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What Was Angelina Jolie’s First Tattoo? Here Is The Answer

Award-winning actress Angelina Jolie is known for her skills on set and eclectic collection of body ink all over her body.

In her prime, the actress was the epitome of beauty in Hollywood.

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At one point, she was also named the highest-paid actress in Hollywood. The beautiful 44-year-old mother is now heavily engrossed in humanitarian projects around the world.

Angelina Jolie has always been a free spirit and at the height of her career, she truly expressed herself.

Back when women in Hollywood were not accustomed to parading their tattoos, Angelina rocked hers on red carpets unapologetically. Her body is her canvas and she has proven that she is not afraid to get under the needle.

Her youth was not smooth though as she was involved in a few scandals that made headlines. But what is youth without a few hiccups along the way?

One of the biggest ones was her highly publicized second marriage to former husband Billy Bob who was 20 years her senior. The two lovebirds did a lot of crazy things and Angelina left with a tattoo of Bob’s name inked on her left arm.

The name ‘Billy Bob’ stood out with a black dragon tattoo close to it. She later removed it and replaced it with another one after their divorce.

Angelina is definitely one for grandeur and sentimental shows of affection and this is reflected in her tattoos. All of them have a meaning, some more sentimental than others.

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After lasering off the Billy Bob tatt, Angelina tatted the coordinates of the birthplaces of her children at the same place. She added a seventh set of coordinates in 2011 believed to be Brad Pitt’s birthplace.

She also has a tattoo of the letter ‘h’ on her wrist which is believed to represent either her brother Janes Haven or ex-boyfriend, Timothy Hutton.

First Tattoo

No one forgets the first tattoo they ever get unless you were drunk or high. This is probably because it is the first time experiencing such kind of pain.

Speaking to Harper’s Bazaar during an interview, Anjelina said she got her first tattoo at a time when she was feeling lost. It was back when she was just 20 years old while riding with her mother Marcheline Bertrand.

Her mother brought up the topic of playwright Tennessee Williams and one of his quotes completely stood out for Anjelina.

She wasted no time as she dragged her mother with her to a tattoo parlor where the words “A prayer for the wild at heart kept in cages” were tatted onto her left arm.

“We drove to a tattoo parlor and I got it inked on my left arm. What she did for me that night was remind me that the wild within is all right and a part of me,” said Angelina Jolie.

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Jolie believes that it’s the people who are wild at heart, open, and honest, in whom she sees the most beautiful. She hasn’t looked back since.

Other Tattoos

Angelina has added a total of sixteen tattoos since getting her first-ever tattoo. As with most things, there have been a few regretful tattoos she has put and had to cover up later.

She once got a tattoo written in Japanese kanji that directly translates to death. According to Jolie however, it served as a reminder to live for her.

She, however, saw the implications of the tattoo and covered it up later with a Khmer script prayer tattoo. This, she says, she got to protect her son Maddox from bad luck. 

The tattoo 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.”

She also regretted getting a tattoo when drunk because she woke up to a blue tongue dragon tattoo in Amsterdam back in 1996. The tattoo was soon covered with a cross tattoo.

She got a large black cross with a Latin saying beside it. The saying “Quod Me Nutrit Me Destruit” has been inked with the cross directly translating to “What nourishes me, destroys me.”

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