David Beckham has spent his years in the spotlight adding to his arsenal of body ink. With full sleeves, neck and hand pieces plus tattoos placed sporadically all over his body, the dedicated husband and father-of-four has made sure to include plenty of tributes to his tight-knit family among his collection of body art. Celebrate the former soccer star's 43rd birthday on May 2, 2018, with a look at his sweetest and most sentimental tattoos…
That's love! David Beckham has wife Victoria Beckham's name written in Hindi on his left arm and even added an extra element to the sweet ink in 2003. The soccer stud had the Latin-inspired phrase "Ut Amem Et Foveam" put underneath her name, which means "So that I love and cherish."
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Fatherly love! David Beckham's back is an homage to his three sons. His lower back reads "Brooklyn," in honor of his eldest son, while Cruz's name takes up real estate on the middle of the former soccer star's back. Son Romeo's moniker is inked at the base of David's neck.
Not to be left out, Harper Beckham also makes an appearance in daddy David Beckham's ink arsenal. David has his daughter's name permanently etched atop his left clavicle.
David Beckham's right hand is spoken for! His wife's name — Victoria — appears in bold script across the back of his hand.
"Hey Pretty Lady ❤️…. Just adding to the collection of tattoos that mean so much to me," David Beckham captioned this photo in July 2015 revealing he'd added the words "Pretty Lady" above daughter Harper's name shortly after her fourth birthday.
It's not only his immediate family who get shout-outs on David Beckham's skin. He also has a tattooed tribute to his late grandfather, Joe West. The ink is a black-and-white image of Christ drawn on his side, which was based on a painting by Matthew R. Brooks called The Man Of Sorrows.
David Beckham's right palm has a pretty unique tattoo — a tiny stick figure adorably drawn by his daughter, Harper Beckham.
On his right pinkie finger, David Beckham inked a number that represents a very important time in his life. He captioned a pic debuting the new tattoo on Instagram in July 2015, "99 was a good year for me." (He first became a father and got married in 1999!)
Pin-up girls date back to the beginning of modern tattoo trends, but David Beckham put a sentimental twist on his ink. The beauty on his left arm near his elbow happens to be modeled after his wife, Victoria Beckham!
Neck tattoos aren't exactly synonymous with the word cute, but David Beckham bucked that trend with his August 2015 addition. The soccer superstar had "Buster" written on the right side of his neck — an homage to his eldest son, Brooklyn. "I've always called Brooklyn [Buster] since the day he was born…. Love you Bust @brooklynbeckham," David explained on Instagram when he got the tattoo.
Another neck tat! David Beckham added yet another homage to one of the ladies in his life on the right side of his neck: A romantic rose above the words "Pretty Lady" and "Harper." Fans have speculated that the flower ink is an ode to wife Victoria Beckham, who was the first person to share a photo of it on Instagram in 2015.
That's not the only nod to wife Victoria Beckham that David Beckham has on his right arm. He also has a date inked in Roman numerals on that wrist — May 8, 2006, or VIII.V.MMVI — which reportedly signifies the date he and the singer-designer had a secret commitment ceremony.
Talk about a cool dad! On the right side of David Beckham's neck, he had a title near and dear to his heart permanently etched — Dadda.