Angelina Jolie Tattoos and Explanation


Angelina Jolie is one of the best actresses of her generation. Smart, a feminist, and dangerously sexy, Angelina has it all. She is also known for being in love with tattoos.  One proof of this is that she has more than a dozen tattoos all over her body, from her toes on up. In order for you to have a glimpse of what we mean, we came up with the 12 best Angelina Jolie Tattoos and have compiled them, along with photos and explanations.

1. A prayer for the wild at heart; kept in cages. Angelina Jolie Tattoos – Photos and Explanation

There is an Angelina Jolie tattoo on her left arm that says: “A prayer for the wild at heart, kept in cages”, by Tennessee Williams. The tattoo was created in the presence of her mother. The quote means that Angelina wants to be wild and free but society and the world won’t let them be.

2. Co-ordinations

Angelina Jolie Tattoos – Photos and Explanation

Ready for more Angelina Jolie tattoos? These coordinates indicate the birth locations of her adopted children across the globe. The first coordination is the location in Cambodia where her eldest son, Maddox was born. The second is the birthplace of her daughter Zahara in Ethiopia. The third one is the place in Namibia where she gave birth to Shiloh, her biological daughter. The fourth one is in Vietnam, where Angelina’s son Plax was born. The sixth is a place in France where her twins were born. The last line is Brad Pitt’s birthplace coordinates in Oklahoma. This tattoo also covers a previous dragon tattoo and the name of one of her ex-husbands.

3. Cross

Angelina Jolie Tattoos – Photos and Explanation

A cross with the quote “quod me nutrit me destruit,” meaning “What nourishes me, also destroys me,” is tattooed on her waist. Angelina Jolie got the tattoo before she married her ex-husband, Johnny Lee Miller, in 1995. The tattoo was done in Amsterdam and it also covered her previous tattoo of the dragon with a blue tongue.

4. Death symbol

Angelina Jolie Tattoos – Photos and Explanation

This Japanese symbol for death on her left shoulder blade was her first tattoo. She said that the tattoo reminds her that she must live in the moment, for tomorrow is no guarantee. Since this photo was taken, Angelina has already removed and replaced this tattoo with the Khmer script.

5. Billy Bob and the dragon

Angelina Jolie Tattoos – Photos and Explanation

This tattoo bears the name of her second ex-husband, Billy Bob Thornton. She had it removed when they broke up.

6. Khmer Script

Angelina Jolie Tattoos – Photos and Explanation

The Khmer script was done on her left shoulder blade with the use of the language of Cambodia. It was an incantation to protect her and her adopted son Maddox (who was from Cambodia) from harm. This is the translation of the script, “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.”

7. Know your rights

Angelina Jolie Tattoos – Photos and Explanation

This tattoo is the title of a song from her favorite band, The Clash. It is tattooed on the nape and in Gothic style.

8. Rune Tattoo

Angelina Jolie Tattoos – Photos and Explanation

This rune tattoo is a symbol of the letter H. There is no definite explanation for the tattoo, but the rumor is that Angelina got the tattoo while dating her ex-boyfriend, Timothy Hutton.

9. Strength of Will – Angelina Jolie Tattoos

Angelina Jolie Tattoos – Photos and Explanation

This tattoo was made to cover up the previous tattoo that she and her ex-husband Billy Bob Thornton made. The design is an Arabic script that says: Strength of Will.

10. Abstract line

Angelina Jolie Tattoos – Photos and Explanation

This was the tattoo that Billy Bob and Angelina made. This was on her right arm, but now she has covered it with an Islamic script.

11. Bengal Tiger Tattoo

Angelina Jolie Tattoos – Photos and Explanation

A 12-inch long and 8-inch wide tiger tattoo was placed on her back. It was made in the year 2004, by the same tattoo artist who made her Khmer script tattoo. While doing the tattoo, the artist chanted a spell to bless Angelina. This tattoo was also chosen as part of a celebration of her becoming a Cambodian citizen.

12. XIII

Angelina Jolie Tattoos – Photos and Explanation

The decimal number XIII represents the fact that Angelina doesn’t believe in superstitions. Later on, she added the V MCMXL: May 13, 1940. These numbers remind her of the speech of Winston Churchill: “I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears, and sweat”.

So that’s about it for Angelina Jolie’s tattoos with photos and explanations. We hope that our compilation has helped you answer burning questions. Fans will always admire Angelina Jolie for her great acting skills and eye-catching tattoos.

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