Spotted! 15 Pro Athletes with Tattoos
Soccer star David Beckham's tattooed body is certainly a work of art, but it recently exposed a dirty little secret. When asked about filming the commercial for his new H&M Bodywear line, Beckham told The Associated Press
, "It was good fun playing an action hero for the day, getting to do all the stunts…" But alas, the mis-matched tats and muscle definition gave away his body double in the 90-second clip.
Fun tat facts: According to Squidoo.com, Becks has seven tattoos on his upper body. The one on his lower back reads "Brooklyn" in honor of his first born.
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Chinese tennis pro Li Na secured her spot as one of the sport's top competitors when she won the 2011 French Open singles title, becoming the first player from Asia to win a Grand Slam in singles. In reference to the tattoo on her chest, she told TIME
, "I'm a romantic, so when I was 16 years old with my now husband, I thought I should make something only for us. The first time I showed the tattoo, it was big news in the newspaper: 'She has a tattoo with a snake.' It's not a snake… It's a rose with a heart."
Gold medalist Ryan Lochte not only has the expected Olympic rings on the inside of his right arm, he also sports a signature alligator on his right shoulder—a tribute to his alma mater, The University of Florida. Gotta love school spirit!
Swimming champ Missy Franklin tweeted this picture of her Olympic stamp just four days after the 2012 Games officially ended. But she won't be adding any more ink to her fit physique. The four-time gold medalist told Matt Lauer on Today
, "It's the only tattoo I'm ever going to get."
US Olympic beach volleyball player Kerri Walsh has a small infinity symbol on her lower abs. Speculation abounds as to what it really means to her—is it a good luck symbol? But she's pretty good at keeping things under wraps. Remember how she was pregnant at the Olympics and no one knew? (Yes, in this photo.)
The daughter of boxing legend Muhammad Ali and an undefeated boxer herself, you might not expect Laila Ali to have a tender teddy tattoo. But the ferociously fit female's right shoulder is stamped with a teddy holding a heart with a blanket. She also has a flower vine tattoo around her right wrist.
Soccer player Natasha Kai has one of the most extensive tattoo spreads in pro sports: both sleeves, down her torso, and markings on both legs. According to Inked Magazine
, the first tattoo was done when she was 19 as a result of a dare (but then she fell in love with the art), and most of the tats were completed by artists from her native Hawaii.
Photo credit: Jonathan Pushnik, Pushnik Photography
for Inked Magazine
You may know former professional cyclist David Clinger as a teammate to the infamous Lance Armstrong who was also under examination for doping allegations. But it's hard for anything to be more memorable than this face tattoo!
Photo credit: USCyclingReport.com
In a Twitterview hosted by the WNBA, Los Angeles Sparks player Candace Parker revealed, "I have four tats (both wrists, back, and lower stomach) my back is just a design and then it says "always SC forever" (me &hubby initials)."
Women's UFC star Ronda Rousey, a former Olympic judo medalist, shed her skivvies on the 2012 cover of ESPN's The Body Issue to reveal an ever so tiny (and sexy) tattoo of Olympic rings… down there. Hot, Ronda! The rings undoubtedly commemorate her bronze win at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Mike Tyson's intimidating face tattoo was the source of a lawsuit involving the producers of Hangover 2 and the tattoo artist who claimed he didn't give the former rights to use it on actor Ed Helms in the movie.
Russian Olympic synchronized swimmer Anastasia Davydova has a trail of butterflies tattooed across her back. Seems fitting for the light and graceful athlete.
Photo credit: VanishingTattoos.com
Tennis queen Serena Williams, who was recently de-throned by 19-year-old Sloane Stephens
at the 2013 Australian Open, has a barely-there heart on the back of her neck.
Becky Holliday, an American pole vaulter, has a star around her belly button, a smaller star on the inside of her right wrist, and a sun on the small of her back. Here, she is pictured on day 10 of the London 2012 Olympics just after clearing the bar in the women's pole vault final.
Lebanese sprinter Gretta Taslakian shows off her swirly-star tattoo while training for the 2012 London Games at Beirut's Sport City stadium.