Celebrity Tattoo of the Day (The Force Awakens Edition [No Spoilers]): Daisy Ridley

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If ever there was a young actress who entered a year poised for the biggest breakthrough of her career (or anyone’s career, for that matter), it is London’s Daisy Ridley in 2015.

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You may be familiar with a successful ‘niche’ movie series called “Star Wars”.  In the late 90’s/early 2000’s, it got derailed by things called Jar Jar, pod-racing, and midi-chlorians.  Then, a small company called Disney took over the series and let someone little-known director named JJ Abrams oversee a new series of films.  Does any of this ring a bell?

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Before you start sticking your middle finger at your computer screen… YES, I am kidding… The biggest pop culture phenomenon in the past half-century has been “Star Wars”.  But, the thrill and excitement that these movies created ran completely out of steam, courtesy of prequel trilogy (which was good in some parts, mediocre in most others, and when it was bad, it was ‘burn the film’ bad).

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Fortunately, “Star Wars” creator, George Lucas, sold Lucasfilms to the Disney Corporation.  Disney then promptly decided to make new Star Wars films, and told Lucas (whose complete autonomy made the prequels a mess) that he would have nothing to do with making these films.  Abrams, who had already helmed the very successful reboot of the “Star Trek” series, was given the director’s chair for this even larger task:  restoring the faith of a badly disappointed fan base.

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One of Abrams’ first decisions was to hire largely unknown actors to play major roles. This could be successful, such as with Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher for “A New Hope”, or it could be really bad, such as with Jake Lloyd and Hayden Christensen in the prequels. Having seen “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”, all I will say about the movie is that Abrams chose wisely with John Boyega and (the subject of this blog entry) Daisy Ridley. Personally, I’m looking forward to seeing the film on-screen again, and I rarely see movies more than once in the theater.

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Daisy Ridley was an inspired choice.  The Westminster-born actress brings such a well-placed enthusiasm and energy to the role of Rey, that fans can’t help but be won over by her (though, there will always be some spoilsports).

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Ridley’s acting resume, before landing “Star Wars”, consisted of minor roles on British television series like “Youngers”, “Silent Witness” and “Mr. Selfridge”.  Such a star-making leap can be overwhelming for some actors and actresses.  Ridley, however, seems to be handling it just fine.  This includes her poking fun at her audition on “Saturday Night Live” and showing a very grounded, humorous personality on her social media accounts.  Daisy is going to be very busy over the next few years with “Star Wars”, and I think that is something that all fans of that era from a ‘long time ago in a galaxy far, far away’ will very much benefit from.

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Of course, as much as Daisy Ridley is quickly becoming every fan-boy’s crush, she wouldn’t be on the blog if she didn’t have some ink.  In a move that may have suggested her future destiny, Daisy got a cute design of three stars tattooed on her left foot.  Whether or not she gets any more body art remains to be seen.  In the meantime, she will be contending with one of the new trends on mega-stardom…. fans getting tattoos of HER!  🙂

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You can get more info and pictures of Daisy at this fan site:  http://daisy-ridley.net/

And, for some good entertainment, you can follow her on Instagram at:  https://www.instagram.com/daisyridley/

Hottie Ink Update (Big Mama Stef Edition): Stefanie Dolson

StefDolsonUpdate_Pic01   2014 has been a big year for ‘Big Mama Stef’ (Stefanie Dolson’s alias).  When I wrote my first feature on Stefanie, she had just led the Connecticut Huskies to their second straight National Championship in basketball over Notre Dame.  Less than a week later, she was selected #6 overall in the WNBA Draft by the Washington Mystics (and joined a little later by her teammate, Seattle Storm #7 pick, Bria Hartley, who was immediately traded to Washington).

StefDolsonUpdate_Pic02    A little later that summer, she joined her teammates from both UConn Men’s and Women’s championship squads at the White House to be honored by President Barack Obama.  Visits to the White House seem to always be an adventure for Stefanie.  After the 2013 title, she humorously gave President Obama a set of bunny ears.  In 2014, she found the stand behind the President a little too crowded and fell off.  She quickly recovered and, while turning bright red, had a good laugh about it with Obama.

StefDolsonUpdate_Pic03     Once the WNBA season started, Stefanie proved to be a strong player off the bench, averaging 6 points per game and helping lead the Mystics to the playoffs.  The highlight of her season is was a triple-overtime game against Los Angeles Sparks, where she recorded her first career double-double (14 points, 11 rebounds).  After the Mystics were eliminated, Stefanie began extensively traveling as part of USA Basketball, gaining many new friends and chronicling the experience on social media.

StefDolsonUpdate_Pic04    2014 also showed off Stefanie’s growing love of body art, as she added two more to her collection.  No one can ever say that Stefanie does not put a lot of thought and consideration into her tattoos.  Her first two, which I covered in her first feature, were stars on her foot that she got along with her sisters and a Fleur-de-lis on her ankle to commemorate the 2013 National Championship, which UConn won in New Orleans.

Not wanting to play favorites with her National Championships, Stefanie got the Roman Numerals ‘IV-VIII-MMXIV’ etched on her left forearm.  This is for April 8th, 2014, the day UConn defeated Notre Dame to win the 2014 National Championship.

StefDolsonUpdate_Tat01    Sadly, Stefanie experienced the loss of her grandma over the summer.  Stefanie used tattoos as a touching way to express how important she was to her.

StefDolsonUpdate_Tat02   It is really refreshing to have a such a fun-loving (and ink-loving) person like Big Mama Stef as a part of the D.C. sports scene.  Hopefully, she will be here for a long time and help bring the Mystics the same kind of glory as the Huskies.

Follow Stefanie and her adventures on social media:

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/bigmamastef

Instagram:  http://instagram.com/bigmamastef

Celebrity Tattoo of the Day (Band Camp Edition): Alyson Hannigan

AlysonH_Pic01Courtesy of 1999’s sleeper comedy hit, “American Pie”, audiences were introduced to how naughty ‘band geeks’ can be (I had band friends later confirm that this portrayal was accurate).  The poster child for this newly discovered freaky reputation was actress Alyson Hannigan, who portrayed the deceptively nerdy Michelle.  Because of Alyson, you will probably never look at a flute the same way again.

AlysonH_Pic02    Before Alyson showed off the raunchy side of ‘nerd chic’, she had been a fixture in front of the camera for nearly two decades.  Born in Washington, D.C. in 1974, Alyson began appearing in commercials when she was just 4 years old.  Recognizing that she had a lot of potential, her parents moved to Hollywood when she was 11 in order to be closer to the showbiz industry.  Her first major role occurred in 1988 when she starred in “My Stepmother Is an Alien”, where she performed alongside Dan Aykroyd, Kim Basinger and eventual on-screen boyfriend, Seth Green.

AlysonH_Pic07    Following that initial success, Alyson had guest spots on several popular television shows, such as “Picket Fences” and “Roseanne”, while also being the lead in the short-lived series “Free Spirit”.  It was in 1997 that all of Alyson’s fortunes changed.  That year, the WB Network launched the supernatural series “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”, starring Sarah Michelle Gellar (and very loosely based on forgettable 1992 film of the same name).

AlysonH_Pic03    Alyson portrayed Willow Rosenberg, a devoted friend and ally of Gellar’s Buffy Summers.  She was initially the girlfriend of Oz (Seth Green) before embarking on one of the pioneering relationships in television.  After Green left the show to focus on his movie career, Willow ended up falling in love with Tara Maclay (Amber Benson), in one of the first regular on-screen lesbian couples in television.  It may not seem like much of a big deal today for TV.  However, when you remember that this was not long after Ellen publicly came out, it was a risky move.  It was also very important because it showed an open, positive LGBT relationship that many could connect with.

AlysonH_Pic06    In the middle of her run on “Buffy”, Alyson scored her signature role as Michelle Flaherty in the “American Pie” series.  While I’m sure the initial film was just viewed as a throwaway summer laugh-fest, with Alyson’s character as one of many interchangeable parts, the film’s surprising success (and Alyson’s endearing performance of Michelle) led to two immediate sequels (and another one about a decade later) and Michelle becoming one of the central characters.

(credit:  Karen Neal/Fox Television)

(credit: Karen Neal/Fox Television)

Lest you think Alyson’s brand of humor had a limited shelf-life, 2005 saw her next major move.  She took the role of Lily on the wildly popular ensemble comedy “How I Met Your Mother”.  This ratings darling scored Alyson two People’s Choice Awards and moved her Q-rating into a status that can only be described as legen-wait for it-dary.  Despite all of this on-screen success, Alyson still found time to get married (to “Buffy” co-star, Alexis Denisof) and have two daughters.

AlysonH_Pic05    One thing Alyson has never been particularly shy about is her affinity for body art.  On her lower back, she has a Kanji symbol for luck & happiness.

AlysonH_Tat03On the inside of her right ankle, Alyson has two dolphins inscribed.  On her left foot, she has a turtle.

AlysonH_Tat04AlysonH_Tat02AlysonH_Tat01You can get some more information about Alyson on this fan site:  http://alyson-hannigan.net/

You can find her on Twitter at:  https://twitter.com/alydenisof

She’s on Instagram at:  http://instagram.com/alydenisof

 

 

 

Athlete Tattoo of the Day (2014 ESPN Body Issue Surfer Edition): Coco Ho

Coco_Ho_Pic07    Each year, when “ESPN The Magazine” releases its popular “Body Issue”, controversy ensues.  Some people have problems with what they claim is the ‘objectification’ of the nude body.  Others have issues with some of the selections for the “Body Issue” (this year, there was much debate about the inclusion of Prince Fielder).  The point that gets missed in each of these complaints is that the “Body Issue” is not about lasciviousness.  It is about showing the beauty of the human form in all shapes and sizes.  It helps to debunk the myths about ‘body type’ that popular culture tries to keep afloat.

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One way that the “Body Issues” helps debunk these myths is by showing athletes proudly showing off their body art.  There is no one ‘type’ of person who gets tattoos in this day and age.  All ‘types’ of people enjoy getting inked.  The “Body Issue” helps illustrated this.  In the 2014 issue, one of the featured athletes is the beautiful Hawaiian surfer, Coco Ho.

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Coco becoming a world-class professional surfer has pretty much been her birthright.  ‘Hanging ten’ has been a family tradition.  Her father, Michael Ho, won the Hawaiian Triple Crown of surfing back in 1982 (Duke Classic, World Cup and Pipe Masters).  Her uncle, Derek Ho, won the World Surfing Championship in 1993.  Even her older brother, Mason Ho, has been a champion at the junior level.  On top of all this, Coco and her family are also related to famous singer, Don Ho (of “Tiny Bubbles” fame).

Coco_Ho_Pic04     With that kind of family background, it would come us no surprise that Coco started surfing at the young age of 7.  Just a year later, at 8 years old, she secured her first surfing sponsorship.  When she was 11, she made her acting debut in popular surfing film “Blue Crush”.  She portrayed the main character, Anne Marie (played as an adult by Kate Bosworth), as a child.  When she turned 17, Coco qualified for the high-end Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Women’s World Championship Tour.

Coco_Ho_Pic01    Currently ranked the #7 female surfer in the world, Coco has accrued numerous victories on the waves.  Before she joined the ASP Tour in 2009, she won events like the Open Women’s Regional Hawaii and the Hawaii Billabong Junior.  She is a ‘Rookie of the Year’ twice over:  winning it once on the Triple Crown Tour and then again on the ASP Tour.  As a professional, she has won the Maresia Girls International, the World Qualifying and Los Cabos Open of Surf (among others).  Coco has also, regularly, been in the top 3 of Surfer Magazine’s most popular surfers poll.

Coco_Ho_Pic02     In her interview for the ESPN “Body Issue”, which can watched here, Coco describes how she totally fell in love with surfing when her dad took her to the waves when she was in the third grade.  When Coco is not catching a ‘good set’, she spends time volunteering with the Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii.  She also uses social media to help motivate and encourage young girls to strive for great things while being comfortable and confident with who they are.

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Coco definitely has a love of body art.  Already she has two tattoos.  Her first represents her strong faith.  It is a little cross on the top of her right hand.

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(note: This is a mirror-image photo, which is why the tattoo looks like it is on her left hand)

Her other tattoo is just below her left ankle.  It is a script design that reads “Forever For Family”, obviously emphasizing how important family is to her.

Coco_Ho_Tat05Coco_Ho_Tat06Coco_Ho_Tat01Coco_Ho_Tat03Coco_Ho_Tat02You can find out more about Coco on her official website:  http://xococoho.com/

You can get your social media fix on these sites:

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/coco_ho

Instagram:  http://instagram.com/xococoho

Celebrity Tattoo of the Day (JoJo Edition): Joanna Levesque

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Singer/Actress, Joanna Levesque, better known as JoJo, has been a performer nearly her entire life.  She has been a tattoo enthusiast almost her entire adult life.

Jojo_Pic05Born in 1990, JoJo was swept up in that wave of talent shows in the early 2000’s (beginning with “American Idol” before taking on numerous different forms).  She was a contestant on 2003’s “America’s Most Talented Kids”.  (This show was notable for introducing audiences to 2004 “Idol” runner-up, Diana DeGarmo, and 2007 “Idol” champion, Jordin Sparks).  JoJo made an impression and was quickly signed to the Blackground Records label.

Jojo_Pic02    The Vermont-born, Massachusetts native soon released a self-titled debut album.  While it was notable for drawing attention to Joanna’s soulful vocal range, this album was also controversial for songs that were a bit age-inappropriate for a 13-year old (most notably, the lead single, “Leave (Get Out)”).  The album was successful, reaching #4 on the Billboard 200 album chart.

Jojo_Pic03     After her early musical success, JoJo (going by her actual name, Joanna Levesque) made her forays onto the big screen.  In the spring of 2006, she starred alongside fellow starlets, Emma Roberts and Sara Paxton in the tween comedy “Aquamarine”.  Later that year, Joanna starred in another family comedy, “RV”, as the daughter of Robin Williams and Cheryl Hines traveling on a disastrous family vacation.

Jojo_Pic04   2006 also saw the release of JoJo’s second album, “The High Road”.  With songs that were more age-relevant, “The High Road” also proved to be more successful.  It reached #3 on the Billboard 200 chart, while the lead single “Too Little Too Late” also reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Jojo_Pic06    As JoJo has become an adult, she has continued to focus on the next steps in her acting and singing careers.  On the acting front, she has had guest-starring roles on popular television series such as the “Hawaii Five-0”, and had a leading role in the recently released comedy film “G.B.F”.  On the singing side, JoJo recently resolved a dispute with Blackground Records and left them to join the Atlantic label.  She has released an EP and is working on her next full-length album, while also performing at this year’s SXSW festival.

When she’s not acting or singing, Joanna is active in numerous charities like Make-A-Wish, Boys and Girls Clubs of America and World Vision.

Jojo_Pic07    One thing that has become obvious as JoJo has grown up is how much she loves body art.  This recent article on Steal Her Style indicates that she has at least 13 tattoos (recent photos show a 14th), though her collection could very well include more as of this posting.  I have done my best to include all them here.

The tattoo that is probably the most significant for her is a treble clef on her left ring finger.  She says it represents that she’s ‘married to music’ and, until her future husband places a ring on that finger, the whole world will know this about her.

Jojo_Tat01Keeping with the musical theme, on in the inside of her right ear, JoJo has two music notes (as well as three red dots).  The meaning of the music notes is obvious, but the red dots are there just because she thinks they look cool.

Jojo_Tat07A wonderfully feminine style of tattoo that many women get is foot tattoos.  JoJo is no different.  She has several tattoos on her feet that are very cute.  One is a constellation of stars running down the top of her right foot.

Jojo_Tat12The other is on the inside of JoJo’s left ankle, she has a heart with a West African symbol that stands for “By God’s grace, all will be well”.

Jojo_Tat13    JoJo has other themes in her body art.  She is very proud of her New England roots and has two tattoos to symbolize it.  On the right side of her rib cage, she has a red outline of Massachusetts.  The other is on the back of her neck and has her last name followed by the state motto of New Hampshire, “Live Free or Die”.

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JoJo definitely seems to be a fan of the red ink tattoos (not unlike Ellie Goulding or Amber Heard).  She has the phrase ‘ever to excel’ running down the right side of her torso, just above the hip, in red ink.

Jojo_Tat11Continuing to show her passion for music, JoJo shows an exquisite design on her back that has the phrase ‘love & music’ set against a sheet of musical notes (This is my favorite of all of her tattoos).

Jojo_Tat10JoJo has many tattoos on her hand.  Among them are a 4-leaf clover below the knuckle on her right ring finger and a red star, on the same hand, in the webbing between her ring and middle finger.

Jojo_Tat02Jojo_Tat03On the outer part of her right hand, she had the word “Truth” inscribed.

Jojo_Tat04In a bit of a playful mood, JoJo got the design on a T-Rex skeleton on her left forearm.

Jojo_Tat06Finally, wrapped around her right wrist, JoJo has Serenity Prayer etched in black ink with a few words inked in green.

Jojo_Tat05(Editor’s Note:  After the Steal Her Style article came out, JoJo added a 14th tattoo to her collection, a map of the world on her right wrist):

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You can find out more about JoJo on her fan site:  http://www.jojo-music.com/

You can follow JoJo on Twitter at:  https://twitter.com/JoJoistheway

You can catch JoJo on Instagram at:  http://instagram.com/translucentbrownsugar

Hottie Ink Update: Ashley Greene Shows Off Tattoos #3 and #4

AGreeneTat3_Pic01    Stunning and elegant can definitely be over-used adjectives to describe a woman’s beauty.  I try to avoid using it too much in the ‘New 2 Tats’ features.  However, I confidently say those words always seem to accurately apply to actress Ashley Greene.

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Greene’s love, and growing collection, of body art have already made her a favorite at ‘New 2 Tats’.   She has already had her own main feature, which showed off her adorable key tattoo behind her left ear.

AGreeneTat2   Ashley then had a tattoo update feature (along with Janel Parrish), to show off the script tattoo on the top of her left foot that reads ‘lifes a dream’ (which she got as a memento of her stay in New Orleans)

AGreeneTat3_Pic03    Ashley, who was first known for her role in the popular young-adult movie series “Twilight”, has continued to evolve her acting career, with roles in films like “CBGB” (about the famous underground Manhattan punk music venue) as well as three new films with release dates in 2014.  She has also built a strong modeling portfolio with a ubiquitous presence in print advertising, including a provocative series of ads for SoBe beverages, which ran in the 2010 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition.

While Ashley’s profile has continued to grow, so has her collection of body art.  Most recently, she has been spotted with two new wrist tattoos.  On her right wrist, there is a design of what appears to be an elephant.

AGreeneTat3_Tat04AGreeneTat3_Tat01On her outer part of her left wrist, Ashley has the word ‘Love’ etched in a script design on her body.

AGreeneTat3_Tat03AGreeneTat3_Tat02    Ashley will continue to be worth following as her career grows.  Her love of tattoos also all but guarantees she will be making more appearances on this blog.

Our friends at Coolspotters have a comprehensive collection of photos that capture glimpses of Ashley’s body art:   Coolspotters’ Ashley Greene Tattoo Gallery.

Of course, you can always follow Ashley on Twitter:  https://twitter.com/AshleyMGreene

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