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 (Starbuck Edition): Katee Sackhoff

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   I will be the first to admit that my first impression to actress Katee Sackhoff was not a positive one.  As I was late to the game when it came to watching “Battlestar Galactica”, the first time I saw Katee was in the final season of “24”, as Dana Walsh.  Even though the series ended on a relatively strong note, Katee’s portrayal of a, yet another, mole in the agency, was incredibly irritating.  There were times when Kim Bauer was less annoying.

KateeS_Pic07    That being said, when I finally took a chance on the re-imagined “Battlestar Galactica” in 2011 (nearly 2 years after the show went off the air), I began to see Katee in a completely different light.  Her fierce, yet nuanced, portrayal of Kara ‘Starbuck’ Thrace, the incredibly gifted, but profoundly self-destructive, Viper pilot was quite impressive.  Thrace had a level of emotional depth not usually seen in a science fiction series (of course, much of “Battlestar Galactica” was like that).

KateeS_Pic01   Now, while I remember the original, campy late 70’s version of “Battlestar Galactica”, I can’t say it held any special place in my heart.  I just remember it being the typical cheese-fest show that was endemic in the late 70’s and through much of the 80’s.  Having recently attempted to watch to the old series again, I know my original impression was correct.  Since I didn’t have that kind of attachment to the original series, I had no problem with the character of Starbuck, which was male (played by Dirk Benedict) in the first show, now being portrayed as a female by Sackhoff.

KateeS_Pic06    Katee’s performance as Starbuck is one of a million different elements of the re-imagined “Battlestar Galactica” that have stayed with me long after I watch the final episode (which I have done three times now, after marathoning the entire series each time).  To have earned such iconic status for her groundbreaking role is not too shabby for this former young star swimmer who took up acting when a knee injury derailed her amphibious dreams.

KateeS_Pic04    Of course, Katee’s acting resume isn’t all about being Starbuck and kicking those frakkin’ Cylons across the galaxy.  Her first regular acting job was on MTV’s hormone-driven, guilty pleasure dramedy, “Undressed”, back in 2000 (when Katee was just 19).  She followed that with her first major film role in “My First Mister” (with Leelee Sobieski and Albert Brooks) and then got to play Richard Dreyfuss’ daughter in the short-live series “The Education of Max Bickford”.

KateeS_Pic03    In addition to “24”, Katee’s post-“Battlestar” resume has included doing voice work on “Robot Chicken” and “Star Wars:  The Clone Wars”.  She has also recently taken the role of Victoria ‘Vic’ Moretti on the A&E western drama “Longmire”.  On the big screen, she recently starred in “Riddick”, Vin Diesel’s second sequel to the surprise sci-fi hit “Pitch Black”.  With “24” a distant memory that has long been replaced by the awesomeness of Katee as Starbuck, her future acting endeavors will be worth watching.  So Say We All!

KateeS_Pic05    Of course, some of the fun-loving attitude that Katee brings can be found in her ink.  I have been able to identify three real tattoos that Katee has, as well as her famous ‘fictional’ tattoo from “Battlestar Galactica”.   On her right forearm, just below the elbow, she has the Latin phrase ‘bona fiscalia’, which can mean ‘good year’, ‘good property’ or ‘public property’.

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katees_tat03     The back of her left shoulder, Katee has a cross (some additional temporary ink was added to in during “Battlestar”.)

KateeS_Tat04KateeS_Tat01    Finally, here is her famous, fictional, tattoo that Kara Thrace got with husband Sam Anders (Michael Trucco) in “Battlestar Galactica”.  When they embraced, their separate tattoos formed a unified circle with wings.  A symbol for the colony of Caprica is also present.

KateeS_Tat05KateeS_Tat07 You can get more of your Katee fix at her official website:

http://kateesackhoff.com/

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

Celebrity Tattoo of the Day (Call Me Maeby Edition): Alia Shawkat

AShawkat_Pic04    The re-launch of the cult television hit “Arrested Development” and the release of the hilarious teen comedy “The To-Do List” have heralded the full-fledged return of one of the more promising young actresses of this generation, Alia Shawkat.

AShawkat_Pic07   Acting since the age of 9, the adorable freckled and exotic Shawkat (her father is of Kurdish descent) first made waves as young, wounded daughter of Iraqi resistance fighter, Amir (Cliff Curtis), in 1999’s esoteric Gulf War drama “Three Kings” (also starring George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg).  Alia followed that auspicious start with her first breakthrough role as Hannah Rayburn, alongside fellow child starlet Mae Whitman, in the Fox Family sitcom “State of Grace”.

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    Alia’s comedic timing and natural sarcastic wit scored her the next big role of her career:  that of Maeby Funke, the non-biological cousin of George Michael Bluth (Michael Cera) in Ron Howard’s highly praised, but poorly watched, absurdist comedy “Arrested Development”.  I mention that she is the non-biological cousin of George Michael because their mutual attraction plays for several amusing and awkward scenes on the show.  In addition, she has to shake her head in embarrassment at the antics of her father, Tobias (David Cross) and Lindsay (Portia de Rossi).

 AShawkat_Pic08    “Arrested Development” exited the airwaves in 2006; the victim of low ratings.  But, after a very long campaign by fans and the show’s performers, it returned in 2013 as a Netflix series, with rumors of a feature film still being mentioned.

ashawkat_pic01     At the conclusion of “Arrested Development”‘s first run, Alia sort of disappeared off the radar for a period of time.  She did have a few guest starring roles on a variety of tv shows over the next few years but, by and large, she wasn’t really registering.  Fortunately for Alia’s acolytes, she did return to the wide-release market in 2009 when she starred alongside Ellen Page and Drew Barrymore in the rollerball comedy “Whip It.”

AShawkat_Pic02    Now that Alia was now more fully back in the game, she next appeared in the 2010 biopic about the rebellious teen-girl rock band, “The Runaways”.  She got roles in a several other movies in the ensuing years, including “Cedar Rapids” (with “Hangover” star, Ed Helms) and “That’s What She Said” (with Anne Heche).

ashawkat_pic03      With successful return of “Arrested Development” in 2013, Alia is also generating attention as Fiona, the (allegedly) sexually experienced best friend of Brandy (Aubrey Plaza) in this summer’s new teen comedy hit, “The To-Do List”.  Alia’s razor-sharp attitude helps encourage Brandy to pursue her goal of getting ‘experienced’ by summer’s end.  This film recalls some of the finer moments of the original “American Pie” movie and should help Alia continue to expand her fan base.

AShawkat_Pic05    In the past few years, Alia has also started to show off her love of body art.  At the premiere of “Whip It”, Alia was seen in a stunning orange dress and sporting a script tattoo on her left shoulder that reads ‘Mister Baby’.  It’s a tribute to a character in the 1989 Jim Jarmusch film “Mystery Train”.

AShawkat_Tat05   At that same premiere, Alia’s right forearm also showed off a little doodle tattoo that looks like an acorn inside a triangle.

ashawkat_tat02    Not wanting her left arm to feel neglected, she soon added another doodle (of the ‘mister jones’ animated character) to that forearm.

AShawkat_Tat03     Alia’s appreciation of ‘mister jones’ didn’t stop with her forearm.  More recently she added another doodle of him on the front of her left shoulder.

AShawkat_Tat04     This photo shows the very attractive and grownup Alia Shawkat in a stunning black dress, proudly displaying her doodle tattoos.

AShawkat_Tat01You can find out more about Alia and her artistic endeavors at her official website:

http://mutantalia.com/

At present, she does not appear to have a Twitter account.

Celebrity Tattoo of the Day (American Idol Champion Edition): Kelly Clarkson

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Landmark singing talent competition “American Idol” just completed its 12th season.  Of all 12 of the champions, it can be strongly argued that the first champion, Kelly Clarkson, is still the best (though, effective cases can be made for Carrie Underwood and Phillip Phillips).

KClarkson_Pic09   When Kelly first auditioned for “Idol”, she had a good voice and winning, bubbly personality, but the judges weren’t exactly overwhelmed with her.  Fortunately, they did recognize that there was solid enough talent to send her to the next round and, eventually, make her a finalist.  However, she wasn’t viewed as having much of a chance of winning.  Any betting person would have put their money on Justin Guarini or Tamyra Gray to win.  Indeed, most media coverage of the season was geared that way.

KClarkson_Pic03    Leave it to Kelly to roll off one powerhouse vocal performance after another, showcasing a range from pop to rock to soul.  Through the season, she never once finished in the bottom two (or three), which would have put her at risk for elimination.  Then, she scored a big upset over Guarini in the final.

KClarkson_Pic02    Following Kelly’s “Idol” victory, she launched right into her recording career.  She started by releasing the obligatory Idol Champion single, “A Moment Like This”, a generic song that hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 based on the popularity of the show (a phenomenon that would be repeated with future winners, even those whose music careers never amounted to anything, like Taylor Hicks).  Kelly’s first standalone single, “Miss Independent”, followed and reached #9 on the Hot 100.

During this time period, Kelly also starred in the atrocious musical film “From Justin to Kelly”, starring her and Idol runner-up, Justin Guarini.  Kelly acknowledged that she only performed in this movie because of contractual obligations to Idol producers.

KClarkson_Pic08    Instead of just coasting on one heavily manufactured pop song after another, Kelly assumed greater creative control over her next album, “Breakaway”.  In this album, she was able to blend pop sensibilities with her edgier ‘rocker gurl’ personality.  The true standout on this album, and the song that proved Kelly would be a force to be reckoned with for years to come, was her breakup tune, “Since U Been Gone”.  Her assertive, rock-powered lyrics about an ended relationship showed her true musical self.  Reaching #2 on the Hot 100, it won Kelly her first Grammy Award (she won another for the entire album).

KClarkson_Pic06   “Breakway” had several other hits, like “Walk Away”, “Because Of You”, “Behind these Hazel Eyes”, and the title track (which was also on the soundtrack for “Princess Diaries 2:  Royal Engagement”).  Each of these songs reached at least #12 on the Hot 100.

    After a brief hiatus in which she fought with her music label for more control over her musical direction, she released “My December”, a serviceable, yet underwhelming, album that still kept her on the mind of the music-buying public.

KClarkson_Pic04   2009 saw the next step in the evolution of Kelly as artist with here release of standout songs “My Life Would Suck Without You” (which hit #1) and the orchestral “Already Gone”.  This work was quickly followed by her the subsequent album “Stronger”, which continued to showcase her stellar vocal talents, edgy lyrics and incredible staying power.  The first single, “Mr. Know It All”, takes the rumor-mongering press to task, and her title track, “Stronger” (which was her third #1 on the Hot 100), stressed the importance of perseverance.

KClarkson_Pic07    In a true mark of how impressive Kelly’s career has been, she celebrated 10 years in the industry by releasing a “Greatest Hits” album that was legitimately earned (as opposed to the shameless money grabs that some other artists with much less substantial resumes try).  In addition to being a collection of her top songs so far, she also released the breathy and sweet “Catch My Breath”, which was inspired changes in her life, like her upcoming marriage.

KClarkson_Pic01    It’s easy to realize just how big a fan of body art Kelly Clarkson actually is.  She has quite a collection of tattoos that she proudly displays, whether it’s in music videos, on the red carpet or in photo shoots.

    One of the first ones that was noticeable on Kelly is a cute sunflower on the outside of her left ankle,

KClarkson_Tat01kclarkson_tat02Kelly was born in Fort Worth, Texas, and is proud to be a Texas girl at heart.  She displays this pride with an outline of the state of Texas near her bikini line.

KClarkson_Tat04    In many of her music videos, the strongly religious Clarkson shows off a simple cross design on her right wrist.  While it initially stood alone, it has been recently been enhanced with the phrase “Love Them More” alongside.

KClarkson_Tat12KClarkson_Tat10KClarkson_Tat13KClarkson_Tat11    Along Kelly’s other wrist is a cute little design that is a balloon the shape of a heart with three ribbons attached to the tail.

KClarkson_Tat07    Kelly has definitely embraced the emerging feminine tattoo trend of cute designs behind the ear.  Behind her right ear, she has crescent moon design and, behind her left ear, she has an intricate snowflake.

KClarkston_Tat14KClarkson_Tat03On the back of her neck, Kelly has a Kanji symbol that means blessed.

KClarkson_Tat08KClarkson_Tat09    In a recent interview in People Magazine (http://www.people.com/people/archive/article/0,,20559430,00.html), she points out her thirteenth(!) tattoo (obviously I don’t have photos of all of them), which runs along her left rib cage and reads “what doesn’t kill you” in Morse Code.  She has it placed close to her heart.

KClarkson_Tat05    The final Kelly tattoo featured here is an incredible three-dimensional piece that shows a missing puzzle piece being put back into place on her right shoulder.

KClarkson_Tat06KClarkson_Tat15 You can continue to track Kelly’s career on her official website:   http://www.kellyclarkson.com/us/home

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

Celebrity Tattoo of the Day (Sexy Duet Edition): Sabi

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   Back in 2011, the quirky pop band Cobra Starship released the catchy dance tune “You Make Me Feel”.  It turned out to be Cobra Starship’s highest charting single so far in their career, reaching #7 on the Billboard Hot 100.  One thing that stood out in the song was lead singer Gabe Saporta’s vocals being complimented by a strong female voice.  That voice belonged to Sabi (real name:  Jenice Portlock), a hip-hop/R&B singer scoring her first hit with this song, as well.

SabiPic3   The accompanying music video featured numerous scenes in a club which included Sabi singing and dancing, while also ‘cheesing’ it with Saporta in a photo booth.  The sexy and exotic Sabi (she is of Salvadoran and African American backgrounds) got her musical start in 2009 as one half of the urban pop due The Bangz.  After her partner, Ella Ann, was badly injured in a shooting and unable to continue performing, Sabi was forced to go solo.

   Sabi has since become a featured singer on other songs with artists such as Wale and New Boyz.  She is continuing to work on developing her solo singing career while also hosting web-based fashion series called “Found My Swag” (named after one of the songs she released as a member of The Bangz).

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     That Sabi embraces the combination of a singer who’s young and sexy and inked should come as no surprise.  In some of Sabi’s photo shoots a script tattoo can be seen on the top of her left shoulder (although, I do not know what is says).

SabiTat4SabiTat3   Another tattoo that Sabi has is the word (or name) Art with a heart on the lower part of her right forearm, just above the wrist.  She got this one done live with radio DJ JoJo Wright of KIIS FM LA.  You can see the video below:

SabiTat2SabiTat1   You can find out more about Sabi’s musical and acting endeavors on her official website:  http://http://officialsabi.com/

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

Celebrity Tattoo of the Day (Culinary Edition): Brooke Williamson

BrookeWill_Pic05    Brooke Williamson is another in a long line of culinary artists whose creative passions don’t stop at the door to the kitchen.

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    The adorable Williamson recently got to explore her passion in the hit cooking competition, “Top Chef”.  After a season of stellar culinary performances, Brooke was barely edged out in the finale by Kristen Kish (another ‘New 2 Tats’ feature:  https://new2tats.wordpress.com/2013/03/11/celebrity-tattoo-of-the-day-top-chef-championship-edition-kristen-kish/).

BrookeWill_Pic03    Not one to let a loss in a fierce competition overwhelm her, Brooke has seemingly formed a strong bond with her rival, Kristen.

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The California-based Williamson shares a passion with Kish for good food and good body art.  Brooke has numerous tattoos (all of which are very nice) and they include flowers on the front side of each of her shoulders, a star on the back of her right bicep, another design on her right forearm, and what appears to be a tree design running across the back of her shoulders (and, no doubt, many more).   Below are several photos displaying Brooke’s attractive ink.

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You can read Brooke’s official “Top Chef” biography at:

  http://www.bravotv.com/people/brooke-williamson/bio

And, you can follow her on Twitter at:  https://twitter.com/ChefBrookeW

Celebrity Tattoo of the Day (Browncoats Edition): Miriam Pultro

(Update:  Miriam loved this feature and shared her brand new tattoo)

(Update 06/23:  I found a pictures that clearly shows the saying on Miriam’s shoulder)

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(credit: “Mythos” screen capture)

   As regular readers of “New 2 Tats” have probably already realized during their many visits, I generally like to feature athletes or celebrities who are not well known (or who are famous, but not known for their body art).  A recent need to fill my “Firefly” void brought the pretty Miriam Pultro to my attention.

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  In 2010, a group of acting unknowns (and fervent “Firefly” fans) came together to put fan fiction on film with the release of “Browncoats: Redemption”.  Though not focusing on the tale of the crew of Serenity (other than a “blink and you’ll miss it” cameo by Jayne himself, Adam Baldwin), “Browncoats: Redemption” takes in the same ‘verse, aboard a similar ship called Redemption, in the days and months following the devastating news about the planet Miranda, the core of 2005’s “Serenity”.

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   “Browncoats: Redemption” made over $100,000 for charity and introduced this spunky Philadelphia actress to wider audience.  With a look that combines the best features of Jessica Szohr (Vanessa, from “Gossip Girl”) and Lauren Cohan (Maggie, from “The Walking Dead”), Miriam has been steadily building her acting resume with edgy (and, by her own admission, dark) characters.

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      In a film/television career that is just about three years old, Miriam as been paying her dues with a run of independent television and web series.  She began with the film “Laundromat” in 2010 and is recently starred on the television series “Casters”.

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(Photo credit: Tim Goodwin Photography: http://timgoodwinphotography.tumblr.com/)

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   Currently, Miriam has made a splash on the hit web series, “Mythos”.  Beyond being popular, “Mythos” is also an award winner.  The website ‘We Love Soaps’, a champion of independent web and tv productions, held their 4th annual Independent Soap Awards (ISA4) just this week, on February 19th.  Miriam won the award for Best Lead Actress Her co-star, Adam Henry Garcia, won for Best Supporting Actor.  Not too shabby for a series she wrote, directed and produced all on her own!  (The picture below shows her on her big night)

   Of course, while I love to promote independent media, what brings Miriam Pultro to the pages of “New 2 Tats” is, naturally, the ink.  When I first saw her on “Browncoats: Redemption”, I noticed a design on the upper part of her inner left forearm.  A closer look reveals what appears to be Hebrew inscription (I’m told it says ‘hashem’, which is the Hebrew reference for God or, more literally, ‘the name’, as his real name is not supposed to be spoken [it’s helpful to have friends who are “Firefly” fans and Jewish, to provide this little nugget of information :-)).

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(credit: Shervin Lainez)

   On Miriam’s left shoulder, there is another inscription that says “I Am Enough”

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(Photo credit: Tim Goodwin Photography: http://timgoodwinphotography.tumblr.com/)

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(Photo credit: Tim Goodwin Photography: http://timgoodwinphotography.tumblr.com/)

   A little clearer to read is the quote she has tattoo’d on her right bicep, which reads “To love at all is to be vulnerable”.

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(credit: Steve Antonelli)

    The final one I was able to find was a fun and flirty cluster of stars near her right hip.

MPultro_Tat03   And, here is Miriam’s 5th tattoo, inked just a week ago.  It’s the Triskelion, a beautiful Celtic symbol representing the Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Ghost in Christianity; as well as a secular meaning of Spirit, Mind, and Body).  This is a wonderful design (one I will be getting for myself soon), and it looks great on Miriam.   MPultro_Tat05

   Miriam is working hard and making moves.  I have no doubt that we will be seeing more roles from her in the near future (and, hopefully, more ink :-)).

You can find out about Miriam and her career on her professional website:  http://miriampultro.moonfruit.com/

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

And, you can support Miriam, and all independent artists, through We Love Soaps at:  http://www.welovesoaps.net/