Tattoos are not without danger, and this story illustrates that. In Warsaw, Poland, a 21-year-old woman lost her sight after having her eyes tattooed black. In April 2017, Aleksandra Sadowska decided to take the plunge after having “always dreamed of having her eyes tattooed”. “I thought it was fine with me,” she told local media at the time. She turned to an experienced tattoo artist, or so she thought. “The tattoo artist had dozens of similar procedures in his portfolio. At least that’s what he told me. But it turned out to be wrong. He also said he had studied medicine, which I also doubt.”
Shortly after getting the tattoo, Aleksandra developed complications. It turned out that the tattoo artist had pushed the needle too far into his eye and had used the wrong ink. As a result, the young woman suffered from glaucoma, then from a cataract, which led to loss of vision. Despite three surgeries, Aleksandra had to get a glass eye. His other eye now sees only light.
€32,000 fine and one year of community service
Disabled for life, young Aleksandra filed a complaint against her tattoo artist. The latter was sentenced on December 20, 2022 to a fine of 150,000 zlotys (around €32,000), as well as 30 hours of community service per month for one year. Faced with this sentence deemed lenient in view of the severity of the damage suffered, the lawyer for the young Polish girl intends to appeal. “The amount of the fine is disproportionate to the extent of the damage suffered: a serious disability in the form of total loss of sight,” said Maître Pawel Jagielski. Aleksandra did not wish to speak.
Aleksandra Sadowska © Newsflash