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ThankYou

I want to thank all of you who were strong supporters of “New 2 Tats” over the past 4 years.  I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to write about the fantastic medium of body art.

It was started as a labor of love as I embraced a newly discovered love of tattoos.  I liked sharing my own views on ink, as well as sharing examples of the far-reaching impact of tattoos.  My goal was to show how their mainstream acceptance had removed a lot of the previous taboos about body art.  In doing so, I looked to show examples of how important tattoos can be to the people that have them (sharing examples of my own tattoos along the way).

Alas, life happens.  Work and other events have prevented me from regularly updating “New 2 Tats”.  I wish I was able to write more features at this time, but I am not able to.  So, after having reached the milestone of 1 million page views and having written over 250 features, I have decided the time has finally come to officially announce the end of “New 2 Tats” as an active blog.

All the features that I have previously written will continue to be available for all to view.  It is also possible, somewhere down the road, that I may return to writing this blog.  However, to be fair to all those who have loyally followed “New 2 Tats”, I felt it necessary to make this statement.

I do hope I get to share more with you in the future.  However, if that is not to be, it has been a fun ride for the past 4 years.

Keep showing your tattoo love.

Sincerely,

New 2 Tats

Major Milestone!: 1 Million Lifetime Views!

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FINALLY, after 3 1/2 years of running this labor of love about the beautiful art of tattooing, my blog has now reached the awesome milestone of 1 million lifetime views!

Even though, my work on this blog has slowed down in the past year, I am committed to continuing to share stories about body art, whether they are personal stories about my own ink, more features about celebrities and athletes, stories about tattoos in the news, or tales from friends who want to share their own tattoo experiences.

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Celebrity Tattoo of the Day (The Force Awakens Edition [No Spoilers]): Daisy Ridley

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If ever there was a young actress who entered a year poised for the biggest breakthrough of her career (or anyone’s career, for that matter), it is London’s Daisy Ridley in 2015.

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You may be familiar with a successful ‘niche’ movie series called “Star Wars”.  In the late 90’s/early 2000’s, it got derailed by things called Jar Jar, pod-racing, and midi-chlorians.  Then, a small company called Disney took over the series and let someone little-known director named JJ Abrams oversee a new series of films.  Does any of this ring a bell?

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Before you start sticking your middle finger at your computer screen… YES, I am kidding… The biggest pop culture phenomenon in the past half-century has been “Star Wars”.  But, the thrill and excitement that these movies created ran completely out of steam, courtesy of prequel trilogy (which was good in some parts, mediocre in most others, and when it was bad, it was ‘burn the film’ bad).

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Fortunately, “Star Wars” creator, George Lucas, sold Lucasfilms to the Disney Corporation.  Disney then promptly decided to make new Star Wars films, and told Lucas (whose complete autonomy made the prequels a mess) that he would have nothing to do with making these films.  Abrams, who had already helmed the very successful reboot of the “Star Trek” series, was given the director’s chair for this even larger task:  restoring the faith of a badly disappointed fan base.

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One of Abrams’ first decisions was to hire largely unknown actors to play major roles. This could be successful, such as with Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher for “A New Hope”, or it could be really bad, such as with Jake Lloyd and Hayden Christensen in the prequels. Having seen “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”, all I will say about the movie is that Abrams chose wisely with John Boyega and (the subject of this blog entry) Daisy Ridley. Personally, I’m looking forward to seeing the film on-screen again, and I rarely see movies more than once in the theater.

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Daisy Ridley was an inspired choice.  The Westminster-born actress brings such a well-placed enthusiasm and energy to the role of Rey, that fans can’t help but be won over by her (though, there will always be some spoilsports).

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(Credit: daisy-ridley.net)

Ridley’s acting resume, before landing “Star Wars”, consisted of minor roles on British television series like “Youngers”, “Silent Witness” and “Mr. Selfridge”.  Such a star-making leap can be overwhelming for some actors and actresses.  Ridley, however, seems to be handling it just fine.  This includes her poking fun at her audition on “Saturday Night Live” and showing a very grounded, humorous personality on her social media accounts.  Daisy is going to be very busy over the next few years with “Star Wars”, and I think that is something that all fans of that era from a ‘long time ago in a galaxy far, far away’ will very much benefit from.

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Of course, as much as Daisy Ridley is quickly becoming every fan-boy’s crush, she wouldn’t be on the blog if she didn’t have some ink.  In a move that may have suggested her future destiny, Daisy got a cute design of three stars tattooed on her left foot.  Whether or not she gets any more body art remains to be seen.  In the meantime, she will be contending with one of the new trends on mega-stardom…. fans getting tattoos of HER!  :-)

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You can get more info and pictures of Daisy at this fan site:  http://daisy-ridley.net/

And, for some good entertainment, you can follow her on Instagram at:  https://www.instagram.com/daisyridley/

Celebrity Tattoo of the Day (Little Miss Sunshine Edition): Abigail Breslin

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(Credit: Abigail’s IG account)

Ever since the exuberant character, Olive Hooper, answered the phone and screamed her way (with joy) into audience’s hearts, actress Abigail Breslin has been a major player on the Hollywood scene.

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(Abbie with her brother, actor Spencer Breslin) (Credit: Abigail’s IG account)

Acting has been family affair for the New York-born Breslin since she was just a ‘wee tot’.  Both of her older brothers, Ryan and Spencer, are also actors.  After starring in few commercials as a baby, she made her big screen debut, alongside Spencer (and some guy named Mel Gibson), in the 2002 science-fiction blockbuster, “Signs” (also known as M. Night Shyamalan’s last good movie).  She was just 6 when the movie was released, and only 5 when principal photography concluded.

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(little Abigail protecting her mind from aliens in “Signs”)

Abigail received very high marks for her performance in “Signs”.  She showed she could handle material with greater depth to it, ensuring that she would not be pigeon-holed to ‘cute kid’ roles throughout her youth.  This got her a small part in “The Princess Diaries 2” and a much larger role with Kate Hudson in “Raising Helen”.  She then got a part in the third installment of the Tim Allen “Santa Clause” series, “The Santa Clause 3:  The Escape Clause”.  In those last two movies, she once again got to act with her brother, Spencer.

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Then Abigail landed her major breakthrough role as the precocious Olive Hooper in the 2006 indie super-hit “Little Miss Sunshine”.  She portrays a young girl who just found out she has been selected for the ‘Little Miss Sunshine’ beauty pageant in California and has to travel 800 miles in two days, in a broken down bus, with a dysfunctional family that can only be described as ‘eclectic’, in order to compete.  Her performance was very well received; so much so that she actually received an Academy Award nomination for Best Support Actress, making her one of the youngest nominees ever (she eventually lost to Jennifer Hudson for “Dreamgirls”).

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After two more supporting roles in big-name romantic ‘dramedies’, “No Reservations” and “Definitely, Maybe”, Abigail scored her first lead roles.  She was the title character in “Nim’s Island” and the eponymous ‘american girl’ in “Kit Kittredge: An American Girl”.  She then earned oodles of ‘nerd cred’ with a hilarious role in the end-of-world comedy “Zombieland”.

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Abigail has managed to score additional heavyweight acting roles in recent films, such as “Ender’s Game” and “August: Osage County”.  This fall, she will be starring alongside other young adult stars like Emma Roberts and Keke Palmer in the Fox horror-comedy “Scream Queens”.  An accurate thing to say with regards to Abigail is ‘watch this space’, because there are going to be many, many more high-end projects coming her way.

(Credit: Abigail's IG account)

(Credit: Abigail’s IG account)

Upon turning 19 years old, Abigail wasted very little time showing much she wanted to join ‘Club Ink’.  A birthday gift from her brother, Spencer, was a trip to a tattoo studio.  She got a cute design of the planet, Saturn, and three stars on her left wrist.

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(Credit: Abigail’s IG account)

(Credit: Abigail's IG account)

(Credit: Abigail’s IG account)

The love of tattoos did not end with just one.  Several weeks later, Abigail went back and got TWO MORE tattoos.  One was her alien buddy, Alan, on her left shoulder (wonder if she knows him from her “Signs” days), and the title of the song “Holocene” by Bon Iver on one of her forearms (it’s a song that has great personal meaning for her).  These two were done by Kaylyn Tattoos.  Abigail liked the experience so much, she brought her mother along to get inked… and she got TWO of her own.  :-).

(credit: Abigail's IG account)

(credit: Abigail’s IG account)

(credit: Abigail's IG account)

(credit: Abigail’s IG account)

I think we will definitely be seeing Abigail getting much more body art as time goes by.

You can follow Abigail on social media here:

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/yoabbaabba

Instagram:  https://instagram.com/abbienormal9/

Hottie Ink Update (250th Feature Edition!): Jennifer Stone

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    It has been awhile since I last posted a feature on ‘New 2 Tats’.  It has been one of those situations where the job can sometimes get in the way of a hobby (or ‘labor of love’, as I have long referred to this blog).  I think a great celebrity to help get the ball rolling again is Jennifer Stone.

JenStone_Update_Pic02   It has been absolutely no secret that one of the all-time favorites here at “New 2 Tats” is Selena Gomez (a former child star who, despite the pressures of growing up in the harsh spotlight of fame… made even stronger by her former high profile relationship with Justin Bieber…. has managed to stay fairly grounded….   and she has a great love of body art).

JenStone_Update_Pic01    However, Selena’s fellow child star, and co-star of Disney’s “Wizards of Waverly Place”, Jennifer Stone is fast becoming another big favorite.  While her post-“Wizards” career has been quieter than Selena’s, one only needs to follow her on Instagram and Twitter to see she’s making moves and enjoying life.  One can also see exactly how much her love of tattoos has grown.

JenStone_Update_Pic03    When I first published a feature on Jennifer, she just had one widely-known tattoo (though, I gather, she had already acquired others at that point).  That first tattoo of her’s was not a tiny, hard to see design.  She went bold with the bible verse Ecclesiastes 3:1 just beneath her shoulders.  She first showed it off elegantly on the red carpet in a gorgeous black dress.

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    Jennifer now finds herself spending time working on many different endeavors, including modeling and music, while still keeping and ear to ground for the next good acting opportunity.  She recently participated in a Project Mermaids photo shoot, an environmental charity where many celebrities pose in mermaid outfits to help bring awareness and raise funds for protecting beaches and oceans.

JenStone_Update_Pic04     Jennifer also uses social media show the fun she is having in life, such as when running a race, or going skydiving.

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    One of the more prominent tattoos that is seen on Jennifer is an Italian phrase circling her left wrist (I do not have the translation).

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Jennifer also has another foreign phrase running along the inside of her right wrist.

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   During her Project Mermaids photo shoot, she showed off what appears to a be a gorgeous piece of body art on her torso.  Available photos have not been able to show a clear depiction of the design, but it looks stunning.

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  Jennifer’s most recent turn under the tattoo needle is an old-style pocket watch design, which includes the phrase ‘Made in Texas’ on one half (she was born there), and a quote by Tennessee Williams from his ‘Catastrophe of Success’ essay on the other half.  A later photo of Jennifer with friends at the beach shows this design appears on her right thigh (the photo also shows another script tattoo underneath her left breast).

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    The boldness and enthusiasm with which Jennifer approaches body art all but guarantees we will be treated to more stunning tattoos from her in the future.  I can tell from following her on social media that she is going to have some entertaining projects coming up in the future as well.

You can follow Jennifer on her social media accounts here:

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/comeagainjen

Instagram:  https://instagram.com/comeagainjen14/

(Photo Credits:  Unless otherwise specified, all photos are courtesy of Jennifer’s Instagram account)

Tattoos News (Touching Tribute Edition): Zelda Williams

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What makes tattoos such an important social construct is that they go well beyond being just a fun body accessory for showing off.  In many cases, they end up truly having a deep personal meaning for the person who wears the ink.  ‘Deep personal meaning’ is not some trite cliche people use to justify their tattoos.  Rather, if you ask people about their ink, they can tell some fascinating and touching stories about what inspired them to get the work done.

ZeldaWilliams_Pic02     One of the most poignant modern examples of this is the tribute that actress, Zelda Williams, paid to her father, the legendary Robin Williams, through the medium of tattooing.  In August 2014, Robin Williams’ legions of fans felt the shock and pain of losing such a great (and beloved) talent, whose iconic roles deeply touched so many people.  Roles in films and tv shows like “Mork & Mindy”, “Mrs. Doubtfire”, “Dead Poets Society”, and “Good Will Hunting” (a role his that is a personal favorite of mine).  As much as the fans felt their own pain, they felt tremendous empathy for Zelda’s devastating personal loss.

Robin Williams and Zelda Williams Walt Disney's World Premiere of 'Old Dogs' held at El Capitan Theatre Hollywood, California - 09.11.09 Featuring: Robin Williams and Zelda Williams Where: California When: 09 Nov 2009 Credit: WENN

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The unfortunate thing is that, despite all the touching tributes to her father and people expressing their condolences to her, there was still that ugly, ugly segment of internet society that posted awful, horrific comments to her on her social media accounts.  Reflecting a poise and grace that may not be evident in other people, Zelda did not give in to that awful treatment.  She rightfully took time away from her social media accounts to cope with her father’s passing and to begin the healing process.

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A few months later, she returned with a heartbreaking and moving tribute to her father.  On her right hand, just beneath her thumb, she got a tattoo of a hummingbird, which serves as a touching reminder of her father (to always put her hand out and shake with a smile).  Lower on her right forearm, she added the date, “7-21-51”, which is the day Robin Williams was born.  This stunning artwork was crafted by the incomparable Dr. Woo of the famous LA Shamrock Social Club tattoo studio.

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(credit: Zelda’s IG account)

(credit: Zelda's IG account)

(credit: Zelda’s IG account)

(credit: Zelda's IG account)

On her left wrist, Zelda has what appears to be an interpretation of the female gender symbol.  She has had this one for several years.

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(credit: Zelda’s IG account)

(credit: Zelda's IG account)

(credit: Zelda’s IG account)

Since returning to social media, Zelda has used it as a forum to advocate for many worth social causes (animal rescue, marriage equality, etc.)  She has also been showing that she is living life with zest, just like her father (as witnessed by some of her recent fun at the San Diego Comic-Con).

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(credit: Zelda’s IG account)

Zelda is an inspiring person whose grace in the face of tragedy, as well as awful behavior by others, can serve as an example to us all.

If you wish to follow Zelda on social media (and please be respectful if you do), you can find her here:

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/zeldawilliams

Instagram:  https://instagram.com/zeldawilliams/

Athlete Tattoo of the Day (Surfer Girl Edition): Kelia Moniz

KMoniz_Pic03   Oh, how I wish I could live the life of a surfer in Hawaii (and they all seem to live in Hawaii).  It seems so calm and peaceful.  To be able to spend your days with the sand between your toes and taking on some righteous waves seems positively zen.  However, unless you are independently wealthy from an inheritance or Powerball win, living that life does require quite a bit of effort.

KMoniz_Pic02    Kelia Moniz is the another in a long line of female surfers (I have already featured Coco Ho) who go after that dream life with a commitment and devotion that people usually don’t put forth in other walks of life.  Sure, surfing carries the appeal of sun, sand and waves.  But, dedication and professionalism is what makes that life succeed.  Kelia lives that life because she puts that effort forth all the time.

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Kelia has grown up in the tropical paradise of the Hawaii.  The Asian-Irish beauty found her first waves at the age of 5.  She grew up in a household of brothers who also love to surf.  Oh, and just as a side note, her father was a former professional surfer.  So, it can easily be said that sun and saltwater are in Kelia’s blood.

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Kelia’s commitment to her craft has already yielded quite a bit of success.  At just 21 years of age, Kelia just recently captured her second straight world title in the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP).

KMoniz_Pic05KMoniz_Pic04     In addition to being an incredibly accomplished surfer, Kelia is a highly sought after model.  Her stunning beauty, with her healthy body image athletic physique, make her a natural in front of the camera.  (That wondrous smile doesn’t hurt, either😉  ).

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Chilling with Selena Gomez.

Kelia is right at home on the surfboard, as well as in full makeup on camera.  Her appeal has the potential to make her an athletic, and pop culture, superstar in the coming years.  It’s a sure bet that her surfing titles with grow well beyond the two she has so far.

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(credit: Christa Renee)

It goes without saying that, even with her athletic accomplishments and natural beauty, Kelia would not be featured here if it wasn’t for her appreciation of body art.  At the current time, she has been spotted with two small tattoos.

Kelia’s first tattoo in a small heart on the outside of her right wrist (not unlike the one British singer Foxes has)

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KMoniz_Tat01Her other tattoo is the Roman numeral VII (7) on her left forearm.  I don’t know its significance, but it is definitely cute.

KMoniz_Tat02    I suspect we will see more ink from Kelia over time.  She seems to like tattoos; they are popular in the surfing community; and Kelia’s Irish heritage gives her a wealth of wonderful designs to choose from.

If you’re interested in learning more about Kelia, check these sites:

Official website:  http://www.keliamoniz.com/

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/keliamoniz

Instagram:  https://instagram.com/keliamoniz/