Decoding David Beckham’s 70+ Tattoos and Their Stories


David Beckham may have had one of the most storied careers as a professional footballer, but if you were to ask him, being a husband to former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham and a father to their four children remain his most remarkable life achievements. The athlete lets no opportunity pass by to show his love and support for his sweet family, and his tattoo collection is merely an extension of his innate affection toward them.

Over the years, Beckham has accumulated over 70 tattoos, both big and small. And even though he has many pieces inked on his body, he’s always made sure that each design holds significant sentimental value to him, whether celebrating career milestones or marking special occasions in his personal life. He has countless designs for his children, Brooklyn, Romeo, Cruz, and Harper, and matching designs with Victoria. And he’s even inspired his oldest children to follow in his footsteps, with Brooklyn’s tattoo collection rapidly growing.

David Beckham's Tattoos and Their Meaning

“Mine are all about the people in my life, my wife and sons, who I want with me always,” he said about his ink collection in his autobiography. “When you see me, you see the tattoos. You see an expression of how I feel about Victoria and the boys. They’re a part of me.” Sticking with this principle is likely why Beckham has never had a second thought about any of his inking decisions. “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.” In another 2016 interview with GQ, he shared that his “tattoos are a way of me expressing deeper feelings about the things I care about and love.”

Despite owning a wide array of tattoos, all of Beckham’s ink somehow appears homogeneous. That might be partly because the same artist, the talented celebrity tattooist Mark Mahoney, does most of his designs. From his many religious and renaissance-inspired body artwork to the ones dedicated to his family — we’ve rounded up nearly every tattoo in Beckham’s expansive ink collection. Read on to learn all about his tattoos and their sentimental relevance to the footballer.

David Beckham’s Left Arm Tattoos

David Beckham's Left Arm Tattoos

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David Beckham’s “व्हिक्टोरिया” Forearm Tattoo

Beckham has his wife Victoria’s name inked in Hindi script on the inside of his left forearm. The piece runs horizontally along the arm length and spells “व्हिक्टोरिया,” which many have noted is slightly misspelt, as it reads “Victoria” instead of Victoria. The latter should’ve been written as “विक्टोरिया.”

David Beckham’s “Ut Amem Et Foveam” Forearm Tattoo

Beckham got a Latin script “Ut Amem Et Foveam” inked on his left forearm in old English font, which means “To love and to cherish.” It’s likely another tribute to Victoria, given its placement is directly below his “व्हिक्टोरिया” tattoo.

David Beckham’s Hebrew Forearm Tattoo

To commemorate their sixth wedding anniversary, Beckham and Victoria got matching Hebrew script tattoos that translate to “I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine.” While the football player got his ink on his left forearm, the former Spice Girls singer opted for hers to go vertically along the nape of her neck.

David Beckham’s Cupid and Psyche Arm Tattoo

Inspired by the Renaissance artwork of Cupid and Psyche by the 15th-century artist Francesco Francia, Beckham got a replica of the famous painting inked on the top of his left shoulder. The piece of ink shows Cupid, the god of love, carrying his wife Psyche up to Heaven while surrounded by smoky clouds.

David Beckham’s Ten Roses Tattoo

The football star marked ten years of marriage to Victoria by adding a beautiful tribute to his sprawling ink collection. He got a tattoo of a ring of ten roses inked on his left arm, near his elbow. While appearing on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” in 2009, he opened up about the sweet gesture, saying, “We always try to do special things. It’s not always about buying gifts for each other. We make sure that we spend time together or go for dinner together and do special things. That is important to us.”

David Beckham’s Victoria Portrait Tattoo

In 2007, Beckham added a portrait of his wife, Victoria, on his left forearm. The design sees the fashion mogul dressed in a vintage lingerie set she shot for Pop magazine. A couple of star-shaped marks surround the portrait. At the bottom of the etching, the phrase “Till Death Us Do Part” is inked in cursive font.

David Beckham’s “Forever By Your Side” Forearm Tattoo

The football star added the phrase “Forever by your side” to the Victoria portrait, another tribute dedicated to their love.


David Beckham’s Biblical Proverb Tattoo

Located on the inside of his left elbow is the biblical proverb 3:1 in Hebrew, which translates to: “My son, do not forget my teaching but keep my commands in your heart.” He has dedicated this beautiful piece to his third son, Cruz.

David Beckham’s Left Hand Tattoos

David Beckham's Left Hand Tattoos

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David Beckham’s “723” Hand Tattoo

Beckham has the number “723” tattooed on the back of his left hand between his thumb and index finger. It’s a sentimental nod to Beckham’s monumental football shirt numbers. The footballer wore the No. 7 shirt at Manchester United and England and the No. 23 when playing for Real Madrid and LA Galaxy.

David Beckham’s “Love” Hand Tattoo

The word “Love” is etched in cursive handwriting across the back of his left hand, with two swallow birds flying on either side.

David Beckham’s “Lead With Love” Hand Tattoo

The phrase “Lead with Love,” seemingly a positive affirmation of kindness, can be seen on the back of his left hand.

David Beckham’s “Seven” Finger Tattoo

On the index finger of his left hand, Beckham has the word “Seven” inked horizontally along the length of his finger, a sweet tribute to his youngest daughter with wife Victoria, Harper, whose middle name is Seven.

David Beckham’s Rose and “V” Finger Tattoos

Beckham has a tiny rose illustration in black ink tattooed on the back of his left ring finger. He later added a cursive letter “V” beneath the rose design, a likely nod to his wife.

David Beckham’s Spider Hand Tattoo

In November 2021, Beckham visited LA-based tattooist Dr Woo to get a single-needle spider inked on his middle finger, close to the knuckle.

David Beckham’s Right Arm Tattoos

David Beckham's Right Arm Tattoos

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David Beckham’s “In the Face of Adversity” Shoulder Tattoo

Beckham has an angel tattooed across his top right shoulder. The text “In the Face of Adversity” is inked in cursive script in an arch above an angel that appears to be wearing a gloomy expression with a single tear. The football player got this ink in 2004 amidst the marital affair accusation that emerged at the time.

David Beckham’s Cherub Arm Tattoos

On his right bicep, Beckham has two cherubs that reportedly represent his elder sons, Brooklyn and Romeo. The text “Is for you I would die to defend” appears beneath the piece.

David Beckham’s “Let Them Hate As Long As They Fear” Forearm Tattoo

On his left forearm, near his elbow, Beckham has another guardian angel artwork with the Roman quote “Let them Hate As Long As They Fear” etched beneath it.

David Beckham’s “23” Forearm Tattoo

Beckham’s forearm also bears the number “23” below the guardian angel design, which seems to be a nod to the shirt number he wore at LA Galaxy and Real Madrid.

David Beckham’s “Perfection in Spiritu” Tattoo

On the inside of Beckham’s right forearm, the Latin phrase “Perfectio in Spiritu” is written in old English font. The script translates to “Spirit Perfection.”

David Beckham’s “VII” Tattoo

Next to the “Perfection in Spiritu” text, Beckham has his lucky number seven inked in 3D Roman numerals “VII.

David Beckham’s Right Hand Tattoos

David Beckham's Right Hand Tattoos

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David Beckham’s “Pray For Me” Wrist Tattoo

The phrase “Pray For Me” is inked horizontally across the outside of his right wrist as an intricate cloud-like shading surrounds the words. The football player got the script tattoo in 2007, close to his career-defining move from Manchester United to the LA Galaxy.

David Beckham’s “Victoria” Tattoo

Beckham got his wife’s name “Victoria” inked on the back of his right hand. Two hummingbirds are also tattooed on each side around the text, likely symbolising the peace and harmony in their familial lives.

David Beckham’s “99” Tattoo

The year 1999 marks an especially memorable period of Beckham’s life. He and Victoria got married and welcomed their first-born Brooklyn. At the same time, the football player achieved many career milestones, including Manchester United winning the Premier League, FA Cup, and UEFA Champions League. So, it’s no wonder he has “99” inked on the back of his right pinky. “99 was a good year for me…,” he captioned a 2015 Instagram post sharing a close-up of the piece.

David Beckham’s “Dream Big, Be Unrealistic” Tattoo

Inspired by Jay-Z and Beyoncé’s Rose Bowl performance during the “On the Run” tour in 2014, Beckham put the powerful quote “Dream Big / Be Unrealistic” on the back of his right hand in beautiful cursive handwriting.

David Beckham’s “VIII.V.MMVI” and “De Integro” Wrist Tattoos

Beckham and Victoria honoured their love for one another by renewing their vows in a private ceremony on 8 May 2006. To mark the special occasion, the married couple got the date inscribed on their right wrists in Roman numerals “VII.V.MMVI.” To complete the matching designs, they also got the Latin phrase “De Integro” tattooed below the date, which, in English, means “Again from the start.”

David Beckham’s Harper’s Drawing Tattoo

In 2015, Beckham debuted his newly minted hand tattoo featuring an adorable stick-figure drawing from his youngest daughter, Harper. There’s also a heart outline next to the scribbling. “Harper is allowed to scribble on daddy ❤,” read the caption.

David Beckham’s “32” Hand Tattoo

The number “32” — Beckham’s shirt number when he joined AC Milan in 2009 — is inked on the back of his right hand, on the space between his thumb and the index finger.

David Beckham’s “My Love” Tattoo

On his right knuckles, Beckham has the text “My Love” tattooed in cursive handwriting.

David Beckham’s Knights Templar Cross Tattoo

Beckham got the symbolic cross of the Knights Templar tattooed on the inside of his right wrist, representing his team spirit as a professional football player.

David Beckham’s “Siete” Finger Tattoo

The Latin word “Siete” is inscribed on the top of Beckham’s right index finger, which means “nap” in English.

David Beckham’s Back Tattoos

David Beckham's Back Tattoos

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David Beckham’s “Brooklyn” Back Tattoo

Beckham’s lower back has a tattoo that spells his eldest son’s name, Brooklyn.

David Beckham’s “Romeo” Back Tattoo

The name of his second-born son, “Romeo,” is tattooed on the top centre of his back.

David Beckham’s Guardian Angel Back Tattoo

A crucified guardian angel is inked below the “Romeo” piece on Beckham’s back.

David Beckham’s “Cruz” Back Tattoo

“Cruz,” the name of Beckham’s third son, born in 2005, is inked in the centre of his back below the angel.

David Beckham’s Face and Head Tattoos

David Beckham's Face and Head Tattoos

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David Beckham’s Solar System Head Tattoo

In 2018, Beckham added his first-ever head tattoo to his ever-growing body art collection. The piece features a sketch of a solar system on the left side of his head, just above his ear. However, the design is rarely visible with a full head of hair.

David Beckham’s Rose Face Tattoo

A tiny rose is tattooed on Beckham’s face, right next to his left ear.

David Beckham’s Tiny Heart Tattoo

Beckham has a small heart tattoo on his left earlobe in solid black ink.

David Beckham’s Neck Tattoos

David Beckham's Neck Tattoos

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David Beckham’s “Harper” Neck Tattoo

Located on the left side of Beckham’s neck is his daughter’s name, “Harper,” in cursive handwriting.

David Beckham’s “Pretty Lady” Neck Tattoo

To mark his daughter’s fourth birthday in 2015, Beckham added another script tattoo reading “Pretty Lady” with a tiny heart on the side of his neck, directly above the “Harper” piece.

David Beckham’s Rose Tattoo

He added a beautiful rose illustration above the “Pretty Lady” ink on his neck.

David Beckham’s “Buster” Neck Tattoo

The word “Buster” with a tiny heart is tattooed on the right side of Beckham’s neck, which is a sweet nickname he has for his eldest son, Brooklyn. “I’ve always called Brooklyn (Buster) since his birth… Love you, Bust,” read the caption of his 2015 Instagram post, where he showed off his latest tribute.

David Beckham’s Cross and Wings Nape Tattoo

Beckham has a Gothic-style cross tattoo on the nape of his neck with two angel wings on either side.


David Beckham’s Behind-the-Ear Birds Tattoo

flock of birds in flight is situated on the left side of Beckham’s neck, extending up behind his ear. Though the exact significance of the design is unknown, a flying bird represents freedom and peace.

David Beckham’s “I Love You” Neck Tattoo

The phrase “I Love You” is inked on the left neck that continues up to his nape. It’s possibly another sentimental piece of ink dedicated to his family.

David Beckham’s “Dadda” Neck Tattoo

The word “Dadda” is tattooed in cursive handwriting on the right side of his neck. It’s likely a nod to his kids.

David Beckham’s “Do It Afraid” Neck Tattoo

“Do It Afraid” is another motivational phrase that can be seen on the right side of Beckham’s neck.

David Beckham’s Black Horse Tattoo

In 2016, the tattoo artist Mahoney helped create the dark horse ink on Beckham’s neck, though its significance to the football star is unknown.

David Beckham’s Chest Tattoos

David Beckham's Chest Tattoos

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David Beckham’s Jesus and Cherubs Chest Tattoo

On his left pec, Beckham has intricate artwork of Jesus being carried up from his tomb by three cherubs. Mark Mahoney created this piece in 2011, and the football star revealed its emotional relevance to him in a now-deleted Facebook video, saying that the cherubs are supposed to represent his three sons. “It’s Jesus being carried by three cherubs, and obviously, the cherubs are my boys, and so my thought is that at some point, my boys will need to look after me, and that’s what they’re doing in the picture. It means a lot,” he stated.

David Beckham’s The Agony in the Garden Painting Tattoo

A detailed replica of Gustave Doré’s famous painting “The Agony in the Garden” sits on Beckham’s right pec.

David Beckham’s Cross Chest Tattoo

A small cross representing his religious faith is inked at the centre of his sternum.

David Beckham’s Biblical Ribcage Tattoo

Located on his right ribcage is a script tattoo of what appears to be a long Biblical passage. Though, given its small text font size, it’s hard to determine exactly what it reads.

David Beckham’s Eagle Tattoo

In 2015, Beckham visited tattooist Mark Mahoney at Shamrock Social Club to get a hyper-realistic eagle tattoo that starts below his left armpit and stretches up to his back. “RISE ABOVE,” he simply captioned his Instagram showcasing the piece.


David Beckham’s “1975” Tattoo

“1975” is tattooed in a small font on his left ribcage, the year the football star was born.


David Beckham’s “We Love You Daddy” Tattoo

In 2015, Beckham shared a first look at the “We Love You Daddy” script on his left ribcage, scribbled in the handwriting of his children. “The boys are expressing how they feel about daddy ❤❤❤,” he wrote in the image’s caption.

David Beckham’s “Mum & Dad” Tattoo

Placed directly below the “1975” piece is the text “Mum & Dad” in beautiful cursive script.

David Beckham’s Native American Chief Tattoo

Beckham got a Native American Chief tattooed wearing a traditional headdress. The piece is inked on his left ribcage, below his armpit. In 2021, his eldest son, Brooklyn, got a matching design inked inside his right forearm.

David Beckham’s Ship Tattoo

An elaborate ship design is tattooed on Beckham’s right ribcage. It’s a matching ink he shares with his father, who has it on his arm.

David Beckham’s Torso Tattoos

David Beckham's Torso Tattoos

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David Beckham’s “The Man of Sorrows” Tattoo

To honour his late grandfather, who passed away in 2009, Beckham got a portrait of Jesus, inspired by the Catholic artist Matthew R. Brooks’ artwork called “The Man of Sorrows.”

David Beckham’s Chinese Proverb Tattoo

Beckham has a Chinese proverb inked vertically along his left ribcage, which starts just below his armpit and stretches downward, stopping above his left hip. When translated into English, the Chinese characters roughly mean “Death and life have determined appointments. Riches and honour depend upon Heaven.”

David Beckham’s Leg Tattoos


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David Beckham’s Running Cherubs Leg Tattoo

In 2016, Beckham debuted his new leg tattoo of a pair of running cherubs on his right ankle via Instagram. Mark Mahoney did it.

David Beckham’s Lion Thigh Tattoo

An intricately-drawn lion face is tattooed on the side of Beckham’s left thigh.

David Beckham’s Bird Leg Tattoo

A bird can be spotted on his left calf in an Instagram post shared by the football player.


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