Football star David Beckham is known as much for his style sense and tattoos as he is for is skills on the playing field. After his begin with Manchester United in the UK, Beckham then went to play for Real Madrid before signing an agreement to play in the US for Major League Soccer’s LA Galaxy team. The latest growth in his career is a “timeshare” deal which will have him splitting his time between the LA Galaxy and AC Milan in Italy.The greater part of Beckham’s tattoos have been done by Manchester tattooist Louis Malloy, one of the most popular in the UK. Malloy has said he speaks no more or less with his popular customer about his art as he does any other client, choosing to discuss the specialized details of the design, enabling the client to keep their own inspirations for the design private. Apart 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 expenses the same to David as he would any other customer.
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 defined the figure with arms outstretched that sits among his shoulder blades. This tattoo was later extended to include bigger wings.
Winged Cross - Beckham was in the middle of the 2004 UEFA Tournament when he had his UK tattooist, Louis Malloy, flown in to do this item on the back of his neck. The English 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 remaining forearm he had done in early 2008. Resources say the tattoo seen running down the left side of his torso on his ribs is Mandarin Chinese and reads ‘Death and life have identified sessions, 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 - exposed in January 2010, this piece on Beck’s lower right ribs is motivated by the painting “The Man of Sorrows” by Matthew R. Brooks. It was identified when Beckham took off his t-shirt following a soccer match.
Jesus and cherubs - The newest piece of ink was anything David got in LA from artist Mark Mahoney. The symbol of Jesus is styled to look like Beckham himself, 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 respect of his new baby girl, did you? When the little lady understands to read, she’ll be able to read her name tattooed at the base of her Daddy’s throat just over his heart.