Prayer Tattoos

Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie recently added an ancient Buddhist Yant tattoo down her right shoulder blade.
The mystical ink was done by a former Thai monk Ajarn Noo Kanpai who flown from Bangkok to Siem Reap in Cambodia, where Angelina was filming. It was applied using steel rods mounted with a surgical steel needle – more accurate than a tattoo gun, but also much more painful.

Her tattoo, Yant Kraw Petch (Diamond Armour), highlights the powerful of virtues of Buddha. It helps you regarding luck, virtue, wealth, success in business. Anyone who receives this Yant is protected from bad times and failure in life.


In 2007, Rihanna got a Sanskrit prayer going down her right hip. The tattoo was supposed to translate to “forgiveness, honesty, suppression and control”, a quote from the Sanatana Dharma. Unfortunately, the tattoo was misspelled and translated to “long suffering, truthfulness, self-restraint, inward calm, fear and fearlessness” instead. In addition to the incorrect translation, the text of her tattoo is also missing the rest of the original prayer, which reads “pleasure, pain, birth, death.”

This was the first time tattoo that she got from Bang Bang, who has since become her go-to artist. He credits Rihanna with introducing him to a slew of celebrity clients and launching his career to the next level. But before she was the jewel of his portfolio, she was just a girl who walked into his shop off the street and asked a lot of questions about piercings and tattoos. He didn’t recognize who she was and didn’t treat her any differently, and she loved that he was honest with her. In fact he was so brutally honest that he told her it was a bad idea to get the Sanskit text on the back of her leg where she wanted it.

“I remember thinking, this guy is gangsta as fuck. He doesn’t give a fuck about me—he doesn’t know who I am and that is brilliant. So that’s why I wanted him to do my tattoo. I knew he wasn’t going to try any funny shit or act crazy; he was just going to do my tattoo.”

“I was surprised when he wouldn’t put my first tattoo where I wanted it to go—up the back of my leg—but I was so shocked that I was actually open to his idea of moving it, and I’m glad I did. I was still early on in my tattoo game, so I trusted him as an expert more than I trusted myself because I didn’t know. When you’re well known, it can be hard knowing who to trust, but I trusted Bang Bang from the first time he tattooed me.”


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Hailey Baldwin

Hailey Baldwin hit up celebrity tattoo artist, Jon Boy, in NYC with BFF Kendall Jenner on Tuesday June 22, 2016 to get a tattoo.
Her new ink has the letters “P” and “R” on her left index finger, and the letters “A” and “Y” on her right index finger.
In the picture posted by Jon Boy, Baldwin’s palms were facing together in a praying position, bringing both index fingers together to spell the word “PRAY.” He captioned the photo “P R A Y on @haileybaldwin created by @kendalljenner tattooed by #jonboytattoo ?”, so it was Hailey’s BFF who actually came up with the idea of this tattoo.

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Ella Eyre

Ella Eyre has a writing tattoo on the left side of her upper back. The words “Sliem għalik, Marija, Bil-grazzja mimlija” come from the Maltese language version of the Catholic rosary prayer, meaning “Hail Mary, Full of Grace.”

She doesn’t speak any Maltese herself, but chose language because she is ethnically Maltese on her mother’s side (her father is Jamaican). She first visited Malta when she three years old and says it’s “one of my favourite places in the world.” Hundreds of her second cousins still live there and she’s gone there for occasions such as a family wedding.

The British singer-songwriter had her first performance in Malta at the Isle of MTV festival in June 2018. She told TVM that the language is so sentimental to her that just hearing a taxi driver talk reminded her of her Maltese-speaking grandmother.

This is Ella Eyre’s only tattoo. She has said that she is “done with tattoos” and doesn’t want any others because of how much she loves this one. “One is enough, means too much to overshadow with another,” she tweeted.


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Tameka "Tiny" Cottle-Harris

Tameka Tiny Harris’ left arm tattoo is two shackled hands in a praying position. She also has the name of her R&B girl group Xscape.

She told Urban Ink: “I always tell people that the praying hands tattoo is about praying to escape. The symbol is the broken shackles on the arms. And you know, with the group I was in (Xscape) and going through a break-up. It’s a lot to deal with. So that was my first tattoo, so it symbolizes a lot and it means a lot to me.”

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