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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(Credit: FoxSearch/Everett/REX)

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/

Hottie Ink Update (250th Feature Edition!): Jennifer Stone

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    It has been awhile since I last posted a feature on ‘New 2 Tats’.  It has been one of those situations where the job can sometimes get in the way of a hobby (or ‘labor of love’, as I have long referred to this blog).  I think a great celebrity to help get the ball rolling again is Jennifer Stone.

JenStone_Update_Pic02   It has been absolutely no secret that one of the all-time favorites here at “New 2 Tats” is Selena Gomez (a former child star who, despite the pressures of growing up in the harsh spotlight of fame… made even stronger by her former high profile relationship with Justin Bieber…. has managed to stay fairly grounded….   and she has a great love of body art).

JenStone_Update_Pic01    However, Selena’s fellow child star, and co-star of Disney’s “Wizards of Waverly Place”, Jennifer Stone is fast becoming another big favorite.  While her post-“Wizards” career has been quieter than Selena’s, one only needs to follow her on Instagram and Twitter to see she’s making moves and enjoying life.  One can also see exactly how much her love of tattoos has grown.

JenStone_Update_Pic03    When I first published a feature on Jennifer, she just had one widely-known tattoo (though, I gather, she had already acquired others at that point).  That first tattoo of her’s was not a tiny, hard to see design.  She went bold with the bible verse Ecclesiastes 3:1 just beneath her shoulders.  She first showed it off elegantly on the red carpet in a gorgeous black dress.

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    Jennifer now finds herself spending time working on many different endeavors, including modeling and music, while still keeping and ear to ground for the next good acting opportunity.  She recently participated in a Project Mermaids photo shoot, an environmental charity where many celebrities pose in mermaid outfits to help bring awareness and raise funds for protecting beaches and oceans.

JenStone_Update_Pic04     Jennifer also uses social media show the fun she is having in life, such as when running a race, or going skydiving.

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    One of the more prominent tattoos that is seen on Jennifer is an Italian phrase circling her left wrist (I do not have the translation).

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Jennifer also has another foreign phrase running along the inside of her right wrist.

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   During her Project Mermaids photo shoot, she showed off what appears to a be a gorgeous piece of body art on her torso.  Available photos have not been able to show a clear depiction of the design, but it looks stunning.

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  Jennifer’s most recent turn under the tattoo needle is an old-style pocket watch design, which includes the phrase ‘Made in Texas’ on one half (she was born there), and a quote by Tennessee Williams from his ‘Catastrophe of Success’ essay on the other half.  A later photo of Jennifer with friends at the beach shows this design appears on her right thigh (the photo also shows another script tattoo underneath her left breast).

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    The boldness and enthusiasm with which Jennifer approaches body art all but guarantees we will be treated to more stunning tattoos from her in the future.  I can tell from following her on social media that she is going to have some entertaining projects coming up in the future as well.

You can follow Jennifer on her social media accounts here:

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/comeagainjen

Instagram:  https://instagram.com/comeagainjen14/

(Photo Credits:  Unless otherwise specified, all photos are courtesy of Jennifer’s Instagram account)

Celebrity Tattoo of the Day (Rookie Blue Edition): Missy Peregrym

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Missy Peregrym is a gorgeous Canadian actress who is currently getting good notices for performance as Officer Andy McNally in the crime drama, “Rookie Blue”.  The Toronto based series (which has been described as a “Grey’s Anatomy” for rookie cops) has just entered its fifth season and has received many nominations for Canadian drama awards, including one for Peregrym.

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Before “Rookie Blue”, Missy was probably best known for her debut big screen role, as rebellious gymnast Haley Graham in the 2006 late spring hit “Stick It”.  Starring alongside Jeff Bridges and Vanessa Lengies (of “American Dreams” fame), Missy plays an elite-level gymnast who has to battle a domineering mother, a nightmare coach and legal troubles to try and win a gymnastics invitational that will help her win a college scholarship.  The film proved to be a minor hit just before the summer blockbuster season, and it gave Missy her first real mainstream notices.

(Credit:  Dennis Van Tine /Landov)

(Credit: Dennis Van Tine /Landov)

Before Missy’s acting career began in 2002, she was born and raised in Canada (Born in Montreal, raised in British Columbia).  A self-described tomboy, she played soccer growing up and developed a strong affinity for snowboarding in her free time.  When she turned 18, she started modeling.  Among the campaigns she participated in were ones for Mercedes Benz, Sprint and the Olympics.  At age 20, she got her first acting role in a guest appearance in the Jessica Alba sci-fi drama “Dark Angel”.

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Missy’s time modeling, and her brief appearance on “Dark Angel”, lead to her getting another guest role on the “Chris Isaak Show” and then getting her first lead role, on the WB martial arts show “Black Sash” (which lasted only 8 episodes).  She followed up with more guest roles in shows like “Jake 2.0” and “Smallville” while also having a small part in the Heidi Fleiss biopic “Call Me”.

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In 2004, Missy scored another long-term role in the teen drama “Life As We Know It”.  It lasted a full season on ABC (and was notable for giving Kelly Osbourne her first non-reality tv role).  The next step for Missy was the humorous show “Reaper” on the CW.  For that show’s two season run, Missy played Andi Prendergast, the girlfriend of Sam Oliver (Bret Harrison) who has a secret job working as a bounty hunter for the Devil (played by Ray Wise).  She also had a multiple episode arc on “Heroes” before landing her current success with “Rookie Blue”.

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In her personal life, Missy is involved in philanthropic efforts.  In 2006, she partnered with TOMS shoes, a company known for providing free, safe shoes to impoverished communities.  Just this past summer, Missy also made an industry love match when she married “Chuck” star, Zachary Levi.

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In a recent romantic scene in “Rookie Blue”, a torso tattoo was visible on Missy.  A look at some of her other photo shoots show that it was not just something for her show’s character.  It was, in fact, a real tattoo of her’s.  Missy has been somewhat private about her body art.  So, I have not been able to determine what it says.  However, her are a few photos that show it.

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You can follow Missy on social media:

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/mperegrym

Instagram:  http://instagram.com/mperegrym

 

Celebrity Tattoo of the Day (“Nikita” Edition): Maggie Q

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The very stunning Maggie Q has been redefining fierce females roles since she started acting over a decade and a half ago.  Known best for her performance on CW spy series “Nikita” (the second television series based on the popular French film “La Femme Nikita”), Maggie has been steadily building a strong acting presence over the past decade or so.

MaggieQ_Pic02Born in Hawaii to an Irish/Polish father and Vietnamese mother, Margaret Quigley (Maggie’s full name) was very athletic student at Mililani High School, as she was active in cross-country, swimming and track & field.  She had intended to go study veterinary science in college.  However, even with an athletic scholarship, the finances were still not there to pursue that goal.  So, the girl who was voted “Best Body” in high school took a stab a modeling.

MaggieQ_Pic03   At the age of 17, Maggie went overseas to begin her modeling career.  She started in a Tokyo and made a stop in Taipei before finding the most success in Hong Kong.  In was in Hong Kong where she first caught the attention of Jackie Chan.  It wasn’t just Q’s beauty that put her on Chan’s radar.  It was the potential he saw in her becoming a top notch star for the strenuous type of action films Chan is noted for.  Despite not having any martial arts whatsoever, Maggie threw herself into an intensive training regimen that made all the difference.

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The payoff was Maggie getting a role in blockbuster film “Rush Hour 2”.  She also got roles in Hong Kong cinema actioners “Gen-Y Cops” and “Naked Weapon”.  Her affiliation with Jackie Chan also got her a part in Chan’s 2004 remake of “Around the World in 80 Days.”

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The 2006-2007, Maggie got her first real big time exposure as an action star and leading lady.  She starred as Zhen Lei, a member of Ethan Hunt’s Impossible Missions Force in “Mission Impossible III”.  She then portrayed the fierce second-in-command/love interest to arch-villain, Thomas Gabriel (Timothy Olyphant) in the surprisingly decent “Live Free or Die Hard”.  She also got to venture into the comedy realm with “Balls of Fury”.

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Most recently, Maggie just completed her lead role on the well-received “Nikita”.  After finishing this signature performance, she jumped right into the lead of the new CBS crime drama, “Stalker” (where she stars alongside former “The Practice” heartthrob, Dylan McDermott).  She also has a major role as Tori Wu in the blockbuster film trilogy, “Divergent”.

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One that thing that Maggie enjoyed about starring in “Nikita” was that she no longer needed to conceal her tattoos for a role.  Maggie’s most noticeable tattoo is a stunning large phoenix on her left hip.  For Maggie, it represents her struggle to grow and succeed in her chosen path; to rise from where she started to something more spectacular (quite an accurate metaphor).

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(Credit: CW)

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As you can see from the last picture, she also has a scripted phrase running along side her left torso (alas, I cannot find out its meaning).  Maggie also has a design of Asian characters on her left forearm and what appears to be Sanskrit on her right forearm.  However, I have not be able to find out their meaning either.

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You can find out more about Maggie at her fan site:  http://www.maggie-q.us/ 

You can follow Maggie on social media as well:

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/MaggieQ

Instagram:  http://instagram.com/maggieq_1

 

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

Hottie Ink Update (Independent Wine Lover Edition): Miriam Pultro

One of the things I have loved best about running this blog is when I get positive feedback from the person I featured.  It shows me that people do enjoy this blog and continues to affirm how much they genuinely like talking about body art.  One of favorite features was the one I wrote last year on independent actress, Miriam Pultro.

My love of the all-to-brief science fiction epic “Firefly” is what led me to learn about Miriam in the first place.  In 2010, a number of “Firefly” fans paid tribute to this awesome show by creating the fan film “Browncoats: Redemption”.  It raised $100,000 for charity and gave fans another taste of the ‘verse that Serenity flew in.  Miriam’s performance stood out, and her ink caught my attention, leading to the feature on her.

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Miriam showing some of her ink, including her awesome Triskelion tattoo. (Photo credit: Tim Goodwin Photography: http://timgoodwinphotography.tumblr.com/)

Miriam had a very positive response to her tattoo feature, and even shared what was her newest tattoo at the time, the triskelion on her back.  Her love of ink is one fun aspect about Miriam.  Another is her passion for her craft and drive to succeed in acting.  One only needs to watch her award-winning web series, “Mythos” (catch it here:  http://www.mythosseries.com/), to see her talent for writing, storytelling and characterization.  After the success of its first season, Miriam has already produced the show’s second season pilot.

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It is futile to resist this Borg Queen at Halloween (Instagram: http://instagram.com/miriampultro)

Following Miriam on social media gives you an intimate look at an actress working hard towards that big break.  She candidly chronicles her disappointments along with her successes.  Recently, she scored a spot in the popular ‘Lily Adams’ AT&T commercial series.  She also recently starred in the family comedy/drama, “Homeward”.  In the meantime, you can also learn about her love of wine (which she sure loves 😀 ).  The big break is destined to come for Miriam.  When it does, I’m gonna be that guy that says “Hey, I knew about her way back when…”

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1920’s Miriam (Instagram: http://instagram.com/miriampultro)

Of course, while I like talking about Miriam’s love of wine and her growing resume, this feature exists because she has added more body art to her wonderful collection.

In my original feature on Miriam, she had a cute constellation of stars along her upper hip.  Since then, she has added the phrase that appears to say “One Feeling Only at a Time” underneath (It is a quote from Peter Pan).

Miriam showing off her ink along with those hard-earned abs that she is rightfully proud of

Miriam showing off her ink along with those hard-earned abs that she is rightfully proud of (Instagram: http://instagram.com/miriampultro)

Most recently, Miriam got the Sun and a crescent Moon on her right shoulder.

You following Miriam on social media here:

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/MiriamPultro/

Instagram:  http://instagram.com/miriampultro

You can also see more professional photography of Miriam (as well as other stunning photos) on photographer, Tim Goodwin’s site:

http://timgoodwinphotography.tumblr.com/

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