Monday, January 25, 2010
Bend It Like Beckham
Well whaddya know. Not only is David Beckham a world famous soccer player and adored by women who never watch "the beautiful game," he is a walking Christian art gallery. Beckham apparently has other Christian tattoos including a cross and an angel. The latest is of a dejected looking Christ, kneeling and leaning forward. It is based on a painting called "Man of Sorrows" which is a phrase from the book of the prophet Isaiah. These images are a big commitment, really. Anyone can wear a cross as a piece of jewelry, then take it off. A tattoo is as close to permanent as you can get. Next time you see Becks, ask him to take off his shirt.
There is a Christian tattoo association which features every faith tattoo imaginable. My personal foray into the world of tattoos is limited. I have a celtic cross on my forearm (hey, this way I can't lose it.) I also have a small scallop shell on my chest, as does our son, Isaac. It is a Christian symbol for pilgrimage and we got them together as he was setting out to wander the world.
Do you find it strange that Beckham sports tattoos of a religious nature? What about tattoos in general -- a form of artistic expression or self-mutilation?