How to decipher Angelina Jolie’s many tramp stamps

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Nothing sends our Suburbarazzi antenna twitching quite like photos of Angelina Jolie at the premiere of “The Good Shepherd.” Do we post about how scenes from the CIA flick, directed by Bobby DeNiro, were shot in Tarrytown (at the Music Hall and The Set Back Inn)? Do we revisit Jolie’s recent bodyguard troubles while in India, shooting a movie with Larchmont’s Dan Futterman? Do we shamelessly plug our own Rockland Magazine story, in which we pinpointed exactly where Jolie grew up in Sneden’s Landing?

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At the premiere, Jolie wore an extremely low-cut crystal-studded black dress that revealed a good chunk of her tattoo collection (all 12 of them). Only problem, we couldn’t make out what a single piece of her body art said. Luckily, the good folks at The Vanishing Tattoo have done all the heavy lifting for us, posting photos galore and decoding all of Jolie’s tattoos, past and present.

Among our favorites are the coordinates on her left arm (covering up an old “Billy Bob” tattoo), which represent where she adopted Maddox (N11° 33′ 00″ E104° 51′ 00″) and Zahara (N09° 02′ 00″ E038° 45′ 00″); the “h” on her left wrist, for her brother James Haven; and a choice Latin phrase below her navel, “Quod me nutrit me destruit,” which stands for “What nourishes me also destroys me.”

More of Angelina’s tattoos deciphered after the break:

Angelina’s current tattoos (via The Vanishing Tattoo):

· “A prayer for the wild at heart, kept in cages” (Tennessee Williams) on her left forearm.
· “XIII” (number 13 in Roman numerals) on her left forearm.
· Coordinates representing the locations where she adopted Maddox (N11° 33′ 00″ E104° 51′ 00″) and Zahara (N09° 02′ 00″ E038° 45′ 00″) on her left arm which cover up her “Billy Bob” tattoo.
· “العزيمة” (Arabic for “strength of will”) on her right forearm.
· “Quod me nutrit me destruit” (Latin for “What nourishes me also destroys me”) several inches below her navel
· A tilted Latin cross on the lower left of her abdomen.
· “Know your rights” just under her neck between her shoulders.
· A prayer of Buddhist Sanskrit symbols for her son Maddox on her left shoulder which covers up the Japanese “death” tattoo.
· A large Asian tiger on her back.
· A dragon under the tiger.
· Two pointy black tribal designs on the lower part of her back.
The lower case letter “h” (for her brother James Haven) on the inside of her left wrist.

Jolie tattoos that have been lasered off or covered up (via The Vanishing Tattoo)

· A dragon on her left arm.
· “Billy Bob”, the name of her former husband Billy Bob Thornton, on her left arm
· A Japanese character for courage (勇) which matched a tattoo of her first husband Jonny Lee Miller, now covered by the Tennessee Williams quote.
· A Japanese character for death (死), now covered by the prayer for her son.
· An unidentified tattoo both Thornton & Jolie shared. It was on her right forearm, now covered by the “strength of will” tattoo.
· A dragon she got in Amsterdam while drunk, now covered by the Latin cross.
· A small window on her lower back. On Inside the Actors Studio, she explained that she covered this tattoo, because, while she used to spend all of her time looking out through windows wishing to be outside, she now lives there all of the time.

Ted Mann

Ted Mann aspires to join Stephen Baldwin’s Breakthrough Ministry, more commonly known as “skateboarding for the savior." Before becoming a Senior Editor at InTown, he worked at The Atlantic Monthly, the Philadelphia City Paper, and the University of Pennsylvania Press. His writing has also appeared in The New York Times, The New York Press, and The Pennsylvania Gazette.