Kevin McHale had quite the career, winning 3 NBA Championships, going to 7 All-Star games, and serving as head coach of both the Minnesota Timberwolves and The Houston Rockets…oh wait, that Kevin McHale, the one from Glee. Okay, so Kevin McHale, who plays ‘Artie Abrams’ on the hit show Glee, has been seen sporting two tattoos, both of which are inspired by The Beatles. McHale has the titles of two of their songs, “Imagine” and “Let it Be”, on his left ankle and left wrist respectively. The “Imagine” piece was done on the same night, and matches the ink of fellow Glee star Lea Michele; they got the matching tattoos on a night when they had a bit too much wine. Anyone think that there’s something kind of strange about two of the stars on Glee getting matching tattoos after a night of putting away too much wine? We’re not against it, it’s just funny the kids from Glee get that bombed.
Best known for her portrayal of ‘Santana Lopez’ (does that sound like a 1970’s television show about a Mexican private detective to anyone else?) on…(*cringes*)… Glee; Naya Rivera is also a solo artist and songwriter, and she’s also heavily tattooed (well she has a lot of tattoos, they’re all pretty small though). From what we can tell, she has a peace sign on her left ankle, the word “fighter” (not in English) on her right wrist, a shooting star on her right foot, a bow on the back of her neck, and a fairly large cross on her lower back. Judging by how many she has already, and the fact that she’s only in her twenties (still erks us that she plays a teenager though), we expect Naya Rivera to get at least a little more ink before it’s all said and done.
Amber Riley is best known as ‘Mercedes Jones’ on everybody’s favorite musical where twenty-somethings pretend to be highschool kids, Glee. If you’re a fan, then you’ve seen and heard her belt out performances of “Respect”, “Bust Your Windows”, “Hate on Me”, “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going”, “Beautiful”, “Bridge over Troubled Water”, “I Look to You”, “Hell to the No”, “Ain’t No Way”, “Try a little Tenderness” and “Spotlight”; but did you know she had tattoos? Yup, seeing as how she’s a grown-up and all, she has two pieces of ink on her body. She has the logo for Christian apparel brand Not Of The World on her left wrist (showing her for her spirituality), and a pink and blue hummingbird on her right shoulder blade (showing her love for…humming?). People often seem surprised that the Glee cast have tattoos, but to be honest, we’re more surprised that those oldies don’t have kids.
Glee star Lea Michele is your classic case of someone playing an innocent, wholesome character on television, but having a bit of a wild streak off screen. Amongst her at least nine tattoos, she has “imagine” on her foot (it matches her Glee co-stars Jenna Ushkowitz and Kevin McHale), a gold star (in honor of Rachel Berry, her straight-A Glee character), “I Believe” on her wrist (the big song from her Tony-winning musical Spring Awakening), a blue butterfly on her right foot (drawn by her cousin), a butterfly on her back (it matches her mother’s ink), a bird on her hip, two musical notes on her shoulder (they’re from Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”), “our city our love…” on her foot, and a tattoo on her thigh in memory of her grandfather’s passing. Ok, so maybe it’s not a wild streak; all of her ink seems to have legitimate sentimental meaning to her, and that’s pretty rare, so consider us impressed.
Dianna Agron, one of the stars of the ultra-popular and equally ultra-annoying Glee, recently opened up about the meaning of all her ink. By “all her ink”, we of course mean “her one, really small tattoo that’s only five words”. However, what she lacks in quantity; actually, what she also lacks in quality (it’s not exactly “artwork”); she makes up for in meaning. Her tattoo, which is on the left side of her ribcage, says “Mary had a little lamb”; and is in honor of her mother, whose name is Mary. Get it yet? Dianna is the little lamb…duh. It’s a very nice sentiment, and a well thought out little play on words. So while we can barely even refer to it as a tattoo (it’s also in a very basic font, so the letters aren’t even artistically done, a tattoo robot could have done it…if there were tattoo robots…and they hadn’t taken over the world yet), we definitely give her points for having a cool little piece of expression on her body.