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David Beckham Chinese Tattoo, Cursive Script Meaning

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 causes quite a stir worldwide is no doubt his Chinese tattoo in cursive style, also known as grass style. This cursive script design has won accolade from all spectra, including the media, his fans, and fashion observers alike. The design has a very wise meaning. It has been the subject of investigation for numerous tabloids.

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Calligraphy Tattoo, David Beckham Cursive Script, Grass Style, Wisdom Quotes, Phrases

David Beckham, Chinese Script Tattoo

Many people have asked me about Chinese tattoos and their meanings. Although they are intrigued by Beckham’s Chinese script, few of them are able to explain why. Well, let me put things in perspective. This will help you understand and appreciate script tattoos. What is most beautiful of Beckham’s Chinese script is the use of calligraphy. The words are done in masterful Chinese symbols.

Calligraphy Tattoo in Cursive Script

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 cursive script (grass style) are more sophisticated than ordinary text or script. Many ink designs these days are based on Chinese fonts or symbol font. Unfortunately, these look artificial. By reverse, calligraphy designs are done by artists or writing experts. This renders a natural and attractive look.

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Beckham Chinese Script, Tattoo Meaning

Beckham’s Chinese script tattoo has a great meaning, “Life and death have pre-determined appointments; riches and honor are from heaven”. The beauty of script is that it expresses a lot about the individual. Writing differs from painting or drawing designs because it communicates your thought clearly. Script design is indeed language art. Today, many ink lovers choose Asian tattoos based on Chinese proverbs, Buddhist sayings, inspirational quotes, famous phrases or wise expressions.

Beckham Tattoo – Cursive Script Style

Beckham’s Chinese tattoo is based on one of the most beautiful yet abstract style – cursive script. Chinese text 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 style is quickly winning the hearts of ink lovers.

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  1. Andrea

     /  July 26, 2010

    hello, I want the translation of this phrase with the letters tattoo beckham. this is the phrase: thanks for giving me a dream. if you can send a jpg on my mail. Thank you.

  2. Matt Simpson

     /  August 6, 2010

    Hi, I am a big david beckham fan and i want to get the chinese tattoo on myself but i need a stencil to give to the tattooist. I am struggling to find websites in which i can translate the meaning of the tattoo in to the same style writing as david beckhams.

  3. Hi Matt, the Chinese style that David Beckham uses is the cursive style (also known as grass style). As far as I know, very few websites offer authentic designs like that. You can try a good chinese tattoo designer They have 5 different styles you can choose. They are not free though, you pay for the design but it is worth considering, check it out. Good luck.

  4. annie

     /  August 10, 2010

    Beckham’s tattoo mean, “Death and life have determined appointments, riches and honor depend upon heaven.”

  5. Yes, that meaning is right

  6. Colin

     /  August 21, 2010

    i would like to write Luke in this Chinese Cursive font

  7. Hi Colin, first the name must be translated to Chinese by an expert, that way the name will have a great meaning. Then ask a chinese calligraphy artist to do it in cursive style. Font is mechanical and does not look good on skin. To be honest Chinese cursive style is rare and does not appear in font. Check out They do nice original styles. Good Luck!

  8. hi, i wanted to get a tattoo in this style but dont know how to get it translated? i want “dreams as if you’ll live forever, live as if you’ll die today?” can you help?! thanks

  9. Hi JJ, translation should be done by an expert. Check out They have a great tattoo translator and do stunning cursive style – the David Beckham writing style that many people love.

  10. Tommy li

     /  December 16, 2010

    Where can I get the David beckham tattoo script written in Chinese?

  11. Bria

     /  December 27, 2010

    I’m trying to design a tattoo for my right forearm featuring the 7 army values : Leadership, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service (or selflessness), Honor, Integrity, and Personal Courage (or just courage) – in the same Chinese writing style of beckham’s tattoo pictured above. I have read and seen that you have recommended a website to others on here. I just need to obtain an accurate image for this. If it is a legit transaction, I would be willing to pay for an accurate image. If you could email me with your thoughts upon this, and how I should go about this, I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you, Bria

  12. Hi Bria, I have worked for for some time. The tattoo designer has created many lovely designs for clients around the world. Look at the testimonial page of her website. You should have confidence. Everything is legitimate. They are not click and order online. It involves planning and communication with the designer. Please contact them directly. Cheers Connie

  13. hi, i wanted to get a tattoo in this style but dont know how to get it translated? i want “dreams as if you’ll live forever, live as if you’ll die today?” can you help?! thanks

  14. kevim

     /  January 18, 2011

    olá, gostarai de fazer a tatuagem igual a do david beckham na escrita cursiva que significa A vida e a morte têm datas marcadas, a riqueza e a honra são determinadas por Deus e dependem dos céus..mais não consigo achar a tatuagem inteira! Gostaria de saber se poderia me ajudar? obrigado

  15. Hello, does anyone know where I can find or where I can get an exact copy of David Beckham’s chinese calligraphy tattoo? I really want to get that tattoo! If you know please, Please send me an email. Thank You so much!

  16. Hi thanks for your email. I know Spanish is a beautiful language. But sorry I don’t understand it.

  17. marjan

     /  March 3, 2011

    hi i would like to do a tatoo in cursive style, i want the word BELIEVE, ,can u tell me where i can transate it, thanks, marjan

  18. tiffany

     /  April 11, 2011

    I want two tattoo one like the one David Beckham’s got on his side in the Chinese and another one but I needed it printed out on a piece of paper can u help

  19. Meme

     /  July 1, 2011

    Hi connie ho. where can i get davis beckham’s chinese calligraphy tattoo. I really want to get the same tattoo. I appreciate your help.

  20. Hi, for grass style tattoo like david beckham, you can check They have different calligraphy writing styles for tattooing purpose. Cheers.

  21. quiero una frase parecida a la de beckhan peo no se donde puedo encontrar un web que haga esto ayuda please!

  22. What is the saying of this tattoo? Now if I wanted to get that as a tattoo what would be the best suggestion to have it copied. Email with that exact saying so they can send a template? Please let me know as soon as you can. Thanks

  23. Sorry, I thought I had attached the image above or least the url address: I am looking for what that means

  24. Ashley Nguyen

     /  August 28, 2011

    Hello I am getting my first tattoo and I want the bible verse “For we walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5;7). Can you please translate it for me in david beckham tattoo script. Thank you.

  25. Hi Ashley, it is best to consult an expert on tattoo translation. Try contact They are skilled in quote translation. I know they have translated phrases from the bible for some clients, cheers, good luck.

  26. Joshua

     /  June 14, 2012

    Hi Connie I would like to know if you can help to get the Chinese tatto
    The guy in the picture has on his leg please to printed out in a piece of paper Thank you Connie

  27. Antonio

     /  July 17, 2012

    How to wright “Morgan ” in cursive Chinese style

  28. Katherine

     /  September 2, 2013

    Hi, I am Chinese. Just some thoughts on Beckham’s tattoo… I wouldn’t translate the second part of Beckham’s tattoo into “Riches and honor are from heaven”….I don’t think “heaven” is the right word because the word “heaven” has a heavy religious meaning in it. In Chinese, the word “天”(the last word in Beckham’s tattoo) could mean “sky”, “destiny”, or, “heaven”, yes, but as far as I understand this proverb, it’s not trying to convey any religious messages. I’d use the word “fate” instead. “Fate decides glory and wealth”. Just my thoughts:)

  29. Nevin

     /  September 21, 2013

    Hi Connie, What does the tattoo on the leg say?

  30. Vinicius Nunes Paes

     /  November 18, 2013

    Parabéns meu amigo pela sua disposição, pela sua paciência em lidar com as pessoas, hoje passei o dia inteiro pesquisando para achar o tipo de letra do Backham e este foi o único site que encontrei que me deu uma resposta correta. Deus te abençoes!
    Congratulations my friend for your disposal, for your patience in dealing with people, today I spent the entire day searching to find the font of Backham and this was the only site I found that gave me a correct answer. God bless you!

  31. Jane Zilka

     /  December 23, 2014

    I have a tile with what I am told is Ancient chinese cursive and desperately want the translation. It also has a picture of an elderly man walking with a crutch. Can I get help in the translation. I can email the script. Your cost? It was sent to China and other locations and could not be translated due to the age of the script.

    Thank you in advance for help.

  32. Hello Jane,

    Sorry your email has been misplaced to the spam folder.
    For translation of cursive script you can try contact good luck, Connie

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