Jada Pinkett Smith is building a tattoo sleeve: ‘tomorrow is not promised’


Jada Pinkett Smith has been taking some risks these last few weeks. Last month, after a years long battle with alopecia, Jada with shaved off all of her hair. She did it with encouragement from her daughter Willow and the result was stunning. Now Jada is taking another step in her evolution by beginning a tattoo sleeve on her arm. Jada took to Instagram to show off her new forearm tattoo, a tribute to the divine mother goddess. Jada stated that she had wanted to start a sleeve when she was 60 but that “tomorrow is not promised.” In this case Jada is carpe diem-ing the damn day by repping the divine feminine. Several celebrities, such as Jay Shetty and Priyanka Chopra, left positive comments. Below are a few more details via E! Online:

“I always said I would get a sleeve at 60 but tomorrow is not promised,” Jada wrote. “Soooo … I’m starting to build my sleeve now! Repp’n the Divine Feminine journey within and without. [sparkle emoji] Jai Ma [sparkle emoji] #MataSita #Allat #Oshun #QuanYin.”

A number of celebrities shared support in the comments section, including Priyanka Chopra, who wrote, “Beautiful. Jai mata di.” Additionally, DJ Jazzy Jeff, who recorded music with Jada’s husband Will Smith as DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, posted six fire emojis.

Jahnavi Harrison, who released a joint EP called Rise with Jada’s daughter Willow Smith in 2020, commented, “Oh wow. So so so so beautiful Jada!!! I can’t wait to see her in person!!” Plus, Jay Shetty, an author and podcast host who has appeared on Jada’s chat series Red Table Talk, responded, “So Dope and divine,” adding a fire emoji.

The star’s latest tattoo is an extension of the three-generational lotus artwork she got inked with Willow and mom Adrienne Banfield during a May episode of Red Table Talk.

“Look what we did!!!!,” Jada captioned her Instagram post at the time, giving a shout-out to artist Doctor Woo. “Thank you @_dr_woo_ for your patience and generosity of your craft and spirit [sparkle emoji] Now I want a sleeve!!!!”

[From E! Online]

I love everything about this tattoo. I am not sure if it is considered cultural appropriation since it specifically depicts a Hindu goddess, but several Indian influencers and celebrities were celebrating it. As someone who has studied spiritual modalities from across the world, I too, have wanted to create a tattoo sleeve on my left arm, but after I get my arms toned. I got too much hanging flesh for it to look good on me. I love this sort of seize the day attitude Jada is adopting. She is right, tomorrow is not promised so why put off for tomorrow what you can do today? I also like the fact that Jada is planning to tattoo several different goddesses on her sleeve. I personally love this idea since I am someone who researches goddess mythologies. I hope to remind women of their power and who they are. I am glad to see other high profile women like Jada and Beyoncé doing the same. It is time for the divine feminine to retake her place. In the meantime, I am looking forward to seeing what else Jada does, but for now I will admire how beautiful she looks with that bald head.

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  1. LovesitinNM says:

    She is aging so impossibly well.

    • Noki says:

      There was a time she was heavy on the fillers and she looked terrible,it looks like they have now dissolved and hope she never goes back. Her family has good genes,her and her mum look like sisters.

  2. Mcmmom says:

    She is a beautiful woman and she looks gorgeous without her hair.

    I’m not a tattoo person myself, but I like the sentiment behind what she’s doing. Embracing the divine feminine energy is a very good thing, however that manifests itself.

  3. Merricat says:

    Wouldn’t I love to have a perfectly shaped head like Jada!
    When you reach the age when you (statistically speaking) have more years behind you than in front, you really start to look at life differently. Good for her for doing what inspires her.

  4. Scarlet says:

    I love the tattoo, as someone who is half indian, I definitely do believe it’s cultural inappropriation but not in a negative context, if that makes sense. Sita is a strong character in Hindu mythology, would I have gone for her, considering the big pool of powerful Hindu goddesses…nope ( I’m more Kali/ let’s go scorched earth for justice type )…but if that is who Jada choose, whoever did the tattoo did a great job.

    Also, can I just age like Jada, seriously!! The woman is stunning!

  5. Size Does Matter says:

    My word she’s so beautiful. I find tattoo sleeves so hot. Hotter than random everywhere tattoos.

  6. Ann says:

    She looks gorgeous.

    I could never do tattoos, it would look ridiculous on me, lol. I’m white and fair and look like I could have been born in the 19th century, or 18th. But she can pull it off, for sure.

  7. theothercleo says:

    @Ann I’m white,pale and my style is very “trench coat,silk shirt and linen pants”. I still have 3 tattoos. If you want to get one go for it, it won’t look ridiculous I can promise you that.

  8. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    I’ve been contemplating sleeve creation. When in the throws off menopause, hair loss, degeneration of this and that….screaming is toddleresque so yeah, building an artistic evolution somewhere visible sounds focused, expressive, personal and permanent.