Woman Sues 'Black Ink' Shop For Botched Tattoo That Left Her 'Disfigured'

News & Views | Gerren Keith Gaynor | 04/14/2015 | 05:15 PM EDT

Asabi Barner says famous Harlem parlor is responsible for damaged skin that left her less 'confident'

A South Carolina woman has filed a lawsuit against famed Harlem tattoo parlor, Black Ink, after she says her body artwork turned into a complete nightmare.


Last year, Asabi Barner traveled all the way to New York City to get a tattoo cover up to replace unicorn and horseshoe tattoos she got done when she was only 18.


She says she now regrets that decision after a massive chestpiece she got left her “disfigured,” reports news station Pix 11.


The morning after her artwork was complete, Barner says her left breast began to ooze with puss. When she consulted another tattoo artist in South Carolina she was told her skin was “overworked” in an attempt to bring out a white color for her tattoo. More than a year later, Barner says she is still in pain.


The 30-something woman says she chose Black Ink as her tattoo shop of choice because of its reputation as the best shop for tattooing on African-American skin. The shop currently has its own reality show on VH1, “Black Ink Crew.”


Barner says her botched tattoo job has left her feeling less confident with her body.


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


Barner is now suing Black Ink, claiming the shop was reckless, careless and negligent.


(Photo: riderfoot / Getty Images)

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