David Beckham, the soccer great, is no stranger to tattoo parlors, and the superstar has more tattoos on his body than years on the clock. The celebrity, as it turns out, is a tattoo junkie. The majority of his tattoos are dedicated to his adoring wife and children. Beckham has dozens of tattoos on his body and seems to be just getting started. Take a look at David Beckham’s tattoos and the significance behind them.
1. ‘Pretty Lady’ Tattoo
Tattoo: On his left pec, he has a tattoo that reads “Pretty Lady.”
Meaning: In July 2015, David got the tattoo ‘Pretty Lady’ in a scrolling black script font immediately above his ‘Harper’ tattoo, with a small little heart on his left pec. This was a birthday present for his daughter, who was turning four.
2. ‘Harper’ Tattoo
Tattoo: On his left pec, he has a tattoo of the word ‘Harper.’
Meaning: David received a tattoo with the name of his daughter, Harper, who was born in 2011. David later added the words ‘Pretty Lady’ for his daughter, Harper, in July 2015.
3. ‘Buster’ Tattoo
Tattoo: On the right side of his neck, he has a tattoo of the word ‘Buster.’
Meaning: David received the tattoo ‘Buster’ on the right side of his neck on August 31, 2015. This tattoo honors his oldest son, Brooklyn Joseph, who was born on March 4, 1999. His kid, Brooklyn, is known as Buster.
4. ‘Rose’ Tattoo
Tattoo: On the left side of his neck, he has a ‘Rose’ tattoo.
Meaning: David had the word ‘rose’ tattooed on the left side of his neck, just above his ‘Pretty Lady’ tattoo. A rose tattoo represents fresh beginnings, rebirth, genuine love, emotions, feelings, and passion. It also denotes mature love as well as protection from an envious lover.
5. ‘Angel’ Tattoo
Tattoo: Angel’ tattoo on his right shoulder that extends all the way down his right arm.
Meaning: David had an ‘angel’ tattoo with the words ‘In the face of hardship’ inscribed on his right shoulder and arm. This tattoo was inspired by his anguish during a personal crisis in 2004 when he was accused of having an affair with model and personal assistant Rebecca Loos.
6. ‘Biblical Text’ Tattoo
Tattoo: On his right ribcage, he has the tattoo ‘Biblical Text’.
Meaning: David has a big block of text tattooed on his right rib cage, which seems to be a Bible quotation or verse.
7. ‘Clouds’ Tattoo
Tattoo: On his arms, he has the tattoo ‘Clouds.’
Meaning: David Beckham’s sleeve tattoo is made up of clouds and other tats. The clouds and cherub pattern on his shoulders, along with the other tats on his arm and wrist, form one continuous piece of ‘artwork.’
8. ’99’ Tattoo
Tattoo: He has the number ’99’ tattooed on the pinky finger of his right hand.
Meaning: This tattoo is associated with the year ‘1999,’ which was a significant one for Beckham since he married Victoria on July 4, 1999. He also helped his club, ‘Manchester United,’ win the Premier League, FA Cup, and UEFA Champions League all in the same year. Not only that but his oldest son, ‘Brooklyn Joseph,’ was born in 1999 as well.
9. ‘Cupid and Psyche’ Tattoo
Tattoo: On his left arm, he has a tattoo of ‘Cupid and Psyche.’
Meaning: One of David Beckham’s sleeve tattoos is based on a picture by 15th-century artist ‘Francesco Francia,’ which depicts Cupid taking his bride, Psyche, up to heaven.
10. ‘Cross and Wings’ Tattoo
Tattoo: On the nape of his neck, he has a ‘Cross and Wings’ tattoo.
Meaning: A tattoo on David’s back of the neck includes a four-by-six-inch Gothic-style outline of a cross flanked by two meticulously etched angel’s wings. The tattoo is a religious symbol. The tattoo, placed immediately above the ‘Romeo’ tat (his son’s name), acts as a protective talisman over his children.