Psst! HGTV Celebs Want to Show You Their Tattoos
Anthony Carrino, Vanilla Ice and a host of other HGTV celebs share the secrets behind their ink!
Anthony Carrino, Kitchen Cousins
Anthony is such a fan of ink that he gets about a tattoo a year. Check out the hawk and the raven inside his forearm: "The hawk stands for tenacity, passion and the drive to go after what you want. The raven is a symbol of self-awareness and introspection."
Anthony says, "If something doesn't work, turn into flames, and do it again."
Rob Van Winkle, The Vanilla Ice Project
The interior garage space was created by host and licensed contractor by Rob Van Winkle (also know as Vanilla Ice) for his DIY Network’s original series The Vanilla Ice Project. Rob poses in front of his Cadillac showing of his new work. Rob took the garage one step further creating a multi functional space. Using the Racedeck snap lock flooring and installing a LaCantina hurricane accordion glass door that leads outside to a BBQ area with a Pergola covering from Backyard America this space can be used for many uses. Don’t worry if your friends arrive at the house before you, just use the installed Liftmaster garage system and your smart phone from anywhere in the world to open the Copley garage doors to let them in. As they what for you to arrive they can marvel at the custom mural airbrushed for Rob by Mike Gold. (Interior, portrait)
"The tattoo on my knuckles is a motocross term meaning, 'throttle wide open.' Like in car racing, the expression they say is, 'pedal to the metal.' You have to pin it to win it!"
All His Faves
The Jill & Jill room was co designed by host and licensed contractor by Rob Van Winkle (also know as Vanilla Ice) and his daughter Keelee for his DIY Network’s original series The Vanilla Ice Project. Rob & Keelee worked together to design these two a joining rooms replaced the old flooring with Shaw carpeting and creating wall stickers to add a bit of the exotic tropical environment of Florida. The custom window treatment was created by Unique Interior design. (Interior, portrait)
Rob's a Scorpio, so he got a tattoo of a scorpion on his arm. His tattoo of Krusty the Clown pays tribute to his love forThe Simpsons.
Rob's favorite tattoo (And that's saying a lot!) is the image of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on his leg. Says Rob, "The TMNT generation is currently ruling the world!"
David Bromstad, Beach Flip
Since he's such a talented illustrator and designer himself, it's no surprise that David's ink is just as artistic as he is.
Alison Victoria, Kitchen Crashers
IRL, Alison is tattoo-free, but she did let one homeowner — who also happened to be a tattoo artist — paint the show logo on her arm.
John Colaneri, Kitchen Cousins
John sports a family crest with the phrase, "fratelli culinari" meaning "culinary brothers." (We don't know what that means, exactly, though we do know that John and Anthony are delicious to watch on the show!)
It's All About Family
John's wrist says, "Family is Everything," and lists the names of his brothers, mom and dad. He hopes to make this the base of a much larger tattoo of his family tree (awww!).
Mike Holmes, Holmes on Homes
Mike's tattoos evolved from a couple of fading stamps he got as a teenager. Following his motto of doing things right, Mike replaced them and now sports two bold pieces of art on his bulging guns. The tattoo on his right arm shows a large English bulldog that proudly stands over a "Make It Right" sign, along with a saw, hammer and brick wall.
On his left arm, Mike sports a Viking on bended knee, the symbol of a strong warrior.
Amy Matthews, Renovation Raiders
Portrait of Amy Matthews in Home Theater
As seen on HGTV’s Renovation Raiders, Amy Matthews, Licensed Contractor, stands in the new home theatre that has been created by the team. Wife Sara wanted to surprise her husband Michael with the ultimate man cave, he works his tail off to make it possible for her to stay home after a back injury and she wanted to give him an oasis he can call his own. The new basement has beautiful custom soundproof red tufted walls with gold pillars, and gold sconces add dramatic and mood lighting. Three rows of theatre seating accommodate all their friends and family and the new 40-inch TV is large enough for everyone to see. A custom concession stand with a professional popcorn maker will keep everyone happy watching the game.
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Amy loved working with Habitat for Humanity in Thailand so much that she marked the moment with a tat.
Amy's Tat Up Close
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The beautiful, flowing script means "humanity" in Thai.