Only six months before their split, Angelina Jolie and her then-husband, Brad Pitt, received traditional Thai tattoos that are said to have magical and protective powers.
Images emerged for the first time, months after the couple split, showing the famous couple's tattooing experience. The images confirm the meaning behind Jolie's most recent back tattoo, which is hard to miss given its size and intricacy, Daily Mail reports.
While taking a break from filming her upcoming Netflix series in Cambodia, in February 2016, Jolie and Pitt flew in ex-monk Ajarn Noo Kanpai, a renowned sak yant tattooer, to do the work.
According to Sak Yant Chiang Mai, "Ajarn" is a term similar to "Master" and is used to describe former monks who provide the service of these powerful tattoos even after they leave the temple.
Because it is less common to find a current monk trained in sak yant to perform such a practice on women, an Ajarn is more commonly used to accommodate westerners, and specifically women who are interested in it.
Sak yant is not done using a tattoo gun, but rather the artist uses steel rods mounted with a surgical, replaceable steel needle. The practice is said to be more exact, and less penetrating, which means it heals quickly and the tattoo is clearer. This method is significantly more painful than using a modern tattoo gun.
Jolie, who has more than 15 tattoos, has worked with Kanpai before -- on her shoulder and lower back. This time, Kanpai finalized a huge piece on the center of her back.
While there are no photos of Pitt's accompanying tattoo, it is said that Kanpai marked him with a Buddhist symbol on the left side of his stomach.
Sak yant tattoos were traditionally applied to warriors for protection, and are thought to have magic powers to heal, protect, strengthen and give luck to those who are marked with them, The Daily Beast explains.
In this case, the tattoos were reportedly meant to symbolically bind the couple as husband and wife.
Ironically, only six months after the tattoos were done, Jolie filed for divorce. The couple are currently working out custody agreements for their six children.
The breaking point came when Pitt allegedly got in a shoving battle with their teenage son, Maddox, on a private plane in September 2016, a few days before the divorce was filed, NBC News reports.
The Department of Children and Family Services was called after the incident, but following an investigation, it was concluded that there was no evidence of physical abuse.
Jolie spoke about the divorce in February, five months after she first filed.
She admitted to it being a "very difficult time" for her and her family, but referred to Pitt as a great father and assured they will always be a family, CelebsNow reported.