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If you’ve ever watched Black Ink Crew on VH1, you know that aside from fighting, getting into legal trouble, and having relationship (and paternity) drama, the individuals who inhabit the Harlem tattoo parlor do find time to actually do tattoo art. In fact, the show has helped the shop attract a lot of new customers who want to be tatted up by one of the stars.

That’s why Asabi Barner traveled to New York City to get her tattoo done.

When she was 18, Barner obtained a unicorn and horseshoe tattoo that she wasn’t fond of once she entered her thirties. She wanted to get it covered up and decided to try Black Ink Crew because they claim to be experts when it comes to putting ink on African-American skin. So she made the trek, covered up the tattoo with massive chest art, and was excited about the results.

That is until she started having a weird reaction to her new ink.

She told PIX 11 that the morning after, her left breast started to ooze with puss. More than a year later, she has keloid scars on that breast, and Barner says that the scars burn and itch on a daily basis. After consulting with a plastic surgeon in South Carolina, Barner was told that surgery would only make things worse. Now she’s suing, claiming that Black Ink was “reckless, careless and negligent.” She says that the tattoo and the scars that formed from it have caused her self-esteem to take a hit.

“In the intimate moments it creates a problem because you don’t have the confidence. I wasn’t overly confident before, but I felt good about myself. Felt good about my body, but it just changes you.”

No comment as of yet from Ceasar, Dutchess, or any of the folks at Black Ink.

This is a very interesting case because keloids are genetic and can be hard to prevent. However, Barner does have other tattoos that have not scarred and turned into keloids (though this is the first time she’s tried to cover up a tattoo). Keloids can come about due to things such as skin burns, piercings, scratches, surgical cuts and more. If this case actually ends up in court, and Black Ink is found responsible for her keloids, somebody is going to have to pay up…


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