Drew Barrymore is reportedly having her tattoos removed so that she can convert to Judaism.
Barrymore – who married art consultant Will Kopelman last June – is said to have already begun treatment as she plans to raise their daughter Olive in the Jewish faith.
Will Kopelman, Drew Barrymore 2012 New York City Ballet’s Spring Gala at the David H. Koch Theater, Lincoln Center New York City, USA – 10.05.12
The actress is apparently undergoing laser removal so that she can be buried in a traditional Jewish cemetery.
The Jewish holy book, the Torah, bans body art and states: “You shall not make gashes in your flesh for the dead, or incise any marks on yourselves.”
Barrymore is said to have six tattoos, which include a butterfly on her stomach, a pair of angels on her lower back and a cross on her leg.
A source also told America’s Star (via Now) that Barrymore’s maturity may have influenced her decision to remove her body art.
“Drew also wants to be a Santa Barbara mum, and tattoos clash with that wardrobe,” they explained.
“She’s growing up, turning conservative.”
Drew has a reported six tattoos on her body currently – but she does not rule out the possibility of getting more. While most people know about five of her tattoos, one of them is a name tattoo that is not often talked of – it is the name of her former boyfriend James Walters, underneath a guardian angel. Nevertheless, six tattoos were enough to get Drew a number three ranking on Vanishing Tattoo’s list of the top 10 women with tats. Drew’s butterfly is her most famous tat.
Barrymore’s tattoos include:
Hip – Drew’s hip tattoo is of a bouquet of flowers, on her left side.
Stomach – The tattoo on Drew’s stomach is of a butterfly, and it is perhaps her most well known tattoo. Done in simple black, it helps to accentuate her curves.
Toe – The smallest of Drew Barrymore’s tattoos is on her toe, a small black crescent moon.
Lower Right Leg – Cross tattoos are extremely popular, and Drew’s version is unique – it is a cross done in a very stylized way, along with vines surrounding the image.
Lower Back – this is the location of two angels – one with Drew’s mother’s name, “Jaid”, and one with her former boyfriend’s name