Angelina Jolie Adds Three More Large Tattoos to Her Body
At last count, Angelina Jolie was thought to have around 17 tattoos on her body, including a new forearm tattoo she added just in December. But now the count is up to 20 as photos of Jolie on the set of her new film, First They Killed My Father, revealed three new elaborate tattoos covering her spine and right shoulder blade.
Many of Jolie’s tattoos reference her relationships or her children, and while it might not be immediately apparent, these latest additions are also related to the Jolie-Pitt brood. Tattooed in the yantra (or sak yant) style, the new designs match the existing Cambodian tattoo Jolie had on her left shoulder blade, which she got when she adopted son Maddox.
Based on the memoir of Cambodian author and human-rights activist Loung Ung, First They Killed My Father is clearly a personal project for Jolie, who is directing the film for Netflix. A Jolie source confirmed to People that the new designs on her back are “Buddhist blessings for peace, love and a prosperous life” and if they are actually yantra tattoos, Jolie would have likely had them hand-drawn by either a Buddhist monk or special rues practitioner. Jolie is fond of specialist tattoo artists, having flown to Thailand at least twice just to have Bangkok tattoo artist Sompong Kanphai ink her and chant a blessing over her design. Sompong decorated Jolie’s lower back with a massive Bengal tiger in order to celebrate her Cambodian citizenship in 2004.
Jolie’s husband, Brad Pitt, also has several tattoos, and the actress has said her kids are also interested in getting ink on their bodies. “They’re already asking me about tattoos,” Jolie told Radio Times in 2014. “How do I say ‘No’? It’s especially hard for dads and girls. For some reason men get a little more sensitive when the daughter gets a tattoo. And Brad thinks the girls can do no wrong. He’s mush in their hands!”
The Jolie-Pitt kids may not be quite tattoo-ready yet, but they are old enough to help their mom out on her new film. According to Jolie, 12-year-old Pax will be doing some set photography because “the whole movie is from a child’s point of view.” Meanwhile 14-year-old Maddox will be helping Jolie with research on the project, which includes the 1970s genocide by the Khmer Rouge in Maddox’s birth country of Cambodia.