|The new monster tattoo: Joins up all
Beckham's previous artwork on his right arm.
David Beckham has had an unsightly 2ft-long tattoo etched over the entire
surface of his right arm.
The marking, which he has showed off in its
entirety for the first time, joins a clouds and cherub design over his shoulders
with numerous other tattoos on his arm and wrist to make one continuous piece of
Beckham revealed the design as he took his wife Victoria on a romantic break
in Paris to celebrate her 33rd birthday - her last in England before the pair
move to California.
The design was needled in two sittings by Manchester
based tattoo artist Louis Malloy on Sunday 11th March and Tuesday 13th March,
the day Beckham bid farewell to Manchester United fans.
It consists of two 'symbolic' pieces that reflect the 'deep turmoil he feels
about going to LA' said a source close to the former England captain.
Most significant, said the source, are the words 'Pray For Me' inscribed on
the inside of his right wrist.
"This is how he feels about the massive move from being an English boy
through and through, who has represented his country for many years and is now
turning his back on England to embrace America," the source said.
"The move was never an easy decision and it wasn't really David's, it was
Victoria's from day one.
"The tattoo is not something Victoria wanted him to go ahead with as she felt
it would not be a good start to their time in LA, but David was adamant that he
would show his true feelings about the move and stop covering it up, even if it
is rather cryptic," the source added.
The three words are inscribed next to another symbolic piece Beckham
apparently wanted to reflect who he feels he has been for the past ten years - a
Knight Templar, symbolised by a cross.
The Templar Knights, recognisable by their white mantle with distinct red
cross, are for David the symbols of him and the England team.