A popular tattoo parlor in Harlem, New York, which is featured on a VH1 reality show, is being blamed for disfiguring a woman who attempted to have a massive tattoo on her breast covered.
Asabi Barner, who is in her 30s, told WPIX in an interview that she chose Black Ink tattoo parlor, which is the subject of the reality show "Black Ink Crew," because she had heard they were good at tattooing African American skin. Barner's goal was to cover up a massive unicorn and horseshoe tattoo that she had gotten on her left breast when she was 18, Fox 2 Now reports.
Barner says she was pleased with the results at first and that her new tattoo looked "phenomenal." But the next morning, she says she woke up and the skin around her breast was oozing with pus. The South Carolina native asked a local tattoo artist what had happened and he claims Black Ink "overworked" her tattoo in an effort to bring out the white color in it.
More than one year later, Barner says she is still in pain. She suffers from keloids and her skin is raised, burned, and itchy, reports Pix 11. In order to get through the day, she says she has to apply ice packs on her breast.
"In the intimate moments it creates a problem because you don't have that confidence," Barner said. "I wasn't overly confident before, but I felt good about myself. Felt good about my body, but it just changes you."
Barner is reportedly filing a lawsuit against Black Ink for negligence and being careless and reckless.
The tattoo parlor did not respond to Pix 11's request for comment.