Celebrity Tattoo of the Day (Little Miss Sunshine Edition): Abigail Breslin

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(Credit: Abigail’s IG account)

Ever since the exuberant character, Olive Hooper, answered the phone and screamed her way (with joy) into audience’s hearts, actress Abigail Breslin has been a major player on the Hollywood scene.

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(Abbie with her brother, actor Spencer Breslin) (Credit: Abigail’s IG account)

Acting has been family affair for the New York-born Breslin since she was just a ‘wee tot’.  Both of her older brothers, Ryan and Spencer, are also actors.  After starring in few commercials as a baby, she made her big screen debut, alongside Spencer (and some guy named Mel Gibson), in the 2002 science-fiction blockbuster, “Signs” (also known as M. Night Shyamalan’s last good movie).  She was just 6 when the movie was released, and only 5 when principal photography concluded.

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(little Abigail protecting her mind from aliens in “Signs”)

Abigail received very high marks for her performance in “Signs”.  She showed she could handle material with greater depth to it, ensuring that she would not be pigeon-holed to ‘cute kid’ roles throughout her youth.  This got her a small part in “The Princess Diaries 2” and a much larger role with Kate Hudson in “Raising Helen”.  She then got a part in the third installment of the Tim Allen “Santa Clause” series, “The Santa Clause 3:  The Escape Clause”.  In those last two movies, she once again got to act with her brother, Spencer.

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Then Abigail landed her major breakthrough role as the precocious Olive Hooper in the 2006 indie super-hit “Little Miss Sunshine”.  She portrays a young girl who just found out she has been selected for the ‘Little Miss Sunshine’ beauty pageant in California and has to travel 800 miles in two days, in a broken down bus, with a dysfunctional family that can only be described as ‘eclectic’, in order to compete.  Her performance was very well received; so much so that she actually received an Academy Award nomination for Best Support Actress, making her one of the youngest nominees ever (she eventually lost to Jennifer Hudson for “Dreamgirls”).

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After two more supporting roles in big-name romantic ‘dramedies’, “No Reservations” and “Definitely, Maybe”, Abigail scored her first lead roles.  She was the title character in “Nim’s Island” and the eponymous ‘american girl’ in “Kit Kittredge: An American Girl”.  She then earned oodles of ‘nerd cred’ with a hilarious role in the end-of-world comedy “Zombieland”.

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Abigail has managed to score additional heavyweight acting roles in recent films, such as “Ender’s Game” and “August: Osage County”.  This fall, she will be starring alongside other young adult stars like Emma Roberts and Keke Palmer in the Fox horror-comedy “Scream Queens”.  An accurate thing to say with regards to Abigail is ‘watch this space’, because there are going to be many, many more high-end projects coming her way.

(Credit: Abigail's IG account)

(Credit: Abigail’s IG account)

Upon turning 19 years old, Abigail wasted very little time showing much she wanted to join ‘Club Ink’.  A birthday gift from her brother, Spencer, was a trip to a tattoo studio.  She got a cute design of the planet, Saturn, and three stars on her left wrist.

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(Credit: Abigail’s IG account)

(Credit: Abigail's IG account)

(Credit: Abigail’s IG account)

The love of tattoos did not end with just one.  Several weeks later, Abigail went back and got TWO MORE tattoos.  One was her alien buddy, Alan, on her left shoulder (wonder if she knows him from her “Signs” days), and the title of the song “Holocene” by Bon Iver on one of her forearms (it’s a song that has great personal meaning for her).  These two were done by Kaylyn Tattoos.  Abigail liked the experience so much, she brought her mother along to get inked… and she got TWO of her own.  :-).

(credit: Abigail's IG account)

(credit: Abigail’s IG account)

(credit: Abigail's IG account)

(credit: Abigail’s IG account)

I think we will definitely be seeing Abigail getting much more body art as time goes by.

You can follow Abigail on social media here:

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/yoabbaabba

Instagram:  https://instagram.com/abbienormal9/

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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

Celebrity Tattoo of the Day: Jena Malone

JMalone_Pic02    It’s always fun to find actresses who have tattoos that you wouldn’t expect to have them.  Jena Malone is one such actress.  Jena started acting as a child at the tender age of 11, with a guest role on “Chicago Hope” and in a powerful role as an abused girl in her cinematic debut, “Bastard Out of Carolina”.

JMalone_Pic01    Not long after that debut, Jena made her first major impression on a large audience by portraying the young Ellie Arroway (played as an adult Jodie Foster) in 1997’s epic science fiction film “Contact” (based on the Carl Sagan book, and putting a much heavier emphasis on the ‘science’ component of science fiction).  Jena struck a chord as a young astronomy lover who coped with the devastating loss of her parents at a young age by throwing herself into the search for life beyond Earth.

JMalone_Pic05   In the next few years, Jena played it safe in a number of by-the-numbers teen roles in films like “Stepmom” (with Julia Roberts and Susan Sarandon) and “For the Love of the Game” (with Kevin Costner).  Of course, Jena didn’t even wait until she was 17 before she decided to take a dramatic detour into darker films, such as the apocalyptic cult hit “Donnie Darko”.

JMalone_Pic06     After “Donnie Darko”, Jena continued to stay edgy with a variety riskier films.  Among them were “Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys” (which reunited her with Jodie Foster), “United States of Leland”, and the controversial, yet entertaining, religious satire “Saved!”.  In “Saved!”, she portrays Mary, a devout, yet naive, Christian high schooler who comes to learn how she is able to maintain her faith in the face of the hypocrisy of organized religion after becoming pregnant.  She became pregnant after sleeping with her boyfriend just once in an attempt to ‘cure’ him of being gay.  Religious critics despised the film, but it helped pull the curtain back, and open the dialogue, on a number of issues that tend to get glossed over.

JMalone_Pic04   Jena continued to perform regularly over the next several years, sort of under the radar,  before she starred in the girl-power, graphic novel style action film, “Sucker Punch” (written and directed by “300” director, Zack Snyder).  This film also starred ‘New 2 Tats’ hotties, Vanessa Hudgens and Emily Browning.  2013 looks to be another major step for Jena, as she portrays to arrogant Johanna Mason in the sequel to “The Hunger Games” titled “Catching Fire”.

JMalone_Pic03    Jena did not wait very long to join the ‘ink club’.  She was spotted at the premier of “Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys”, at the age of 17, with a fairly detailed tattoo on her lower back.  Unfortunately, I have not been able to find any pictures that give greater clarity to what the design is, but it is impressive and a bold statement for an actress who has made bold career choices.

JMalone_Tat01JMalone_Tat02jmalone_tat03You can find out more about Jena at her fan site:

http://jena-malone.com/

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

Celebrity Tattoo of the Day (Follow-up Edition): Olivia Olson – Part 2

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   This blog exists as a forum to share stories and pictures of tattoos.  One of the reasons I love writing it is seeing when a person I have featured likes their write-up and, as a result, shares the article or gives their own feedback.  It is encouraging because it shows me the value others see in this blog.

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   The most recent example of this came when actress Olivia Olson shared my feature about her on her Twitter page.  This is not uncommon, but there usually isn’t a follow-up when I express my appreciation for sharing the article and offer to do a follow-up if they get any more tattoos.  That was not the case with Olivia.  She quickly replied that she did have more and pointed me to her Instagram account to see them.

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   This suggestion was great because, not only did she have two other long-time tattoos that I had missed, she had also just completed getting a new one further up the same arm where her rose tattoo resides.  So, I think it is only appropriate to start this follow-up feature on Olivia by sharing her most recent ink with you.

This tattoo is a black and white design called ‘The Mystic Eye’, and was done by artist Alex Grey.  It’s great that Olivia had a picture taken while the tattoo was being applied.  That’s a practice I continue to promote among all people getting tattoos

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This next photo gives another good, up close look at her new design

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And here she is, post-tattoo, proudly showing her ink while chillin’ with one of her friends

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   Before moving on to photos of her other tattoos, here are some other fun photos of Olivia

Adorable head shot

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Acting cheesy

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Sexy, hippie beach girl

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Having a cat nap with her kitty (cat lovers always get a thumbs up in my book)

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   Now, back to the tattoos.  Another one that I started to notice in other photos after I had posted Olivia’s original feature, but before she directed me to Instagram, was a script tattoo along her right shoulder.  You can see it in some of these modeling photos.

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An up close photo of this tattoo reveals it to be a quote inspired by Bob Dylan: “Beauty is Chaos.  Chaos is a friend of mine”

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Another piece of Olivia’s body art is this very pretty, musically inspired tattoo behind her right ear.  The first photo shows the tattoo up close (along with its template) and the second photo shows Olivia getting the tattoo applied.

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   Finally, I will close this out with another up close look at her rose tattoo (crossed with a gemini symbol) as well her displaying it while looking like a boss.

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   These are all excellent tattoos and show appeal that a large variety of body art can have.  As long as Olivia keeps getting tattoos, I will keep featuring them.

Also, continue to give her some love by checking out her music page:  http://www.myspace.com/oliviaolsonmusic

and following her on Twitter:

https://twitter.com/OliveOlson

Celebrity Tattoo of the Day (Love Actually Edition): Olivia Olson

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   Christmas season is upon us.  That means long lines at stores, garish light displays, and trips to see a dozen different relatives across the country.  It also means the annual tradition of watching favorite Christmas movies over and over and over again has begun, as well.  The most notable of these is the 24 hours of “A Christmas Story” (“you’ll shoot your eye out”) being run on TBS every Christmas day since 1997.

OOlson_Pic_10   However, the past decade has brought a new entry to the list of must-watch Christmas films, “Love Actually”.  This quirky British ensemble comedy was a minor hit in the United States when it was first released in 2003.  It has since gone on to become a new favorite among Christmas-philes.  Part of its novelty comes from having a cast that ran the gamut on the famous meter.  It had well known actors such as Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, and Kiera Knightley;  it had lesser known actors like Chiwetel Ejiofor and Andrew Lincoln (who you will all know as Rick from “The Walking Dead”); and brand new actors like the incredibly adorable American actress, Olivia Olson, who blew audiences way with her powerhouse rendition of “All I Want For Christmas Is You”.

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Olivia’s performance was so memorable because such powerful vocals were coming from such a young, petite singer (and, yes, it was actually her singing in the film).

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   Following that breakout role, Olivia has remained relatively out of the spotlight; seemingly content to live the life of a typical American teenager while keeping an eye on developing her singing career.

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    While she has been low-key and working on her music, she has lent her voice to the role of Vanessa Doofenshmirtz in the animated series “Phineas and Ferb” and Marceline the Vampire Queen in “Adventure Time”.

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   As you can see, the now 20-year old Olson has grown into a gorgeous young woman.  She is also gorgeous young woman who appreciates body art, as witnessed by the very pretty rose tattoo on her lower right arm.

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You can check out Olivia and her musical endeavors on her MySpace page:

http://www.myspace.com/oliviaolsonmusic

and follow her in the Twitteverse at:  https://twitter.com/OliveOlson