Celebrity Tattoo of the Day (Step Up Edition): Briana Evigan

BEvigan_Pic07    In the summer of the 2006, Touchstone Pictures decided to capitalize on the growing popularity of the dance crew movement.  Dance crews, which typically involve groups of friends facing off against one another in elaborately choreographed dance battles, had begun to be promoted in mainstream media through movies like “You Got Served” and competition shows, such as “America’s Best Dance Crew” and “So You Think You Can Dance?”.  Touchstone released “Step Up”, a film centered around the interactions between the worlds of street dance and classical dance (It also brought future husband and wife, Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan Tatum, together).

bevigan_pic01    The enormous success of “Step Up” (It made over $110 million at the box office on just a $12 million budget) all but guaranteed a sequel.  That sequel, “Step Up 2:  The Streets” was the first big role for actress and dancer Briana Evigan.  If her last name sounds familiar, it should.  She is the youngest daughter of Greg Evigan, a popular actor from the 80’s and 90’s, known for such television series as “My Two Dads” and “TekWar”.

BEvigan_Pic06    Born in 1986, this L.A. girl had been immersed in dancing since she was 9 years old, no doubt inspired by her mother, who was also a dancer.  Her love of dancing eventually landed her roles in music videos for artists such as T-Pain, Linkin Park and Flo-Rida.  This was a prelude to her natural first real acting gig as Andie West in the “Step Up” series.

BEvigan_Pic02     While not well received among film critics (achieving just a 25% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.  Of course, the original “Step Up” only scored 19%), it was another box office smash, raking in over $150 million at the box office, on just a $23 million budget.  The movie also launched rapper Flo-Rida into super-stardom with his song from the soundtrack, “Low” (which included a music video starring Briana).

BEvigan_Pic03     Briana’s success in “Step Up 2:  The Streets” got her numerous other acting roles.  Alas, most of them were in the teen horror film genre, in which so many young stars get pigeon-holed.  So, she hasn’t had a chance to really build upon that initial success.  However, to obtain inspiration, 2014 is showing Briana returning to her roots by reprising her role as Andie in the upcoming “Step Up:  All In” film.

BEvigan_Pic05    In addition to acting and dancing, Briana is also heavily involved in charitable organizations.  She has been working with JVB Project Asia in recent months, tweeting photos from overseas of her experiences with that group.  She also promotes the Somaly Mam Foundation on her official website.  Somaly Mam is dedicated to ending human trafficking and modern slavery.

BEvigan_Pic04     The spunky Evigan is also a huge fan of tattoos.  One of her earliest tattoos is a set of three dots just below on the wrist on her left forearm.  She got them with Rumer Willis (daughter of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore) and their friend, Samantha, to represent their friendship.

BEvigan_Tat10    On that same arm, placed on the wrist, is an elegant script design of the initials B and J, which stand for her first and middle name, Briana Jane.

BEvigan_Tat06BEvigan_Tat08     Briana’s most recent tattoo is script design on her left shoulder (although, I cannot make out what it says).

BEvigan_Tat07BEvigan_Tat05   Briana’s most prominent tattoo sits along her torso on the right side of her rib cage.  It is three script words that read “Butterfly, Protector, Strength”.  These represent her and her siblings, Vanessa Lee and Jason.  Each word is the meaning of one another’s name.  Butterfly is the meaning of Vanessa; Protector is the meaning of Jason; and Strength is the meaning of Briana.

BEvigan_Tat03BEvigan_Tat02BEvigan_Tat01BEvigan_Tat04BEvigan_Tat09You can find out more about Briana on her official website:  http://www.brianaeviganonline.net/

You can follow her on Twitter at:  https://twitter.com/brianaevigan_2


Tattoos in Real Life: My Third Tattoo (‘Getting Inked with a Friend’ Edition)

One of the things I had wanted to do ever since I got my first tattoo wayyyyyy back 14 months ago, was to go get inked with a friend.  With my first two tattoos, I knew what I wanted, but the decision on when to get them was spur of the moment.  So, planning with friends was not an option.

Further complicating matters was the fact that the artist who had done my other ink, Danny Sebastian (aka “Danny Deathwish”), had left the shop I had gone to, Pop’s Tattoo.  Then, a few months later, Pop’s shut down for good.  Fortunately, Danny kept in touch with his customers so that they would know where to find him now that he had moved on to RAW Ink, in Gaithersburg, MD.  So, I knew where to go when I was seeking my next tattoo.


   Then there was the matter of finding a friend who was looking to get their next tattoo and wanted to coordinate with me on such an outing.  I was fortunate on that count, too.  Jen, a long-time friend going all the way back to high school, is a big fan of tattoos herself, and she was looking to get her fifth one; which she wanted to be something representing her two-year old son.


  So, we coordinated with Danny to go get inked together on March 16th (personally, I think it’s only proper that I get inked on St. Patrick’s Day weekend 😉 ).  The excitement of knowing that a new tattoo is about to happen in enhanced by knowing you will be doing so with a friend.  On the 16th, we hopped on I-270 and made our way over to RAW Ink.

MyThirdTattoo_07   Jen was first up for her tattoo.  Her concept was to get her son’s birth sign, Sagittarius, as an inscription on her wrist, with the arrow being replaced by his name and birth date.


   With Danny being the skilled artist that he is, he will look at a concept and make suggestions on how to best bring it to life.  In Jen’s case, the complexity of what she was looking for would have resulted in a design that would be too compressed for the wrist.  The details would not stand out and, over time, would end up blending together.  He did a mockup of a larger design, incorporating the elements she wanted, which would need to run lengthwise down her forearm.  While it was larger and had a different placement than Jen had planned, she liked new mockup and Danny got to work.


   I have long been a proponent of recording the experience of getting inked, in addition to showing off the final product.  Getting a tattoo is as much a journey as a destination.  Jen had not done this before with her previous for tattoos.  So, she liked the idea of chronicling it this time (her mother also wanted photos of Jen getting inked :-D).


Finally, the finished design came in to being.


As you can see, Jen is pretty happy with it.


   Now it was my turn.  I had been going back and forth between two designs I wanted underneath my flag tattoos on my left arm.  They were a Libra symbol (my birth sign) and a triskelion, a Celtic symbol representing the holy trinity (it also has significance dating back to the Neolithic times relating to themes of the number 3).  Because I was having difficulty determining what form I wanted the triskelion design to take, I had initially decided on getting the Libra symbol.  Then I found the following image embraced the simplicity and detail that I wanted.  I also liked the symmetry of the triskelion being my third tattoo.


   I sent this design to Danny with the request to see how we could add some color to this design, as well.  Leave it to him to come up with a concept that gave the design some three-dimensional depth that allowed shades of green to be incorporated.


Then the work began.




The halfway point





Wrapped and ready to go.


   Later that evening, I celebrated with a beer and let my new tattoo get some air.  It turned out really well 🙂


   Getting a tattoo is always a great experience.  However, getting to share it with a friend helped make it special.  I was thrilled with my tattoo and Jen was thrilled with hers.  Once again, Danny did great work.

Check him and the studio out at:  http://www.rawinkstudio.com/