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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Tattoos News (Touching Tribute Edition): Zelda Williams

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What makes tattoos such an important social construct is that they go well beyond being just a fun body accessory for showing off.  In many cases, they end up truly having a deep personal meaning for the person who wears the ink.  ‘Deep personal meaning’ is not some trite cliche people use to justify their tattoos.  Rather, if you ask people about their ink, they can tell some fascinating and touching stories about what inspired them to get the work done.

ZeldaWilliams_Pic02     One of the most poignant modern examples of this is the tribute that actress, Zelda Williams, paid to her father, the legendary Robin Williams, through the medium of tattooing.  In August 2014, Robin Williams’ legions of fans felt the shock and pain of losing such a great (and beloved) talent, whose iconic roles deeply touched so many people.  Roles in films and tv shows like “Mork & Mindy”, “Mrs. Doubtfire”, “Dead Poets Society”, and “Good Will Hunting” (a role his that is a personal favorite of mine).  As much as the fans felt their own pain, they felt tremendous empathy for Zelda’s devastating personal loss.

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Robin Williams and Zelda Williams
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The unfortunate thing is that, despite all the touching tributes to her father and people expressing their condolences to her, there was still that ugly, ugly segment of internet society that posted awful, horrific comments to her on her social media accounts.  Reflecting a poise and grace that may not be evident in other people, Zelda did not give in to that awful treatment.  She rightfully took time away from her social media accounts to cope with her father’s passing and to begin the healing process.

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A few months later, she returned with a heartbreaking and moving tribute to her father.  On her right hand, just beneath her thumb, she got a tattoo of a hummingbird, which serves as a touching reminder of her father (to always put her hand out and shake with a smile).  Lower on her right forearm, she added the date, “7-21-51”, which is the day Robin Williams was born.  This stunning artwork was crafted by the incomparable Dr. Woo of the famous LA Shamrock Social Club tattoo studio.

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(credit: Zelda’s IG account)

(credit: Zelda's IG account)

(credit: Zelda’s IG account)

(credit: Zelda's IG account)

On her left wrist, Zelda has what appears to be an interpretation of the female gender symbol.  She has had this one for several years.

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(credit: Zelda’s IG account)

(credit: Zelda's IG account)

(credit: Zelda’s IG account)

Since returning to social media, Zelda has used it as a forum to advocate for many worth social causes (animal rescue, marriage equality, etc.)  She has also been showing that she is living life with zest, just like her father (as witnessed by some of her recent fun at the San Diego Comic-Con).

(credit: Zelda's IG account)

(credit: Zelda’s IG account)

Zelda is an inspiring person whose grace in the face of tragedy, as well as awful behavior by others, can serve as an example to us all.

If you wish to follow Zelda on social media (and please be respectful if you do), you can find her here:

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/zeldawilliams

Instagram:  https://instagram.com/zeldawilliams/

Athlete Tattoo of the Day (Olympic Ultimate Fighter Edition): Sara McMann

saramcmann_pic01     Olympians and MMA fighters are two groups of athletes who are regulars at tattoo parlors.  When you combine both types of into one person, you are just about 100% guaranteed to find them sporting body art.  UFC Woman’s Champion, Ronda Rousey, is one such athlete (she won a Bronze Medal in Judo at the 2008 Games in Beijing).  Sara McMann, Rousey’s opponent in the February 22nd, 2014 title match at UFC 170, is another such athlete.

SaraMcMann_Pic07    McMann was born in Maryland (in 1980), but has spent most of her life in the South.  She attended high school in North Carolina and currently lives in South Carolina.  She like to grapple from early on, becoming a wrestler in high school and went on to battle on the mat in college at Lock Haven University in Pennsylvania.  Scholastically, she went on to earn a Masters in Education (focusing on mental health counseling) from Gardner-Webb University.

SaraMcMann_Pic03     Sara’s wrestling days didn’t end when she graduated.  In 2004, she traveled to Greece to wrestle on the U.S. women’s freestyle wrestling team in the Athens Olympic Games.  She represented the U.S. well as she earned a Silver Medal, losing to Japan’s Kaori Icho by a single point the Gold Medal match.

SaraMcMann_Pic02   Graduation from college, and the conclusion of the Olympics, did not mean the end of wrestling for McMann.  Given the growing appeal of women’s mixed martial arts, she found promotions eager to sign her.  In 2010, Sara originally planned to sign with Strikeforce, but contractual and logistical issues derailed that effort.  She eventually got into the ring for promotions such as Universal Cage Combat, Blackeye Promotions and Titan Fighting Championships.

SaraMcMann_Pic08    After getting her face bloodied in those lower-tiered promotions, she started moving up in the ranks.  She fought for Invicta Fighting Championships before another attempt to fight for Strikeforce fell through.  Finally, in 2013, Sara reached the pinnacle of her sport by signing with the Ultimate Fighting Championships (due, in no small part, Ronda Rousey’s pioneering breakthrough [UFC President, and founder, Dana White, had previously stated that women would never be signed to UFC]).

saramcmann_pic05    Once in UFC, Sara was able to get a bout in one of the promotion’s major events, UFC 159.  There, she defeated Sheila Gaff by TKO in the first round.  This subsequently opened the door to Sara getting a major opportunity when White made the Rousey vs. McMann the Main Event at UFC 170.  McMann’s first shot at a title ended in disappointment, however, as a stunning punch by Rousey near McMann’s liver debilitated Sara just long enough for the referee to end the fight by TKO just a minute into the match.  No doubt, Sara will be gunning for a rematch.

SaraMcMann_Pic04     Outside of the octagon, McMann enjoys another strenuous role in her life; that of mother.  She has a daughter with Trent Goodale, the wrestling coach at Limestone College in Gaffney, South Carolina.   Sara is also very active in Habitat for Humanity, including helping rebuild homes in Sri Lanka in the aftermath of the devastating 2004 Indian Ocean Earthquake.

SaraMcMann_Pic06     With all the good background on Sara, it’s now time for the fun body art.  It should come as no surprise that she has quite a few tattoos.  Among them in a very colorful collage of images that run from the middle of her back up to her shoulders.

SaraMcMann_Tat03      Before adding that elaborate design to her back, Sara previously got a design on her lower back that looks like a set of wings with Kanji symbols in the middle.

SaraMcMann_Tat01SaraMcMann_Tat02Sara also has tattoos on each wrist (although, I cannot identify what they are)

SaraMcMann_Tat04SaraMcMann_Tat05You can find out more about Sara on her official website:  http://saramcmann.com/

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

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.

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

Athlete Tattoo of the Day (Ice Princess Edition): Sasha Cohen

the SCohen_Pic04     At this point, it should come as no surprise that an Olympic athlete, even the most ‘wholesome’ ones, would have a tattoo.  However, the tattoos they usually have are related to their Olympic experience.  Usually, they are in the form of the Olympic Rings or some other Olympic symbol.  Figure skating princess, Sasha Cohen, has body art, but not of the Olympic variety.

SCohen_Pic06      The perpetually youthful-looking, California-born Sasha Cohen is best known for winning the silver medal in women’s figure skating at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy.  Sasha was one of the favorites for the gold entering 2006 Games.  Indeed, she was in the lead after the short program.  However, a ‘lights out’ performance by Japan’s Shizuka Arakawa in the free skate relegated Sasha to the silver.

SCohen_Pic05      Sasha had already been a major player on the world figure skating scene before her silver performance in 2006.  In 2000, while still a member of the juniors program, Sasha competed in the 2000 U.S. Figure Skating Championships.  In a breakthrough performance, she finished second to long-time star Michelle Kwan.  The oddness of the skating’s age qualifications prevented her from getting an automatic berth in the World Seniors Championships, unless she medaled at the World Juniors, as well.  She finished 6th.

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    She came back from that, and a back injury in 2001, to make the 2002 U.S. Olympic team.  She nearly medaled there before finishing in 4th place.  After the 2006 Games, Sasha followed the path of many other successful skaters and toured with the “Champions on Ice” tour, all while keeping her Olympic eligibility with an eye towards the 2010 Games.  A fourth place finish at the U.S. Championships ended that dream, however.

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     Athletics have been a major part of Sasha’s life from her earliest days, when she was a child gymnast.  At 7, she switched to figure skating and went ‘all in’ when she turned 11.  One of her earliest coaches was Victor Yelchin, the father of actor Anton Yelchin (Chekov, from the new “Star Trek” films); and, one of her choreographers is Russian skating legend, Ekaterina Gordeeva.  Sasha has also dabbled in acting with a few roles on television and in film.  It will be interesting to see how that develops in her post-skating career.

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     Sasha’s one tattoo is a cute little Infinity symbol on her left wrist.

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You can find out more about Sasha on her official website:  http://www.sashacohen.com/

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

Celebrity Tattoo of the Day (Joss Whedon Muse Edition): Eliza Dushku

E_Dushku_Pic07     It was not too hard to predict that the young actress who played Arnold Schwarzenegger’s daughter in “True Lies”  would go on to play many more strong, butt-kicking female roles in her career.  Eliza Dushku more then held her own against her on-screen parents, Ah-nold and Jamie Lee Curtis, in the spy/comedy film.

E_Dushku_Pic02     Even before she starred in “True Lies”, a pre-teen Dushku had one of her earliest roles in “This Boy’s Life”, starring alongside Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert DeNiro.  These earlier roles were followed-up by a couple of forgettable films, “Bye Bye Love” and “Race the Sun”, until she made her major acting breakthrough in 1998.

E_Dushku_Pic05    1998 saw Eliza join the case of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” as Faith, a fellow slayer whose own damaged background caused her to be more of a villain than ally to Buffy and her friends.  A year earlier, creator Joss Whedon had started “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” because he saw potential in the premise of what had been completely a forgettable 1992 Kristy Swanson movie by the same name.

E_Dushku_Pic04     “Buffy” is what helped put networks like the WB and UPN on the map.  It also made Whedon a force to be reckoned with (the awful “Alien Resurrection”, notwithstanding).  It also made Eliza a star.  Her edgy performance as Faith, combined with her increasing sex appeal, certainly made Eliza a favorite of Sci-Fi fanboys everywhere.  She also continued her role as Faith on the spinoff series “Angel”, alongside David Boreanaz.

E_Dushku_Pic08    The success of “Buffy” and “Angel” helped Eliza get higher profile film roles.  In 2000, she starred as the rebellious cheerleader, Missy Pantone, in the hit high school cheer film, “Bring It On” (the original… not any of the atrocious direct-to-DVD clones that followed).  The next year, she was one of a group of sexy cat-burglers in Kevin Smith’s “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back”.

E_Dushku_Pic03    Eliza continued in the Sci-Fi/Fantasy vein after “Buffy” and “Angel” went off the air.  In 2003, she starred as the lead character in “Tru Calling”.  She played Tru Davies, a medical student currently working in a city morgue who possesses a supernatural ability to go back to the start of the day and stop the deaths of the people brought into the morgue.  In 2009, she reunited with Whedon in the sci-fi series, “Dollhouse”.

E_Dushku_Pic06    Eliza followed that work up with roles on television shows like “Torchwood” and “Leap Year”.  Currently, she is providing the voice for She-Hulk in the animated series “Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.”.

E_Dushku_Pic01    In recent years, it has become clear that Eliza is a fan body art, as she has several small, sexy, feminine tattoos on her body.  One of her most noticeable tattoos is an Albanian eagle on the back of her neck.  She is Albanian decent and has recently embraced her home country (even getting dual U.S./Albanian citizenship).

E_Dushku_Tat02E_Dushku_Tat06    She has another tattoo on her neck, just above the eagle.  It is the word ‘grace’ in honor of her late grandmother.

E_Dushku_Tat04    On the outside of her left ankle, she has a tiny cross inked on her.

E_Dushku_Tat07     She has a symbol on her left wrist.  It looks like the astrological symbol for Leo, although she was not born under that sign.  It could also be an interpretation of the symbol for Capricorn, which would be her sign since she was born on December 30th.

E_Dushku_Tat05E_Dushku_Tat08    In some of Eliza’s sexy photo shoots, you can see a script tattoo along her left hip.  It reads “Lead, Kindly Light”, a 19th century hymn written by John Henry Newman.

E_Dushku_Tat03E_Dushku_Tat01You can find out more about Eliza on her official website:

http://www.elizapatriciadushku.com/

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

Celebrity Tattoo of the Day: Lily Collins

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   You may recognize British-born actress (and model) Lily Collins, from her work in fashion and on film.  However, there is probably something in the back of your mind that has you recall that she’s related to someone else who is famous.  That thought would be correct.  Lily Collins is the daughter of famed lead singer of Genesis (and solo artist), Phil Collins.

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   Lily was born in 1989 to Phil Collins and Jill Tavelman.  At a relatively young age, she got a harsh dose of what celebrity life was like when her parents got divorced, and the court case became fodder for the British tabloids.  Despite experiencing that kind of difficulty, it did not dissuade her from choosing a life in the public eye.  It simply made her more guarded and private about her personal life (a personal preference that more celebrities could benefit from embracing).

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    As a teenager, Lily got involved in modeling, doing print and fashion work for such companies as Chanel and Glamour.  However, she was not content to be ‘just another pretty face’.  Her passion for journalism led her to write for a regular column for Elle Girl (the teenage edition of Elle Magazine), while also writing for Seventeen, Teen Vogue and L.A. Times Magazine.  In 2008, she was the host of the Nickelodeon series “Kids Pick the President”.  She went on to study broadcast journalism at the University of Southern California.

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   2009 proved to be a breakthrough year for Lily.  She had a guest role on “90210” (the reboot of “Beverly Hills 90210”), and made her major film debut in the hit drama “The Blind Side”.  In that film she played Collins Tuohy (perfect first name ;-)), the daughter of Leigh Anne Tuohy (played by Sandra Bullock, in an Oscar-winning role).  She later starred in the thrillers “Priest” and “Abduction”, and then starred in an adaptation of Snow White called “Mirror Mirror”, alongside Julia Roberts.

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   More recently, Lily played Clary Fray in the film “Mortal Instruments”, based on the New York Times bestselling novels.  She also performed with Greg Kinnear and Jennifer Connelly in the movie “Stuck In Love”.  She is also rumored to be in discussions for a lead role in the English literature parody “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies”.

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    Recently, Lily has begun showing a love of body art.  On her left wrist, you can see a tattoo of a crown above a winged heart.

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   On her upper back, she has the phrase ‘Love, Always and Forever’ inscripted in her own handwriting.

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You can find out more about her on her fan page:  http://www.lily-collins.org/

And, of course, you can follow her on Twitter at:  https://twitter.com/lilycollins