Jordin is obviously very well known as a Grammy-nominated singer of such songs like the aforementioned “Tattoo”, as well as “Battlefield” and “One Step at a Time”, as well as bursting onto the scene as the winner of Season 6 of “American Idol”
Jordin was the saving grace of what was arguably the first really bad season of “Idol”. If you recall, that was the season that gave us the odd-ball beat boxer, Blake Lewis, who was in the final two with Jordin; the meek Melinda Doolittle who was arguably the most talented finalist, but whose wallflower personality ended up working against her; and the atrocious Sanjaya Malakar, a talent-deprived singer who should never have made the Top 12 and lasted much longer because of websites like VotefortheWorst.com.
However, the weakness of the rest of the field takes nothing away from Jordin’s victory. Her enormous talent was clear early on and she could easily have defeated Season 5 winner Taylor Hicks (and probably Season 3 winner Fantasia Barrino).
If you are trying rack your brain to recall if Jordin Sparks is related to any other famous Sparks (other than Wally Sparks [sorry, horrible Rodney Dangerfield movie reference]), you would be correct. Her father is former NFL cornerback, Phillippi Sparks, a 9-year league veteran (1992-2000) known primarily for his time with the New York Giants.
The football connection runs deep in Jordin’s family. In addition to her father’s stint in the NFL, her younger brother, Phillippi ‘PJ’ Sparks Jr., plays college ball at the University of North Dakota; and, Jordin, herself, performed the National Anthem at Super Bowl XLII, in which her father’s old team, the Giants ended the New England Patriots’ dream of a perfect season (grumble…. grumble…. grumble…..grumble….)
Now, on to the good part… the INK :-). It should come as no surprise that a young recording artist in this day and age, with a debut song titled “Tattoo”, would have some body art of her own; and Jordin has quite a bit. Jordin’s mother insisted she wait until she was 18 before getting inked. Since then, she has wasted no time in building her collection. (Paparazzi photos at the beach with her current boyfriend, Jason Derulo, helped reveal a great many of these tattoos [Photos courtesty of Splash productions])
One of her earliest tattoos was the Biblical verse ‘1 Timothy 4:12’ (“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity“) on her left wrist. These pictures show the tattoo up close, as well as in a photo shoot
On the other hand (or rather, her other hand), she has a tiny red heart imprinted on her right ring finger
In a photo she took about a year ago to show off her new weight loss, she also showed off her brand new script tattoo on her right rib cage that reads ‘respira’ (or ‘breathe’ in Spanish). In that same photo, you can also see a pretty design of a dove down on her right hip. One of the photos from her beach vacation also clearly shows that wonderful tattoo
During her trip with Jason Derulo, the paparazzi captured their cozy time together and also captured Jordin’s tattoo of biblical fish behind her left ear
Another of her tattoos is a what appears to be Hebrew script running down her spine
Finally, among the tattoos of hers’ I was able to find, comes my absolute favorite design. It’s a gorgeous flower running down her left torso. I grabbed several photos of this because I think it is such a wonderful piece of body art.
Jordin is always on the lookout for new tattoo ideas. She recently took to Twitter to request that her fans suggest ideas for a new tattoo for her. This was not so she could take someone’s direct suggestion for one. Instead, she was looking for inspiration for ideas that she could customize to something meaningful to her.
You can find out more about Jordin at her official website http://www.jordinsparks.com/us/home
You can also follow her on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/JordinSparks