David Beckham Gets Tattoo for UNICEF Video to End Violence Against Children

David Beckham Gets Tattoo for UNICEF Video to End Violence Against Children
Courtesy Getty Images Makhewu, Swaziland, June 7, 2016. © UNICEF/Swaziland/Modola16

Former professional soccer player David Beckham got tattoos for a new campaign for UNICEF to end violence against children. David Beckham’s tattoos for the campaign showed how child abuse can mark a person for their entire life. The UNICEF goodwill ambassador sat on a chair as a camera closed in on animated tattoos drawn on for the campaign. The animated tattoos showed scenes of violence during a child’s life in places where he or she should feel safe, such as at home, at school, and online. Beckham shared the 60-second clip on Instagram with the following caption: “I’ve met children with @unicef who have been affected by terrible violence and abuse and seen the long-lasting scars it can leave. I chose the marks on my body but millions of children bear marks they have not chosen. Please share this film to help #ENDviolence #foreverychild.” Check out the video in the snap below.

David Beckham’s 7 Fund

David Beckham chose his previous tattoos to represent important and happy moments in his life. He launched 7 Fund to remind the world that millions of children bear scars and marks they did not choose from histories of violence and abuse. “When I launched my 7 Fund with UNICEF, I made a commitment to do everything I can to make the world a safer place for children and to speak out on issues that are having a devastating impact on children’s lives,” said Beckham. “One of those issues is violence.” Beckham and UNICEF are hoping people will share the video on social media to bring further awareness to the issue.

David Beckham’s Tattoo List

How many tattoos does David Beckham have? The English footballer has over 40 tattoos on his body, and each of them carries a special meaning. Some of Beckham’s body art include his arm tattoo of “Victoria” (actually “Vihctoria”) written in Sanskrit; “UT Amem Et Foveam,” which reads “So that I Love and Cherish” in Latin; and a Renaissance image of Cupid carrying his wife, Psyche, to the heavens.

David Beckham’s back tattoos include the names of his three sons, Romeo, Cruz, and Brooklyn; and a guardian angel designed by tattoo artist Louis Molloy. Beckham also tattooed his daughter Harper’s name on his chest, “Pretty Lady” to represent his youngest daughter on her fourth birthday, a rose on his neck, “Buster” to represent his son Brooklyn, an angel and “In the Face of Adversity,” two cherubs, Biblical text, “The Man of Sorrows” image by Matthew R. Brooks, clouds, another angel with “Let Them Hate as Long as They Fear,” “pray to God for me” on his wrist, a humming bird and “Victoria” on his hand, and “99” to represent the year he married his wife. That’s not all! Beckham has more tattoos and will likely get more in the future.


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