The Real Meaning Behind Brooklyn Beckham’s Biggest Tattoo

This story was originally published April 2, 2017.

David Beckham has quite an extensive body art collection — one that spans more than 40 tattoos starting from his neck all the way down to his legs. So it makes sense then that his 18-year-old son, Brooklyn, has already started to build a supply of his own.

In fact, over the course of 10 months, the star has racked over eight — and they are not small. Each one has a special meaning (including his first tat, which was a nod to his famous father). Brooklyn’s latest ink? “1975” etched on his right hand. But if you’re finding it hard to keep up with his ever-growing collection, you’re not alone.

Ahead, we’ve compiled a road map to every tattoo he’s gotten — just in case you needed more proof the young star is morphing into his dad.

His first tattoo came right after his 18th birthday, and Brooklyn followed in his father’s footsteps by paying a visit to David’s go-to tattoo artist, Mark Mahoney. He even got the same design: A big — and controversial — portrait of a Native American wearing a feathered headdress.

A few weeks later, the young star headed to celebrity tattooist Dr. Woo, who has worked with everyone from Lucy Hale to Miley Cyrus. This time, he inked the opposite arm, right under his armpit area.

His third tattoo is quite possibly the biggest of ’em all, which comes in the form of a compass on his inner arm. And while Brooklyn is staying quiet as to what the design means, there is no doubt his arm is starting to look eerily similar to that of his dad’s.

In July, Brooklyn added an eagle on his left hand. Are we sensing a pattern?

And he debuted another one, two, and three more tattoos while at the gym. The following ink includes a rose on his rib, script on his chest that reads, “mama’s boy,” and another right below his pre-existing camera arm tattoo that has yet to be revealed.

The tattoo stirring up the most tweets: “Made in England,” which is sprawled across the side of Brooklyn’s foot. Fans don’t seem to understand why he didn’t get “Made in Brooklyn.” Luckily the Evening Standard reported that his mother Victoria previously clarified that Brooklyn was conceived in England — not New York.

Photo: Via @brooklynbeckham/Instagram.

Another ode to his father: A “seven” inked on the upper part of Brooklyn’s left wrist. The likely significance? It was David’s jersey number when he played for Manchester United and England.


A budding photographer, Beckham solidified his place in the art world with a book and a tattoo that simply reads, “click.”

We’re safely assuming this is Beckham’s favorite number for one reason: his dad. (See: tattoo #9.)

Celebrity tattoo artist Dr. Woo showed off Beckham’s latest set of ink, which comes int he form of a cherub in the center of his chest. Unsurprisingly, his father also has three cherubs tattooed on his chest as a tribute to his sons. We’re noticing a pattern here…

His recent ink comes with a surprising tribute to the entire family. The minimal design reads “020511” — each number representing the birth years of all his siblings. Romeo James was born in 2002, Cruz in 2005, and Harper Seven in 2011. But one Instagram commenter pointed out another potential meaning behind the tat: David’s birthday is May 2, a reverse of “02” and “05” on Brooklyn’s arm.

As DJ Khaled would say: Beckham is back with yet another one. This time it’s his nickname, “buster,” etched right above his navel.

Keeping it all in the family, Beckham got yet another tattoo in tribute to someone special —the numbers “1975,” the year his dad was born.

After dedicating several tattoos to his father, Beckham decided to make his newest —and largest — addition an homage to his mother, Victoria.

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