Athlete Tattoo of the Day (Daughter of “The Great One” Edition): Paulina Gretzky

PGretzky_Pic03      Being the offspring of the greatest hockey player ever put on a pair of skates (by a lot) cannot be easy.  Then, you add to that, a mother who is a Hollywood actress (who helped that greatest hockey player go from being just the most famous Canadian to a U.S. pop culture icon), and you can expect eyes will be on you as you grow up.

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    Paulina Gretzky, daughter of NHL legend Wayne Gretzky, has had just such an upbringing.  She is the eldest child of Wayne and actress Janet Jones.  She has been ‘Hollywood’ her whole life.  She was born just 4 months after Wayne broke millions of Canadian hearts when he left the Edmonton Oilers to join the Los Angeles Kings.

PGretzky_Pic02    For most of her life, Paulina has flown under the radar as just another celebrity child.  She did cameo appearances in a couple of shows, like reality-show train wreck “Pretty Wild”, as well as a documentary on the life of her father.

PGretzky_Pic01     More recently, however, Paulina has begun to attract the attention of the tabloid media due to her tendency to post racy photos on Twitter and Instagram.  There really is nothing scandalous about her photos, as the stunning Paulina is a model who has shown more in commercial photo shoots than on social media.  However, tabloids love to gossip about the young and famous.

PGretzky_Pic04    The tabloid fodder has raised Paulina’s profile, but she is managing to lead a life that is simply not interesting enough for the reality show circuit, like the Kardashians…. and this is a good thing.  She is supportive of her father’s charitable endeavors and has recently gotten engaged to professional golfer Dustin Johnson (who very nearly won the 2011 British Open).

PGretzky_Pic07    Outside of her modeling, and nascent acting attempts, Paulina has also embarked on a vocal career.  She has recorded a CD for charity and has also had songs on shows such as “Laguna Beach”.  She is just starting to come into her own.  So, I suspect we will be seeing much more of Paulina as her profile grows.

PGretzky_Pic06     Young and famous are just two components of the celebrity equation these days.  The third (and most important) component is ‘inked’.  Paulina is definitely a fan of body art and has numerous cute, feminine tattoos.  Her first tattoo is a tribute to her father.  She has a block number of ’99’ (Wayne’s jersey #) along her bikini line.

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(c) Steve Ginsburg/Maria Buda

(c) Steve Ginsburg/Maria Buda

(c) Steve Ginsburg/Maria Buda

Paulina has a nice feather design along her right upper torso.

(c) Steve Ginsburg/Maria Buda

(c) Steve Ginsburg/Maria Buda

On her upper left torso, she appears to have a little floral design.

(c) Steve Ginsburg/Maria Buda

(c) Steve Ginsburg/Maria Buda

On her back, she has some writing on her lower right back and has a small pair of wings on her upper back.

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You can find out more about Paulina on her official website:  http://www.paulinagretzky.net/

She can be found in the Twitterverse at:  https://twitter.com/PaulinaGretzky

 

 

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Athlete Tattoo of the Day (Hot Sports Reporter Edition): Jenn Brown

JennBrown_Pic01      A few years back, I stumbled an ESPN show called “Road Trip”, where two young sports reporting personalities traveled the country to cover athletic teams and traditions at numerous college campuses.  Those two personalities were Jonathan Drubner (a Lucas Black look-a-like) and the stunningly, yet elegantly, hot Jenn Brown.

JennBrown_Pic05     Unlike many female personalities who cover sports, Jenn Brown was not picked just to be eye candy.  Jenn possesses a mind that surpasses her beauty (given how beautiful she is, that is a considerable mind).  Jenn is a ‘Sunshine State’ girl who was born and raised in Gainesville, Florida.  Athletically and academically gifted, Jenn captained 5 different sports as a senior in high school, yet attended University of Florida (staying in Gainesville) on an academic scholarship.JennBrown_Pic02      As a Gator, Jenn played four years of softball, eventually becoming captain in senior year there, as well.  The academic excellence continued as she garnered numerous honors.  Among them were Academic All-American, SEC Honor Roll, Dean’s List and President’s List.  Oh, and for good measure, she graduated summa cum laude.  She was all set to go to law school and become a sports agent before her sports and entertainment career called.

JennBrown_Pic04    Obviously comfortable in her own skin, Jenn became the host of “Bikini Destinations” and “Wild Side” (similar to E!’s “Wild On” series) for the cable network HDNet.  She has also taken to modeling, including a great pictorial in Maxim Magazine and being featured in several Under Armour ads.

JennBrown_Pic03     To keep her passion for sports going, she eventually moved beyond puff-piece entertainment like “Road Trip”.  She has been a special reporter for HBO’s “Inside the NFL”, as well as covering boxing and MMA events.  Currently, she hosts “A Football Life”, “NFL Total Access” and “American Ninja Warrior”.  Jenn’s star is just beginning its ascent.  It will be fascinating to see how far it rises.

JennBrown_Pic06     Of course, it goes without saying, Jenn would not be here if she didn’t sport a little bit of body art.  In her Maxim photo shoot, she was revealed to have a nice sun symbol on her lower back.

JennBrown_Tat01You can find out more about Jenn on her official website:  http://www.jennbrown.com/

She be found on Twitter at:  http://www.jennbrown.com/

Athlete Tattoo of the Day (More Awesome Olympic Ink Edition): Sarah Sjostrom

Sarahsjo_Pic05     The new tradition of Olympic athletes commemorating their momentous experience with body art continues to grow in new and inventive ways.  It’s a wonderful trend that should continue to blossom.  Swedish swimmer Sarah Sjostrom is the latest Olympian to adorn her body with amazing ink.

Sarahsjo_Pic06     Born in 1993, Sarah has been swimming her whole life.  She may as well have been born with gills and fins.  When she was just barely into her teens, Sarah was already making a major ‘splash’ (pun intended) in international, senior-level competition.

Sarahsjo_Pic04    She won a Gold Medal in the 100 meter butterfly in the 2008 European Aquatic Championships (when she was just 14).  The next year, at the 2009 World Aquatic Championships, she really signaled her arrival by breaking the world record in the 100 meter butterfly during the semifinals.  She went on to break her own record one race later when she won the Gold Medal.

Sarahsjo_Pic02    On the grandest stage at the Olympics, where she participated in the 2008 Beijing Games and 2012 London Games, she has not yet managed to medal (though she did get 4th place in her signature event, the 100 meter butterfly, in London).  However, it is just a matter of time until she does.  In a sport where longevity is rewarded, just look at Dara Torres winning Olympic medals at age 41, Sarah is sure to add some more bling to her already impressive international collection.

Sarahsjo_Pic03Sarahsjo_Pic01     Sarah took a creative approach to her Olympic body art.  She took the standard 5 Olympic Rings design and placed it against the backdrop of a weathered Swedish flag.  Tattooed on her right forearm, the result is astounding.

Sarahsjo_Tat03Sarahsjo_Tat01Sarahsjo_Tat04sarahsjo_tat02You can follow Sarah on Twitter at:  https://twitter.com/sarahsjo

Athlete Tattoo of the Day (More Olympic Tattoos Edition): Jessica Lopez

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    At this point, any of you who have followed “New 2 Tats” regularly will have noticed that one of the more enduring themes I feature is Olympic tattoos.  Olympians love to commemorate this life transforming experience in permanent form with body art.  Venezuelan gymnast, Jessica Lopez, is another example of an Olympic athlete who has placed the indelible Olympic Rings upon her body.

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    In incredibly youthful looking Lopez (she’s actually 27 years old) is quite the international gymnastics veteran.  Jessica has competed in both the 2008 Games in Beijing and the 2012 Games in London.  She did not medal in either of those Olympic Games, but she has done well in the Central American and Caribbean Games, where she pulled down 2 Gold medals, 1 Silver medal and 3 Bronze medals in the 2010 Games in Mayaguez alone.  In addition to her international participation, she was a also a 3-time letter winner on the women’s gymnastics team at University of Denver, even earning 1st and 2nd team All-American honors her senior year in the vault and beam, respectively.

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    Jessica’s placed her tattoo of choice on her upper left shoulder blade.  The photos below show this adorable tattoo.

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You can check out Jessica’s University of Denver bio here:  http://www.denverpioneers.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=90233&SPID=10867&DB_OEM_ID=18600&ATCLID=1207633&Q_SEASON=2008

Athlete Tattoo of the Day: Amanda Beard

ABeard_Pic01     The 1996 Olympic Summer Games were notable for many reasons.  First, the Summer Games has returned to the U.S. for the first time since Los Angeles in 1984. Second, it was the Centennial, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the modern Olympiad.  Third, there were some notable accomplishments, including runner Michael Johnson winning dual gold medals in the 200m and 400m races and the U.S. Women’s Gymnastics team winning the all around team Gold Medal for the first time in the event’s history.  Finally, we were introduced to a variety of endearing new personalities, including swimmer Amanda Beard.

ABeard_Pic07     Amanda, who was just 14 years old when she competed in the Atlanta Games, quickly wowed fans by securing a Gold Medal in the 4x100m medley relay and winning individual Silver Medals in the 100m and 200m breaststroke events.  She then proceeded to win the hearts of all spectators by her adorable antics on the medal platform, including clutching her ubiquitous teddy bear, Harold (strangely, as famous as that image is, I have been completely unsuccessful in finding it anywhere).

ABeard_Pic05     1996 was not a ‘flash in the pan’ moment for the young California swimmer.  It served notice that she would be a force for years to come on the international stage and in the Olympic Games.  True to form, Amanda competed again in Sydney in 2000, Athens in 2004 and Beijing in 2008.  1 Gold, 2 more Silvers a 1 Bronze joined her collection at those competitions.  She gained more medals (including 3 Golds) in international competition.

ABeard_Pic03    Outside of her competitive endeavors, Amanda embraced a modeling career.  Magazines such as FHM and Sports Illustrated, which are well known for featuring the athletic female form, sought out Amanda to pose in their pages.  In 2006, Amanda posed in the annual ‘Swimsuit Edition’ of Sports Illustrated.  One year later, she showed her comfort in showing off her body with a provocative nude spread in Playboy.

ABeard_Pic04     In addition to modeling, Amanda chose to stay close to the sporting arena when she joined Fox Sports’ “The Best Damn Sports Show Period” to cover major events, such as the Olympics.   More recently, she embarked on her greatest endeavor when she became a mother for the first time after giving birth to her son, Blaise Ray Brown, in 2009.

ABeard_Pic06    Despite her successes athletically, life has been anything but a leisurely swim in the pool for Amanda.  As a student in school, she struggled with a mild form of dyslexia.  However, it was when she became a big name that she endured her biggest battles.  While a collegiate swimmer at the University of Arizona, she dealt with bulimia nervosa, brought about by pressures to adhere to a body image and was not realistic.  This was due, in part, to some of her modeling photos being airbrushed in a such a way that is she felt compelled to match this artificial image in real life.  She ended up also fighting depression, self-mutilation and substance abuse.

    Amanda became a life success story, one worthy of imitating, because she faced down these problems and came out healthy on the other side.  More importantly, she didn’t face this struggle silently.  She knew her own experiences were ones that many other women have had to contend with, and she sought to help them by chronicling her life, highs and lows and, in her autobiography, “In the Water, They Can’t See You Cry”.

ABeard_Pic02      One thing that has been readily apparent over the years is Amanda’s love of body art.  She has quite a few tattoos, some with family meaning, others to signify important memories in her life.  One of her most notable tattoos is a set of three stars on her lower back.  Inside each star is an initial.  The initials are L, A, and T.  They represent Amanda and her sisters, Leah and Taryn.

ABeard_Tat02   On the upper part of her back, she has the symbol for Scorpio, which represents her birth sign (October 29th).  She has also recently been scene with 5-point star outline beneath the Scorpio symbol.

abeard_tat01abeard_tat06    Running down the inside of her right ankle is a script design that reads ‘Ray’ for her middle name.

ABeard_Tat03ABeard_Tat08    On the back of her left calf, she has another star design (can you tell she has a thing for stars?).  Then, on her right calf, she shows her most elaborate tattoo, a stunning, and detailed, wintry snowflake design she got while appearing on the hit reality series “L.A. Ink” (this would be Kat Von D’s tattoo show).

ABeard_Tat07ABeard_Tat05ABeard_Tat04 You can find out more about Amanda on her official website:

http://amandabeard.net/

Of course, Amanda can also be found on Twitter at:  https://twitter.com/AmandaRayBeard

You can also see her revealing interview with fellow Olympic veteran, Amy Van Dyken, here:

http://news.msn.com/pop-culture/video?videoid=0d718746-2c4a-41a5-83f1-9b71bd1eb433

And see her feature in Inked Magazine at this location:  http://www.inkedmag.com/articles/amanda-beard/

Athlete Tattoo of the Day (Distance Runner Edition): Jessica Augusto

jessaugusto_pic05    Not every Olympic-caliber athlete chooses to get tattoos that commemorate the Olympic experience.  Some are just big fans of body art and the meaning they have.  Portuguese distance runner, Jessica Augusto, is one such athlete.

JessAugusto_Pic02      Born in 1981, Augusto has had a passion for distance running her whole life.  She has been involved in competitive racing in many disciplines, including cross-country, road running, marathon and even steeplechase.  At 18 years of age, Jessica achieved her first major accomplishment in high-level competition, when she took a silver medal with her team in junior race at the European Cross Country championships (she took 8th overall, individually).

jessaugusto_pic03    The European Cross-Country championships have proven to be an annual rite of medal collection for Jessica.  In 2008, 2009 and 2010, she contributed to the team gold medal for Portugal.  In 2009, she won an individual silver medal and then scored a gold medal in 2010.  Jessica’s success has not been limited just to the cross country.  She also has achieved gold medals in international competition in the 3000m (3 times), as well as the 1500m and 5000m races.

JessAugusto_Pic04    On the largest stage, the Olympics, Jessica has performed well, but has not yet medaled.  At Beijing in 2008, she competed in 5000m and steeplechase, but did not reach the finals in either event.  In 2012, at the London Games, she finished in 7th place, just 2 minutes behind the Olympic record set by the gold medalist Tiki Gelana (of Ethiopia).

JessAugusto_Pic01    Jessica has two very noticeable tattoos.  The first one is her most meaningful.  The inside of her right bicep has a script of her father’s name, Arnaldo Augusto.  Her father was a main inspiration in her life and he passed just 6 weeks after she competed in the London Marathon.  This is her tribute to him.

JessAugusto_Tat02JessAugusto_Tat01    Jessica’s other tattoo appears to be a design of a bird or butterfly on her left wrist.

JessAugusto_Tat04JessAugusto_Tat03You can get more information on Jessica from her website (if you can read Portuguese):

http://www.jessicaaugusto.com/homepage.asp

Jessica does not have an officially recognized Twitter account.

Athlete Tattoo of the Day (2012 Olympic Redux Edition): Jordyn Wieber

JordynWieber_Pic02    The wonderful new development about the Olympic Games is that almost every participant looks to commemorate the experience with colorful and inventive body art.  Just on “New 2 Tats”, alone, we have featured Olympians like Stephanie Rice, Ronda Rousey, Missy Franklin and Federica Pelligrini (just to name a few).  Jordyn Wieber, of the Gold Medal winning U.S. Women’s Gymnastics team is the latest to join that club.

JordynWieber_Pic01    The 2012 Games in London proved to be one of the most enormously successful performances ever for the U.S. in women’s gymnastics.  In addition to Gabby Douglas achieving the individual all-around Gold Medal, Gabby, Jordyn and the rest of their teammates pulled down the team Gold Medal as well.

JordynWieber_Pic03     Before she achieved Gold Medal greatness, the Michigan-born Wieber started competing in high-level competition on the Juniors circuit in 2009, winning Gold Medals at the American Cup and Pacific Rim Championships.  In 2011, she progressed the Seniors circuit and started competing alongside her future Olympic teammates, securing many more Gold Medals.

     After the success in London, Jordyn took time off to heal from a stress fracture injury and she has started college at UCLA, where she serves as the manager of their gymnastics team.

JordynWieber_Pic04     The Olympic Rings and the city of the Games is one of the most common tattoo designs that athletes get (Stephanie Rice has both Beijing and London commemorated on her inner right bicep).  Jordyn just recently added the Olympic Ring design, along with a script design of London, on her left wrist.  It’s a very cute tattoo and looks good on her.

JordynWieber_Tat03JordynWieber_Tat02Jordyn WieberYou can follow Jordyn on her official website:

http://www.jordynwieber.com/

You can also Twitter her at:  https://twitter.com/jordyn_wieber