The Story Behind David Beckham’s Hebrew Tattoo
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By Joshua “Mayhem” Andrews
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Originally posted on HebrewTattoo.net. Reprinted with permission.
David Robert Joseph Beckham, or just commonly known as David Beckham, is a World famous British footballer who has gone on to be a successful model, businessman and author. According to his autobiography called My World, David Beckham was born May 2, 1975 in Leytonstone, East London, to Ted Beckham, a kitchen fitter and Sandra West, a hairdresser; Neither one of David’s parents are Jewish. In July of 2005, David Beckham and his World Famous wife Victoria Beckham traveled to Singapore for their 6th wedding anniversary and they marked their anniversary by getting the matching Hebrew lettering phrase tattoos tattooed onto their bodies, but in different locations.
The Hebrew lettering that they both decided upon for their matching tattoos was a sentence from the ancient Hebrew poem Shir Ha’shirim, or in English, Song of Songs* 6:3, composed by the wise Jewish King Solomon:
Neither David Beckham or his wife have ever publicly explained why they chose that exact Hebrew lettering tattoo phrase exactly beyond the obvious reasons being that it is a timeless and beautiful choice of a tattoo design for a couple to get, but David was also quoted as saying: “I’ve probably had more contact with Judaism than with any other religion.” He also mentioned that he has been to synagogue on a number of occasions, and that: “I used to wear the traditional Jewish skullcaps when I was younger, and I also went along to some Jewish weddings with my grandfather.” David Beckham’s maternal grandfather Joseph West was Jewish, and David has been quoted as saying numerous times about how the Jewish side to his family and it’s Jewish culture has had a positive influence on him; however, he is not known to actively practice Judaism or any other faith for that matter. Based on his own words it is fair to assume that he chose the Hebrew tattoo in memory and out of respect and admiration for his mother and late grandfather.
Sources close to the story told HebrewTattoo.net that David flew his new tattoo artist and the tattoo artists’ equipment to Singapore to tattoo him and Victoria’s in their hotel room. The tattoo artist was apparently NOT known British tattooer Louis Molloy, according to Molloy who confirmed this over the phone with HebrewTattoo.net. Molloy is the tattoo artist who tattooed nine of the footballer now famous tattoos, but Louis Molloy allegedly also threatened to sue Beckham if Beckham showed the tattoos in an ad campaign without some compensation to Molloy, so maybe that explains why someone else tattooed the couple.
*The Song of Songs (Shir HaShirim in Heb.) is an allegory of a woman who marries a king, but very soon after the marriage she is unfaithful to him, causing him to send her away. But he still loves her and he watches over her. And when she returns to him and be faithful to him, he will take her back.