David Beckham's neck tattoo

David Beckham's neck

In 2004, David Beckham decided that he needed a new tattoo, the first one on his neck. He had Manchester-based tattoo artist Louis Malloy, who had inked most of his tattoos, flown into Madrid, where he was playing at the time, to ink it.

David Beckham's neck tattoo features a four-by-six-inch, gothic-style outline of a cross accompanied by two intricately-inked angel’s wings. It is placed just above from the tattoo dedicated to his son Romeo, inked in 2002. His neck tattoo was his ninth overall one.

According to Louis Malloy, the neck tattoo “It’s a religious iconography. Like a protective talisman over his children. David just loves his tattoos. He’s a very good customer.”

British fans and tabloids had mixed reactions about this tattoo. Some thought that the neck tattoo and newly Beckham’s shaved head made him look like a “hooligan.”

In his autobiography, David Beckham: My Side, Becks reveals some of his thoughts on tattoos:

"The idea came to me much later, a little while after Brooklyn was born. I was talking to Mel B, and her then-husband, Jimmy Gulzar, and the subject of tattoos came up. I ended up going to this Dutch guy who'd done all of Jimmy's. I'd finally realized what I wanted a tattoo to represent. 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."

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