The big­gest draw in Hol­ly­wood, An­gelina and her 20 tat­toos

Irish Daily Mail - - News - By Alisha Rouse

SHE keeps cov­ered up in chic, prim, busi­ness-like out­fits for her deal­ings with the UN.

But this week An­gelina Jolie dis­played rather more flesh – and a sprawl­ing tat­too col­lec­tion – at the New York pre­miere of her new film, First They Killed My Fa­ther.

The 42-year-old’s back­less gown showed off some of her ink­ings – thought to num­ber about 20 – while ac­com­pa­ny­ing her six chil­dren.

Her de­signs in­clude a Ten­nessee Williams quote, a Bud­dhist prayer and ge­o­graph­i­cal co­or­di­nates of where her chil­dren were born.

The three largest tat­toos on her back were added just last year – an­cient Bud­dhist mantras down her right shoul­der blade, a tem­ple in the cen­tre of her back, and, be­low it, a grid de­sign known as a Yantra, be­lieved to bring good luck.

A tat­too on her left shoul­der blade is a script ded­i­cated to her son Mad­dox, whom she adopted in Cam­bo­dia, and was done in 2003 in a Thai ho­tel. Just months be­fore ac­tor­turned di­rec­tor Ms Jolie split from her hus­band of 12 years, Brad Pitt, last year, the cou­ple had a for­mer Thai monk flown to Cam­bo­dia where she was film­ing.

He drew de­signs on both stars us­ing the same ink to sym­bol­i­cally – – and iron­i­cally – ‘bind’ them as hus­band and wife.

Ms Jolie also has gothic let­ter­ing on her neck read­ing ‘Know Your Rights’, the ti­tle of a song by The Clash, one of her favourite bands.

The Oscar-win­ning ac­tress’s whirl­wind mar­riage to ac­tor Billy Bob Thorn­ton in 2000 af­ter a two-month courtship prompted her to have his name and a dragon tat­tooed on her shoul­der. By 2002, the ink had been erased by laser. Ms Jolie said at the time: ‘I’ve moved on – that’s why it’s go­ing.’ It was re­placed with the co­or­di­nates of her chil­dren’s and Pitt’s birth­places.

New script: An­gelina’s tat­toos on dis­play at the pre­miere

Jolie painful: For­mer Thai monk Ajarn Noo Kan­pai inks her back

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