Tattoos News (Touching Tribute Edition): Zelda Williams

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What makes tattoos such an important social construct is that they go well beyond being just a fun body accessory for showing off.  In many cases, they end up truly having a deep personal meaning for the person who wears the ink.  ‘Deep personal meaning’ is not some trite cliche people use to justify their tattoos.  Rather, if you ask people about their ink, they can tell some fascinating and touching stories about what inspired them to get the work done.

ZeldaWilliams_Pic02     One of the most poignant modern examples of this is the tribute that actress, Zelda Williams, paid to her father, the legendary Robin Williams, through the medium of tattooing.  In August 2014, Robin Williams’ legions of fans felt the shock and pain of losing such a great (and beloved) talent, whose iconic roles deeply touched so many people.  Roles in films and tv shows like “Mork & Mindy”, “Mrs. Doubtfire”, “Dead Poets Society”, and “Good Will Hunting” (a role his that is a personal favorite of mine).  As much as the fans felt their own pain, they felt tremendous empathy for Zelda’s devastating personal loss.

Robin Williams and Zelda Williams Walt Disney's World Premiere of 'Old Dogs' held at El Capitan Theatre Hollywood, California - 09.11.09 Featuring: Robin Williams and Zelda Williams Where: California When: 09 Nov 2009 Credit: WENN

Robin Williams and Zelda Williams
Credit: WENN

The unfortunate thing is that, despite all the touching tributes to her father and people expressing their condolences to her, there was still that ugly, ugly segment of internet society that posted awful, horrific comments to her on her social media accounts.  Reflecting a poise and grace that may not be evident in other people, Zelda did not give in to that awful treatment.  She rightfully took time away from her social media accounts to cope with her father’s passing and to begin the healing process.

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A few months later, she returned with a heartbreaking and moving tribute to her father.  On her right hand, just beneath her thumb, she got a tattoo of a hummingbird, which serves as a touching reminder of her father (to always put her hand out and shake with a smile).  Lower on her right forearm, she added the date, “7-21-51”, which is the day Robin Williams was born.  This stunning artwork was crafted by the incomparable Dr. Woo of the famous LA Shamrock Social Club tattoo studio.

(credit: Zelda's IG account)

(credit: Zelda’s IG account)

(credit: Zelda's IG account)

(credit: Zelda’s IG account)

(credit: Zelda's IG account)

On her left wrist, Zelda has what appears to be an interpretation of the female gender symbol.  She has had this one for several years.

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(credit: Zelda’s IG account)

(credit: Zelda's IG account)

(credit: Zelda’s IG account)

Since returning to social media, Zelda has used it as a forum to advocate for many worth social causes (animal rescue, marriage equality, etc.)  She has also been showing that she is living life with zest, just like her father (as witnessed by some of her recent fun at the San Diego Comic-Con).

(credit: Zelda's IG account)

(credit: Zelda’s IG account)

Zelda is an inspiring person whose grace in the face of tragedy, as well as awful behavior by others, can serve as an example to us all.

If you wish to follow Zelda on social media (and please be respectful if you do), you can find her here:

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/zeldawilliams

Instagram:  https://instagram.com/zeldawilliams/

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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(credit: ESPN)

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 (“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 (Californication Edition): Addison Timlin

AddisonTimlin_Pic05     Addison Timlin is one of those actresses who managed to make the transition from child star to very revealing adult roles without looking like she was desperately trying to prove she was grown up.  Part that may be attributable to the fact that she took the hard-earned steps in acting, such as a stage performance, rather than being churned out by the child-starlet factories of Disney and Nickelodeon.

AddisonTimlin_Pic07     Addison’s acting passion began at the young age of 9, when she toured in a national production of the beloved musical “Annie”.  She performed every orphan role before securing the title role.  After “Annie”, she performed in “Gypsy” alongside Broadway legend Bernadette Peters.

AddisonTimlin_Pic06     Following her stage career, Addison made her major film debut in the 2005 film “Derailed” alongside Clive Owen and Jennifer Aniston.  She portrays a young girl who is suffering from diabetes whose father’s life if spiraling out of control when he becomes the target of a long scam.  Following that film, Addison was in a few other minor roles on forgettable television shows, like “3 lbs.” and “Cashmere Mafia”, before landing the breakthrough role of a lifetime.

AddisonTimlin_Pic02     In the fourth season of the Showtime smash hit “Californication”, Addison assumes a role that is very much art imitating life, simultaneously.  She portrayed Sasha Bingham, a former sweetheart teen movie star who is making the leap to adult roles by taking the role of the illicit love interest of Hank Moody (David Duchovny) is the movie based on the book about Moody’s scandalous affair with Mia Lewis (Madeline Zima).  While this was shockingly adult for anyone who was familiar with her earlier work, Addison owned that performance.

AddisonTimlin_Pic01     Addison has also managed to carve out a little niche as a love interest in music videos.  The most notable of these was as ‘Juliet’ in the video for the We the Kings song “Check Yes Juliet”.  She portrays the potential love interest of the band’s lead singer (a guy who looks like he hasn’t showered in over two weeks).  She was also in The Shins video for “sleeping lessons”.

AddisonTimlin_Pic04    Addison is currently starring on the television series “Zero Hour”.  She also has several movies in the pipeline.  She will be starring alongside Zac Efron in the upcoming romantic comedy “That Awkward Moment”.  She will also be in current year films such as “Fallen” and “The Town That Dreaded Sundown”.

AddisonTimlin_Pic03     Addison loves tattoos.  She has numerous small script and symbolic tattoos on her body, mostly in the arm and wrist area.  I cannot make out the designs on all of them, but I do have photos of most, if not all of them.  Addison’s most visible tattoo on her left shoulder.  It reads “The Lost One”.

AddisonTimlin_Tat08AddisonTimlin_Tat01     You can also see that Addison has a script letter on the top of her left wrist and a symbol of some kind on the inside of the same wrist.  She has 4 dots along the outside of her right wrist and she has some more scripting running down her left forearm.

AddisonTimlin_Tat03AddisonTimlin_Tat06Running down her right forearm is a script tattoo that I believe reads “Live, Love”.

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AddisonTimlin_Tat07She has also recently been spotted with a symbol on her right hand that looks like the letter J.

AddisonTimlin_Tat05AddisonTimlin_Tat04    Addison does not have any official or fan websites, but you can follow her on Twitter:  https://twitter.com/Addijay