3. Ink Infatuation: Fond memories and self-discovery inspired Jolie to collect at least 14 tattoos over the years. Jolie’s body is a map of her life. A Buddhist Pali incantation to protect her adopted Cambodian child sits on her left shoulder blade. All six of her children have a place beside it on her shoulder where geographical coordinates represent their scattered birthplaces. Jolie says she uses body art to remember the good times. And when it comes to relationships, a lot of celebrities are guilty of this celebratory use of ink.
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4. Love: In fact, Jolie’s infectious love of tattoos has spread to husband Brad Pitt. He’s been marked with Jolie’s birthday in Khmer script on his chest. Thankfully, tattoos are not really all that permanent for those who can afford to get them removed. Jolie knows this because she was able to laser off three pieces of Billy Bob Thornton memorabilia, and a Japanese symbol on her arm she had shared with Johnny Lee Miller. She also covered several others, because not everyone is comfortable sporting memories of their ex. Rocker Avril Lavigne shares four matching tats with her former boyfriend, reality TV’s Brody Jenner, including his name under her right breast. And she’s still hanging on to two with ex-husband Deryck Whibley of Sum 41, despite being engaged to Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger.
5. Brand Billboard: While it’s clear that celebrities mostly just get tattoos for all the usual, relatable reasons, there are exceptions. Pop icon Lady Gaga is blurring the line between self-expression and self-marketing. Recently, Gaga gave her nearly 29 million Twitter followers and 53 million Facebook fans a look at her tenth tattoo. A picture showed ARTPOP printed along her wrist, which was also revealed as the title of her upcoming album. The confidence is admirable at the very least.
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The only problem after getting inked up is regret. People change, but tattoos don’t. It seems ironic to commemorate something as fleeting as a celebrity couple with something as lasting as a tattoo. But, artists at any level have always been attracted to body art. For Gaga’s sake though, ARTPOP better not bomb.