You can tell a lot about a person from their tattoos, and Angelina Jolies tattoos in particular truly represent her journey through life. Two of Angelina Jolie’s tattoos that we find the most interesting are the geographical coordinates on her left shoulder and the Buddhist incantation on her left shoulder blade. The 37-year-old actress has collected quite a few tattoos over the years – many of which have been removed or covered up – but Angelina Jolies shoulder tattoos are so personal and important to her, we find it hard to believe we will ever see them disappear. Read on to learn more about Angelina Jolie’s shoulder tattoos and tattoo meanings.
Angelina Jolie Shoulder Tattoos
Angelina Jolie has been in the news quite a bit lately, mostly because of her awkward leggy pose at the Oscars in February, her ongoing philanthropic work, and her recent engagement to long-time boyfriend, Brad Pitt. Significant attention has also been paid though to Angelina Jolies tattoos, and the sexy Hollywood star has way more tats than you probably think. Although Angelina Jolie’s shoulder tattoos are her most visible pieces of body art, the natural beauty hides quite a few more under those elegant gowns (and even more under her tattoo cover-ups!). Angelina has been quoted saying that her tattoos are her diary, and you can learn a lot about the actress just by checking out her shoulder tattoos.
Angelina Jolie Geographical Coordinates Tattoo
What is probably the most well-known Angelina Jolie tattoo is the ink on her left shoulder that marks the geographical coordinates of each of her six kids’ birthplaces. Adopted or biological, Angelina Jolies shoulder tattoo features the latitude and longitude coordinates for all six children, including Maddox’s birthplace in Cambodia, the location in Ethiopia where Zahara was born, Shiloh’s birthplace in Namibia, Pax Thien’s birthplace in Vietnam, and the location in France where Angelina and Brad’s twins, Vivienne and Knox, were born.
Angelina Jolie’s tattoo meaning is pretty awesome, and it’s even cooler because it covers the equally famous (albeit awful) “Billy Bob” tat the actress had inked on her arm during her marriage to the Sling Blade actor, which lasted from 2000 to 2003. During a U.N. goodwill trip to the Tunisia-Libya border in 2011, Angelina Jolie, 35 at the time, was photographed with a new map coordinate inked on her shoulder tattoo, which sparked rumors of another adoption. As far as the couple is concerned though, child seven is not yet in the works; the new line on Angelina Jolies shoulder tat was for future-hubby Brad Pitt – it marks the coordinates of his birthplace, Shawnee, Oklahoma.
Angelina Jolie’s Buddhist Incantation
Another infamous Angelina Jolie tattoo is the Buddhist Pali incantation she has inked on her left shoulder blade. Angelina Jolies shoulder tattoo was inked by tattoo artist Noo (a.k.a. Sompong) Kanhpaiin in Khmer script, the language of Cambodia, and translates to:
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.
Angelina adopted her eldest son, Maddox, from Cambodia, and her shoulder tattoo meaning represents a prayer meant to protect her and her son from bad luck. Angelina Jolie’s Buddhist incantation tattoo actually covers up a Chinese symbol Jolie had inked on her shoulder blade that meant “death,” which was the actress’ very first tattoo. Angelina Jolies shoulder tattoo appears as five vertical lines written in the native Cambodian language.