on Aug 30, 2013 in Celebrity
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David Beckham takes his sons to the beach in Los Angeles.
[Photo Credit: KVS/Pedro Andrade/PacificCoastNews.com]
I need to get a tattoo.
No you don’t.
I say go for it if you’re really, really, really sure. (But go to someone experienced, preferably someone whose work you’ve seen and admired.)
Woo! Things that are good to do when considering a tattoo:
If you can, draw it on yourself in pen (or draw it on, say, masking tape and put the masking tape in the correct place) so you can actually see what it’s like to have it on you and whether you like it. Do this for at least a couple of days both to get used to any initial weirdness and/or to let the novelty wear off.
Once you find tattoo shops in your area (assuming you don’t have friends who can give you recs), either go in and ask if you can see some of their artists’ originals, or see if they post galleries on their websites. Based on those portfolios you should be able to find someone whose style works for you.
Thank you. Thank you very much.
I do love a good “peplum”.
I wonder if his boys will simply assume that they will have tattoos or if their adolescent rebellion will take the form of a perfectly bland, untouched epidermis.
honestly, the majority of my friends have multiple tattoos if not full sleeves, and we live a very middle class, suburban, minivan filled kind of life. I think most of our kids kind of assume they’ll get SOMETHING, but that actually takes away from the rebellion aspect of it. It’s just not that big of a deal. I mean, it even seems to be becoming more accepted in the office. I’m seeing a LOT more visible tattoos, blue, purple, or green hair, etc. It seems like as long as the rest is neat and presentable, bosses aren’t as willing to put up a fight any more.
It’s a cultural shift that fascinates me – the erratic middle class acceptance of tattoos and piercings. On the one hand, tattoos are so common that my kids tend to be mocking of peers who have unoriginal, illiterate or poorly done ones. And then I run into someone my age who is horrified that my daughter has multiple (but very tame) piercings.
My mother has more piercing a than I do (and I have 7), and she’s the accounts manager for a college. There really has been a huge shift in attitude towards what was previously considered rebellious.
It is interesting to see how attitudes change. When I grew up in the ’50s, having pierced ears was the mark of a “fast” girl. I don’t know what happened around 1963 or 1964, but all of a sudden, young women were having their ears pierced and our mothers were not far behind. (Actually, most of the older women I knew were having theirs done because they wanted to wear diamond studs. And by “older,” I mean 35 and up, since I was just 20 myself.)
Yes. I know academics, lawyers, and physicists with tattoos, not to mention myself. (My fairly visible tattoo has been through two job interviews and done just fine.)
With all that crud all over his body, his beard scruff kind of looks tattooed on, too. Not me likey.
I view tats as permanently-attached 21st century charm bracelets. They can’t be passed down; can’t be sold off. Well done or poorly done, they memorialize whatever the wearer wants them to. Thay are not part of my culture (nor are piercings – which make me ill to look at only because of my acute pain empathy) but virtually every culture in the world has some kind of body modification.
Beckham looks beautiful -healthy, engaged in the world, contributing happy memories to the next generation, and so I thank TLo for the eye candy.
“They can’t be passed down”
A friend and I were joking about that. Saying they’d make interesting wall art. Hypothetical dialog goes like this:
“That’s a picture from a family reunion in ’88, and this is Granddad’s right sleeve of me and my younger sister.”
“We would have gotten my older sister, too; but the tanner messed up the shoulder.”
Meh. There’s almost no skin left. I like skin.
As Michael Kors would say, “that crotch is insane”!
I just awoke from a four year coma, and I had no idea what day of the week it was. So I came to TLO and now I know.
Thank you uncles.
Dressed and shaved he can look sharp – like this he just looks sleazy – like someone who did time for something you don’t want to know about.
Tommy Lee wanna be
High end, avant garde fashion!
He needs an intervention. Addicted to ink.
The tattoo he has up his side looks similar to the one Heidi Klum has/had on her arm. Anyone know what it is? (or can anyone confirm that I am totally wrong?)
As much as I’ve tried to see what others find so hot, I just can’t. I mostly see a skinny, tattooed Ricky Gervais.
I irrationally like him. Not love, not with all that ink. But I’m also fascinated with his body in respect to his arms and torso. I’d venture to say he’s “naturally” athletic (and of course he works out like the devil), but those arms look sort of fit and strong and (sorry) normal, and the torso is super strong and fit. A lot of athletes have these huge necks and arms that look cartoon-y to me. He doesn’t.
I would have thought he was built like a typical football (i.e soccer) player. They are up there with tennis players in my mind for having a very “balanced” physique.
I was reading a review of the tattoo-protection cream one of his tattooists is selling at the moment. It sounds like good stuff – protect your ink kittens, and stop the nay-sayers from coming out with the “when he’s 60…” guff.
You know for me it’s not the “when he’s 60 stuff,” it’s more the idea of putting something on you that’s so permanent. Wouldn’t that get boring? Wouldn’t you at some point get tired of the same thing and want to change it up? That’s more my worry.
Plus I cringe to think of the crazy/dumb things I might’ve found worthy of tattooing when I was 20 and I would have to look at today.
” Wouldn’t that get boring? Wouldn’t you at some point get tired of the same thing and want to change it up?”
That’s why almost no one stops at just one. I do wish I would have reconsidered the size of my tattoos (I was 18,19), but they’re on my back, so I don’t have to look at them unless I want to.
My first one (and I was well over 20 and should have known better) was rushed into. I have had it covered with something much more me. The second I love but it isn’t all I wanted it to be, so I will have it re-inked and added to when I get the money together. They are permanent but not carved in stone!
Back in my 20s, I had a conversation with a friend about the purpose of tattoos in the grand scheme of life, and why tattoos should hurt going on and should hurt like a motherfucker coming off.
Getting a tattoo at the age of 18 is one of the few cultural rites of passage we as Americans have. It won’t kill you, though your parents may try to. Even if you get tons of tattoos, each one becomes a story. And no matter what, it is literally a mark of that day in your life, a permanent symbol of who you were.
So if you get a bad tattoo, you should cherish it because you’ll have a reminder of a) How utterly undiscerning you can be and b) How much you’ve changed. We both knew we’d never get a single tattoo removed even if older versions of us were all “meh” after a while because that is who we were then and it’s good to keep track of yourself.
But if you get something so awful you have to have it lasered off, it should hurt twice as much as getting it because that way, you’re guaranteed to never do anything that dumb again.
As for getting bored of something as permanent as a tattoo, I only partially understand this. Some people have a fear of the long-term so I can see how the permanence of a tattoo would be off-putting. But the boring part eludes me. Art withstands the test of time, as do icons, so what is there to be bored of?
I worried about the permanence for a long time, as I’m terrible at picking favorites; when I was a teenager, I wouldn’t even commit myself to a poster of a band (WHAT IF IT’S NOT REALLY MY FAVORITE BAND, WHAT IF PEOPLE THINK IT IS AND THEN JUDGE ME, etc.). I wanted some kind of tattoo for a long time but didn’t know that I would ever be able to settle on something with confidence. And then honestly it just came to me. I waited a while to see if I’d change my mind, didn’t, got it, never regretted it. It’s something very meaningful to me, it hasn’t stopped being meaningful, and since it’s a) pretty visible and b) indecipherable to most people, it means that people ask me about it all the time and therefore learn a lot about who I am very quickly. I like that.
Yes, that’s what I was trying to say and failing! Tennis players are a great example of a “balanced” physique. I guess I’m so used to seeing baseball players (baseball, for god’s sake!) look kind of ‘roided up, you know?
So, they’ve said he is “debuting” his 33rd tattoo in this photo but at this point does it matter? Are we even looking at the tattoos? He looks really good!
Before you cover your entire body with tats, ask yourself, do I want to put on a T-shirt one day and NEVER TAKE IT OFF. Because you are going to have to wear that damn T-shirt for the rest of your life.
I think I need to turn in my girl card – he does nothing for me unless he’s dressed.
ditto, need to maybe turn in my gay card- but, for me he needs to gain about 40+ lbs and get some much needed BODY HAIR.
I don’t know if I’m just finally settled into my thirties but good, but the sexiest part of these pics is knowing he’s there with his kids. I know, I’m a goober.
Good dads are HAWT.
Dude, I think there are better role models out there. Just saying.
Surely you must admit he’s an involved parent and he’s easy on the eyes. I bet he makes Saturday morning pancakes and everything. : )
I was actually waiting for a shot with the boys. Slightly disappointed, now.
As long as he doesn’t talk, I’d hit it in a minute
I’m curious to know the ages of the people commenting on his tattoos. I say this because I’m 24 and I can’t think of a single one of my friends who doesn’t have a tattoo. They’ve become extremely commonplace in the last 15 or so years. I saw a study that said that 75% of people in the US under 30 have at least one tattoo. It’s not shocking or original or rebellious to my generation. But then I always see people commenting on tattoos in forums and I wonder if it’s a generational thing or if it’s just that I live in a bubble.
We ALL live in our bubbles. I’m in my 50s and about 15-20% of my friends in my age group are tattooed. The younger parents of my kids’ peers, in their late 30s and 40s are maybe about 40-60% inked. For us parent-aged people, visible tattoos seem to still track with the perceived conservativeness of our workplaces. That hasn’t gone away completely. My son, works with at-risk high school & college students and he and his co-workers are instructed to dress so that their tats are not visible.
The majority of my kids’ peers, early 20s, seem to have a tattoo – maybe 60-70%? – but as I said in another comment, they are much more discerning and aesthetically critical than kids used to be (just my impression.)
Oh, absolutely. I’m guilty myself of judging someone’s tattoo as poorly done and/or ugly. I try not to, because you never know the story behind it, but when so many of my peers have them, you start to distinguish. I personally don’t have one because a) the really great artists are expensive and b) I can’t think of anything that I would want forever. But I love seeing original and well-done ink. And yes, having visible ink can have an impact in the career area, but I think it’s getting much less taboo there as well. It’s almost like it’s moved from being a curiosity (a conversation starter) to an assumption. The same thing with brightly coloured hair. When I was at university, I had blue hair for a bit and I rarely got a second glance. One of my mother’s co-workers in the business office has a purple strip. Perhaps it’s more of a cultural shift, rather than a generational thing?
Still not loving the tats. I don’t find them inspiring or attractive. I am just coming around to the idea of guys with their military marks and insignia; because I can understand how it could be a devotional to a hard life lived, or a common brotherhood. But even a lot of those are hack jobs. I especially do not find them appealing on women, I just don’t see them as needed, if that makes any sense. What tats I do see are always very poorly placed or imagined. And of course, everyone thinks theirs are beautiful, skilled works of art.
And what irritates me the most are the comments about ‘making a commitment’ when they decide to get inked. A commitment is what you do when you get up and go out every day to provide for those you love, or take of your grandmother when she needs you… making a space for other people’s desperate needs, consistently – even when there are other things you could be doing. Promising whats hard – and then doing it. I don’t call it a commitment when you let a complete stranger roll up your sleeve or roll down your pants and drill a couple of vials of paint into the shape of whatever shaky bit of ennui or kitsch that’s posted on the wall at the time. Do people have to be branded to be credible, soulful or deep? Does it take a personal trademark so others can ‘see’ what an interesting person you are? Does 3 or 4 make you even more interesting? (Please note – it’s the rhetorical ‘you’ I’m speaking of – not you, Lily!).
Young guys and their tats…mostly using them as armor, bravado. Childish, and it looks it. Young girls… just doing what they think guys like, mostly. Sad… and childish.
Yeah I sound ancient and I guess I am – but I’ve always felt this way about tattoos and excessive piercings. And judging by all the tattoo removal or ‘repair’ shows on tv; there seems to be a whole lot of regretful decisions written in ink.
I’m thankful you asked this; most people are so in your face with their skin art. They remind me of how smokers used to be so aggressively in your face/space with their smokes…just daring you to ask them to please take it outside…just daring you not to LOVE their twisty dragon… or demented parrot.. or puke inducing intertwined hearts/initials. Some awful portrait that’s supposed resemble a loved one.
While a lot of people say they get one for a reason; to be noticed, to send a message – I think it’s become the poorest quality method to communicate a feeling, since it has become so irrelevant and passe. At least that’s what I’m hearing from those who don’t notice or don’t care.
“I think women who wear short skirts are all sluts with daddy issues.”
That is essentially what you just did. You took a style choice you don’t like and decided that everyone who makes that choice does so for the worst, most misguided reasons. It’s offensive. You couldn’t just say you don’t like it; you had to say that those who do so are pathetic and childish.
I got my tat at 30 after coming out of the closet and getting out of a bad relationship. My sister got hers to commemorate a friend who died suddenly. Friends have gotten theirs to commemorate their wedding, the birth of a child, or the death of a parent. You don’t know people as well as you seem to think.
To be honest, I’m probably going to start deleting all the “EEWWWW!!!! TATTOOS!!!!!!” comments that inevitably spring up. It’s 2013. It’s about as timely to complain about tattoos as it is to complain about women wearing pants. That ship has sailed. You don’t have to like it (and you’re still allowed to say you don’t like it) but I’m getting sick of reading narrow-minded diatribes like this on my site.
PERFECTLY FINE: “I don’t like tattoos.”
NARROW-MINDED AND OFFENSIVE: “People who get tattoos are sad and do it for shallow reasons.”
I don’t like tattoos because I don’t see the need to decorate the body in such a cruel way; because that’s what I think of when I see the various pictures and words. Ink drilled under the skin for this purpose IS unattractive to me, for the reasons I gave – I dislike the process, and the results, and I even disagree that the tattoo is a good way to commemorate a very special event or occasion. It doesn’t speak to me; it doesn’t deliver whatever it is the person has gotten them for. Clearly, others will strongly disagree. That’s ok….I expected there would be disagreement or other perspectives. I could have said eewww!, or I think they’re ugly! – but I thought it was better to explain why than just give a knee-jerk nothing kind of reply.
Does it further explain my point of view that I like seeing some of the tattoo-style art done on clothing? It’s usually finer looking and most importantly it hasn’t turned human skin into a hide – a cheap canvas. There’s where my biggest dislike is centered. But my next big deal about it are teens who get them so young, for really no reason, or for ALL the wrong reasons. I can’t casually consider tattoos in the same breathe as hair dye or nail art. I think there’s a lot of potential for shallow, childish tattoos. Especially when most young people (and even a few of us older ones) will change our minds, our perspectives – month to month or year to year. And like I said, I do understand some have reasons to want to punctuate their service with a service/military insignia; I still don’t like it… but I can understand, somewhat. And no doubt others feel the same about why they got theirs.
Having tattoos that are literally filling the screen and take up a good portion of a person’s visible body are there to be seen – although I usually just ignore it and comment on something else. It’s the same in my day to day. It’s not something that I focus on with anybody. It’s everywhere. It may be perplexing to me as to -why- when I find it so unaesthetically (a word?) pleasing. But it isn’t coloring my world. I don’t have the hates for anyone over their tattoos. I have family and friends with them. I hope you won’t stop discussion on the topic just because of me.
I feel that you have missed my point. I honestly don’t care whether you like tattoos or not and I don’t care if you express your dislike for tattoos here. I find it offensive and narrow-minded, however, when you declare that people who have tattoos are sad and childish and don’t know the meaning of the word commitment. If you can’t see the difference there, then I can’t help you, but I can and will delete that kind of commentary from now on.
No, I restated why I didn’t like them. I don’t want to see bodies turned into human pin-cushions either, and I don’t believe all women in short skirts are sluts. Nor do I think I am going so far as to say all people with tattoos are sad and childish. I think some of the tattoos & the reasons behind them are, though. I stated there are people using the word commitment to a tattoo and that was the phrase I found irritating; I just do not equate tattoos with my feelings about what is commitment. I think the majority of tattoos are made without much planning or thought. But not everyone, not all the time, I’m sure.
I do value your opinion – always – my intention is not to offend you, I just found the topic interesting. And now I’ll be sad the rest of the day for getting yelled at by TLo. = Sorry!
“No, I restated why I didn’t like them.”
WHY DO YOU KEEP DOING THAT AFTER I TOLD YOU TO STOP DOING IT AND TOLD YOU YOU WERE BEING OFFENSIVE?
Why did you take the opportunity to repeat yourself TWICE after that? And never ONCE did you offer any sort of apology for offending anyone. You just kept repeating the parts that were offensive. Who does that?
These are rhetorical questions. Please don’t respond. The owner of this site has told you three times now to stop doing something. I don’t know why you think that’s an invitation to keep doing it, but it’s really, really not.
I was coming here to say wow, when did he get all that ink? I must have been living in a cave not to have noticed it in all the underwear shots, right? Or do they cover it with makeup or something in those? Or was my attention focused elsewhere?
I hope that fits in under perfectly fine..
I don’t mind seeing people with tattoos and have gotten over stereotypes about them (I’m almost 60). I think Beckham looks hot as does Randy Orton of wrestling fame. I think the girlstar tattoos are much more boring. But I’d never want a tattoo because its too permanent art, and I prefer art to be in my clothes and accessories and changeable day to do. I’d love if I could wear a certain tattoo one day and then change it the next, depending on mood and clothes.
That’s why there’s henna! But that def lasts more than a day or two.
I bought some decent fake tattoos recently – they are out there. Mine tend to take the form of glittery butterflies but I know there is darker stuff available too.
I’m with you on changeable. I am a big jewellery and brooch and rings person. I saw these glittery butterflies in a party shop and they were pretty cheap and I thought why not – I was surprised how well they turn out and how long they last.
Mercy. It just ain’t fair.
I honestly don’t think he’s that good looking. I have no problems with tats but he comes across as rather douchey.
Sorry but he looks stupid with all of the those tattoos… their kids will be stunning when they grow up though!
Really? A trucker’s hat, backwards? In the ocean. Okay.
Where are his sons? He took them to the beach and … lost them. Don’t tell me it’s pictures of him and his very hot body; kids are excellent accessories. Almost as good as dogs.
Well, it’s not as if he gets to tell the paparazzi what to put in frame…
I prefer it when celebs’ kids aren’t in candid/paparazzi shots. I would have hated it when I was a kid and as a parent I wouldn’t have liked it, even if it is the price of being famous and in public places.
Not that anyone will see this, but …. I’m just wondering who’s watching the kids while he’s off playing in the surf.
I think he looks better WITH clothes.
Do a lot of guys wear underwear beneath their swim trunks? Don’t most swim trunks have built-in mesh underroos?
And WHY wasn’t I informed? I’m ten mins away!
Oh, David. That backwards hat tips you into douche territory.
I’m sorry, I stopped breathing for a second. Best gay uncles ever.
Happy birthday to me!!
If I die right now, I want to come back as that boogie board.
I find him terribly sexy…the tats, the soccer physique, the backwards hat even… and being there with his kids…is the cherry.
Tattoos are so establishment!
his tats are GROSS.
Thank you uncles…and you never, EVER have to explain the likes of this to me, no matter WHAT day it is!
Meh. I’ve never been a fan. And the tattoos are annoying. Is the beard a tattoo? ‘Cause it’s really, really bad.
I’m an old fogey. Too much ink for my taste.
yes. there, indeed.
His trunks need to be of the shorter, fitted variety. Also, lose the hat. Carry on.
That’s a lot of tats. I don’t know if I like or approve. Still, he does look pretty handsome here.
He looks like a redneck roofer, an efficiency dweller from Florida’s panhandle coast.
You say that like it’s a bad thing.
did you also know?….Roofers do it on top!
No! to men with tramp stamps…
My first reaction was, “he looks like a gang member/ex-convict”
Glad I am not alone on the over-tattooed facade.
All the washing the world is not going to clean up this mess. You look like a carney.
“David Beckham takes his sons to the beach” and yet…not a single snap of a child anywhere. Huh.
He’s got too many tattoos.
It’s just…who wears a hat in the ocean???
Oh TLo, you are the nicest gay uncles a gal could ask for.
I never saw a tramp stamp look better on anyone.
He is shaped like spongbebob!
Out of his normal context, I’ll go ahead and say it. He looks a little, um…. trailer.
This one just doesn’t do it for me. Way too much ink.
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