We've had six Tattoo Time Tributes here on Sleepless in Samoa and today marks a historic first in the series - our first female feature! (Because we are an equal opportunity and non-sexist blogosphere.) We like to pay tribute to tattoos and the Polynesians who rock them because they play a huge part in  my YA fantasy books. Which got me thinking because sisterhood and girl-power are key themes in the TELESA series. The main characters are strong, fierce, powerful women who must make important choices about the elemental powers they have been gifted with. So I went in search of a strong, fierce and powerful woman who has worked hard to achieve great things with her talents. And has kick-butt tattoos as well -  Natasha Kai.
Natasha is of Hawaiian, Chinese, Filipino and Caucasian heritage. When she was 5, she cut her foot badly on a glass bottle and doctors warned she may never walk properly again but she overcame the odds with tenacity and hard work. She is an American soccer forward currently playing for Philadelphia Independence of Women's Professional Soccer. She is a superb athlete and holds numerous records during her standout soccer career. She is the first player from Hawaii to play for  the U.S National team and to make the Women's World Cup team and helped take the US to the quarterfinals in the Beijing Olympics. She also plays rugby and was on the US rugby women's team at the IRB Womens Sevens Challenge in Dubai, 2011. Natasha has over 55 tattoos,  including two sleeves...I'll let the visuals speak louder than words.
Natasha Kai shows us that "lean, mean machine" is beautiful. I think she's got more ab definition than any of the other Tattoo Time features....
Some neck tattoos as well as a few piercings...What the heck, let's just profile all 55 tattoos, shall we?!
Right ladies, I dont know about you - but I'm now inspired to get my lazy blogging butt off the sofa and go for a run. Kick a soccer ball. Do some sit-ups. Maybe get a tattoo. OR just go write some more of my TELESA books about strong, fierce, independent, powerful and kick-butt inspiring women. (Like Natasha Kai.)
(See more of Natasha's shoot with ESPN 'The Body' issue here.)
Sleepless in Samoa hit a record 30,000 visits this month. Thanks for keeping me company! If you're looking for a Fantasy Romance read about strong, fierce and proud Pacific women - check out the free sample of TELESA:The Covenant Keeper available on Amazon.[image error]
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Published on March 30, 2012 02:48 • 1,736 views

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