From Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in... Hollywood, to Pitt’s newest and much-anticipated film, Ad Astra, Brad doesn’t have the time to deal with the world’s questions on his newest tattoo. But here we are anyways.
Much of the buzz around the Venice Film Festival is around Brad Pitt flashing his new tattoo, giving the good people of Italy a friendly wave.
Pitt's new inner bicep tattoo, of a man’s silhouette standing over his shadow, is placed next to the tattoo the 55-year-old actor got with Angelina Jolie for their 2014 wedding. That tattoo has a quote from a poem by Rumi that says, “There exists a field, beyond all notions of right and wrong. I will meet you there.”
While Pitt opened up about what Ad Astra meant to him, revealing that he sees it as a commentary on masculinity, he hasn’t made a statement on his newest piece of body art. Fans think the tattoo could be an ode to The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, as the shadow tattoo similarly matches the imagery in a promotional poster for the film, according to Us Weekly. Fans also speculate that the ink is inspired by his character in 1998’s Meet Joe Black.
Pitt’s growing tattoo collection includes the first initials of each family member, a set of lines designed by Jolie, his ex-wife’s birthday, an outline of Ötzi the Iceman, and the word “Invictus”.
Pitt and Jolie share six children together: daughters Zahara, 14, Shiloh, 13, and Vivienne, 11, and sons Maddox, 18, Pax, 15, and Knox, 11. A source told PEOPLE, “These [kids] were always his priorities. That his career is going well is a happy bonus that he is thrilled about.”
While fans debate and parallel the tattoo meaning, the shadow motif could signify something deeper than the Pitt we see on screen. Until then, fans will still be begging for answers, and INKED will be wanting to hear who Pitt’s artist is.