(Copyright 2002. The Tattoo. All rights reserved.)

Making a permanent impression since 1994

July 8, 2002

Skateboard legend Tony Hawk and Jen Plonski at ESPN last summer.

Here's Jen, hangin' with Tony Hawk

By Jen Plonski

I broke the "Tattoo curse."

Before I joined The Tattoo, no one here could snap a shot of anything but their pinkies.

Then I came along and broke the curse with my photography talent.

Along with that, I write and draw cartoons, and occasionally proofread.

I've been in The Tattoo for a little over a year because I joined in sixth grade. I'm the youngest person to join The Tattoo since it started eight years ago.

I joined because I had dropped almost all my sports and had nothing else to do. But I'm glad I did.

My favorite thing about The Tattoo is that we get to do a lot of awesome things that we wouldn't if weren't in the group.

We got into Ultimate X, ESPN's new X Games IMAX movie before it opened in the theater and, because we were working reporters, we were allowed access to the skaters in their restricted area at the X Trials at Lake Compounce last summer.

Besides that, I was able to take an hour-long, hot air balloon ride through Harwinton and Bristol and pet the penguins at Mysic Aquarium.

Once of the most fun interviews I've done so far was with Tony Hawk.

I got to go to ESPN and see this weird commercial he did with his entourage.

He kept checking and re-fixing his hair in anything that showed his reflection.

Hawk signed the back of my Tattoo t-shirt and I got my picture taken with him.

If you can help break our other curses, and you'd like to join, call The Tattoo's advisors at 1-800-Break-the-curse, open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

(Or you can email us at majerus-collins@attbi.com)

Check out the work that Jen's done for The Tattoo --

Restoring an old house for a new teen shelter

May 12, 2002

Wild crashes and dynamite music in "Ultimate X"

May 8, 2002

Teen mom hopes new year brings return to high school

Dec. 17, 2001

Freaky fun at a creepy Compounce

Oct. 15, 2001

Central ready to Rampage

Sept. 3, 2001

First Day of school cartoon

August 27, 2001

Tony Hawk endorses skate park

July 2, 2001

What an Xperience

June 17, 2001

Rain washes out final day of X Trials

June 17, 2001

On tour with Tony Hawk at ESPN

June 16, 2001

Standing in line and strutting their stuff

June 16, 2001

Sweating, with free stuff and loud music

June 15, 2001

Athletes ride into Lake Compounce

June 4, 2001

X Trials Primer

June 4, 2001