Celebrity Tattoo of the Day (Bad ‘Habits’ Edition): Tove Lo

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While 2014 in the music industry has been dominated by some less than inspiring acts (I’m specifically referring to Iggy Azalea), it has introduced several new performers who show considerable potential because of intriguing lyrics and appealing styles.  One of those new names to make waves this year is Swedish pop star Tove Lo.

ToveLo_Pic02    Born Tove Nilsson, in Stockholm, Sweden, Tove Lo always felt the juices of artistic creativity flowing through her veins.  She grew up writing poetry and short stories, a talent that would serve her well when she turned to music.  For a little while, Tove was a member of a band called Tremblebee.  She eventually went solo to focus on her own singing and song-writing endeavors.

ToveLo_Pic05    Tove’s career took a big step forward when she started working with song-writing kingmaker, Max Martin.  Tove’s narrative talents allowed her to write good songs for many acts.  Among the performers who have benefited from Tove’s storytelling are Icona Pop, Girls Aloud and Lea Michele.

ToveLo_Pic04    Efforts in song-writing notwithstanding, Tove also had desires to get in front of the microphone.  Her debut album, “Truth Serum”, was released in 2012.  It included tracks like “Love Ballad” and “Out of Mind”.

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Tove getting the ‘Royal’ treatment

“Truth Serum” also contained another song that is destined to put Tove on the map.  “Habits (Stay High)” is a catchy, yet painfully emotional, song about the self-destructive behaviors one woman is putting herself through to forget a bad breakup.  The accompanying music video gives a powerful perspective on Tove playing the role of the distraught ex-girlfriend.  Taking part in that video was a draining experience for her.  “Habits” had been simmering in the lower-levels of the Billboard Hot 100 until it started getting heavier airplay.  It now sits at #23 and is rising quickly.

ToveLo_Pic01    Later this fall, “Habits” will be repackaged as a track on Tove’s first major album release, “Queen of the Clouds”.  With her strong song-writing skills and emotional vocals, Tove should be around for awhile.

ToveLo_Pic03    It is not difficult to see how much Tove loves tattoos.  Elaborate illustrations are visible on her left upper arm and right forearm (both are by painter Mark Ryden).  The design on her right forearm is a flaming heart with an eye in the center.

ToveLo_Tat05ToveLo_Tat04   On her left upper arm, she has an intriguing female caricature.  It is her most noticeable tattoo and her favorite.

ToveLo_Tat02ToveLo_Tat01ToveLo_Tat0ToveLo_Tat06ToveLo_Tat07    On the front her right collarbone, Tove has a design of a scorpion.  No doubt, it is inspired by her sign, which is Scorpio (She was born on October 29th).  Interestingly enough, she professes to seriously disliking it (I think it’s well done and fits her public persona).

ToveLo_Tat03You can get more info on Tove at her official website:  http://www.tove-lo.com/

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

You can catch her on Instagram at:  http://instagram.com/iamtovelo

 

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Celebrity Tattoo of the Day: Danielle Harris

DanielleHarris_Pic05So, I began looking up tattoos for Daneel Harris (now Daneel Ackles), who you will know as Vanessa, Kumar’s lost love from “Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay”.  Daneel has several tattoos (and will be featured here at some point), many of which were quite visible in her Maxim photo shoot.

DanielleHarris_Pic02In the process of doing so, I came up with results for Danielle Harris, who I remembered from several of her teenage roles in films like “Daylight” and “The Last Boy Scout” and as the snotty younger daughter of the Conner’s snobby neighbor in the sitcom “Roseanne”.

Danielle HarrisWhile I remember Danielle Harris quite well, I did not know she was inked.  I’m not surprised she’s inked because so many actresses have tattoos these days, but I was pleasantly surprised to find out she did and that they were quite impressive.

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I’m more than happy to feature Danielle here.  She began her acting career at a very young age as a child star on the daytime soap opera “One Life To Live” as Sami Garretson.  While she later moved on to steady work voicing Debbie Thornberry in the animated series “Wild Thornberries”, she made a move to be scream queen at the tender age of 11 by joining the “Halloween” horror franchise, playing the role of the young Jamie Lloyd.

She played that role twice in the original franchise and played Annie Brackett when the movie franchise rebooted in 2007.  She has since got on to perform in several other horror films, cementing her place as an ‘infamous’ scream queen :-).

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What really jumped out at me when coming across Danielle’s results was her large and incredibly gorgeous floral tattoo along her left hip.  Anyone who has followed my blog knows how much I love flower designs.  Danielle’s tattoo is in wonderfully detailed and textured, and has striking color shading.

DanielleHarris_Tat05This revealing picture above appears to have been from when Danielle either got the tattoo or had it touched up.  As you can see below, Danielle did what I really like and that’s getting photographed while being inked (it’s as much about the journey as the final result)

DanielleHarris_Tat02These additional photos her hip tattoo from many different angles

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More recently, Danielle has had work begun on an elaborate portrait design along her left torso

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You can find out more about Danielle on her fan site:
http://danielle-harris.org/

and follow her on Twitter:  https://twitter.com/halloweengal

Athlete Tattoo of the Day: Michelle Beadle

I realize it may be a stretch to categorize Michelle Beadle under ‘Athlete Tattoo of the Day’, but she has held a variety of sportscasting and sports hosting jobs.  So I am willing to make that leap.

In case you have been living under a rock for the past five years, you’ll recognize Michelle as the goofy, spunky, and incredibly attractive co-host of ESPN’s “SportsNation” along with Colin Cowherd.  She was then (and remains now), the only reason to have watched that show.  She deserves a lot of credit for working three full years with Cowherd, a sports personality whose ‘hackery’ rivals only that of Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith.

Beadle-Mania got its start in the late 1990’s when Michelle, a graduate of University of Texas at San Antonio, interned for the San Antonio Spurs.  After that, Michelle cut her teeth in a variety on eclectic sports assignments, including covering “Big Game Hunters” for Fox Sports Net and the Professional Bull Riders’ Tour for TNN (which was “The Nashville Network” at the time before changing focus and becoming “The National Network”, and then rebranding entirely as “Spike TV”).

She also did ‘hard time’ as a reporter covering the New Jersey Nets for the YES Network (anyone deserves sympathy for putting up with that).  Finally, after several more assignements of the entertainment and reality show variety, Beadle landed her huge break on June 1, 2009 on “SportsNation”.  Her three years on that show brought a lot of fun and entertainment to an otherwise typical sports show, while also raising her ‘Q-rating’ among ESPN’s male fan base.

In May of 2012, she moved on from ESPN and took a job with NBC; primarily with NBC Sports (where she covered the 2012 London Olympics [a source of many tattoo features]) and also as co-host of “Access Hollywood”.

One thing that Beadle fans noticed during her hosting stint on “SportsNation” was her conspicuosly visible tattoo on her right wrist.

I believe the script tattoo says “Amore” and it is a cute one for Michelle.  Here is another picture of her working out with her wrist ink plainly visible

Michelle is a fan of body art and is believed to have four tattoos.  I have been able to locate two of those.  They are both appear to be cute designs on the inside of her left ankle on the top of her right foot.

These two pics show glimpses of her ankle tattoo

While these photos show glimpses of her foot tattoo (which appears to be a heart design)

You can follow the fun and perky Beadle on Twitter:  https://twitter.com/MichelleDBeadle