Busy Philipps got her first tattoo as promotion for her book

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Busy Philipps is now a woman of letters in every sense. She’s just finished her first book, a memoir titled This Will Only Hurt A Little, that is due to ship on October 23. To commemorate her accomplishment, she had a line from the book tattooed on the inside of her left arm. The line, which reads, “aced out in her nudes,” is actually Busy’s very first tattoo:

I am not familiar enough with Busy or her story to have any idea what that means so I guess I’ll have to wait for her book to find out. As a publicity tactic – turning it into an Easter Egg of sorts – I find it quite clever. Plus, even if she writes a hundred books, this will always be her first so I get why she wanted a permanent reminder. I have a baseball cap with the character I designed for the cover of my first book on it – the first is always special (even if, years later, you find it a bit amateurish).

On her book’s splash age, she has a blurb from The New Yorker that states, “the breakout star on Instagram stories… imagine I Love Lucy mixed with a modern lifestyle guru.” I’m not aware of anyone calling Busy a lifestyle guru so does this mean she’s positioning herself to be one? Further down the page, it is reiterated that the book is told like, “we’ve come to know and love on Instagram stories.” It seems her humor really comes across in her storytelling. That would be great, I think Busy is really funny. However, it also said, “her conversational writing reminds us what we love about her on screens large and small.” So, a lot of swearing and “you guys” then?

It was announced in May that Busy is developing her own show for E! with the working title Busy Tonight. (I don’t know what it was like to grow up with the name Busy, but it is a marketing dream now – I love it). The show will follow the formula of a late-night talk show rather than a reality show with, “commentary, interviews, and segments that go behind Philipps’ most popular Instagram stories.” All of this is great news for Busy, and I’m happy for her. It wasn’t that long ago that she admitted that due to lack of work in Hollywood, she made her living from Instagram. Now, all that Instagram exposure has led to Hollywood success. However, she’s not perfect at it, as she recently demonstrated in her misguided rant about Delta. Plus, I’m a little worried that if Busy is shaping her whole career off of her behind-the-scenes life, it will limit her actual career. If I can access her stories on her talk show, why would I need to follow her Insta? And vice versa. I’m all for striking while the iron is hot but I wish she’d tone down her Instagram references, she’s had a solid enough career outside it. For example, her book’s splash page is five sentences long and Busy’s Instagram fame is referenced in three of them.

And yet, pushing Instagram bugs me less than the fact that she lists her accomplishments as “working actress, mother, and famous best friend.”




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  1. tealily says:

    I can see her being a very fun talk show host. I don’t see why the show needs to have anything to do with her Instagram.

  2. HeyThere! says:

    I am here for this. I’m sure the saying means a great deal to her, book or not. I don’t have a tattoo yet and I’m in my 30’s. I never said ‘never’ and now I may get a matching one with my husband, of our children’s birth dates. I’m a numbers girl, plus I knew if I ever got a tattoo it would have to be something I would never regret!! Now if only tattoos didn’t hurt. All the places I want them I hear are ‘the worst’ to get.

  3. YeahRight says:

    I’m never going to forget her trying to get clicks for supporting Michelle on the anniversary of Heath’s death.
    She’s dead to me.

  4. mela says:

    why is she so desperate?