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In February last year, famed tattoo artist Ajarn Noo Kanpai was flown from Bangkok to Siem Reap in Cambodia, where she was filming First They Killed My Father.
Reposting from last year:
Ajarn Noo Kanpai - the same guru who inked her left shoulder blade in 2003 and the tiger on her lower back in 2004 - carried out the work last month.
He was flown from his base near Bangkok to Siem Reap in Cambodia where Angelina is directing a new movie First They Killed My Father to complete her 11-year series of inkings, this time covering the centre of her back and right shoulder blade with two separate designs.
Angelina's husband Brad Pitt was also tattooed on his left side in the same session, and now has a Buddhist symbol inking on his stomach.
The same ink was believed to have been used by Ajarn Noo for the work, symbolically binding husband and wife together.
He also used the traditional hand-poked method of tattooing, a bamboo tube with a sterilised needle on the end, rather than a mechanical tattoo machine.
Angelina's new tattoos are a number of ancient Thai Buddhist symbols and mantras, with two different designs which echo the ha thaew (five rows) yantra she had applied to her left shoulder blade.
Angelina's new inkings (which she showed off on set earlier this month) are in the same Thai Sak Yant – or ancient – style and cover her right shoulder blade and the middle of her back.
Buddhists believe the mystical tattoos have powers of strength and healing, with the one applied to her right shoulder designed to offer protection for mother-of-six Angelina's family.
A source said: 'The tattoos are composed of grids with pyramids at the top, which are full of ancient Buddhist symbols and prayers. They help to give the wearer protection and health.
'Angelina is a very spiritual person and has long believed her tattoos are more than just designs on her body – that they actually hold some meaning, power and influence over her.'
Sak Yant tattoos, also known as Yantra designs, are believed among most Thai people to have strong magical powers.
People get them for protection and good luck and they represent a mix of Hindu, Brahman, Animist and Buddhist traditions.
Angelina's new tattoos would have taken around two hours to complete, while Brad's latest etching would have been finished in 30 minutes.
Once the tattoos were completed, Ajarn Noo would have carried out a ritual blessing of the work.
The superstars and Ajarn Noo were photographed immediately after the tattooing session, with the pictures then put onto Ajarn Noo's website and later appearing on Facebook.
Speaking at his tattoo parlour just north of Bangkok after carrying out the work, he said he knew Angelina would return to him and that she 'believes in the power of Sak Yant.'
He added: 'I don't know if my work has helped Angelina in her life, but I hope so. My tattoos have a great deal of spiritual meaning and significance, so I hope they have blessed her.'...
Pilot Mary Jennings Hegar writes riveting memoir 'Shoot Like a Girl'; Angelina Jolie may play her in the movie. https://t.co/TWyWPRGht9— USA TODAY Life (@usatodaylife) March 11, 2017
Before reviewing Mary Jennings Hegar’s riveting account of her career as a combat helicopter pilot, we must get something out of the way: Angelina Jolie is in talks to play Hegar in a TriStar movie adaptation, and Jason Hall (American Sniper) is working on the screenplay.
Let's hope Jolie and Hollywood live up to the book. Shoot Like a Girl: One Woman’s Dramatic Fight in Afghanistan and on the Home Front (Berkley, 304 pp., ***½ out of four stars) is a well-written, sometimes disturbing memoir of how Hegar overcame obstacles, including male opposition, in her Air Force and Air National Guard service.
She served three tours of duty in Afghanistan. She was shot down and wounded on a rescue mission and received the Purple Heart and Distinguished Flying Cross with valor. She retired with the rank of major.
After leaving the service in 2009, she was the lead plaintiff in Hegar v. Panetta, a November 2012 class-action suit against the Defense Department to overturn the Ground Combat Exclusion Policy and allow women to serve in combat. The government reversed the policy in January 2013.
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Shoot Like a Girl recounts Hegar’s remarkable journey from childhood to choppers and beyond. She starts dreaming of becoming a pilot while watching Han Solo dodge asteroids in Star Wars and seeing fighter planes soaring out of an Air Force base near her home in Texas. Her stepfather, a Marine who served in Vietnam, is a constant source of encouragement, telling her she can do anything she sets her mind to.
The title comes from a compliment a gun range instructor pays Hegar after she qualifies as an expert. He tells her she shoots like a girl, then goes on to explain “women are physiologically predisposed to being excellent marksmen,” and that he tries to get men to shoot like girls.
Hegar tells her story with candor, admitting her mistakes, but learning from them and always maintaining a won’t-stop perseverance that keeps her moving forward. She thoughtfully weaves in small primers on military procedures — why things are done the way they’re done — that are illuminating and fascinating. These are especially helpful to readers without military backgrounds.
There are dark moments, episodes in which male supervisors brush her off, talk down to her, or refuse to take her seriously.
The absolute worst is a horrifying assault in a flight surgeon’s office. The incident and its aftermath trigger Hegar’s decision to leave the Air Force and enter the Air National Guard. She never mentions it again, but the casual brutality haunts readers and forces them to wonder what some other women in the military have endured.
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Hegar gives a detailed account of her Afghanistan deployments and what it’s like to fly helicopters while being shot at. We see the camaraderie among flight and maintenance crews, the satisfaction of successful rescue operations, and the despair of failed missions. All of this leads to the fateful day when Hegar is piloting a Sikorsky HH-60 Pave Hawk under fire to rescue ambushed U.S. soldiers, and what happened after.
Hegar’s actions helped alter U.S. policy to open combat positions for women. Since then, military branches have been uneven in fulfilling it and President Trump criticized the policy change while campaigning.
As a compelling, unforgettable story of courage, Shoot Like a Girl — with or without Angelina Jolie — shows women can fulfil any role.