Woman's face covered in tattoo inspired by sci-fi film

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Tattoo artist Paul Booth said viewers were "looking at an empowered woman who did it in her own unique way". Photo credit: Instagram

A woman whose face is covered in an elaborate tattoo has stunned and shocked fans and detractors.

New York City tattoo artist Paul Booth shared pictures on Instagram of his client's face ink; inspired by film director Paul W.S. Anderson's 1997 sci-fi/horror film Event Horizon.

Mr Booth first shared a teaser picture of his client, known as "Kris".

"Another half-hour of tweaks should finish Kris's head. Can't wait to post healed pics!"

The tattoo artist shared a collage of pictures and issued a disclaimer to those who might question her decision to get such an extreme facial tattoo.

"The fresh stuff on her face will lighten about 50 percent or so after it heals and settles in," he wrote.

"AND if I might add ... yes she has a successful career and yes she knew exactly what she was getting into ... and yes, I got to know her from our previous sessions before I even went near her face.

"You are looking at an empowered woman who did it in her own unique way ... she is not a misguided fool. I'm honoured to have played a role in that. Cheers Kris! Go knock em dead."

The post attracted mixed comments.

"Fantastic piece of work! Everyone has their own opinion on it and mine is of praise," wrote one user.

"I think this may be the best tattoo I've ever seen! Respect to both artist and customer," added another.

But not all thought the striking work was a wise decison.

"How can you tell your conscience you did the right thing? Are you really feel happy for doing this to a girl's face????? How can you call yourself an artist," asked one user.

"Wow don't get me wrong it's a dope tattoo and it looks like it was really well done but she is f***ing stupid. Everyone with face tattoos and head tattoos are just attention whores and idiotic people who destroy their skin. I get it its your choice, but don't complain when someone doesn't wanna hire you," added another.

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