Singer/Actress, Joanna Levesque, better known as JoJo, has been a performer nearly her entire life. She has been a tattoo enthusiast almost her entire adult life.
Born in 1990, JoJo was swept up in that wave of talent shows in the early 2000’s (beginning with “American Idol” before taking on numerous different forms). She was a contestant on 2003’s “America’s Most Talented Kids”. (This show was notable for introducing audiences to 2004 “Idol” runner-up, Diana DeGarmo, and 2007 “Idol” champion, Jordin Sparks). JoJo made an impression and was quickly signed to the Blackground Records label.
The Vermont-born, Massachusetts native soon released a self-titled debut album. While it was notable for drawing attention to Joanna’s soulful vocal range, this album was also controversial for songs that were a bit age-inappropriate for a 13-year old (most notably, the lead single, “Leave (Get Out)”). The album was successful, reaching #4 on the Billboard 200 album chart.
After her early musical success, JoJo (going by her actual name, Joanna Levesque) made her forays onto the big screen. In the spring of 2006, she starred alongside fellow starlets, Emma Roberts and Sara Paxton in the tween comedy “Aquamarine”. Later that year, Joanna starred in another family comedy, “RV”, as the daughter of Robin Williams and Cheryl Hines traveling on a disastrous family vacation.
2006 also saw the release of JoJo’s second album, “The High Road”. With songs that were more age-relevant, “The High Road” also proved to be more successful. It reached #3 on the Billboard 200 chart, while the lead single “Too Little Too Late” also reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100.
As JoJo has become an adult, she has continued to focus on the next steps in her acting and singing careers. On the acting front, she has had guest-starring roles on popular television series such as the “Hawaii Five-0”, and had a leading role in the recently released comedy film “G.B.F”. On the singing side, JoJo recently resolved a dispute with Blackground Records and left them to join the Atlantic label. She has released an EP and is working on her next full-length album, while also performing at this year’s SXSW festival.
When she’s not acting or singing, Joanna is active in numerous charities like Make-A-Wish, Boys and Girls Clubs of America and World Vision.
One thing that has become obvious as JoJo has grown up is how much she loves body art. This recent article on Steal Her Style indicates that she has at least 13 tattoos (recent photos show a 14th), though her collection could very well include more as of this posting. I have done my best to include all them here.
The tattoo that is probably the most significant for her is a treble clef on her left ring finger. She says it represents that she’s ‘married to music’ and, until her future husband places a ring on that finger, the whole world will know this about her.
Keeping with the musical theme, on in the inside of her right ear, JoJo has two music notes (as well as three red dots). The meaning of the music notes is obvious, but the red dots are there just because she thinks they look cool.
A wonderfully feminine style of tattoo that many women get is foot tattoos. JoJo is no different. She has several tattoos on her feet that are very cute. One is a constellation of stars running down the top of her right foot.
The other is on the inside of JoJo’s left ankle, she has a heart with a West African symbol that stands for “By God’s grace, all will be well”.
JoJo has other themes in her body art. She is very proud of her New England roots and has two tattoos to symbolize it. On the right side of her rib cage, she has a red outline of Massachusetts. The other is on the back of her neck and has her last name followed by the state motto of New Hampshire, “Live Free or Die”.
JoJo definitely seems to be a fan of the red ink tattoos (not unlike Ellie Goulding or Amber Heard). She has the phrase ‘ever to excel’ running down the right side of her torso, just above the hip, in red ink.
Continuing to show her passion for music, JoJo shows an exquisite design on her back that has the phrase ‘love & music’ set against a sheet of musical notes (This is my favorite of all of her tattoos).
JoJo has many tattoos on her hand. Among them are a 4-leaf clover below the knuckle on her right ring finger and a red star, on the same hand, in the webbing between her ring and middle finger.
On the outer part of her right hand, she had the word “Truth” inscribed.
In a bit of a playful mood, JoJo got the design on a T-Rex skeleton on her left forearm.
Finally, wrapped around her right wrist, JoJo has Serenity Prayer etched in black ink with a few words inked in green.
(Editor’s Note: After the Steal Her Style article came out, JoJo added a 14th tattoo to her collection, a map of the world on her right wrist):
You can find out more about JoJo on her fan site: http://www.jojo-music.com/
You can follow JoJo on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/JoJoistheway
You can catch JoJo on Instagram at: http://instagram.com/translucentbrownsugar