David Beckham may be retired, but that doesn’t mean the soccer star hasn’t been staying busy. So how is he spending all his free time? Apparently by getting many, many tattoos.
Beckham showed up to a promotional event for Adidas on Monday with a brand new piece of artwork adorning his neck—his fifth new tattoo of the year, according to the Daily Mail. Though it’s hard to keep track of just how many tattoos Beckham has all over his body, the gossip site estimates he has a little over 50.
His newest tattoo, which is inching dangerously close to his actual face, is made up of four birds of prey flying upward from just beneath his ear and into his hairline. Though it’s not clear if the two are connected, the Adidas event was in celebration of a new pair of soccer cleats known as the “Predator” shoe. Perhaps his new ink was an homage to the shoe—or just a wild coincidence.
Beckham got the tattoo alongside his eldest son Brooklyn, who has bested his dad in 2017 by getting an astounding nine tattoos in the last year.
While there’s no doubt the Beckhams are experts at getting tattoos at this point, it’s important for you to remember a few tips when thinking about getting inked.
As celebrity tattoo artist Lalo Yunda said, it’s crucial to not to act too quickly on your tattoo impulses.
“The way you should pick your tattoo and artist should mimic the way you would buy an expensive piece of art,” Yunda said. “They’re kind of the same, really—your tattoo is your art.”
Yunda added that it’s key to do your research on shops, find styles you like and an artist to match it.
Next, make sure you’re getting the tattoo you want—not one someone else pushes on you.
“Don’t get inked on your back instead of your wrist just because your family won’t see it,” he said. “You’re going to go home and wish you just got the tattoo you really wanted.”
And finally, don’t chicken out. If you’ve been dreaming of a certain tattoo, just go for it.
“Do whatever you have to do to make it perfect—save up money, travel to meet artists, anything,” Yunda said. “Tattoos are timeless and forever. Don’t rush them.”
By Stacey Leasca; image courtesy of wenn.com