David Beckham and Chinese Tattoo

David Beckham is one of the worlds most well known sport celebrities of our times. His every move is keenly captured by the press. He admits to being a ‘tattoo addict’. That goes without saying that he has numerous ink over his body. However, the one that seduces the world is no doubt his Chinese tattoo in calligraphy style. This cursive tattoo has won accolade from all spectra, including the media, his fans, and fashion observers alike.

beckham cursive writing tattoo

Many people have asked me about Chinese tattoo designs. Although they are intrigued by Beckham’s Chinese writing, few of them are able to explain why. Well, let me put things in perspective. This will help you understand and appreciate Chinese writing tattoos.

Chinese Calligraphy Tattoo, Cursive writing, Tattoo quotes
Traditional Chinese Art by Ngan Siu Mui, Montreal Canada

Beckham Writing Tattoo, Quotes, Asian Words, Writing Styles, Oriental Tattoo Calligraphy

What is most attractive of Beckham’s Chinese tattoo is the use of calligraphy. The words are done in masterful Chinese symbols. In China, calligraphy is the art of handwriting. Through the handling of the brush, control of ink, and hand movements, calligraphy conveys the emotion and personality of the creator. It does so beautifully and miraculously, like a fable. Chinese tattoos in calligraphy are more sophisticated than ordinary writing or script. Many ink designs these days are based on Chinese fonts or tattoo font. Unfortunately, these look artificial. By reverse, calligraphy designs are done by artists or writing experts. This renders a natural and attractive look.

Beckham tattoo

Beckham tattoo

Beckham Chinese Tattoo Meanings

Beckham’s Chinese tattoo has a great meaning, “Life and death have pre-determined appointments; riches and honor are from heaven”. The advantage of writing is that it serves as communication. Writing differs from painting or drawing tattoos in the sense that it communicates a clear message. The design is rendered in the writing text of a certain language. This is language art. Today, many ink lovers choose styles based on Chinese proverbs, Buddhist sayings, wise quotes, daily phrase or some common expressions. It is wonderful to see ancient wisdom in contemporary tattoos.

Beckham Chinese Tattoo, Cursive Writing and Different Script

Beckham’s Chinese tattoo is based on one of the most beautiful yet abstract form of writing – cursive style. Chinese writing falls into five distinct styles (script): seal script, running script, clerical script, regular script, cursive script. Cursive script (grass style) is considered to be the most liberated, modern, and stylistic writing. In old China, the cursive style was developed as a cursory way to write the popular and not yet mature clerical script. It is faster to write than other writing styles. This is because it simplifies the words by omitting some strokes. Chinese cursive tattoos really suit people with a distinct personality, especially those who are independent, free or even wild at heart. The untamed look of cursive writing is quickly winning the hearts of tattoo lovers.

Beckham quote tattoo

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