The Troy star and 12 Years a Slave producer has managed to keep his name on everyone’s lips for one reason or the other no matter how serious or trivial the topic. From Brad Pitt’s political views to Brad Pitt’s numerous hairstyles, to Brad Pitt’s tattoos, the Hollywood A-lister has certainly proved his relevance. On the topic of Brad Pitt’s tattoos, the star apparently has more than quite a few and here is what you need to know about them.
1. Brad Pitt’s Tattoos Are A Mystery
Brad is a very private person and unlike his spouse Angelina Jolie, he keeps silent most of the time about his ink and what it means. This makes us even more curious because his tattoos usually have a very distinctive meaning, at least the few we know of. For instance, Brad created quite the media frenzy when he sported a very unusual tattoo. It consisted of a sketched linear pattern with several small choppy lines which had seemingly no relation to one another.
Following his silence, there was a rise of theories about what the tattoo signified. On one hand, people thought it signified the downed levees that caused the New Orleans catastrophe after Hurricane Katrina made waves. On the other hand the interpretation was that the lines portrayed the city streets that made the French Quarter in New Orleans.
Both interpretations were very insightful, but it appears that the theorist were putting too much thought into it. In the end, his wife Angelina, cleared all doubts by offering some clarity. In an interview with US Weekly she said, she drew the random patterns on his back and he liked it, then made it permanent. In addition she said, ‘it’s meaningful in that it’s us making angles and shapes out of each other’s body, that kind of a thing’.
2. A Number Of Brad Pitt’s Tattoos Are Sentimental
Even though he has quite a few pragmatic tattoos, or at least we think he does, a number of Brad’s tattoos are sentimental. In celebration of his love for Angelina Jolie, the actor had her birth date tattooed on his stomach in Khmer the official language of Cambodia. Also prior to their nuptials, Brad got a variation of a romantic poem by Rumi tattooed on his bycep which reads ‘There exists a field, beyond all notions of right and wrong. I will meet you there’.
If you thought the last one was sweet, this one is even better. Brad dedicated a tattoo on his right forearm to his whole family. The tattoo is a thin-lined cross that contains the initials of everyone in his cosy family. There is an A for Angelina, M for Maddox, P for Pax, Z for Zahara, S for Shiloh, K for Knox and V for Vivienne.
3. Brad Pitt Favors Cryptic Tattoos In Foreign Languages
Just as we have mentioned earlier, the star tends to lean towards mysterious tattoos that keep us all guessing. His tattoos are also often in foreign languages. On his left forearm he had ‘Absurdites de l’ existence’ tattooed on, which translates to ‘life is absurd’ his inspiration was the preface of the book of Daniel Pearl. On his lower left hand he has,‘Invictus’ meaning ‘invisible’ attributed to a ‘William Ernest Henley’ poem.
Also there is the Sanskrit blessing on his lower back. Although its significance remains a mystery, it is rumored to be for the protection of his son Maddox. His wife , Angelina Jolie, has a similar one on her left shoulder blade and it is meant to shield Maddox and herself from bad luck. It 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.’
4. No One Knows The Exact Number Of Brad Pitt’s Tattoos
As cryptic as he is with the meaning of his tattoos, he also is with his tattoos as a whole. No one knows the exact number of tattoos, they kind of just show up on his outings and he never makes any comments about them.
5. Brad Pitt’s Tattoos Are All Unique And Meaningful
You have to admit it, even though we do not know what they mean half the time, when we do figure it out his tattoos hold significant meanings and they make people think. It’s amazing how he can make people come up with very unique and thoughtful interpretations for his tattoos, nothing sloppy or second grade. It is obvious he puts a lot of thought into it and hopefully one day we will get a little insight from the movie star himself.