Celebrity Tattoo of the Day (“Girls” Edition): Zosia Mamet

ZosiaM_Pic06    The introduction of HBO’s “Girls” to the pop culture landscape has proven to be one of the more polarizing phenomenon’s in recent memory.  Created, and written, by lead actress Lena Dunham, “Girls” stories of the personal and professional angst of young 20-somethings living in New York has been received as a revelation by one segment of audiences, while being viewed as horribly irritating by another.

ZosiaM_Pic03    The lead cast members of “Girls” are a literal ‘Who’s Who?’ of famous offspring.  Dunham (who plays Hannah) is the daughter of noted artists Carroll Dunham and Laurie Simmons.  Jemima Kirke (who plays Jessa) is the daughter of Simon Kirke, the former drummer for the rock band Bad Company.  Allison Williams (Marnie) is the daughter of Brian Williams, the lead anchor of “NBC Nightly News”.  Finally, there is Zosia Mamet (who plays Shoshanna).  If her last name sounds familiar, it should.  She is the daughter of world famous playwright, David Mamet.

ZosiaM_Pic07    Zosia’s artistic bloodlines are inherited just from her father.  Her mother, Lindsay Crouse, is an actress with a fairly lengthy resume.  Among Lindsay’s roles were “All the President’s Men”, “Slap Shot” and “The Insider”.  Zosia’s grandfather (and Lindsay’s father) is play Russel Crouse.  So, it would make sense that Zosia would gravitate towards this profession.

ZosiaM_Pic05     Zosia’s career did not overwhelm her childhood.  Until she was an adult, Zosia had two small film roles as a child, and one more as a teenager.  When she turned 18, she scored a guest-starring role in her father’s military action series “The Unit”.  Zosia soon followed that up with an extended role on the Showtime dramedy about multiple personalities, “The United States of Tara” (alongside the very talented Toni Collette).  She played Courtney, the very amorous and controlling girlfriend of Tara’s son, Marshall.  Zosia also spent time on “Parenthood” and “Mad Men” before landing her biggest role to date.

ZosiaM_Pic02     In 2012, Zosia joined the cast of “Girls” as Shoshanna Shapiro, the virginal (but curious) member of Hannah’s inner circle of confused, young adults trying to learn the ways of life in the big city.  “Girls” has been a critical darling (with Emmy, Golden Globe and Director’s Guild Awards to its credit), and it has helped raise Zosia’s profile in the industry.  When she’s not experiencing angst as Shoshanna, Zosia is also provided her vocal talents to the animated series “High School USA!” and is working on her first lead film role in “Shiva and May”.

ZosiaM_Pic04     One thing fans of “Girls” have noticed is that it seems like all the lead actresses are fans of body art.  With the exception of Allison Williams (who opted not to get any tattoos when co-star, Jemima Kirke [who has tattooed Lena Dunham] said they weren’t right for Williams], the other lead actresses all have ink.  One of the first tattoos I noticed of Zosia’s was a heart on the palm of her right hand.  Initially, it looked like she may have been goofing around with a Sharpie, but I have seen this tattoo in several different photo sets over a period of time.  So, this odd tattoo appears to be the real deal.

ZosiaM_Tat01   Zosia has several other tattoos on her hand, as well.  On her right pinky finger, she has a column of three dots just below the fingernail, followed by a dainty anchor tattoo.

zosiam_tat04Also, on that same hand, Zosia has a little diamond-like design and a squiggly line

ZosiaM_Tat03    Zosia has also followed a common feminine trend of getting inked on her feet.  While I have not been able to determine the meaning behind these designs, they are intriguing, cute tattoos.  The include some symbolic scripting along the inside of her right foot and an arrow design with lines below it on her left foot.

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(Credit:  Joseph Marzullo)

(Credit: Joseph Marzullo)

You can find out more about Zosia on her official website:  http://www.zosiamamet.com/

Zosia can be followed on Twitter at:  https://twitter.com/ZosiaRMamet

Celebrity Tattoo of the Day (Explaining It All Edition): Melissa Joan Hart

MJH_Pic05     Television in the 1990’s seemed to be dominated by one teen star.  Well, she dominated Nickelodeon and ABC’s “TGIF” line-up, at least.  You may remember her as Clarissa Darling from “Clarissa Explains It All” or as Sabrina Spellman on “Sabrina, the Teenage Witch”.  In the real world, she is Melissa Joan Hart, tween star turned teen star turned grown up star.

MJH_Pic01     As a child actress, Melissa had several small roles on her resume up through the beginning of her teenage years, including guest roles on series like “Are You Afraid of the Dark?” and “ABC Weekend Specials”.  At age 15, Melissa scored her first breakout role as the title character in the Nickelodeon series “Clarissa Explains It All”.  This role, in which she played a relatable teenager going through a number of the typical headaches many girls experience at that stage in life, Melissa scored numerous Young Artist Award nominations, and also provided the template by which Nickelodeon would become Disney’s chief rival in churning out young talent.

MJH_Pic07     The enormous success of “Clarissa” made Melissa a teen magazine icon and engendered more than a few crushes from boys of similar age.  When Melissa was no longer high school age, it was a good time to end the series (in a smart move, Nickelodeon opted not to go through with a planned college life storyline, avoiding the mistakes of “Saved By the Bell”).  In the meantime, Melissa continued to work in a numerous made-for-tv films while looking for her next big hit (including “Twisted Desire”, an incredibly shocking departure from the wholesome Clarissa character).

MJH_Pic02    1996 found that next big role for her.  Finding inspiration from one of the alternate characters from the long-running, and hugely popular, Archie Comics series, ABC (owned by Nickelodeon rival, Disney) launched “Sabrina, the Teenage Witch”, a new addition to the network’s stable of Friday night family shows known as TGIF.  With Melissa taking the role of the title character, this modernized version of the comic series (with hipper, more modern Aunts, Zelda and Hilda), showed a more mature, but still fun-loving, version of Hart.  It scored a few Kids Choice Awards and provided a role for Melissa that carried her into her late 20’s, and through life-changing events like getting married.

MJH_Pic03    While performing on “Sabrina”, Hart still managed to notch a few movie roles and also generate a bit of controversy.  Some of her roles included ‘Annoying Yearbook Girl’ from “Can’t Hardly Wait” and the lead in teen romantic comedy “Drive Me Crazy” (a film where its accompanying Britney Spears music video was more memorable than the actual film).  In late 1999, Hart created some hullabaloo with with a very racy photo spread in Maxim magazine.  The companion article had Melissa revealing that she wasn’t quite the innocent girl her public persona made her out to be.

MJH_Pic04     More recently, Melissa began another show “Melissa & Joey”, alongside fellow 90’s teen heartthrob, Joey Lawrence.  This ABC Family comedy is yet another hit for Hart.  It is slated to begin its fourth season in 2014.  Even with all the acting gigs, Melissa still finds time for her most important role…. that of mother to her three sons:  Mason, Braydon and Tucker.

MJH_Pic06      In addition to the barely clad photos and saucy narrative of her 1999 Maxim cover article, Melissa also showed off an early appreciation of body art.  On the back of her neck, Hart has a tiny little cross.

MJH_Tat01    Just below the big toe on her right foot, Melissa has a design of a stingray.

MJH_Tat05MJH_Tat04    At one point, Melissa was briefly spotted with a design above her left breast.  However, that clearly was a temporary tattoo, as it quickly disappeared and has not been seen again.

You can find out more about Melissa on her fan site:  http://melissajoanhartfans.net/

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

Hottie Ink Update: Ariana Grande Gets her 2nd Tattoo!

AGrande_Pic05   Ariana Grande, the adorable Nickelodeon actress with the powerhouse singing voice, has added a new tattoo to her collection.  A few years back, while taking a break from the recording studio, Ariana got inked for the first time… a cute little heart on the second toe of her right foot.  She actually had the entire experience captured on video and posted on Youtube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZhmHn_ewp94)

AGrande_Tat01   Last year, as Ariana was closing in on her 20th birthday, she started coming down with that urge to get a tattoo again.  On her Twitter page, she expressed a desire to get a second tattoo as a birthday gift to herself.

agrande_tat2_pic02    Well, it took a few months, but Ariana finally went under the needle again.  This time, the chart-topping singer got the phrase “Mille tendresse” inscribed on the back of her neck.  This adorable tattoo means ‘thousand tendernesses’ in French and is a reference to “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”.  For her second tattoo, Ariana has also continued to go along with the practice I always encourage… that of recording the experience of getting tattooed.  The journey is just as important as the destination.

agrande_tat2_tat01agrande_tat2_tat02Ariana’s work was done by artist Romeo Lacoste.

You can continue to following Ariana on her social media sites:

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/ArianaGrande/

Instagram:  http://instagram.com/arianagrande