‘Harper’ – Decoding the meaning of 60+ tattoos on Beckham’s body – Part.1

Since starting the first tattoo on the body, until now, Becks has a total of 63 tattoos. For Becks, each tattoo has its own meaning, marking an important milestone or about a person who has had a great influence on his life.

1. ‘Harper’ Tattoo

Tattoo: ‘Harper’ tattoo on his left pec.

Meaning: David got the tattoo of his daughter’s name, ‘Harper’ who was born in 2011. Later in July 2015, David added the words ‘Pretty Lady’ for his daughter, Harper.

2. ‘Pretty Lady’ Tattoo

Tattoo: ‘Pretty Lady’ tattoo on his left pec.

Meaning: In July 2015, David added the tattoo ‘Pretty Lady’ just above his ‘Harper’ tattoo in a scrolling black script font, with a tiny little heart on his left pec. This was a tribute to his daughter on her fourth birthday. David uploaded the following picture of this tattoo on his Instagram account

3. ‘Rose’ Tattoo

Tattoo: ‘Rose’ tattoo on the left side of his neck.

Meaning: Just above his ‘Pretty Lady’ tattoo, David got the tattoo of ‘rose’ inked on the left side of his neck. Rose tattoo is a symbol of new beginnings, rebirth, true love, emotions, feeling, and passion. It also defines a mature love and protection from an envious lover.

4. ‘Buster’ Tattoo

Tattoo: ‘Buster’ tattoo on the right side of his neck.

Meaning: On August 31, 2015, David got the tattoo ‘Buster’ on the right side of his neck. This tattoo is a tribute to his eldest son ‘Brooklyn Joseph’ who was born on March 4, 1999. Buster is the nickname of his son, Brooklyn.

5. ‘Jesus and Cherubs’ Tattoo

Tattoo: ‘Jesus and Cherubs’ tattoo on his left pec.

Meaning: David got the tattoo of ‘Jesus and Cherubs’ inked on his left pec. The tattoo is a portrait of Jesus which is designed to look as if the three baby angels are lifting Jesus from his tomb. David got this tattoo inked in 2011.

6. ‘Lady in a Forest’ tattoo on his right pec

Meaning: Angel with the face of unhappiness. This image was tattooed by Becks just a month after his scɑndal with his secretary Rebecca Loos in Madrid.

7. ‘Angel’ Tattoo

Tattoo: ‘Angel’ tattoo on his right shoulder that continues till his right arm.

Meaning: David got the tattoo of an ‘angel’ with the words ‘In the face of adversity’ inked on his right shoulder and arm. This tattoo was an expression of his distress during the personal crisis alleging his affair with model and personal assistant Rebecca Loos in 2004.

8. ‘Cherubs’ Tattoo

Tattoo: ‘Cherubs’ tattoo on his right biceps.

Meaning: David got the tattoo of two cherubs inked on his right bicep to represent his sons, Brooklyn and Romeo.

9. ’99’ Tattoo

Tattoo: ’99’ tattoo on the pinky finger of his right hand.

Meaning: This tattoo is related to the year ‘1999’ which was a memorable one for Beckham as he tied the knot with Victoria on July 4, 1999. He has also helped his team, ‘Manchester United’ to a European Treble, winning the Premier League, FA Cup, and UEFA Champions League in the same year. Not only this but his eldest son ‘Brooklyn Joseph’ was also born in 1999.

10. ‘Biblical Text’ Tattoo

Tattoo: ‘Biblical Text’ tattoo on his right ribs.

Meaning: David has got a large block of writing inked on his right rib cage that appears to be either a quote or a passage from the Bible.

11. ‘Man of Sorrows’ Tattoo

Tattoo: ‘Man of Sorrows’ tattoo on his right torso.

Meaning: David got the tattoo of Jesus on his way for being crucified. The tattoo is based on the famous painting ‘The Man of Sorrows’ by Matthew R. Brooks. He got the tattoo to honor his grandfather ‘Joe West’ who passed away in 2010.

12. ‘Clouds’ Tattoo

Tattoo: ‘Clouds’ tattoo on his arms.

Meaning: The clouds and other tats together make up David Beckham’s sleeve tattoo. The clouds and cherub design over his shoulders with the other tats on his arm and wrist make one continuous piece of ‘artwork’.

13. ‘Angel and ‘Let Them Hate As Long As They Feɑr’ Tattoo

Tattoo: ‘Angel with let them hate as long as they feɑr’ tattoo on his right forearm.

Meaning: Another piece of David Beckham’s right arm sleeves tattoo includes a ‘guardian angel holding a flame and spreading her wings’ and the words ‘Let Them Hate As Long As They Feɑr’ which is inspired by the quote of Roman Emperor Tiberius and was also used by Caligula.

14. ‘Pray For Me’ Tattoo

Tattoo: ‘Pray For Me’ tattoo near his right wrist.

Meaning: In 2007 David got the words ‘Pray For Me’ inked near his right wrist. The rumors were that this tattoo was inspired by Beckham’s clashed move from Manchester United to the L.A. Galaxy football club.

15. ‘Victoria and Humming Bird’ Tattoo

Tattoo: ‘Victoria and Humming Bird’ tattoo on his right hand.

Meaning: David got the name of his wife ‘Victoria’ inked on his right hand. David married Victoria on July 4, 1999. Along with his wife’s name, David got the tattoo of a ‘hummingbird’ inked which symbolizes love, harmony, charm, hope, and good times.