siobhan, of Burnbank, Hamilton,
Scotland, 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
'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.'
ordeal began after she found Dave's 'Intenze Tattoos' on Facebook and -
impressed by the artwork on display - booked a session.
She said: 'Alarm bells should have started ringing when he said he would do it round at my house.
'I showed him to the picture of Marilyn and he seemed very confident that he could match it.
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
'When it was
finished, after about 90 minutes, I looked in the mirror and just felt
total shock. But he was quite an intimidating guy, with tattoos all over
his face so I didn't want to confront him at the time.
'Then I felt that I had just paid £50 for this guy to basically disfigure me for life.
'Later on I contacted him and
asked if he could refund my money and at first he agreed but then he
blocked me on Facebook and cut off all contact.
'It's just one sorry looking mess and now I have to live with it.
Distraught Siobhan says tattoo artist Dave
Stewart (pictured left and tattooing the teenager) originally agreed to
refund her money but then blocked her on Facebook
'It's going to cost around £300 to have it covered up by a proper tattoo artist.'
Mr Stewart was unreachable for comment today. The Facebook page for Dave's Intenze Tattoos has been taken down.
A spokesman for South Lanarkshire
Council said: 'Intenze Tattoos does not hold a licence within the South
Lanarkshire Council area.
Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 (Licensing of Skin Piercing and
Tattooing) Order 2006 gives Local Authorities the power to license
individuals who carry out skin piercing or tattooing activities as a
An example of a tattoo done by Daves Intenze
Tattoos on a Facebook awareness site set up by Siobhan Fields' mother
Cheryl, after her daughter had a tattoo of Marilyn Monroe
Siobhan has now reported him to police and has
set up a group of examples of Mr Stewart's work to warn others to steer
clear of the tattoo artist
Siobhan says that customers should be careful
about having tattoos done by the artist, and has posted photos that she
says are examples of his work
Siobhan has posted photos of examples of the tattoo artist's work to Facebook, and says she has reported him to police
'The Order lays out a number of requirements aimed at reducing, if not removing, risks to public health from these practices.
well as setting out criteria that operators must adhere to, the Act
also prohibits the tattooing of people under the age of 18 years and
restricts the activity of skin piercing on people under the age of 16
years unless accompanied by a person with parental rights.
person carrying out the activity of skin piercing or tattooing without a
licence shall be guilty of an offence and liable, on summary
conviction, to a fine.'
Strathclyde Police spokesman said: 'We would urge anyone considering
body art, including tattooing, to thoroughly check the artist's
'Artists operate under a local authority-granted licence which should be displayed.'
Other celebrities to have Marilyn
Monroe tattoos inked on them include I'm A Celebrity... contestant Helen
Flanagan and Megan Fox - but the star has undergone surgery to remove
the 'negative character' from her arm.