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Tattoos are taboo for Angelina's teen

Tattooed Hollywood star Angelina Jolie says that her young children have horrified their father Brad Pitt - because they want their own inkings.

The couple are parents to six children, six-year-old twins Vivienne and Knox, Shiloh (8), Zahara (9), Pax (11) and Maddox (13).

Jolie (39), is thought to have about 17 different designs, including an inscription on her arm which she got just last year, inked all over her body.

The star told Radio Times magazine that she did not want her offspring to follow their parents into the movie business.

"My kids rebelling would be if they all became brain surgeons. They're already asking me about tattoos. How do I say 'No'?," she said.

The Maleficent actress said that she had told Maddox he could not have a tattoo, but when nine-year-old daughter Zahara talked about getting them it caused Pitt much anxiety.

"It's especially hard for dads and girls," she said. "For some reason men get a little more sensitive when the daughter gets a tattoo. And Brad thinks the girls can do no wrong. He's mush in their hands!"


Jolie - whose tattoos include a large tiger on her lower back - told the magazine that if her children want to act "they'll have to find a real job at the same time.

"But I'm hoping that when they see all the other things in the world, they'll be inspired to be writers, politicians, activists. They're very individual people. So I imagine they're not going to follow their mum and dad," she said.

Jolie has just finished filming By The Sea, with her husband, who she directs in the movie.

The movie is the first that the couple have acted in together since Mr And Mrs Smith in 2005, when they fell in love.

Speaking before filming began, she said: "It feels a little daunting - we haven't worked together for 10 years. But all the reasons why people say we should be scared of it, we feel like that's exactly why we have to do this - because we can."

She said of directing her husband: "He's a pretty strong actor! It's going to be interesting. He's a really great artist, such an interesting artist, and of course he's the man I love, so I think we're going to have a great time."

Jolie recently directed Unbroken, about Louis Zamperini, an Olympic runner who was taken prisoner by Japanese forces during World War II. The actress said that in Zamperini's generation "it wasn't exceptional to do things for your fellow man, to take care of your family, your community, to be strong. It's very different now".