Christina Perri: words and tattoos
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Christina Perri: words and tattoos

San Francisco : CA : USA | May 04, 2011 at 11:42 PM PDT
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Christina Perri has a lot of tattoos — 38, to be exact. They’re images of everything from a tiny penguin on her hand through an elaborate Banksy balloon-girl image that occupies an entire ribcage, to the words “La mia familia” around her neck, honoring her Italian-American clan back in Philadelphia. One is most telling: “to thine own self be true” on her forearm where she can always reference it. It’s the credo that’s guided the singer from obscurity to literal overnight stardom. “Especially in this day and age, and in the music business itself, they’re words to live by,” says Perri, whose then-unknown track “Jar of Hearts” instantly sold more than 220,000 copies on iTunes after being featured on TV’s “So You Think You Can Dance” in June, paving the way for her upcoming full-length debut “Lovestrong” and a tour with James Blunt, which hits The City tonight. “But I was so lucky, because I woke up one morning and people just liked my song the way it was. And I got scooped up and sent to New York to sign a record deal, and the label said, ‘Just do what you’re doing, because it’s working.’ So now every day I get to wake up and just be me.”

Rodolfo Buccico is based in Naples, Campania, Italy, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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