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David’s cherubs

These days, David’s chest barely has an inch of bare skin, but back in the day, he started off with a large tattoo on his left pec. The tattoo supposedly depicts Jesus and three cherubs, representing his three sons – Brooklyn, Romeo and Cruz – lifting him out of a tomb.
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From sweet tributes, to cherubs and numerals: the Beckham family's many tattoos and their meanings

In case you weren’t aware, the Beckhams are a family who love tattoos.

It’s a trend that started with dad, David, who has in excess of 40 of them. By and large, the ex-footballers inkings all have special meanings, whether its a tribute to his ‘pretty lady’ Harper Beckham, a symbolic three cherubs (that’s his sons) helping him up, or a nod to what was a ‘good year’ for him: 1999.

David’s love for body art is clearly something that has been passed down to his son, Brooklyn, who got his first tat at age 18. Since, the budding photographer has racked up his total to 21 in just a year, often using his dad’s favourite tattoo artist, Mark Mahoney.

Even family matriarch, Victoria, has a few tattoos of her own, mainly dating back to the noughties. Among her inkings include (now removed) Hebrew writing down her back, Roman numerals on her wrist and her husband’s initials.

As far as we’re aware, the youngest of the family – Romeo, 16, Cruz, 13, and Harper, 7 – remain tattoo-free (as you’d hope), but we give it just a couple of years until Romeo books in an appointment with Mr Mahoney.

We break down the Beckham family’s love affair with body art…

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