'Eyebrow Tattoos Make Me Look Like A Cross Between A Drag Queen And A Clown'

A mum says she's so embarrassed by the eyebrow tattoos she was bought as a Mother's Day present that she won't leave the house.

Marie Johnson reckons the tatts make her look like a cross between a drag queen and a clown and is considering suing the inking parlour responsible.

The new brows were an early Mother's Day gift from Marie's 18-year-old daughter Leonie.

A consultation cost the family £60 before she went off to have them done at the Pretty in Ink parlour in Whitley Bay, North Tyneside, on Friday.

Marie, 43, told her local paper: "The pictures online looked excellent. But when I sat up I was instantly horrified.

"She had given me thick brows. I said, 'What have you done? This isn't what I asked for.' In the picture, the brows were a lot thinner and a lot lighter - a natural sort of colour."

She said she had wanted elegant light brown brows to rejuvenate her looks after her own eyebrows started thinning.

But now she says she breaks down in tears every time she looks in the mirror and sees the thick tattoos over her eyes.

She said: "I look like something between a drag queen and a clown. I'm absolutely devastated. I'm horrified.

"My daughter can't look at me and I can't look in the mirror. I feel like a freak. I can't go out of the house. I haven't slept since Friday."

Now she is considering launching a legal claim over the £120 semi-permanent cosmetic procedure and has complained to trading standards officers in North Tyneside.

But Pretty In Ink's tattoo artist insisted the matter had been blown out of proportion.

She said: "At one stage, they did look a little thin, which Marie agreed, so I did them thicker for her and I showed her in the mirror at that time.

"As I did explain to her, within the four-week healing process, they will lose up to 40% of the colour and shrink."

North Tyneside Council said: "We can confirm we have received a complaint about a registered tattooist in North Tyneside. The complaint relates to several different issues and these are currently being investigated.

"However, we have advised the complainant that the issue concerning the quality of service provided would be a civil matter."