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William Robert (Billy Bob) Thornton was born in Hot Springs, Arkansas on August 4, 1955 to William Raymond (Billy Ray) Thornton (educator, high school history teacher, basketball coach; deceased) and Virginia R. Faulkner (psychic). He has three younger brothers, James Donald (Jimmy Don), born in 1958 and now deceased, James (Jim) Bean and John David, born in 1969. He has been married 5 times and has 5 children: daughter Amanda (with Gatlin); sons William and Harry (both with Cherniak); son Maddox, adopted with Angelina Jolie; and daughter Bella with Connie Angland.

Billy's Heart This is Billy Bob's very first tattoo, which he picked off a wall of flash (examples of the tattoo artist's work) in Dave Yehew's parlor in Houston, TX. What to put on a boy's very first tattoo? Well, his name, of course. Inked in 1973, it is somewhat faded. Located on his right arm at the outer forearm.

Nothin' Doin' Back in 1974, when Billy Bob was just setting out with the Shipp Brothers in their first band, Nothin' Doin', Billy Bob celebrated the occasion with this little heart and arrow combination. The artist is unknown. Located on the left arm, mid-to-upper bicep (just below the Leo tattoo and above the Sacred Ohm tattoo).

The Rose Tattoo This red rose is a cover up. Billy Bob "got it for a Mexican girl" in 1977 in San Diego, CA. "Someone else made me cover it up," he commented. Located on his left arm, at the top of the forearm (below the Peace Angel tattoo).

Leo Leo is Billy Bob's astrological sign. Inked at some point in the mid-1970s. Artist is unknown. Located on Billy Bob's left arm, upper bicep at the top (right above the Nothin' Doin' tattoo).

Celtic Cross Daemon Rowanchilde of Urban Primitive Tattoo in Toronto, Canada, is Billy Bob's favorite tattoo artist, renown for his "energy waves" and bold, tribal lines. This tribal Celtic Cross is a cover-up Billy Bob got during the 1998 shoot for PUSHING TIN. Located on his right arm, upper bicep (beneath the Lotus tattoo).

Lotus Billy Bob found the design for this lotus flower with a blue pearl center while browsing through a book about a yellow rose named the "Fantasia" (the name of Cynda Williams' character in ONE FALSE MOVE). The flower is a Buddhist symbol, inscribed in 1998 by Daemon Rowanchilde in Toronto. Located on his right arm, upper bicep at the top (above the Celtic Cross tattoo).

Tribal Energy Waves This cover-up--a black tribal abstract with a feather--Billy Bob got from Daemon Rowanchilde in Toronto in 1998 during the shoot of PUSHING TIN. It is located on his right hip.

Sacred Ohm Another of Daemon Rowanchilde's tattoos (he has done five for Billy Bob--thus far), this is another design that Billy Bob found in a book. It is a symbol for God, inked around 1999. Located on Billy Bob's left arm, mid-bicep (beneath the Nothin' Doin' tattoo).

Magic Mushroom A tribute to Angelina Jolie etched in 2000 at Sunset Tattoo in Los Angeles, CA, the design references the Allman Brothers, Billy Bob's favorite band. All of the members of the Allman Brothers have mushroom tattoos from the Eat a Peach album. "It's a crew thing," Billy Bob noted. Located on his right calf.

He'll Never Tell This abstract line intersection four shorter lines and a curve was skin-scripted in 2001 by a female artist in Kenner, LA during the shoot for MONSTER'S BALL. Billy Bob says it's a "secret for two people." Located on his right arm, mid-inner forearm.

Family Billy Bob says this was the most physically painful tattoo he ever got (six hours, starting from midnight, and right over the kidneys!), etched by his go-to artist Daemon Rowanchilde in 2002. Daemon and his wife Raven flew out to the set of LEVITY in Montreal to inscribe the names of Billy Bob's sons--Willie, Harry, and Maddox--interwoven with his name and Angelina's--all in the shape of an eagle in flight. Billy Bob states that this is, by far, his favorite tattoo, along with the Alamo (see below) and the Lotus (see above). Located on his lower back.

Peace Angel Billy Bob said in a recent interview with AP Radio, "See the `A' right there? That's where it said `Angelina.' And those are the four blood drops that represent the two of us and my boys. I had it covered up with an angel and it says `Peace' right here. It's like, basically, my way of saying, `No hard feelings.'" Inscribed by artist Kelly--who was a set painter on BAD.

SANTA in 2002 in Los Angeles, CA, it was done freehand. Located on his left arm in the crook (above the Rose tattoo). Owch!

Remember the Alamo Billy Bob found a picture of the battle-tattered flag that flew in San Jacinto at the time of the fall of the Alamo. San Jacinto is where Sam Houston soundly defeated General Santa Anna in reprisal for the massacre at the Alamo. Accompanied by Kevin Page (who plays Micajah Autry in THE ALAMO), Robert Prentiss (who plays Albert Grimes in the film), and this site's webmaster Little Sister Sage, Billy Bob visited Austin tattoo artist Mike Terrell in April, 2003, to commemorate the finish of the shoot on THE ALAMO. Billy Bob, Robert, and Kevin all got matching flag tattoos inscribed "Remember the Alamo." Sage got the same flag, but hers is inscribed Edge of the World in honor of Billy Bob's CD release. Located on Billy Bob's upper back, toward the right shoulder. By the way, and for the record, Mike Terrill did not accidentally etch "Remembler the Alamo" on Kevin Page's flag--that's just a running joke between Kevin Page and Billy Bob started by none other than Sage's mischief-making husband, Dylan (we like to call him Old School).

Constance Connie's got your back, Billy Bob! Billy Bob declared his devotion to Connie Angland, the mother of his new baby girl Bella, in an elegant, Art Nouveau statement writ large along his spine in 2004. Billy Bob is not into PCs and whatnot, but no doubt he put his love all in caps to give a shout out to his lady love.

Want to find out what some of Billy Bob's tattoo designs & symbols mean? Check out: Eagle Tattoos, Heart Tattoo, Memorial Tattoos, Lotus Flower Tattoos, Flag Tattoos, Rose Tattoo, Celtic Cross, Ohm Tattoos, Tribal Tattoo, Angel Tattoos, Leo Zodiac Tattoo

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