To Tattoo or Not To Tattoo

The world is divided into two kinds of people... Photo by: Mauro Luna

We’re been hearing about Angelina Jolie’s tattoos for years.  Now it seems as if all the young female celebrities have at least one.  Scarlett Johansson has a sunrise on her arm; its significance is personal.  Rihanna, Megan Fox, and Nicole Richie have nine each.  Katy Perry and Lindsay Lohan, among other singers and actresses, are catching up.

Miley Cyrus, just 19 years old, has been into ink for a while.  Her tats include a dream catcher on her torso, an anchor on her wrist, and a cross and heart on her hand.  “Just Breathe” is written on her ribcage and “LOVE” on her ear.  Her latest is an equals sign on her ring finger, symbolizing all love is equal.

Cher, now 65 year old, is credited, and rightly so, with bringing body art into the mainstream.  It matched her over-the-top sense of style.   “I don’t know why I like tattoos so much,” she has said. “I’ve had some of my tattoos for twenty years.  I love getting them.”  She takes them off, too, but it’s doubtful if she’ll ever take them all off.  Laser removal is a painful process.

Among Cher’s collection of work is a necklace with dangling charms, art deco crystal, a black orchid, a black rose, and a Chinese symbol meaning strength.  Her most prominent tattoo is a floral and butterfly motif imprinted on her derriere. How do we know this?  She has designed costumes made up of little more than a mesh body stocking to show it off, as she did in her music video “If I Could Turn Back Time.”

Tattoos aren’t just for the young, but the young at heart, even if you’re over forty.

Jennifer Aniston, 42, got her first earlier this year on the inside of her right foot in honor of Norman, her recently departed Welsh corgi-terrier.  Meg Ryan, 49, now dating John Mellencamp, is inked with “Life is short.”  Melanie Griffith sports a large heart engraved with her husband’s name.  She acquired it after she and Antonio Banderas married fifteen years ago.  Now 54 year old, she still has no qualms about wearing sleeveless tank tops or strapless evening dresses.

... those who have tattoos and those who are afraid of people with tattoos. Photo by: bucaorg

Angel wings are popular designs.  So are references to family members.  When 61 years old, Susan Sarandon put a pattern of interlocking gothic-style letters representing her three children on her back.   The phrase “andand” is displayed around her wrist like a bracelet.  It stands for  “A New Dawn A New Day,” reminding her that she can always start over.

As Sarandon blithely noted, “I’ve only got my body for a few more years anyway.”

You’re never too old to try this for yourself.  Just remember that tattoos start to fade after seven years.  Then they just look old.

© 2011 Susan Marg – All Rights Reserved


Will the Real Movie Star Please Stand Up.

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Marilyn Monroe wanted nothing more than to be a serious actress.  And she struggled for her art.

When Monroe first went to Hollywood, she was bounced from studio to studio and cast in bit roles in forgettable movies.

In 1949 just twenty-three years old, she was broke and needed to pay her rent, so she posed nude, not something nice girls did, for fifty dollars.  The resulting image of her lying on her side on red velvet and looking over her shoulder with her mouth slightly open was pure eroticism.  The photographer sold it for nine hundred dollars, making a nice profit.

Two years later  Collier’s magazine featured her as “1951’s Model Blonde.” It was wonderful publicity for a young woman who hadn’t yet appeared in a starring role, but it exposed her as one of the models in a popular pin-up calendar that hung in garages and barber shops around the country.

Studio publicists told Marilyn to deny it was she, but she told the truth.  “Why deny it,” she told a reporter.  “Beside, I’m not ashamed of it.  I’ve done nothing wrong.”

When pressed for details as to what she had on during the photo shoot, Marilyn answered, “The radio.”   She knew how to handle the media, and everyone was crazy about her.

I’m looking forward to seeing Michelle Williams as Marilyn in My Week with Marilyn.  The movie is  based on the diary of a young assistant on the London set of The Prince and the Showgirl starring Marilyn and Sir Laurence Olivier.

Scarlett Johansson had once been considered for the part.   She might have the looks, but she doesn’t have the attitude.

When leaked cell phone photos of the current A-list actress cropped up all over the Internet, she called her lawyer.  “The highly personal and private photos at issue capture our client self-posing in her own home in a state of undress and/or topless,” he wrote in a cease and desist letter to infringing websites, “If you fail to comply, you will be acting at your own peril.”


Now hacking is a serious issue, and the FBI is on the case.  But wouldn’t it be better to lighten up?  If you can’t stand the heat, stay out of the kitchen and take one layer off at a time.

Smile and say “cheesecake”.

© 2011 Susan Marg – All Rights Reserved


Cameron & Justin Together Again

Eat Me! Photo by: Quick Free Recipes

In Bad Teacher Cameron Diaz looks great.  And she never stumbles in her six-inch, red-soled Christian Louboutin heels.  “I don’t need a blackboard or a classroom to set an example,” she proclaims, letting it all hang out at the car wash.  Lecturing one of her twelve-year old students on being too full of herself, she informs the girl that she’s not sexy.  Now, when I was your age, I was sexy.  I bet she was.

On the other hand, Justin Timberlake looks dorky.  He acts dorky, too. He’s ready, willing, and able to chaperon the class trip, and he eagerly plays with the Period 5 teacher’s band, soulfully singing off-key, if that’s possible.

If Diaz’s character is inappropriately suited to her chosen career, her colleague is inanely satisfied about his vocation.  Both actors, however, seem to be enjoying themselves and each other in the R-rated summer comedy, even when she’s bored to tears as he dry humps her in a hotel room on a school trip.  That’s chemistry!

Still, Cameron looks like the older woman.  She always has.  I guess that’s something no cougar can change, even with Botox.

Diaz is now 38; Timberlake is 30.  When they were dating, the press often referred to the difference in their ages, much to her annoyance.  She told W magazine in 2004, “It’s not like this is the first time in the history of human relationships that people were drawn to one another because of who they are, not what age they are.”  Good point.

Throughout their four-year relationship, rumors continuously circulated that the couple was arguing, making up, getting married, arguing, and cheating on each other.  They made good copy.

The tabloids attributed their break-up to Timberlake hiring Scarlett Johansson as a femme fatale in his video “What Goes Around.”  This was years before Johansson found out that much older men, like Sean Penn, twenty-six years her senior, were more to her liking.

Of course, the issue of Cameron and Justin having dated came up while promoting Bad Teacher.   When asked how it was working together, Diaz responded, “We had a great time.”  She also noted, “Any worry that we had was like what the media was going to turn it into.  Because we all know what they can turn it into.”

To the same question, Timberlake replied, “It’s fine.  We have to believe there’s somebody out there who dated and who are still friends.”   He continued, “We are also both really awesome.”

Jason Segel, 31, also in the flick, thinks so, too.  Of Justin, he says, “He’s supremely talented.  It’s almost frustrating how talented he is.”  Of his older female co-star he relates,  “I constantly hit on Cameron Diaz, and she constantly tells me she has no interest.”

Diaz must still be seeing Alex Rodriquez because I think Segel is as cute as a teddy bear.

© 2011 Susan Marg – All Rights Reserved