Heavily-inked David Beckham takes teenage son Brooklyn, 18, to get his first tattoo… and he chooses a Native American illustration ‘just like dad’s’.
From his hair to his football academy training, Brooklyn Beckham is slowing morphing into his famous father David.
But the teenager, 18, got a permanent inking ‘just like dad’s’ on Saturday, following in his father’s footsteps with his very first tattoo.
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Armband tattoos are among the most popular type of tattoo, especially tribal armbands. The reasons are clear – an armband makes a bold impact and it’s easy to show, but it can be hidden by shirt sleeves as desired. The designs can be simple or complex, the form is very adaptable.
Band tattoos can be flattering on both men and women. A great thing about them is that they are so varied, the form lends itself well to different styles. They can be bold and manly or subtle and feminine. They highlight a toned biceps, but they can also complement a slender upper arm, making it appear even more delicate. Men usually go for a biceps armband, while women tend to choose for a bracelet or wrist band tattoo.
There is an odd superstition involving armband tattoos – apparently, some tattoo artists believe it’s bad luck to completely join up the band, so they leave a small gap on the inner arm.
Tribal Armband Tattoos
Armband tattoos have been used for centuries on the Polynesian islands, and because of the exploration that went on in the seventeenth century, the idea was brought to Europe around that time. Today’s tribal Hawaiian band tattoos are a remnant of that ancient tradition. Modern armband designs incorporate many elements of these traditional Polynesian designs.
Among the Hawaiians and the other Polynesian islanders, an armband tattoo showed rank or status. Interestingly, they had much the same function as armbands sewn onto military uniforms – or even scouting uniforms for kids – still have today.
The modern tribal armband tattoos we see in the West became popular in the 1990s and still are today. They usually don’t consist of images associated with any one particular tribe, but take elements from several different sources. The bold, black lines of a tribal band tattoo look good on almost any physique, although they are not very original.