That tattoo was done in the traditional Thai style -- with long needles and a hammer by Noo Sompong Kanhphaiin, who also did the Bengal tiger on her lower back. Jolie had to kneel in prayer as the tattoo was created.
"I kind of felt like it was something that I was going through for Maddox because it's for protection," she told Jam! Showbiz in 2003. "I kind of felt that I should suffer through something, that it was part of something that was a ritual, a prayer for him."
The inscription translates as: "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.
Jolie originally had the Japanese character for "death" in this spot, but had it removed.