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David Beckham's Tattoos

Updated on January 21, 2016
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Raye has many body mods, SFSI training, former CFR-D creds, and a decade-long stint as BellaOnline's body art editor, under her belt.

David Beckham's Body Art

Soccer star David Beckham is known as much for his fashion sense and tattoos as he is for is abilities on the playing field. After his start with Manchester United in the UK, Beckham then went to play for Real Madrid before signing a contract to play in the US for Major League Soccer's LA Galaxy team. After a "timeshare" deal which will had him splitting his time between the LA Galaxy and AC Milan in Italy, Beckham is now retired from playing soccer. One of his new ventures is a restaurant in London.

However, no matter what this 30-something sports star does, the talk always comes back to his tattoos. With rare exception, in US sports the big endorsements and outside deals tend not go to the guy with the largest tattoo collection, but with Beckham it's almost like the opposite has happened. He's even had some friction with his tattoo artist over his body art being made the feature of some ad campaigns.

The majority of Beckham’s tattoos have been done by Manchester tattooist Louis Malloy, one of the most prominent in the UK. Malloy has said he talks no more or less with his famous client about his art as he does any other customer, preferring to discuss the technical details of the design, allowing the client to keep their own motivations for the design private. Aside from the time that Beckham paid for the tattoo artist’s airfare to Madrid, Spain to do the winged cross on his neck, Malloy has said he charges the same to David as he would any other customer.

The Brand-New Chest Tattoo!

Tattoo #33 is the piece on his right pectoral, bought with a tattoo gift certificate from wife Victoria
Tattoo #33 is the piece on his right pectoral, bought with a tattoo gift certificate from wife Victoria

David and his Tattoos

David Beckham's tattoo collection has grown up and down his arms and onto his torso over the years...
David Beckham's tattoo collection has grown up and down his arms and onto his torso over the years... | Source

David Beckham's Back and Chest Tattoos

Beckham has kept his ink on the upper half of his body, adding to his back, ribs and chest over the years. So far the collection includes:

Brooklyn - the name of his first-born son runs across his lower back.

Romeo - the name of his second son sits just below the base of his neck.

Cruz - the name of his third son is placed just below the winged figure.

Guardian Angel - this is how Beckham has described the figure with arms outstretched that sits between his shoulder blades. This tattoo was later expanded to include larger wings.

Winged Cross - Beckham was in the midst of the 2004 UEFA Championships when he had his UK tattooist, Louis Malloy, flown in to do this piece on the back of his neck. The British fans' reactions were a bit mixed, with some saying this tattoo and his shaved head made Beckham look like a hooligan.

Chinese Characters - this one was revealed March '08, coming close on the heels of the full left forearm he had done in early 2008. Sources say the tattoo seen running down the left side of his torso on his ribs is Mandarin Chinese and reads 'Death and life have determined appointments, Riches and honors depends upon heaven.’ The work was done in Hong Kong as the LA Galaxy did some pre-season appearances.

Jesus on the way to the cross - revealed in January 2010, this piece on Beck's lower right ribs is inspired by the painting "The Man Of Sorrows" by Matthew R. Brooks. It was spotted when Beckham took off his shirt following a soccer match.

Jesus and cherubs - The latest piece of ink (debuted early 2011) was something David got in LA from artist Mark Mahoney. The portrait of Jesus is styled to look like Beckham himself (sans ink), and shows him being lifted from his tomb by three cherubs which are representations of the three Beckham boys.

Harper - You didn't think David wouldn't get a tattoo in honor of his new baby girl, did you? When the little lady learns to read, she'll be able to read her name tattooed at the base of her Daddy's throat just over his heart.

David's Left Arm Tattoos

Whether it's "love" of tattoos or love of his new baby daughter, or just his life in general, this piece of ink pretty much sums it up
Whether it's "love" of tattoos or love of his new baby daughter, or just his life in general, this piece of ink pretty much sums it up | Source
Above a ring of roses, Cupid carries Psyche in his arms.
Above a ring of roses, Cupid carries Psyche in his arms.
With roses added for their 10th anniversary...
With roses added for their 10th anniversary...

The Left Arm

David Beckham's left arm has a lot of designs that seem to focus on his wife and his personal life. Wife Victoria, also known as former Spice Girl "Posh Spice," was commemorated with the rendition of her name in Hindi script. Interestingly, some have claimed that this tattoo has a misspelling in it, noted as the inclusion of an "h."

Below that tattoo is a phrase in Latin. "Ut Amem Et Foveam" translates as "so that I love and cherish." A Hebrew phrase has also been added above his wife's name. A symbol of indeterminate meaning is on the inside of that wrist as well

In January '08, Becks got a brand-new tattoo of his wife Victoria. It's a reproduction of a Brigitte Bardot-like pose that was taken for Pop Magazine back in 2004 and it cover the entire outside of his left forearm. A variety of sources report this is David's favorite picture of her. The tattoo has some stars around it and the phrases "Forever by your side" and "'Til death do us part."

In December 2008, a new cherub was seen on the inside of his left upper arm, which balances against another cherub on the right arm in the same spot. The Hebrew saying "My son, do not forget my teaching but keep my commands in your heart" was also added.

In July 2009 during an appearance on the US Today Show, a ring of ten roses was seen going around the lower bicep. This piece of ink is said to mark the Beckham's tenth wedding anniversary.

March 2010 - After a game in Rome, Italy, a new piece was visible at the top of his left arm, bringing the growing sleeve almost right up to the top of his shoulder. It's a Renaissance image of Cupid carrying his wife Psyche up to heaven. One small alteration of the 15th century image was made: a scarf drapes delicately over Psyche, covering her otherwise-bare body.

October 2011 - Victoria herself broke the news on David's latest piece of ink, tweeting an absolutely adorable picture of the word "Love" tattooed on the back of her husband's left hand, while new baby daughter Harper's fingers can be seen clutching one of his. It would seem the word applies to the whole family's feelings in general.

David's Right Arm and Hand Tattoos

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Right forearm monochrome flamesInside right forearm is a Roman numeral 7, Beckham's team numberGuardian angel on right upper armRight arm angel above elbow, flames on lower arm"Victoria" appeared on David's right hand in September 2013.
Right forearm monochrome flames
Right forearm monochrome flames
Inside right forearm is a Roman numeral 7, Beckham's team number
Inside right forearm is a Roman numeral 7, Beckham's team number
Guardian angel on right upper arm
Guardian angel on right upper arm
Right arm angel above elbow, flames on lower arm
Right arm angel above elbow, flames on lower arm
"Victoria" appeared on David's right hand in September 2013.
"Victoria" appeared on David's right hand in September 2013.

The Right Arm and Forearm

Beckham's right arm contains a variety of designs that seem to speak of his career. There is the Roman numeral VII, as "seven" was his Manchester United number. He's also got the Latin phrase "Perfectio In Spiritu" which translates as "spiritual perfection."

His upper right arm has a large angel on it, and there are cherubs on the inside of his bicep, representing his boys.

In April 2007, Beckham had artist Malloy turn the piecework into a complete tattoo sleeve with the addition of another angel, flames and the phrase "Let them hate as long as they fear." It's interesting how many news agencies have listed the tattoo as being like the designs seen in the TV show "Prison Break" when in fact, the designs are quite different. Also, that TV show did not invent the idea of tattoo sleeves.

After many years, David "finished" his right arm. In September of 2013 he had the back of his right hand tattooed with the name "Victoria." This tattoo was in the same flourished script as the "love" tattoo that is on the back of his left hand.


Do you think David Beckham will eventually have a full tattooed "shirt?"

Having slowly grown his tattoo collection from a few random pieces to full solid sleeves, David Beckham has been adding most of his new ink to his upper chest and torso. He's still keeping the imagery all black-and-white, so the pieces from over the years all flow together nicely and he's had the artwork done so that it has background fill and isn't just a collection of floating images.

Do you think he'll just keep adding more tattoos until his entire body from the waist up is solidly-covered? Do you think he'll fill in the open spaces on this back? And do you ever think he'll start to get tattoos on his legs? Or will that wait until he's retired from playing soccer?

Share your thoughts in the comment capsule below!

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      Raye 3 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Thanks, Torrilyn!

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      torrilynn 3 years ago

      I absolutely love David Beckham! Mostly due to his looks, his accent, and tattoos. thanks for the hub. very informational. voted up.

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      Robin Milton 3 years ago

      i'm Impressed

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      Raye 4 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Black fineline is a very popular style. Louis Malloy, Beckham's artist, is one of the top tattoo artists in England.

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      Michelle 4 years ago

      OMG I've never seen such crap tattoos, looks like prison tats. You would think someone that famous would have more class and get a decent tattooist. No art...utter junk.

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      aquaapple 5 years ago

      Omg david beckham ur art woeks r mad hot crazy and nice i like all of them because they all have a mean hopefully u will put ur baby girl name right next to ur heart nice pics to

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      SANKET 5 years ago

      Beckham's Vist tattoo is awsm

      n really hs lookin hoty & i think so he is god of football

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      LOUISE 5 years ago

      david is soooooooo SEXY

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      Obscure_Treasures 5 years ago from USA

      Awesome hub........Really great.I am a huge fan of David Beck ham and specially his tattoos. I wish i had one.Voted U up

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      denise Clark 6 years ago

      David is my hero, his tattoo's are fab, my son has copied some of them and they look amazing.

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      Sammy 6 years ago

      Looks good dude hope my turn out as good..

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      safiq ali patel 6 years ago from United States Of America

      Relache....Until I read this hub I really had no idea how much thought David had put into his tattoos. Your hub carries some fantastic detail telling me and other readers that his personal life is expressed in tattoos on his left arm and his career is expressed on his right arm. Yes David Beckham's tattoos have been in the media spotlight but never quite with the same detail that you have provided in your hub. Excellent. I enjoyed reading this hub and found out things I really did not know about David Beckham and his tatoos.

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      jeremysharon 6 years ago

      David Beckham and his tatto makes every footballer crazy!

      awsmmmmmm tattoos on his body.

      I love the one on his back the angle.

      Great footballer his goal from the mid was awsmm.

      his passion about football and modeling is superb.

      Great article and great hub explaining about david beckhams tattos.

      He rocked Manchester United,Real Madrid and others but these are superb football cluns and he is the pillor of England Football T eam.

      Go david go.

      Thanx for this Hub

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      brave 6 years ago

      supehhhh handsome....

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      riminiurlauber 7 years ago

      angeli, the public picture of david beckham is very much distracting, believe me!

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      Robino 7 years ago

      OMG Beckham is amazing and hottttt!!!!!!

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      emily 7 years ago

      david beckham is HOTTT

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      dinkan53 7 years ago from India

      with or with out tatoos, Beckham is still hot

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      dimas 7 years ago


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      moe z  7 years ago

      he is so smart with his tattoos . I like so much

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