[ 2007-04-18 14:17 ]
He asked the tattoo artist to etch the Knight Templar on his arm as he
"feels the knights were the best equipped, trained, and disciplined fighting
units of the Crusades, just as he has always tried to be as a footballer
representing his team of knights".
The main tattoo on the forearm is a giant angel sentinel, holding a flame in
her hand so that her face is illuminated from below. The wings spread round
Beckham's arm and merge with the existing tattoos.
The second tattoo across his arm is a quote by the Roman Emperor Tiberius and
also used by Caligula.
It reads: "Lets them hate (me) as long as they fear (me)."
It is written in English though Beckham originally wanted it written in
The reason he was advised not to do it in Latin is because the middle word
would have been 'dum', which he is understood to have been adamant he did not
want on his arm for fear of cruel jibes about his own intellect. The new
tattoo's detail is difficult to make out, since it is merged with tattoos which
were already there.
The end result is a rather unpretty mess.
Already on the arm are the words 'Perfectio In Spiritu' which means
'spiritual perfection', and the roman numerals VII - which relates to Beckham's
Beckham's left arm carries wife Victoria's name in Hindi plus the words Ut
Amem et Foveam (So that I love and cherish). On his back he has a huge angel in
the shapoe of a cross and his three sons' names Romeo, Brooklyn and Cruz.