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Angelina Jolie Thai Tiger Tattoo

AFP/YahooNews – Hollywood star Jolie treats herself to new Thai tattoo

Fresh from receiving an offer of Cambodian citizenship, Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie was given a gift of a different kind in Thailand when she had a large Asian tiger tattooed onto her back, a report said.

Photo: Actress Angelina Jolie is seen getting a tattoo of a tiger from a Thai tattoo artist Sompong Kanphai during her visit to Bangkok on July 8, 2004. Picture taken July 8, 2004. THAILAND OUT, NO ARCHIVE, NO SALES REUTERS/Nation
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The Oscar-winning star flew into Bangkok by private jet for a rendezvous with artist Sompong Kanphai, who engraved a 30-centimetre (12-inch) roaring tiger on her back, the Nation newspaper reported. A front-page photograph in the English-language daily showed a smiling Jolie, her hair in a bun and white t-shirt at her midriff, as Sompong inked the elaborate design into her skin with a long needle. The artist told the paper he chanted an ancient hymn to bless the tattoo to ensure that its bearer would be rich and powerful. It is the second time Jolie has visited Bangkok to get a tattoo. She reportedly flew into the Thai capital Wednesday with her adopted Cambodian son Maddox.

Days earlier Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen offered her Cambodian citizenship in honour of her humanitarian work and because she adopted a son in the kingdom.

The 28-year-old actress, who serves as a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations refugee agency, fell in love with Cambodia when shooting the 2001 film “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider” at the famed Angkor Wat temple complex and adopted Maddox after meeting him at an orphanage in November the same year.

While it’s a nice looking tiger and should have more long-term appeal than her “Billy Bob” tattoo, I agree with Steven on this one. It’s not as if the woman needs a large cat tattooed on her back to generate attention.

More (entirely work-safe) photos in the extended entry:

Thai artist Sompong Kanphai starts a tattoo of a tiger on the lower back of U.S. actress Angelina Jolie during her visit to Bangkok on July 8, 2004. Jolie was in Thailand after her visit to Cambodia. Picture taken July 8, 2004. THAILAND OUT NO SALES NO ARCHIVES REUTERS/Nation

U.S. actress Angelina Jolie smiles while getting a tattoo of a tiger from Thai artist Sompong Kanphai during her visit to Bangkok on July 8, 2004. Jolie was in Thailand after her visit to Cambodia. Picture taken July 8, 2004. THAILAND OUT NO SALES NO ARCHIVES REUTERS/Nation

A close up shows U.S. actress Angelina Jolie getting a tattoo of a tiger from Thai artist Sompong Kanphai during her visit to Bangkok on July 8, 2004. Jolie was in Thailand after her visit to Cambodia. Picture taken July 8, 2004. THAILAND OUT NO SALES NO ARCHIVES REUTERS/Nation

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  1. t colour the skin at all but the needling does raise red welts for a day or two. After that the tattoo is ‘invisible’ but still performing its magic, or so it’s believed.” If you want to see pics of Angelina getting tattooed, there’s one here and one here.

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  2. 42nd SSD says:

    The irony is (to me) that people… care. Not care in the “wow, that’s a really dumb thing to do” but “oooh, that’s great, she’s getting a tattoo”. I guess Ms. Jolie hasn’t had much publicity lately or something.

    It’s a shame people feel a need to mark up their bodies this way, but I’d never deny them the right to do so. On the other hand, every time I see a woman sporting a large tattoo I cringe at the thought of what that thing’s gonna look like when she’s 75 years old…

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  3. John Doe says:

    Let’s hope she fares better than Pamela Anderson. Third World countries and tattoos are *not* a good combination.

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  4. Walloworld says:

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  5. Jade says:

    I’m a big fan, but honestly, the big tiger tattoo is a surprise…I hope she doesn’t decide to get any more huge tattoos on her…theres a limit.

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  6. Eileen says:

    I’M A BIG FAN AND I HONESTLY DO LIKE HER TATOO.IT LOOKS VERY BEATIFUL( ESPECIALLY ON HER) IT’S A LITTLE TO BIG FOR ME BUT I RESPECT HER AND SUPPORT EVERYTHING SHE CHOOSES TO DO.SHE HAS THE MONEY TO GET IT AND SHE HAS THE MONEY TO TAKE IT OFF IF SHE DOSEN’T WANT IT. SHE’S STILL VERY BEATIFUL.

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  7. Eileen says:

    I’M A BIG FAN AND I HONESTLY DO LIKE HER TATOO.IT LOOKS VERY BEATIFUL( ESPECIALLY ON HER) IT’S A LITTLE TO BIG FOR ME BUT I RESPECT HER AND SUPPORT EVERYTHING SHE CHOOSES TO DO.SHE HAS THE MONEY TO GET IT AND SHE HAS THE MONEY TO TAKE IT OFF IF SHE DOSEN’T WANT IT. SHE’S STILL VERY BEATIFUL.

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  8. Eileen says:

    I’M A BIG FAN AND I HONESTLY DO LIKE HER TATOO.IT LOOKS VERY BEATIFUL( ESPECIALLY ON HER) IT’S A LITTLE TO BIG FOR ME BUT I RESPECT HER AND SUPPORT EVERYTHING SHE CHOOSES TO DO.SHE HAS THE MONEY TO GET IT AND SHE HAS THE MONEY TO TAKE IT OFF IF SHE DOSEN’T WANT IT. SHE’S STILL VERY BEATIFUL.

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  9. heather says:

    I LOVE IT!!! I just recently got my 7th tattoo and I feel they are a form of art for a person to express themselves. To each their own. Besides who are we to judge?

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  10. Rachel says:

    im a huge fan of Angelina, and her new tattoo is amazing, i love the fact that shes an actress who isnt afraid to get tattoos and be herself.

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  11. Lauren says:

    shut up to all you haters. it’s beautiful.. I really love it on her.. whatever she wants to do with her body is her own choice and I think thats she made an awesome choice with this one. very hott…

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  12. rjf says:

    its gay and so r u al u r all gay. i tink anglena is gay and ugly. i am much prter then her an im a modell. her lips mak her look lik a trout. her bodi is ugly an fat an now sh has sumfing els ugly on her. she can go an mary her brotha. by ppl

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