January 30th, 2008

The Sizzle Query: Tattoos & Ballers

After you have returned from your personal bronzed and buffed David Beckham fantasy (he’s currently in Brazil opening a football school or something, we can’t be arsed to check as we need to continue staring at this picture and sipping our PiƱa Colada), take a moment to consider David’s new ink. (Left arm).

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Freddie Ljungberg, Fabio Cannavaro, Christian Vieri, Fernando Torres, Marco Materazzi – the list of hotties with tatts is endless. That said, the list of design disasters and bad ink is also long and uncute. We know our readers love ballers with a bit of rough just as much as those with designer chic and/or moisturizer, so we’re curious to hear the stance of the Kickette crew on boy-tattoos. Yes or no?

We think David Beckham’s tattoos are quite sexy – except for that nasty ass one on the back of his neck which is best suited for those about to smash a pint glass over someone’s head in the Queen Vic – but dude, you’re running out of skin. At what point do you call time on the ink? We would suggest now.

UPDATE: David’s new tattoo includes a half-naked Victoria Beckham drawing. Er, what?


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34 Responses to “The Sizzle Query: Tattoos & Ballers”

  1. Marie says:

    You guys totally forgot Daniel Agger. He is one sexy man.

  2. Isn’t it up to him what he wants, people seem to think just because he is in the limelight that he cannot do anything that wouldn’t be seen as normal to the everyday boring person in a dead end job. Good on him I say, sleeves look great and its nice to see someone with tattoos with meaning behind them unlike most people who turn up at the parlour and pick it out of a book.

  3. KIRSCHEN says:


  4. brandy says:

    I loath the “sleeve” type of tattoo…. WAY OTT. Maybe a sexy tribal arm band type or the occasional one-off here and there but this whole tatting up every inch of skin with background shading just says “I’m trash, can’t take me anywhere respectable”. And not in a sexy bad boy way.

  5. Portia says:

    I believe that, like everything else, tattoos should be had in moderation.  I find a guy who has a few really sexy.  However, a guy who has his whole back/front/arms covered…that’s a little much.  For the most part though, I’m a fan.

  6. The Fourth Official says:

    I thought it was a disaster when Becks left Man United.  Honestly, I grieved.  But time marches on.  There will be new heroes.  <img src="http://www.kickette.com/images/smileys/smile.gif&quot; width="19" height="19" alt="smile" style="border:0;" />  And he’s obviously thought hard about this too; he has his commercial interests/football academies/Man United ambassador role/working on 2018 England World Cup bid.  He’ll be busy enough.  It’s hard to think of anyone who looks so pretty in that England kit though!

  7. MrsXabiAlonso says:

    Sorry I think I am letting my love of all that is David Beckham take over!
    I just want him to play every game and I cant even bear to think about him retiring <img src="http://www.kickette.com/images/smileys/longface.gif&quot; width="19" height="19" alt="long face" style="border:0;" />

  8. The Fourth Official says:

    Capello says it’s just for the first few matches – once David is playing regularly again in the MLS season, he will reconsider.  I back Capello – he is a very very smart manager.  Becks will get his 100th, don’t worry.  But we need to start building a team for the future, and David unfortunately will not be part of that future in any kind of major way.

  9. MrsXabiAlonso says:

    Playing in the MLS and playing for your country are two totally different things, Becks always steps it up for his country. 
    He’s got 99 Caps and its a fucking friendly, why not let him play??
    England still need him, a lot!!

  10. tammyv says:

    I totally respect Capello for it.  I have seen Becks play a lot and he is no way fit to play.  His performances for the MLS have been a joke

  11. MrsXabiAlonso says:

    Have you heard that Becks has been left outta Capello’s squad??
    WTF is up with that??
    I knew he’d get dropped, Capello did it when he was at Real Madrid and only let him play again cos he HAD to as they were playing shite and Becks was on top form!
    Apparently its to do with his fitness levels, he looks pretty damn fit to me!
    It means he trained in an Arsenal kit for nothing!!

  12. Eveline says:

    I must say I’m a sucker for a guy with tats ( Also have a few ones myself) So that includes David. But it looks rather strange with only his lower arm done. I suggest to do the upper arm too, just for the symmetrical sake of it.

    Daniel Agger still my favorite tattood footie player <img src="http://www.kickette.com/images/smileys/smile.gif&quot; width="19" height="19" alt="smile" style="border:0;" />

  13. Elise says:

    I was slightly suprised to not see Robert Green included.  While I haven’t watched him lately in any of the matches Capello would have seen, I doubt much has changed in the last month or so and he was showing some real quality along with some nerves of steel, which would certainly come in handy as England goalkeeper. 

    As for the post topic:  I’m neither for nor against tattoos in general- it just depends on who is wearing them.  David looks like he was made for them, like he’d look wrong without them.  I love the look of the bare torso and inked arms.  Very nice indeed.  I suppose he could overdo it eventually, but he’s not there yet.

  14. tammyv says:

    Michael Owen should have been left out too… as a NUFC fan, I know how unproductive he is for club. I usually yell at the TV, “Mikey pretend you are in your England Shirt.“  I never works though.

  15. coolbyrne says:

    The problem is, it seems a logical choice to leave out Becks… until you see others Capello has chosen.  Becks isn’t match fit?  Okay.  But Michael freakin’ Owen is??  That boy goes down faster than a cheap hooker.  Ten whole league appearances this season!  Two goals!!  Curtis Davies??  Five matches, one goal ‘cause he broke his nose in training a month ago?  The same guy who was quoted as saying even he thought it was a wind-up when he got the call? 

    I’ll give it to Capello- the poor guy’s damned if he does, damned if he doesn’t.  If he only calls up the “big” names, he’ll get accused of choosing on name, not merit.  If he chooses young players, he’ll get blamed for not having anyone with experience.  But c’mon- 12 defenders on a 30-man squad?  Surely there was room for a player who has given everything to the team.  And here’s the other intangible that Capello seems to have missed by excluding Becks- he may not be at 100% (then again, who is on the England team?), but he more than makes up for it as a motivational presence on the bench.  That’s what was missing when McClaren scratched him off the list, and that’s what lifted the England team (albeit too late) when Becks returned.  It’s a friendly, for God’s sake.  Give the man his cap.

  16. tammyv says:

    Does Robbie Williams qualify as a hot baller with tats?  He is a baller in his own mind, at least. Because he would be my fave…

    Becks, I am totally over.  Freddie, I would like to be under (opps,  BAD TAMMY BAD!) All in all, I think it depends on both the design and the canvas it is on…

  17. Cesc's lil bird says:

    I love tats… so long as it isn’t overboard like Becks or in some obscene place. I want a few myself but they’d b small in not-so-obvious places! And when golden balls loses his shine and goes grey, those tats will just look wrong!

  18. MrsXabiAlonso says:

    The likes of Freddie and Becks show that they can be very sexy.  I like the ones on Becks arms but I do think its getting to the point where he should stop before there is no free skin, heaven forbid he should EVER cover up that torso of his.  <img src="http://www.kickette.com/images/smileys/tongue_rolleye.gif&quot; width="19" height="19" alt="tongue rolleye" style="border:0;" /> *sigh*

    And also the second picture really does answer my question of is anyone going to look good in that t-shirt?? The answer being a big NO, if Becks cant work it, then no-one can!

  19. coolbyrne says:

    While I don’t like his back piece, I do like the fact that if he’s got to have tats on his arms, he’s getting both arms sleeved. (Or at least, that’s how it appears.)  There’s something not quite right about a hodge-podge of tats all over the arms, with no real rhyme nor reason.  I do think he should stop at the arms, though.  Leave the chest alone, not only because it doesn’t need adornment (it’s lovely all on its own), but because it would be a nice balance to the arms.

    (Got five tats of my own!)

    (And my word to submit was “needed21”.  Maybe that’s how many tats David requires?  :p)

  20. Robin says:

    Candace – congratulations! On the baby not the tattoo.

    I have 3 tattoos myself, got my first one when I was in college and my last one several years ago. I’m done now but they sure as heck are addicting so I totally understand why Becks keeps going back for more. Plus he’s in a business where it doesn’t matter if he has tats. I say more power to him, but agree with the rest – leave that chest alone!

  21. candace says:

    I love ink and I think that sleeves are to die for on a man or a woman!  My mom (who is just cool like that) bought my first tattoo last summer and I want more but I just found out I was pregnant and should wait until after the baby is born! Footballers with tats are fantastic!

  22. The Fourth Official says:

    WOW, David is looking finely chiselled, isn’t he?  Apparently Capello is very happy with the regular fitness reports he’s receiving from Camp Beckham, and I can see why.  I almost forgive him for training with the Gooners – if *this* is the result.

    But to the question at hand.  I like most of DB’s tats.  I’m underwhelmed by the newest one:  a field of stars wrapped around his existing tat of VB’s name in Hindi.  A little too “land of the free and home of the brave” for me.  Yes, we know you love America, David. But at a time when you’re gunning for your 100th cap, perhaps the Three Lions would have been a more judicious choice?

    So, ink away, David – arms, legs, back are all fine.  But one request: please please PLEASE never mar the magnificence of that chest with a tatoo.  It is Perfection, with no need of adornment. It would be like painting a moustache on the Mona Lisa.

  23. Erinti says:

    …But he’ll be so asymmetrical if he doesn’t get the rest of that arm done!

  24. cassie says:

    i’m not a fan…i love becks, but the tatoos just don’t do it for me and honestly make me like him a little bit less…they are just getting to be too much.  but don’t get me wrong, i’d still br drooling like an idiot if i ever came into actual physical contact with him.

  25. Sarah x says:

    I Looooveeee Footballers With Tatoos, I Think They Look Well Good smile
    David Looks Well Fit In That Picture raspberry
    Did You Kno That Steve Sidwell Had His Wedding Vows Tatooed On His Back Lol raspberry

  26. LoveLamps says:

    Tats are good, but at some point, they must stop.  Stop now Becks.  Stop now.

  27. c9 says:

    I love inking! It’s very addictive. I got my first tat when I turned 18.
    I got my second less then a year ago in celebration of my upcoming wedding. All of my tats are on my back. My husband has 3- one that goes from his back over his shoulder to his chest, one on the side of his lower leg and another in the middle of his back.

    Tattoos have many meanings and reasons, like DB’s does. Mine represent myself and my family.

    I LOVE tattoos and find them to be a symbol of who you are, that you carry with you everywhere. So go on footballer or not, keep those tattoos comin’! <img src="http://www.kickette.com/images/smileys/shade_smile.gif&quot; width="19" height="19" alt="cool smile" style="border:0;" />

  28. Katie says:

    That’s just too much i think!

  29. The Fourth Official says:

    I have a tiny rosebud on my ankle.  My original plan was to put it on my breast, but the tattoo artist talked me out of it.  She suggested that, with the passing of the years, my cute rosebud would turn into the long stemmed variety.  <img src="http://www.kickette.com/images/smileys/gulp.gif&quot; width="19" height="19" alt="gulp" style="border:0;" />

  30. michelle TN says:

    I love tattoos but I don’t think I have it in me to get one :(   It’s mostly a commitment thing.  Beckham’s tattoos look good BUT yes, I agree, any more would take away from his bod.

    Dear David,

    Please stop.

    Yours truly, Michelle

  31. Nic says:

    I looooove footballers with tats!! DB’s are a bit much for my liking, though. Most Italian ballers have them, and how I do love to stare… and think dirty dirty things about them. Cannavaro’s are beautiful. But, overall, I think Ljungberg’s are PERFECT!! Or, puuuurrrrrfect, rather! Those panthers—oh god. I’d like to pounce on that!

  32. carly says:

    I’m not a fan of Becks but I have to say the footage from Brazil had a certain charm to them <img src="http://www.kickette.com/images/smileys/smile.gif&quot; width="19" height="19" alt="smile" style="border:0;" />

    Too much tattoos in my opinion.

  33. Becca x says:

    Congratulations Candace.
    Cescs Lil Bird – I Agree. When Hes Old Wrikley And Grey I Bet He Regrets It.
    But Personally I Love Men With Tatoos.. But Im Not Sure About THw Whole Up The Arm Thing..
    I Dunno. Im undecided <img src="http://www.kickette.com/images/smileys/raspberry.gif&quot; width="19" height="19" alt="raspberry" style="border:0;" />

  34. Cherry says:

    I’m a huge fan of tattoos. Got a few myself.