Tattoo of 152 Facebook friends

There are some people who “like” Facebook. And then there are people who are so devoted to their social media circle that they’ll find some pretty extravagant ways to show it.

A Dutch girl has tattooed the profile photos of all her Facebook friends on her arm. She posted a video last week on her “susyj87” YouTube account showing the process and her final tattoo of her 152 closest friends – said the tattoo wasn’t about making a splash.

“My tattoo is not about up-to-date profile pics or fame (as you can see I want to stay anonymous),” she said to critics on her YouTube page. “These are the people closest to me (not all my facebook friends). It’s a personal expression of who I am right now in this part of my life and the mediaworld we live in. And of course I love the way it looks. I understand if you wouldn’t do this, I respect that. But to me it does have a lot of meaning.”

Finishing my social tattoo with 152 pictures of my Facebook Friends! Of course I gave it a lot of thought. These are not all my friends. Just the people I care most about. I got their permission and they were very proud to be on it. To me it represents who I am right now and the time we live in. And of course I love the looks of it.

The story spread like a wildfire online. After newspapers and major online outlets, including CNN.com, put the story out – it was a hot-button topic. Ironically, as of this moment more than 7,000 people recommended this story on Facebook – perhaps in part because they thought it was ridiculous. And it turns out, that’s just what it was.

The tattoo that sparked the Web frenzy isn’t real.

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