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All of David Beckham's 51 tattoos and their meanings

Beckham is a proud owner of his 51 tattoos
Nicolai Nayak
Modified 09 Sep 2016, 15:27 IST

There is no doubt that David Beckham has been the leading face when it comes to new styles and trends compared to other football players. If there is anything the Manchester United player is known for apart from obviously football and his haircuts, it has to be his tattoos.

In a generation where there is a craze for getting inked, Beckham’s body art has become a hot topic of discussion.

Apart from the stunning free kicks which the midfielder is known for, Beckham’s tattoos have been another factor which has helped him garner a lot of attention. Throughout his career as a football player, Beckham has used his looks and tattoos to make a living in the fashion industry and continues to do so even after his retirement.

Also read: David Beckham’s hairstyles

From advertisements to endorsements, the 40-year-old today owns clothing and fragrance lines as part of his own brand. Beckham has now established his place as one of the prime icons in the fashion world today, as he still manages to pull off every look he decides to carry even after being a father of four. 

Also read: Lionel Messi's tattoos: What do they signify?

With tattoos covering most of his well-built physique, each tattoo has its own unique meaning. Beckham previously about his body art saying, “They’re about the important people in my life, who I want to have with me always. Mine are all about the people in my life, my wife and sons, who I want with me always.”

'When you see me, you see the tattoos. You see an expression of how I feel about Victoria and the boys. They're part of me.”


From a cheerful youngster to a matured adult, Beckham has no desire of putting an end to his permanent and expensive hobby of visiting the tattoo parlour. With 50 tattoos on his body, Beckham reveals that he has no regrets about any of his inkings, saying: “I don't regret any of them. They all have a meaning. I think that's what's important about tattoos, if they have a meaning you'll never regret them.”

Here’s a look at David Beckham’s tattoos and their meanings: 

1) Pretty Lady

The tattoo is a tribute to his youngest child, his four-year-old girl Harper. He got the words ‘pretty lady’ engraved above his daughter's name, on the occasion of her fourth birthday. 

2) Harper

Like his other children, Beckham also wanted to pay tribute to his youngest child, Harper. Therefore he decided to get his daughters named inked on his neck. 

3) Jesus and Cherubs

The Manchester United legend got this tattoo done in 2010. Inked on his upper left chest, it displays a portrait of Jesus Christ which represents Beckham and three angels lifting Jesus out of the tomb.

David says “It’s Jesus being carried by three cherubs and obviously the cherubs are my boys and so my thought of it is that at some point my boys are going to need to look after me and that’s what they’re doing in the picture. It means a lot.”


4) Lady in the forest

 The meaning behind the tattoo on the right side of Beckham’s chest still remains a mystery.

5) Angel and ‘In The face of Adversity’ 

Made in 2005, Beckham got it done after his personal assistant Rebecca Loss claimed she had an affair with him. The Real Madrid star used it to describe his feelings of distress during that period. He said everyone has a way of expressing their thoughts and his way is through tattoos. 

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