Celebrity Tattoo of the Day (Historical Enchantress Edition): Natalie Dormer

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In recent years, blonde British beauty, Natalie Dormer has become a true ‘go to’ actress for a diverse number of roles, many of which are historical in nature.  Natalie’s ability to combine her stunning looks with a sharp-edged personality makes her performances the true show-stealers in many movies and television series.

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Born in Reading, England, Natalie first came to the attention of wide audiences when she played the ill-fated Anne Boleyn, the second wife of King Henry VIII, in Showtime’s sensationalized dramatization of that Henry’s reign, called “The Tudors”.  In demonstrating a thespianic fearlessness that would become a hallmark of later roles, Natalie received strong positive reviews for her performance, even securing two Gemini Award nominations.

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Much of Natalie’s varied talents can be traced to a rich upbringing.  In her school days, her academic achievements led to her being head girl.  She also traveled globally as a member of her school’s public debate team.  She also was studied dance.  Natalie eventually aspired to attend the University of Cambridge, but did not get the necessary exam scores to gain admission.  So, she turned her focus to studying drama at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Arts.

(credit:  Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

(credit: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Acting seemed to be right call for Natalie.  For an actress who only made her debut just 10 years ago, she feels like she has been a presence for much longer.  That 2005 debut, in the film “Casanova”, based loosely on the life of the famous/infamous Giacomo Casanova (played by Heath Ledger), flashed her potential.  Originally slated to have a much smaller role, Natalie’s gifted comedic timing convinced director, Lasse Hallstrom, to expand her screen time.  While the film wasn’t terribly successful, it did get Natalie noticed, and helped her land her breakthrough role.

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That breakthrough role was as Anne Boleyn in “The Tudors”.  Playing the tempestuous, and doomed, second wife of Henry VIII necessitated that Natalie bare herself physically and emotionally.  The highly-rated series and performance ensured that the Natalie would continue to be a sought after actress.  After the conclusion of her role as Boleyn, she made a foray into the Marvel Universe as Private Lorraine in “Captain America:  The First Avenger” (which included ‘New 2 Tats’ hottie, Hayley Atwell)  It was one of numerous television and film roles that kept her busy over the next several years.

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The last couple of years have seen Natalie latch onto significant roles in two of the biggest franchises in the world:  “Game of Thrones” on HBO and “The Hunger Games” film series.  In “Game of Thrones”, she portrays the cunning Margaery Tyrell and, in “The Hunger Games” (the two-part “Mockingjay” finale) she is chief propagandist, Cressida.  She has also managed to score a guest role in the Sherlock Holmes-inspired series “Elementary”, alongside Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu.  Whatever the future holds for Natalie, one can be certain it will continue to involve her becoming a bigger star on the big and small screen.

NatDormer_Pic05    While Natalie has been filmed with numerous fake tattoos as Cressida in “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay”, she actually does have some real ink of her own.  She shows that she is an enormous sci-fi geek with the following quote from “Dune” author, Frank Herbert’s, Litany of Fear passage, which reads “fear is the mind-killer”.  She says it is a reminder to take herself out of her comfort zone.  It is on her left forearm.

NatDormer_Tat01NatDormer_Tat02Natalie has made a choice to not get involved in social media at this time.  But, you can find out more about her at this fan site:

http://natalie-dormer.com/

 

Celebrity Tattoo of the Day (Less Than Perfect Edition): Sara Rue

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Sara Rue is one of those actresses who made so seamless of a transition from child star to grown-up roles that most people forget that she could have ever be characterized as a ‘child star’.  Sara’s earliest work came when she was just 9 years old when she starred as Kevin Spacey’s daughter in the film “Rocket Gibraltar”.

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Born Sara Schlackman, in New York City, Rue continued acting regularly throughout her youth.  At 10 years old, she got her first long-term role in a television series.  She played Edna Pasetti, the young daughter of Pamela Hunt’s Janice Pasetti, in the NBC comedy series “Grand”.  “Grand” drew inspiration from the 70’s era iconic sitcom “Soap” in its representation of haves vs. have nots.  A couple years later, Sara had a cameo role in “Roseanne”, portraying a teenage version of Roseanne Connor.

(credit:  Rebecca Sapp/Getty Images)

(credit: Rebecca Sapp/Getty Images)

Over the next few years, Sara continued to get steady work on the small screen.  Among the series she participated in where “Phenom” (as the friend of Angela Goethals’ tennis prodigy) and “Minor Adjustments” (one of the first sitcoms on the newly created UPN network).  There were also guest appearances on several other series, such as “ER”, “Zoey, Duncan, Jack and Jane” and “Will & Grace”.

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Despite all these roles, it took until 1999 for Sara to achieve her real breakthrough role when she starred along other up-and-coming 20-something stars Carly Pope and Leslie Bibb in the CW teen drama “Popular”.   “Popular”, while running for only two seasons, put Rue (as well as co-stars Pope, Bibb and Tammy Lynn Michaels) on the map.

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After the completion of “Popular”, Sara her first significant lead role in ABC sitcom, “Less than Perfect”.  She portrayed Claude, the assistant to vain television news anchor Will Butler (Eric Roberts).  Other characters were portrayed by Zachary Levi (known more now for “Chuck”), Sherri Shepherd and the ‘less than funny’ Andy Dick.  Much positive press was made about a ‘full-figured’ woman like Sara being a central character in a popular sitcom (though, by the end of the series, she had lost of a lot weight while being a spokesperson for Jenny Craig Weight Loss).

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Most recently, Sara has been engaging in her best role, as a wife and mother.  Domestic bliss has not stopped her from satisfying the acting bug, though.  This small screen maven continued to perform in guest spots on wildly successful series like “Big Bang Theory”, while having starring roles in shows like “Rules of Engagement” and “Malibu Country” (alongside Rebe McEntire).  This fun comedienne will be grace our television sets for some time to come.

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Of course, Sara has also demonstrated an appreciation for body art.  She frequently enjoys showing off her cute butterfly tattoo that sits on the outside of her right ankle.

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You can follow Sara on Twitter at:  https://twitter.com/sararueforreal

She also has a fan site:   http://www.sararue.com/

Celebrity Tattoo of the Day (Rookie Blue Edition): Missy Peregrym

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Missy Peregrym is a gorgeous Canadian actress who is currently getting good notices for performance as Officer Andy McNally in the crime drama, “Rookie Blue”.  The Toronto based series (which has been described as a “Grey’s Anatomy” for rookie cops) has just entered its fifth season and has received many nominations for Canadian drama awards, including one for Peregrym.

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Before “Rookie Blue”, Missy was probably best known for her debut big screen role, as rebellious gymnast Haley Graham in the 2006 late spring hit “Stick It”.  Starring alongside Jeff Bridges and Vanessa Lengies (of “American Dreams” fame), Missy plays an elite-level gymnast who has to battle a domineering mother, a nightmare coach and legal troubles to try and win a gymnastics invitational that will help her win a college scholarship.  The film proved to be a minor hit just before the summer blockbuster season, and it gave Missy her first real mainstream notices.

(Credit:  Dennis Van Tine /Landov)

(Credit: Dennis Van Tine /Landov)

Before Missy’s acting career began in 2002, she was born and raised in Canada (Born in Montreal, raised in British Columbia).  A self-described tomboy, she played soccer growing up and developed a strong affinity for snowboarding in her free time.  When she turned 18, she started modeling.  Among the campaigns she participated in were ones for Mercedes Benz, Sprint and the Olympics.  At age 20, she got her first acting role in a guest appearance in the Jessica Alba sci-fi drama “Dark Angel”.

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Missy’s time modeling, and her brief appearance on “Dark Angel”, lead to her getting another guest role on the “Chris Isaak Show” and then getting her first lead role, on the WB martial arts show “Black Sash” (which lasted only 8 episodes).  She followed up with more guest roles in shows like “Jake 2.0″ and “Smallville” while also having a small part in the Heidi Fleiss biopic “Call Me”.

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In 2004, Missy scored another long-term role in the teen drama “Life As We Know It”.  It lasted a full season on ABC (and was notable for giving Kelly Osbourne her first non-reality tv role).  The next step for Missy was the humorous show “Reaper” on the CW.  For that show’s two season run, Missy played Andi Prendergast, the girlfriend of Sam Oliver (Bret Harrison) who has a secret job working as a bounty hunter for the Devil (played by Ray Wise).  She also had a multiple episode arc on “Heroes” before landing her current success with “Rookie Blue”.

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In her personal life, Missy is involved in philanthropic efforts.  In 2006, she partnered with TOMS shoes, a company known for providing free, safe shoes to impoverished communities.  Just this past summer, Missy also made an industry love match when she married “Chuck” star, Zachary Levi.

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In a recent romantic scene in “Rookie Blue”, a torso tattoo was visible on Missy.  A look at some of her other photo shoots show that it was not just something for her show’s character.  It was, in fact, a real tattoo of her’s.  Missy has been somewhat private about her body art.  So, I have not been able to determine what it says.  However, her are a few photos that show it.

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You can follow Missy on social media:

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/mperegrym

Instagram:  http://instagram.com/mperegrym

 

Celebrity Tattoo of the Day (“Nikita” Edition): Maggie Q

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The very stunning Maggie Q has been redefining fierce females roles since she started acting over a decade and a half ago.  Known best for her performance on CW spy series “Nikita” (the second television series based on the popular French film “La Femme Nikita”), Maggie has been steadily building a strong acting presence over the past decade or so.

MaggieQ_Pic02Born in Hawaii to an Irish/Polish father and Vietnamese mother, Margaret Quigley (Maggie’s full name) was very athletic student at Mililani High School, as she was active in cross-country, swimming and track & field.  She had intended to go study veterinary science in college.  However, even with an athletic scholarship, the finances were still not there to pursue that goal.  So, the girl who was voted “Best Body” in high school took a stab a modeling.

MaggieQ_Pic03   At the age of 17, Maggie went overseas to begin her modeling career.  She started in a Tokyo and made a stop in Taipei before finding the most success in Hong Kong.  In was in Hong Kong where she first caught the attention of Jackie Chan.  It wasn’t just Q’s beauty that put her on Chan’s radar.  It was the potential he saw in her becoming a top notch star for the strenuous type of action films Chan is noted for.  Despite not having any martial arts whatsoever, Maggie threw herself into an intensive training regimen that made all the difference.

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The payoff was Maggie getting a role in blockbuster film “Rush Hour 2″.  She also got roles in Hong Kong cinema actioners “Gen-Y Cops” and “Naked Weapon”.  Her affiliation with Jackie Chan also got her a part in Chan’s 2004 remake of “Around the World in 80 Days.”

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The 2006-2007, Maggie got her first real big time exposure as an action star and leading lady.  She starred as Zhen Lei, a member of Ethan Hunt’s Impossible Missions Force in “Mission Impossible III”.  She then portrayed the fierce second-in-command/love interest to arch-villain, Thomas Gabriel (Timothy Olyphant) in the surprisingly decent “Live Free or Die Hard”.  She also got to venture into the comedy realm with “Balls of Fury”.

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Most recently, Maggie just completed her lead role on the well-received “Nikita”.  After finishing this signature performance, she jumped right into the lead of the new CBS crime drama, “Stalker” (where she stars alongside former “The Practice” heartthrob, Dylan McDermott).  She also has a major role as Tori Wu in the blockbuster film trilogy, “Divergent”.

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One that thing that Maggie enjoyed about starring in “Nikita” was that she no longer needed to conceal her tattoos for a role.  Maggie’s most noticeable tattoo is a stunning large phoenix on her left hip.  For Maggie, it represents her struggle to grow and succeed in her chosen path; to rise from where she started to something more spectacular (quite an accurate metaphor).

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(Credit: CW)

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As you can see from the last picture, she also has a scripted phrase running along side her left torso (alas, I cannot find out its meaning).  Maggie also has a design of Asian characters on her left forearm and what appears to be Sanskrit on her right forearm.  However, I have not be able to find out their meaning either.

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You can find out more about Maggie at her fan site:  http://www.maggie-q.us/ 

You can follow Maggie on social media as well:

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/MaggieQ

Instagram:  http://instagram.com/maggieq_1

 

Celebrity Tattoo of the Day (Music Video Muse Edition): Emily Ratajkowski

 

In 2013, Emily Ratajkowski became the new seductive ‘It’ girl in the entertainment industry.  After already demonstrating a high level of comfort with her body, in the form of numerous nude (or near nude) photo shoots, Emily brought that ‘exposure’ to a wider audience in two of the year’s biggest music videos.

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The first of these music videos to burn up the airwaves was the controversial and popular “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke, Pharrell and T.I.  The song was enormously popular, as it stayed at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 for 12 weeks.  It was controversial because the song, itself, seemed to be too casual about the subject of sexual consent while the video was controversial due to an alternate version that had Emily, and the other female models, cavorting around naked.  Regardless of the controversy, “Blurred Lines” succeeded in not just putting Emily on the radar, but in breaking that radar.  The other big video was her body paint excursion in Maroon 5’s “Love Somebody.”

 

For all the nuclear-level hotness she brings to her barely-clothed roles and photo shoots, the English-born/California-raised Ratajkowski is actually a former child actress from the Nickelodeon ‘factory’.  She performed in multiple episodes of “iCarly” (along with star Miranda Cosgrove) as Tasha.  However, after finishing that role in 2010, she didn’t act for another 4 years.  This was due to advice from her manager that she keep the number of roles low until she can be more selective in what she chooses to star in.

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The end result of that selectivity was that her next acting role was as Ben Affleck’s mistress, Andie, in the critically-acclaimed thriller (and box office hit), “Gone Girl”.  She received good notices for her performance in that film.  She now has two additional films slated for release in 2015.  One is the long-awaited feature film of Vinnie Chase and the boys in “Entourage” (a film that, no doubt, will showcase some of Emily’s ‘body comfort’). The other is “We Are Your Friends” (starring with Zac Efron and Wes Bentley).

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It goes without saying that Emily is a much sought after model.  After attending UCLA for one year, she left school in 2009 to go into modeling full time.  She did print work for Forever 21, Kohl’s and Nordstrom.  Her uninhibited nature also got her significant work in swimsuit and lingerie campaigns, not to mention nude and partially clothed magazine shoots.

Emily’s comfort with displaying her body comes from growing up around the nude female form through her father’s work as a visual artist, as well as her following of such well regarding photographers as Herb Ritts and Helmut Newton.  She also frequently visited nude beaches throughout Europe with her mother.  She views the American aversion to nudity as a repressed attitude.  She thinks of herself as a feminist in this manner.

 

Now, one would think that if a frequently nude model possessed some body art, it would be pretty easy to spot.  Of course, when even Emily forgets that she has a tiny window tattoo of the back of her left calf, it should be a surprise that others overlook it, too.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can find out more about Emily at her official website:  http://www.emrata.com/

Emily is also well represented on social media:

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/emrata

Instagram:  http://instagram.com/emrata

Celebrity Tattoo of the Day (Pan’s Labyrinth Edition): Ivana Baquero

Several years ago, I was privileged to watch a very special Spanish-language film called “Pan’s Labyrinth”.  Directed by Guillermo del Toro (famous for the “Hell Boy” films and “Pacific Rim”), “Pan’s Labyrinth” is the tale of a young girl who escapes from the horrible existence (of living with her mother and sadistic new stepfather in a remote outpost during the Spanish Civil War) into a fantasy world where she is a fairy princess who must complete three tasks in order to obtain immortality.

 

This melancholy, yet deeply moving tale, introduced Ivana Baquero as the young girl, Ofelia.  Ivana did an amazing portrayal of a young girl trapped in a hopeless life, who still keeps hope for a good life for her mother, herself and new-born brother.  The power of this film impressed audiences and garnered numerous awards (including 3 Academy Awards… although, it didn’t win Best Foreign Language Film, surprisingly).  Ivana, herself, won several awards for her performance as Ofelia.  Among them were the Saturn Awards and Goya Awards.

 

In the years following her big debut, Ivana has managed to keep a relatively normal life.  For school, she attended the American School of Barcelona.  While there, she worked on learning English, as well as the regional Spanish language of Catalan.

 

 

While focusing on her academics, Ivana still found time to get in front of the camera.  In 2008, she returned to the familiar time period of the Spanish Civil War in “The Anarchist’s Wife”.  A year later, Ivana got to act alongside Hollywood heavyweight, Kevin Costner, as the antagonist in the horror film “The New Daughter”.

 

Currently, Ivana has recently starred in the film’s “Another Me” and “Gelo”.  She has a few other projects in the pipeline.  When she chooses to return to acting full time, this extremely talented and well-grounded young actress can end up being as big a star as Natalie Portman (who is one of Ivana’s acting idols).

 

 

One thing that Ivana is showing an appreciation for as she moves into adulthood is body art.  Right now, at 20 years old, she already has two great feminine tattoos.  Right around the time she turned 18, Ivana got the word “Home” inscribed on her lower back, near her hip.

 

 

 

 

More recently, she added a cute shining sun to on her right hip, near her bikini line.

 

 

 

 

 

It will be entertaining to watch Ivana as her career continues to develop.  It will also be nice to see her continued love of tattoos.

You can follow Ivana on social media:

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/ivanabaquero_  (this is not a verified account, but it seems to be run by her)

Instagram (Ivana shares a lot here):  http://instagram.com/ivanabaquero

Hottie Ink Update (Independent Wine Lover Edition): Miriam Pultro

One of the things I have loved best about running this blog is when I get positive feedback from the person I featured.  It shows me that people do enjoy this blog and continues to affirm how much they genuinely like talking about body art.  One of favorite features was the one I wrote last year on independent actress, Miriam Pultro.

My love of the all-to-brief science fiction epic “Firefly” is what led me to learn about Miriam in the first place.  In 2010, a number of “Firefly” fans paid tribute to this awesome show by creating the fan film “Browncoats: Redemption”.  It raised $100,000 for charity and gave fans another taste of the ‘verse that Serenity flew in.  Miriam’s performance stood out, and her ink caught my attention, leading to the feature on her.

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Miriam showing some of her ink, including her awesome Triskelion tattoo. (Photo credit: Tim Goodwin Photography: http://timgoodwinphotography.tumblr.com/)

Miriam had a very positive response to her tattoo feature, and even shared what was her newest tattoo at the time, the triskelion on her back.  Her love of ink is one fun aspect about Miriam.  Another is her passion for her craft and drive to succeed in acting.  One only needs to watch her award-winning web series, “Mythos” (catch it here:  http://www.mythosseries.com/), to see her talent for writing, storytelling and characterization.  After the success of its first season, Miriam has already produced the show’s second season pilot.

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Following Miriam on social media gives you an intimate look at an actress working hard towards that big break.  She candidly chronicles her disappointments along with her successes.  Recently, she scored a spot in the popular ‘Lily Adams’ AT&T commercial series.  She also recently starred in the family comedy/drama, “Homeward”.  In the meantime, you can also learn about her love of wine (which she sure loves :-D ).  The big break is destined to come for Miriam.  When it does, I’m gonna be that guy that says “Hey, I knew about her way back when…”

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1920’s Miriam (Instagram: http://instagram.com/miriampultro)

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Beach bunny Miriam (Instagram: http://instagram.com/miriampultro)

Of course, while I like talking about Miriam’s love of wine and her growing resume, this feature exists because she has added more body art to her wonderful collection.

In my original feature on Miriam, she had a cute constellation of stars along her upper hip.  Since then, she has added the phrase that appears to say “One Feeling Only at a Time” underneath (It is a quote from Peter Pan).

Miriam showing off her ink along with those hard-earned abs that she is rightfully proud of

Miriam showing off her ink along with those hard-earned abs that she is rightfully proud of (Instagram: http://instagram.com/miriampultro)

Most recently, Miriam got the Sun and a crescent Moon on her right shoulder.

You following Miriam on social media here:

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/MiriamPultro/

Instagram:  http://instagram.com/miriampultro

You can also see more professional photography of Miriam (as well as other stunning photos) on photographer, Tim Goodwin’s site:

http://timgoodwinphotography.tumblr.com/