Salvie Solteo's horrific eyebrow tattoo job.
PHOTO BY SALVIE SOLTEO
DAVAO – A Filipina victim of a botched eyebrow tattoo job in the Philippines has filed a police complaint against the tattoo artist, Expatmedia.net learned on Saturday (August 29).
In an Expatmedia.net exclusive interview, Salvie Solteo said she has reported the incident to the police and that the tattoo artist, G.J.P.A. (full name withheld), is currently at large.
Solteo said she didn’t expect things to turn out for the worst. “I cried for two days. I couldn’t go out of the house. I was also worried that the problem would be irreversible,” Solteo, a 22-year-old online entrepreneur, told Expatmedia.net after she was left with embarrassingly thick eyebrows.
The Filipina said the botched eyebrow tattoo job happened on August 21 in Tagum City, Davao Del Norte after she responded to the man’s Facebook post.
“I came to know him because he posted on Facebook that he is ready to do home service tattoo. I asked him if he has experience in eyebrow tattoo and he said he is very good at it,” Solteo told Expatmedia.net.
“On the day he tattooed my eyebrows, I was shocked to see my face on the mirror. He told me it will get smaller in a week. I tried to stay calm,” she recounted.
“The next day, I told him I was really worried and he said he will tattoo some brown cover up. I was confused. Around lunch time, I sent him another message and found out he blocked me on Facebook,” she said.
Through her husband’s Facebook page, Solteo posted a warning against the tattoo artist, which she also hoped would help her get information about his whereabouts.
“I found out from his co-worker that it was actually his first time to do an eyebrow tattoo, and that they don’t know where he is,” Solteo told Expatmedia.net.
The Filipina said she paid 1,000 pesos (Dh75) for the eyebrow tattoo plus two small star tattoos.
Solteo’s Facebook post has gotten more than 21,000 shares as of Saturday and has caught the attention of Davao-based beauty centre Skin Republik, which offered to fix her eyebrows for free.
A representative from Skin Republik confirmed to Expatmedia.net that Solteo is undergoing tattoo removal at their beauty centre. She will need to undergo five corrective sessions.
Solteo said her experience has taught her valuable lessons. “My lesson: Always do background check on the tattoo artist and check if the clinic has a government permit to operate tattoo service,” she told Expatmedia.net. PIA/ICA/Expat Media
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