We all know that stag dos are a recipe for drunken disaster, but it’s rare that the after-effects of a messy night out last for two whole years.
That’s what one man from Swansea, South Wales has faced since waking up the day after a stag night in Blackpool – with a pair of sunglasses tattooed to his face.
He has since spent the last two years undergoing gradual laser treatment to finally have the fake sunglasses removed.
“I had no memory of getting the tattoo because I had gone out celebrating and it happened when I was drunk,” said the 50-something, who spoke with MailOnline on condition of not being named.
“Waking up the morning after, I thought someone had used a permanent marker on my face. When I first came home, obviously I was subject to a lot of stares, but I kind of got used to the tattoo and decided not to get rid of it.”
The tattoo, which the man requested as a drunken dare, includes the name of sunglasses brand Ray-Ban. Although he planned to keep his brand new ink at first, he changed his mind after someone mocked him while he was on another night out in the pub.
“The next morning I really started to think about what my family and friends thought,” he said. “I didn’t want them to be embarrassed when they were out with me, so I decided there and then I was going to get it removed.”
The man has since been visiting 1192 Laser and Beauty Clinic in Swansea to have the tattoo removed, after the clinic’s owner Donnalee Alford said it was one of the worst tattoo mistakes she had ever seen.
Although the six treatments the man has received have left him with some turquoise markings around his eyes, those are expected to clear up eventually, allowing him to take his glasses off once and for all.
“All I can say is that the whole process was amazing,” the man said. “There is no scarring, and when friends who haven’t seen me for months come over, they always notice something is different.
“When they realise the tattoo is gone, they are shocked about how well the treatment has worked.”
All in all, it looks like this was an embarrassing blunder. Maybe the bloke should just get some real Ray-Ban glasses next time.