Celebrity Tattoo of the Day (Joss Whedon Muse Edition): Eliza Dushku

E_Dushku_Pic07     It was not too hard to predict that the young actress who played Arnold Schwarzenegger’s daughter in “True Lies”  would go on to play many more strong, butt-kicking female roles in her career.  Eliza Dushku more then held her own against her on-screen parents, Ah-nold and Jamie Lee Curtis, in the spy/comedy film.

E_Dushku_Pic02     Even before she starred in “True Lies”, a pre-teen Dushku had one of her earliest roles in “This Boy’s Life”, starring alongside Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert DeNiro.  These earlier roles were followed-up by a couple of forgettable films, “Bye Bye Love” and “Race the Sun”, until she made her major acting breakthrough in 1998.

E_Dushku_Pic05    1998 saw Eliza join the case of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” as Faith, a fellow slayer whose own damaged background caused her to be more of a villain than ally to Buffy and her friends.  A year earlier, creator Joss Whedon had started “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” because he saw potential in the premise of what had been completely a forgettable 1992 Kristy Swanson movie by the same name.

E_Dushku_Pic04     “Buffy” is what helped put networks like the WB and UPN on the map.  It also made Whedon a force to be reckoned with (the awful “Alien Resurrection”, notwithstanding).  It also made Eliza a star.  Her edgy performance as Faith, combined with her increasing sex appeal, certainly made Eliza a favorite of Sci-Fi fanboys everywhere.  She also continued her role as Faith on the spinoff series “Angel”, alongside David Boreanaz.

E_Dushku_Pic08    The success of “Buffy” and “Angel” helped Eliza get higher profile film roles.  In 2000, she starred as the rebellious cheerleader, Missy Pantone, in the hit high school cheer film, “Bring It On” (the original… not any of the atrocious direct-to-DVD clones that followed).  The next year, she was one of a group of sexy cat-burglers in Kevin Smith’s “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back”.

E_Dushku_Pic03    Eliza continued in the Sci-Fi/Fantasy vein after “Buffy” and “Angel” went off the air.  In 2003, she starred as the lead character in “Tru Calling”.  She played Tru Davies, a medical student currently working in a city morgue who possesses a supernatural ability to go back to the start of the day and stop the deaths of the people brought into the morgue.  In 2009, she reunited with Whedon in the sci-fi series, “Dollhouse”.

E_Dushku_Pic06    Eliza followed that work up with roles on television shows like “Torchwood” and “Leap Year”.  Currently, she is providing the voice for She-Hulk in the animated series “Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.”.

E_Dushku_Pic01    In recent years, it has become clear that Eliza is a fan body art, as she has several small, sexy, feminine tattoos on her body.  One of her most noticeable tattoos is an Albanian eagle on the back of her neck.  She is Albanian decent and has recently embraced her home country (even getting dual U.S./Albanian citizenship).

E_Dushku_Tat02E_Dushku_Tat06    She has another tattoo on her neck, just above the eagle.  It is the word ‘grace’ in honor of her late grandmother.

E_Dushku_Tat04    On the outside of her left ankle, she has a tiny cross inked on her.

E_Dushku_Tat07     She has a symbol on her left wrist.  It looks like the astrological symbol for Leo, although she was not born under that sign.  It could also be an interpretation of the symbol for Capricorn, which would be her sign since she was born on December 30th.

E_Dushku_Tat05E_Dushku_Tat08    In some of Eliza’s sexy photo shoots, you can see a script tattoo along her left hip.  It reads “Lead, Kindly Light”, a 19th century hymn written by John Henry Newman.

E_Dushku_Tat03E_Dushku_Tat01You can find out more about Eliza on her official website:


You can also follow her on Twitter at:  https://twitter.com/elizadushku


Tattoos around the Interwebs: Stunning Torso Tattoo

Generally, I do not write posts that feature just a single tattoo image that I found while scanning the internet.  However, I will make an exception for this stunning torso tattoo.


When you find the right artist with the right vision to bring your idea to life in a way that is flattering to your body, instead of overwhelming it, you will end up with a tattoo that shows the full, amazing potential of body art.

This particularly beautiful floral design just erupts with visually pleasing colors.  Then there is the level of detail, from the flowers to the vines to breaking waves to the palm trees, that keeps you mesmerized by this piece.  The colors and dimensions are striking in their own right.  But, the clincher is how well the design meshes with the contours of her body.

This incredible tattoo was done by artist Champion Grubbs from Guru Tattoo in San Diego California.

You can get more info on this artist and shop here:

Champion Grubb’s Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/champion.grubbs

Guru Tattoo’s website:  http://www.gurutattoo.com/

Celebrity Tattoo of the Day (Starbuck Edition): Katee Sackhoff


   I will be the first to admit that my first impression to actress Katee Sackhoff was not a positive one.  As I was late to the game when it came to watching “Battlestar Galactica”, the first time I saw Katee was in the final season of “24”, as Dana Walsh.  Even though the series ended on a relatively strong note, Katee’s portrayal of a, yet another, mole in the agency, was incredibly irritating.  There were times when Kim Bauer was less annoying.

KateeS_Pic07    That being said, when I finally took a chance on the re-imagined “Battlestar Galactica” in 2011 (nearly 2 years after the show went off the air), I began to see Katee in a completely different light.  Her fierce, yet nuanced, portrayal of Kara ‘Starbuck’ Thrace, the incredibly gifted, but profoundly self-destructive, Viper pilot was quite impressive.  Thrace had a level of emotional depth not usually seen in a science fiction series (of course, much of “Battlestar Galactica” was like that).

KateeS_Pic01   Now, while I remember the original, campy late 70’s version of “Battlestar Galactica”, I can’t say it held any special place in my heart.  I just remember it being the typical cheese-fest show that was endemic in the late 70’s and through much of the 80’s.  Having recently attempted to watch to the old series again, I know my original impression was correct.  Since I didn’t have that kind of attachment to the original series, I had no problem with the character of Starbuck, which was male (played by Dirk Benedict) in the first show, now being portrayed as a female by Sackhoff.

KateeS_Pic06    Katee’s performance as Starbuck is one of a million different elements of the re-imagined “Battlestar Galactica” that have stayed with me long after I watch the final episode (which I have done three times now, after marathoning the entire series each time).  To have earned such iconic status for her groundbreaking role is not too shabby for this former young star swimmer who took up acting when a knee injury derailed her amphibious dreams.

KateeS_Pic04    Of course, Katee’s acting resume isn’t all about being Starbuck and kicking those frakkin’ Cylons across the galaxy.  Her first regular acting job was on MTV’s hormone-driven, guilty pleasure dramedy, “Undressed”, back in 2000 (when Katee was just 19).  She followed that with her first major film role in “My First Mister” (with Leelee Sobieski and Albert Brooks) and then got to play Richard Dreyfuss’ daughter in the short-live series “The Education of Max Bickford”.

KateeS_Pic03    In addition to “24”, Katee’s post-“Battlestar” resume has included doing voice work on “Robot Chicken” and “Star Wars:  The Clone Wars”.  She has also recently taken the role of Victoria ‘Vic’ Moretti on the A&E western drama “Longmire”.  On the big screen, she recently starred in “Riddick”, Vin Diesel’s second sequel to the surprise sci-fi hit “Pitch Black”.  With “24” a distant memory that has long been replaced by the awesomeness of Katee as Starbuck, her future acting endeavors will be worth watching.  So Say We All!

KateeS_Pic05    Of course, some of the fun-loving attitude that Katee brings can be found in her ink.  I have been able to identify three real tattoos that Katee has, as well as her famous ‘fictional’ tattoo from “Battlestar Galactica”.   On her right forearm, just below the elbow, she has the Latin phrase ‘bona fiscalia’, which can mean ‘good year’, ‘good property’ or ‘public property’.

KateeS_Tat06KateeS_Tat02    On her neck, Katee has the Chinese symbol for ‘choice’.

katees_tat03     The back of her left shoulder, Katee has a cross (some additional temporary ink was added to in during “Battlestar”.)

KateeS_Tat04KateeS_Tat01    Finally, here is her famous, fictional, tattoo that Kara Thrace got with husband Sam Anders (Michael Trucco) in “Battlestar Galactica”.  When they embraced, their separate tattoos formed a unified circle with wings.  A symbol for the colony of Caprica is also present.

KateeS_Tat05KateeS_Tat07 You can get more of your Katee fix at her official website:


You can also follow her on Twitter at:  https://twitter.com/kateesackhoff

200,000 Views!! Thank you!

200000Views    One of the joys I get from authoring this blog is seeing how many people enjoy reading “New 2 Tats”.  It is always affirming to see that my labor of love is appreciated by others.  Even with the recent hiccups in published posts, due to my computer being down, you all still kept visiting.

Some of the recent highlights include:

-.)  French pop star, Alizee, receiving over 6000 views in one day recently


-.)  Lucy Hale, of “Pretty Little Liars”, having several ‘big number’ days, including nearly 1000 just yesterday, putting “New 2 Tats” over the 200,000 mark.



I hope you all continue to enjoy my celebration of the human canvas.  I promise to keep publishing quality features of body art.   Thank you again!

Celebrity Tattoo of the Day: Lily Collins


   You may recognize British-born actress (and model) Lily Collins, from her work in fashion and on film.  However, there is probably something in the back of your mind that has you recall that she’s related to someone else who is famous.  That thought would be correct.  Lily Collins is the daughter of famed lead singer of Genesis (and solo artist), Phil Collins.


   Lily was born in 1989 to Phil Collins and Jill Tavelman.  At a relatively young age, she got a harsh dose of what celebrity life was like when her parents got divorced, and the court case became fodder for the British tabloids.  Despite experiencing that kind of difficulty, it did not dissuade her from choosing a life in the public eye.  It simply made her more guarded and private about her personal life (a personal preference that more celebrities could benefit from embracing).


    As a teenager, Lily got involved in modeling, doing print and fashion work for such companies as Chanel and Glamour.  However, she was not content to be ‘just another pretty face’.  Her passion for journalism led her to write for a regular column for Elle Girl (the teenage edition of Elle Magazine), while also writing for Seventeen, Teen Vogue and L.A. Times Magazine.  In 2008, she was the host of the Nickelodeon series “Kids Pick the President”.  She went on to study broadcast journalism at the University of Southern California.


   2009 proved to be a breakthrough year for Lily.  She had a guest role on “90210” (the reboot of “Beverly Hills 90210”), and made her major film debut in the hit drama “The Blind Side”.  In that film she played Collins Tuohy (perfect first name ;-)), the daughter of Leigh Anne Tuohy (played by Sandra Bullock, in an Oscar-winning role).  She later starred in the thrillers “Priest” and “Abduction”, and then starred in an adaptation of Snow White called “Mirror Mirror”, alongside Julia Roberts.


   More recently, Lily played Clary Fray in the film “Mortal Instruments”, based on the New York Times bestselling novels.  She also performed with Greg Kinnear and Jennifer Connelly in the movie “Stuck In Love”.  She is also rumored to be in discussions for a lead role in the English literature parody “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies”.


    Recently, Lily has begun showing a love of body art.  On her left wrist, you can see a tattoo of a crown above a winged heart.




   On her upper back, she has the phrase ‘Love, Always and Forever’ inscripted in her own handwriting.




You can find out more about her on her fan page:  http://www.lily-collins.org/

And, of course, you can follow her on Twitter at:  https://twitter.com/lilycollins

Celebrity Tattoo of the Day (Aiming to Misbehave Edition): Jewel Staite


    In the history of television, there are few shows that have generated as devoted and dedicated a fan reaction as the short-lived sci-fi series “Firefly”.  The series, rightfully defined as a space western, ran for just 11 episodes on Fox back in 2002 (3 other unaired episodes were shown later on cable and included on the DVD release).


The story of a mismatched, eclectic crew scrounging a living the edges of the ‘verse aboard the smuggling ship Serenity really struck a chord with fans.  After Fox’s short-sighted decision to cancel the series (following non-sensical changes to air dates that hindered the series from developing any traction), the show’s fan base, who refer to themselves as ‘browncoats’ (after the signature jacket worn by rebels during the Unification War that pre-dates the events in “Firefly”) kept the show’s spirit alive over the years at conventions and online.  The results was, in 2005, a full feature-length film, “Serenity”, hitting the big screen.


While the mainstream reception of “Serenity” was not strong enough to restart the series or bring about any sequels, fans still keep the dream of this alternate ‘verse alive.  One of the reasons this show was so appealing was because the characters were all flawed, endearing individuals that audiences could relate to.  One of those was the naive, winsome farm-girl/expert mechanic Kaylee Frye, portrayed by Canadian actress Jewel Staite.


    Jewel has built a lengthy acting resume by on roles primarily on tv.  The youngest of 7 children, she was a child model and started acting at the tender age of 6.  One of Jewel’s earliest roles was on the kids scary story series “Are You Afraid of the Dark?”  She also had regular roles on “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show”, “DaVinci’s Inquest” and had her first film role in “Gold Diggers:  The Secret of Bear Mountain”, alongside Christina Ricci and Anna Chlumsky.


   Later roles have Jewel on teen dramas like “Just Deal” and cable hits, such as “Dead Like Me” (with Mandy Patinkin) and “Huff” (with Hank Azaria).  She continues to work regularly on television, with the occasional movie thrown in.  Of course, Jewel will always have time for the ‘browncoat’ faithful who hold a special place in their hearts for Kaylee.


    The adorably cute Jewel has also embraced body art, and she didn’t go small either.  A few years back, she visited a tattoo parlor and got a very colorful, large design of a unicorn on her back.


You can get more information on Jewel from her fan site:  http://www.jewel-staite.org/

You can check out her food blog:  http://happyopu.net/

You can follow her on Twitter:  https://twitter.com/JewelStaite

Tattoos in the News (Breaking Boundaries Edition): Theresa Vail


    If ever there was a defining moment for the massive paradigm shift in attitudes toward tattoos, it will come this Sunday (September 15th), when the Miss America pageant will have its first contestant openly displaying her tattoos.


   Miss Kansas, Theresa Vail, proudly showed off her torso tattoo during the swimsuit portion of the Kansas competition.  It is a script design of the famous ‘Serenity Prayer’:

God, Grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change

Courage to change the things I can

and Wisdom to know the difference.


    The meaning is deeply personal to this Kansas State senior.  While growing up, she was victimized by terrible bullying.  The words of this prayer helped her find the strength to perservere.  After masking the tattoo in previous pageants, Vail got the green light from the Miss America officials to show off her ink during the statewide and national competitions.  She felt it was important to show off everything that tells her story, tattoos included.  She considered herself to be hypocritical if she did not.

TVail_Pic04    In ways that go well beyond body art, Theresa is a boundary breaker.   She is also a seargeant in the Kansas Army National Guard, as well as being an avid outdoorswoman.  She also likes to skydive and can sing opera, a talent she will be displaying during the Miss America pageant.



   Theresa has proudly embraced her position as a role model who is showing that females do not need to be defined by particular, and restricting, stereotypes.  A beauty queen who also serves her country, loves outdoor living, is an opera singer and proudly displays her body art tosses convention and pre-conceived notions out the window.  I know who I will be rooting for.

You can find out more about this amazing woman on these sites:

Her outdoor life blog:  http://missoutdoorgirl.com/

The Miss Kansas official website:  http://www.misskansas.org/

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/MissKansas2013