Where Does Pauley Perrette Get Inspiration for Her Tattoos?


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The majority of Pauley Perrette's tattoos are inspired by numbers and mathematics. The actress designs all of the tattoos herself, and her favorite is a bible verse -- Romans 12:21 -- represented on the inside of her left-hand ring finger as "12:21." The passage reads "Don’t be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good" and is Perrette's daily mantra.

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Born March 27, 1969 in New Orleans, Pauley Perrette is an actress and activist best known for her role as eccentric forensic scientist Abigail "Abby" Sciuto on the U.S. television show "NCIS." In addition to Perrette's many self-designed tattoos, her character wears two temporary transfers; a spider web on her neck and a large cross on her lower back were added because the producers of the show wanted her to have tattoos that would always be visible, no matter what she was wearing.

Perrette has played the role of Abby since "NCIS" first aired in 2003, appearing in every episode as well as the show's two spin-offs, "CSI: Los Angeles" and "CSI: New Orleans." The actress has also appeared in "Frasier," "24," "The Ring" and "Almost Famous." Prior to beginning her career in the entertainment industry, a crime-obsessed Perrette studied criminal science at Valdosta State University in Georgia and the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York.

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