Angelina Jolie is a famous actress with a serious love for tattoos, she’s regularly featured in celebrity news magazines and websites with one of her new tattoo designs. She has at least a dozen tattoos over her body and she also has quite a lot experience with tattoo removal.
When shooting a film, her tattoos are covered with makeup. Each one of her tattoos has a special meaning.
Here’s an overview with pictures of Angelina Jolie’s tattoos:
1.This Gothic letter tattoo
This Gothic letter tattoo between her
shoulder blades says “Know Your Rights”. It’s the title of a song of her favorite band.
2.It is a Buddhist Pali incantation
This tattoo on her left shoulder blade was, just like the tiger tattoo, done by tattoo artist Noo (aka Sompong) Kanhphaiin in a hotel in Pathum Thani, 16 miles north of Bangkok.
It is a Buddhist Pali incantation written in Khmer script, the language of Cambodia. It is there to protect her and her adopted Cambodian son Maddox from bad luck.
Here’s the translation:
May your enemies run far away from you.
If you acquire riches, may they remain yours always.
Your beauty will be that of Apsara.
Wherever you may go, many will attend, serve and protect you, surrounding you on all sides.
3. Bengal tiger tattoo
This 12-inch long, 8-inch wide Bengal tiger tattoo on her lower back is Angelina Jolie’s latest. It was done in Bangkok on July 8, 2004, during a 2 hour session by tattoo artist Sompong Kanhphai who also blessed it by chanting an ancient hymn. Sompong also did her Khmer tattoo. She had the tiger tattoo done to celebrate her Cambodian citizenship.
The tiger tattoo was done in the traditional Thai tattoo style with a manual needle. The tiger’s tail covers her blue window tattoo.
4.Asian dragon tatto
This is Angelina Jolie’s Asian dragon tattoo with the name of her second husband Billy Bob Thornton above it (added later). She had it removed after they broke up.
In an interview during the time of the tattoo removal procedure she said:
“I’ll never be stupid enough to have a man’s name tattooed on me again.”
It took 5 visits to the tattoo removal clinic to erase the dragon and you can still see it a bit.
5.The Roman number 13
This tattoo on her left underarm is the Roman number 13. She had it done because she doesn’t believe in superstitions.
Later she had V MCMXL added to the tattoo. 13 May 1940 is the date when Winston Churchill gave a famous speech, in which he said: “I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat”.
6.Jolie’s Latin phrase tattoo
quod me nutrit me destruit
The Queen of Tattoos in Hollywood, Angelina Jolie, too, has a Cross inked on her lower belly along with a score of other designs scattered all over. This shows that she is quite an assertive and strong minded lady because she is not afraid to get her thoughts inked on herself.The Latin phrase Quod me nutrit me destruit (Latin for “What nourishes me also destroys me”) on her stomach several inches below her navel, became prominent after her pregnancy announcement. Furthermore a tilted Latin cross on the lower left of her abdomen.