Battle of the Beckham tattoos: Footballer David, 48, and son Brooklyn, 24, rack up 100 inkings each but what do they all mean?

David Beckham and son Brooklyn appear to be battling it out for the most tattoos,   with an eye-popping 200 inkings between them. 

The wannabe chef, 24, who was no doubt inspired by his famous father, showed off his vast collection during a sun-soaked trip in Saint Tropez with wife Nicola Peltz on Thursday. 

Since going under the needle first in 2017, self professed tattoo addict Brooklyn has over amassed 70 tributes to his heiress wife.

Meanwhile David, 48, who debuted his first tattoo in 1999, has also paid tribute to mother of his children Victoria, 49, with his own intricately decorated physique. 

Here MailOnline takes a look at the meaning behind the battling body art …… 

Battle of the Beckhams! David Beckham and son Brooklyn appear to be battling it out for the most tattoos, with an eye-popping 200 inkings between them

Battle of the Beckhams! David Beckham and son Brooklyn appear to be battling it out for the most tattoos, with an eye-popping 200 inkings between them

Brooklyn’s tribute to wife Nicola

His tributes to Nicola are extensive, with her portrait on his upper arm and her eyes tattooed on the back of his neck as well as her name.

Far from just using her image, Brooklyn also has their wedding vows tattooed on his arm, with the romantic prose reading: ‘Nicola when you walked down the aisle you took my breath away you look so beautiful tonight and always.

‘Let me start by saying that words cannot even describe my love for you just looking at you I see my future and it feels like a dream. You are my world and I continue to fall more in love with you every single day.

David’s tribute to wife Victoria

Meanwhile David’s tributes to her family are less obvious, after first going under the needle in 1999 following the birth of Brooklyn. 

In 2015 the former footballer got the number ’99’ tattooed on his little finger to mark the year, in which he also married wife Victoria. 

Debuting it on Instagram he wrote, ’99 was a good year for me.’ 

As well as a large rose and the words ‘I Love you’ on his neck rumoured to be in honour of his other half. 

How many is too many? Since going under the needle first in 2017, self professed tattoo addict Brooklyn has over amassed 70 tributes to his heiress wife 

Inspiration: Meanwhile David, 48,  has also paid tribute to mother of his children Victoria, 49, with his own intricately decorated physique, MailOnline takes a look at the battle of the body art

Brooklyn’s tribute to his family 

The celebrity offspring pays tribute to his family in numerous inking as well as his billionaire in laws. 

As well as cherubs for his siblings Romeo, Cruz and Harper, he also sports a heart tribute to his fashion designer mother.

Brooklyn also sports the name ‘Buster’ his father’s nickname for him as well as an anchor to honour the England legend.

He has also found room on his physique for his mother-in-law Claudia’s rosary beads.

David’s tribute to his family

David has the words Pretty Lady inked above his daughter’s name Harper, now 12, on his neck, and a doodle drawn by the youngster in honour of her fourth birthday. 

If that weren’t enough the doting dad debuted the word ‘Dada’ and Harper’s middle name seven on his finger in 2017.

Meanwhile on his chest a male joined by three cherubs depicting his sons who will care for him in his old age. 

Copycat: David (L, in 2012) is known for his religious iconography with Brooklyn (R) accused of copying his cherub design 

Honour: His tributes to Nicola are extensive, with her portrait on his upper arm and her eyes tattooed on the back of his neck as well as her name (pictured this week)

Nicola: Other dedications from Brooklyn include Nicola’s first name

Memory: In 2015 the former footballer got the number ’99’ tattooed on his little finger to mark the year, in which he also married wife Victoria

Love: As well as a large rose and the words ‘I Love you’ on his neck rumoured to be in honour of his other half

He also has the Latin-inspired phrases ‘Ut Amem Et Foveam’ (So That I Love and Cherish) inked below Victoria’s name on his left arm and ‘Perfectio in Spiritu’ (Spiritual Perfection) onto his right. 

Meanwhile Victoria tweeted a picture that showed the word ‘Love’ had been added to David’s hand, beside the first of two swallow designs – supposedly a symbol of family love and loyalty. 

Brooklyn’s chest

Brooklyn has both his and his wife’s surnames scrawled on his stomach, after taking her name when they married. 

Speaking about the choice, he said: ‘It was my idea because I wanted to honour her family’s last name as well, and you know I thought when we have kids, I think it’ll be so cute to have little Peltz-Beckham’s running about.’ 

Family: If that weren’t enough the doting dad debuted the word ‘Dada’ and Harper’s middle name seven on his finger in 2017

Daddy: He also sports a doodle drawn his his daughter, now 12, to honour her fourth birthday

Brooklyn had Gina’s prayer inked on his torso, with the words reading: ‘Focused in the present, sincere towards others and trusting in our self, know that you cannot fail’.

David’s chest

Meanwhile the elder Beckham unveiled a large Chinese motif in 2008, which translates as: ‘Death and life have determined appointments. Riches and honour depend upon heaven.’ 

He also sports a  a crucifix on the middle of his chest with even Brooklyn accused of copying his father’s religious designs. 

Chest: Brooklyn appeared to be having a wonderful time on the swanky getaway on Thursday 

An honour: Brooklyn’s first tattoo (pictured) was carried out by his father’s pal Mark Mahoney 

He also has DVBRCH inked above Gina’s prayer. The initials are those of his family – David, Victoria, Brooklyn, Romeo, Cruz and Harper.

Brooklyn was living it up on the boat with his in-laws, where he launched himself into the water before indulging in a spot of water sports.

As they arrived at the vessel, Brooklyn looked dapper in a yellow shirt with a white tee underneath and chinos however he the stripped down to his white shorts with a pair of Calvin Klein boxers peeping out from underneath. 

Nicola looked stunning a tight blue top as she sat on the boat, opting against joining her husband on the vessel.   

While Brooklyn looked to be having the time of his life, it was his tattoos that took centre stage in the sea as he showcased his extensive inkings.  

Speaking about his tattoos, the aspiring photographer and chef said: ‘They’re very addictive, especially when you love someone you just want to cover everywhere. I love her more than anything. I always try to make her happy. That’s all I do’. 

Fun with the Peltzs! Brooklyn was kicking back with his in-laws 

And he’s off! He launched himself off the boat in style

Go for it! Brooklyn showed no fear as he launched himself off the boat

Getting involved: He indulged in some water sports 

Making a splash: Brooklyn went from the very top of the boat and plummeted down 

Splashing around: Since going under the needle first in 2017, Brooklyn has amassed an eye-popping 100 tattoos, 70 of which are tributes to his wife Nicola Peltz, who he married in April last year in an idyllic Palm Beach ceremony

Careful! He was joined on the water by Nicola’s brother 

Hop and a zip! He made his way across the shore

Ink It Like Beckham: A look at Brooklyn’s extensive tattoos  

ARMS 

– NATIVE AMERICAN

In 2017, Brooklyn had his first tattoo when he was accompanied by his dad to the parlour. He later unveiled a portrait of a native American. 

David himself has a similar inking on his torso.  

Earlier this year, Brooklyn revealed a vast portrait of his wife on his upper arm

– NICOLA’S FACE

Earlier this year, Brooklyn revealed a vast portrait of his wife on his upper arm. 

When he revealed the portrait of Nicola, Brooklyn said: ‘I actually got my wife’s portrait on my arm, that’s the latest one I got.’

– LYRICS TO WEDDING SONG

Speaking in March on The Jennifer Hudson Show, Brooklyn unveiled the vast image of her face and the lyrics alongside. 

He said: ‘I actually got on the same day some of the lyrics to the song that … she walked down the aisle to. 

– WEDDING VOWS

Brooklyn had his vast wedding vow script adorned underneath his bicep. The vows read: ‘Nicola when you walked down the aisle you took my breath away you look so beautiful tonight and always.

Brooklyn had his vast wedding vow script adorned underneath his bicep.

‘Let me start by saying that words cannot even describe my love for you just looking at you I see my future and it feels like a dream. You are my world and I continue to fall more in love with you every single day.

‘Having you in my life is the best thing that has ever happened to me as you have made me become the man I am today.

‘I have been looking forward to this day for so long, because today is the day I get to marry you, my forever babe, my love and my best friend, Nicola…

‘Today you become my partner, my other half – and my family and because of that I am the luckiest man in the world to be able to spend the rest of my life with you.

‘I promise to be the best partner, the best husband and man and to always take care of you, to make you laugh, feel safe and more importantly loved.

‘I can’t wait to live out our dreams together and have lots of babies and be yours forever because you are forever mine.’

– GINA

Brooklyn had his wife’s late grandmother Gina’s name inked on his arm after she passed away in January 2020. 

He also had a prayer dedicated to Gina tattooed on his torso. 

Earlier this year, Brooklyn paid homage to another of Nicola’s grandparents, this time her grandmother called Bunny with a line drawing of a rabbit

– LOVE YOU BUST 

In 2015, David revealed he has always called Brooklyn Buster and had the moniker tattooed on his neck. He shared the tattoo on Instagram with the caption: ‘I’ve always called Brooklyn ( Buster ) since the day he was born…. Love you Bust’. 

In the wake of the sweet message from his father, Brooklyn has ‘Love you Bust’ tattooed on his arm, just above his Gina inking.

BUNNY

Earlier this year, Brooklyn paid homage to another of Nicola’s grandparents, this time her grandmother called Bunny with a line drawing of a rabbit. 

– ANCHOR 

The Love You Bust scrawl sits under a huge anchor, a traditional sailor inspired tattoo, with the word Dad written through. 

– HEART AND ROSE

A delicate inking of a heart sits below an elaborate rose design with MUM emblazoned through in a nod to Victoria. 

The dedication sits on the opposite shoulder to his DAD tattoo.  

– NICOLA’S BIRTHDAY 

In 2021, Brooklyn had Nicola’s date of birth – January 9 – alongside the words: ‘My life, my love, my truth, my breath, my reason, my beauty, my precious’. 

– ROSARY BEADS 

Brooklyn has an impression of a set of Nicola’s mum Claudia’s rosary beads extending down his arm and on to his hand. 

– DATES OF BIRTH

In a nod to his siblings, he has Cruz, Romeo and Harper’s birth years — ‘020511’ — inked on the back of his right arm. 

Brooklyn had his wife’s late grandmother Gina’s name inked on his arm after she passed away in January 2020

– SWORD

Brooklyn has a sizeable sword on his arm alongside the words ‘I will always love’. 

The sword is based on what his parents used to cut their wedding cake in 1999. 

– COMPASS 

 Brooklyn added a compass to the collection in 2017, and right above it reads, ‘Brothers In Arms.’

– PIN-UP GIRL

He got an Alberto Vargas pinup girl tattooed on his right forearm in 2018. 

– CAMERA

Following his foray into photography, which included the release of a book, Brooklyn had a large camera tattoed on his bicep. 

– BROTHERS IN ARMS

The words ‘Brothers in arms’ are tattooed underneath his camera inking. 

– LOVE YOURSELF 

– DRAGON

– SHIP 

Snap happy: Following his foray into photography, which included the release of a book, Brooklyn had a large camera tattoed on his bicep

 LEG 

– BALLERINA 

Another tribute comes in the form of a ballerina extending down his leg, which is a tribute to his younger sister Harper. 

Joined by David, Brooklyn revisited celebrity favorite Bang Bang Tattoos in New York City to have tattoo artist Mr. K ink the whimsical pointe dancer on the side of his right leg.

TORSO 

–  SURNAMES 

Brooklyn has both his and his wife’s surnames scrawled on his stomach, after taking her name when they married. 

Speaking about the choice, he said: ‘It was my idea because I wanted to honour her family’s last name as well, and you know I thought when we have kids, I think it’ll be so cute to have little Peltz-Beckham’s running about.’ 

– GINA’S PRAYER 

Brooklyn had Gina’s prayer inked on his torso, with the words reading: ‘Focused in the present, sincere towards others and trusting in our self, know that you cannot fail’ 

Artist Mark Mahoney inked a rose along his left ribcage

– FAMILY INITIALS 

Brooklyn has DVBRCH inked above Gina’s prayer. The initials are those of his family – David, Victoria, Brooklyn, Romeo, Cruz and Harper.

– BUSTER 

Continuing with the nickname, he also has ‘Buster’ tattooed above his belly button.

– ANGELS 

In a nod to his famous father’s inkings, Brooklyn has a copycat angel inking seemingly showing Cupid on his stomach 

– CHERUBS 

He also has three cherubs inked on his chest as a representation of his siblings, Cruz, Romeo and Harper.

– ROSE 

Artist Mark Mahoney inked a rose along his left ribcage.

– MAMA’S BOY 

In 2019, Brooklyn proudly unveiled yet another tribute to Victoria Beckham with ‘mama’s boy’ standing out on his chest.

FOOT 

– MADE IN ENGLAND 

He has the proud adornment on his left foot, having got the inking in 2017. 

While it was widely reported that he was conceived in New York due to his name, Victoria later clarified he was in fact made in the UK. 

He has the proud adornment on his left foot, Made In England, having got the inking in 2017.

HAND

MARRIED 

Brooklyn has word ‘Married’ written on the side of his hand, in what he revealed on Instagram was a surprise for his wife. 

LOVER 

On his left index finger, Brooklyn has the word ‘Lover’ etched on. The inking was done by his favoured artist Dr. Woo in December 2021. 

Brooklyn had his dad’s year of birth tattooed above his thumb in simplistic font

NICOLA’S NAME 

He also has Nicola’s full name – Nicola Anne Peltz – written on his hand alongside the word ‘baby’ and a text including the words ‘Love of my life’ and ‘my protector.’

SWORD

To compliment the sword on his arm, Brooklyn also has a sword on his finger. 

BIRD

Once again matching his father, Brooklyn has an eagle on his hand, in a nod to the bird David had on his upper arm.

SEVEN 

Seven is David’s football jersey number and his sister Harper’s middle name. 

1975

Brooklyn had his dad’s year of birth tattooed above his thumb in simplistic font. 

– EAGLE 

– PURE ENERGY 

– BEAUTIFUL GIRL 

NECK

– NICOLA’S NAME 

Brooklyn has Nicola’s name written alongside the words ‘My baby’.  

– LOVE LETTER

Brooklyn had a love letter from Nicola commemorated on his neck, with the note reading: ‘My forever boy. Read this anytime you feel anxious…

‘I want you to know how deeply loved you are. You have the kindest heart I’ve ever met and I hope I never go a day without your love.’

PLACE OF BIRTH 

He has also added in a memory of his own, with the geographic coordinates of London’s Portland Hospital, where Beckham was born on March 4, 1999. 

NICOLA’S EYES 

Above his love letter is an impression of Nicola’s eyes on the back of his neck. 

Brooklyn has Nicola’s name written alongside the words ‘My baby’

Chatting away: He spoke to aides and staff on the boat 

It’s a big jump! He proved himself to be very brave

‘Having you in my life is the best thing that has ever happened to me as you have made me become the man I am today.

‘I have been looking forward to this day for so long, because today is the day I get to marry you, my forever babe, my love and my best friend, Nicola…

‘Today you become my partner, my other half – and my family and because of that I am the luckiest man in the world to be able to spend the rest of my life with you.

‘I promise to be the best partner, the best husband and man and to always take care of you, to make you laugh, feel safe and more importantly loved.

‘I can’t wait to live out our dreams together and have lots of babies and be yours forever because you are forever mine.’

As well as his tributes to his wife, his family also receive nods through his body work. 

On each upper arms he has honours for his parents – with an anchor bearing the word Dad on one arm and the other a heart featuring the word Mum. 

During their getaway, Nicola looked incredible as she posed for a slew of sizzling social media snaps on Wednesday. The actress, 28, showed off her toned figure in a skimpy black bikini, while accessorising with a gold belly chain.

Happy days: He was borrowing his father’s style in the white shorts

Strutting his stuff: As the son of a heartthrob, Brooklyn was holding his own

Mellow yellow: As they arrived at the vessel, Brooklyn looked dapper in a yellow shirt with a white tee underneath and chinos however he the stripped down to his white shorts with a pair of Calvin Klein boxers peeping out from underneath

In another snap, Nicola looked loved-up as she walked hand-in-hand with her husband.

Nicola flashed her abs in a black cami top, teamed with a denim mini skirt and heels. Meanwhile, Brooklyn looked typically stylish in a white shirt and black trousers, teamed with a baseball cap.

It comes after Brooklyn shared a sweet tribute to his actress wife Nicola as they celebrated their third engagement anniversary. The lovebirds met at Coachella Music Festival in 2017 but were seeing other people at the time.

In 2019, the pair crossed paths at Leonardo DiCaprio’s Halloween party and started dating. After six months together, Brooklyn and Nicola announced their engagement and tied the knot in April 2022.

Last year, Brooklyn revealed the couple often discuss whether they think their first child will be a boy or a girl.

He told Variety: ‘I’m ready to have kids, but I always tell my wife, whenever you want. She thinks we’re going to have a boy first.’

Woah! He launched himself into the water during the fun-filled trip

Off he pops: Staff from the yacht were there to help

Hot stuff: During their getaway, Nicola looked incredible as she posed for a slew of sizzling social media snaps on Wednesday. The actress, 28, showed off her toned figure in a skimpy black bikini, while accessorising with a gold belly chain 

Young and in love: It comes after Brooklyn shared a sweet tribute to his actress wife Nicola as they celebrated their third engagement anniversary

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