About a month ago, Rouslan Toumaniantz, a well known and sometimes notorious Belgium-based tattoo artist (of Tattoo Box
in Kortrijk), and Lesya, a designer living at the time in Saransk, a
city in central Russia started talking via chat (Rouslan speaks fluent
Russian) and realized they had a lot in common, and quickly began
falling head over heels in love. About a week ago they met in person in
Moscow and decided to get married — their plans for their life together
include her learning to tattoo (Rouslan tells me she’s already a
talented artist), apprenticing under her husband-to-be, while she also
gets the full-body ink that she’s always dreamed of (biomech is the
current plan) — and of course a family.
Her new facial tattoo that’s getting all the attention, a huge
commitment for both a person with limited experience as a publicly
modified person and for a new relationship screams out the intensity of
their commitment to their new life, reads “RUSLAN”, the name of her
betrothed. At first glance the tattoo echoes Latin American gang
tattooing — MS-13 is the first thing that’s come to many people’s minds —
and I worry that it could complicate future travel in the Americas, to
say nothing of putting her in danger in some cities (of course, these
are places where deaf people speaking sign language occasionally are
stabbed when foolish gangmembers assume they’re throwing rival
gang-signs). But to be clear, the tattoo has nothing about committing to
a life in a gang — it’s a commitment to love.
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. I know many people whose
favorite mods are the ones they got “on a whim”, and who are still
happily married to the person they fell for the instant they saw — “love
at first sight” is an old truism — and proposed to within the week. I
wish them the best of luck and hope that their life plays out as they
dream it to be.
OMG first how the hell do you kiss someone with that much hardware in your lip? It's just disgusting.
Second, the biggest mistake you can make is putting a name of your SO/BF/Dh on you. Especially if the relationship is new. But on her face? She's never going to be hired for a normal job again. She better hope she is one damn good tattoo artist!