A weekend with the LADs in Benidorm, complete with fancy dress completion. Sounds like a laugh, right? Well, not if you get a henna tattoo of a moustache on your face, only to discover later that you're allergic to it - as one Leicester man found out the hard way.
28-year-old Arran Maye was enjoying a boozy trip to the Spanish resort with a group of 20 mates when he decided to have a novelty moustache etched onto his face in henna.
Arran, a plumber, had hoped that the temporary tat would help him to steal first place in a fancy dress competition, but instead it left him with an aggressive allergic reaction, and a moustache-shaped scar that doctors have said may last for up to six months, or even longer.
Unsurprisingly, he says he's had to endure quite a bit of torment from his workmates. We're not sure what angles they're going with joke-wise, but we'd imagine there are a few Super Mario jabs floating about.
Arran first noticed something was wrong when he felt a tingling sensation in his upper lip, and within weeks his whole face had ballooned to a terrifying size.
It turned out that the plumber was suffering a violent allergic reaction to the chemical PPD (Para-phenylenediamine) - an ingredient found in henna.
He was rushed into intensive care, and now it looks like he may need a skin graft to fully repair the affected area.
He told the Sun: "The bloke in the shop said it would wash off naturally in a few days, and I believed him.
"It was fine at first, but then it got tingly. The next day it was blistering and, by the Sunday, my face was a balloon. It was like it was trying to push out the henna.
"In hospital, I was given a breathing mask.
"The doctors said I'll have a scar for six months, exactly in the outline of the moustache."
Talking about the ridicule he was getting at work, Arran added: "Now the lads at work think I'm a right numpty and will do until I get rid of this damned fake moustache."
So, if you're planning a trip to Benidorm complete with fancy dress any time soon, it's probably advisable to just opt for a clip-on 'tache. Better safe than sorry, eh?
Words: Paddy Maddison
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