EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS: Jon Gosselin Gets Huge Tattoo, Says It Represents His Rebirth

Jun. 28 2010, Published 4:49 a.m. ET

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Jon Gosselin wants to start over, so he's got a new manager, a life coach and oh yeah, a new GIGANTIC tattoo of a dragon on his back! has exclusively obtained the first photos of the former reality TV star's new body art, including pictures of the work in progress.

The 33-year-old ex-husband of Kate Gosselin says he has been doing some soul searching and got the tattoo to signify changes he is making to his life.

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"I have planned this tattoo for years now,” Jon told in an exclusive interview. “I wanted something that resembled a rebirth or a change in me.”

Jon says he picked a Korean dragon because it’s a symbol of rebirth and the circle of life.

“The dragon is all encompassing. It has all parts of the zodiac,” Jon tells

The tattoo was designed at Never Say Die Tattoo parlor in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Jon’s first session was three weeks ago for six hours, the second took place a week ago and it was eight hours long.

Kate Plus 8

The proud papa says he showed his eight children the tattoo, and "they love it and think it’s cool!'

Part of Jon's changes include hiring a new manager, Canaan Rubin.

Rubin tells, “This tattoo for Jon marks this turning point in his life, and symbolizes his time of change, and improvement.”

Jon also says he is now working with a life coach, Sylvia Lafair, to change his life.

“I have just completed Section Two of my Total Leadership Connection program,” Jon told (No, we don't know what that means either and we're not sure what he's leading or connecting to!)

Rubin says, “He has been actively exploring ways to better his life, become a better father, boyfriend, ex-husband, friend, business partner, everything. “

Jon tells about his new tattoo, “This was the perfect timing for me.”



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