This sounds like fake news, but it’s a cute story so I’ll repeat it. An old woman at The Golden Globes spotted Angelina Jolie’s tattoo on her left shoulder and tried to wipe it off, thinking it was newspaper ink:
At the Golden Globes, Angelina Jolie cracked up when an elderly lady spotted the Cambodian tattoo she sports on her shoulder and offered to help her wipe off the “newspaper ink.” The well-meaning woman whispered: “That newspaper ink gets all over the place – especially if you’re wearing moisturizer. You must have leaned up against it. See? The letters are all backwards.” Jolie explained that it wasn’t ink, but a permanent tatoo – a magical incantation writter in Khmer, the language of the land where adopted son Maddox was born. “My mistake,” said the woman. “I’d love to get one just like it.”
[From The National Enquirer print edition, Mike Walker’s column, February 5, 2007]
They must be referring to Angelina’s tatoo on her back left shoulder blade, not the one on her left shoulder. The one on her back is a magical Khmer incantation which is said to read:
May your enemies run far away from you.
If you acquire riches, may they remain yours always.
Your beauty will be that of Apsara. (a celestial dancer from Khmer mythology)
Wherever you may go, many will attend, serve and protect you, surrounding you on all sides.
The tattoo on Angelina’s left shoulder is a recent one and contains the coordinates of Zahara and Maddox’s birthplaces. It’s in the place where a tattoo with the name of her ex, “Billy Bob” used to be, and appears above a black dragon, which looks like its in the process of being lasered off.
The woman has a shitload of tattoos. I mean I have a couple from college that I’m not too ashamed of, but it was a phase I went through and wear on my body forever. I had a friend who was addicted to tattoos, though, and had them all over her legs, back and shoulders. The process was just too painful for me to go through it more than twice.
This story is cute, but it doesn’t seem likely to be true. If the old woman spotted Angelina’s back shoulder blade tattoo she must not have seen the other one on her shoulder if she mistook it for newspaper ink.