David Beckham’s tattoo of his wife’s name is spelled wrong


Because I have a bitchy side, I find it pretty damn funny when someone gets a tattoo in another language or symbol, trying to be deep, and it turns out it’s messed up. Like that Chinese character that you think means “tranquility” really means “Cajun Taco” or something.

David Beckham isn’t quite at taco-level yet, but it turns out his tattoo of wife Victoria’s name is misspelled. He got it inked in Sanskrit – but there’s an accidental “H” in there. I’m sure someone as easygoing as Vihctoria won’t mind.

America’s leading Hindu scholars are urging top tattoo artists to read up on their Sanskrit after noticing inked text on Rihanna and David Beckham’s skin is misspelled.

According to the experts, Beckham’s tattoo tribute to his wife Victoria is incorrect – as is one of Rihanna’s new spiritual etchings. Acclaimed Hindu statesman Raman Zed says, “We are all for the celebrity interest in Hinduism and our sacred texts, but celebrity tattoo artists worldwide really should undertake some basic training in ancient Sanskrit language and culture to get this right.”

Zed insists it must be embarrassing for the stars when they realize permanent marks on their skin are incorrect. He adds, “Rihanna has two Sanskrit prayer tattoos – her latest is misspelled. And David Beckham has his wife Victoria’s name in Devnagri script, which is commonly used to write Sanskrit, on his arm – its wrong! The tattoo on his left forearm misspells Victoria with an added ‘h’ – as in ‘Vihctoria’.”

But fortunately for stars like Jessica Alba, Tommy Lee and The X Files star Gillian Anderson, their prayer tattoos are all correct. Zed tells WENN, “I won’t tell you what they all mean – because I’m sure they’re very special to the individuals. We are delighted that so many celebrities choose to pay tribute to Hinduism with tattoos. We only ask that the tattoo artists take the trouble to get it right.”

[From Starpulse]

I wonder how Beckham could fix the wayward “H”? If he’s got any room left on his arm, maybe some sort of Scrabble situation. It’d have to be a flattering word to make up for the mistake. If all else fails, David could start pronouncing her name that way. Very breathy and such.

Here’s David and his tattoo in 2007. Images thanks to Fame Pictures .

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  1. Aleksa says:

    Oh, this is too funny!

  2. Nneikha says:

    can’t see it well…but from the angle am seeing it,am almost sure it’s the 2nd letter of the VICTORIA..there’s “k” instead of “v”…that 1st letter is “i”…Hindi text are bizarre..but i love them…:)

  3. Ursey says:

    Old news guys!

    That tatoo is well over two years old and the spelling mistake was common knowledge.


  4. kxx says:

    haha fail

  5. rarahrarah says:

    that tattoo is about 7years old, i think

  6. mE says:

    There is a blog dedicated specifically to this. I totally forget what it is called but there is something a bit poetic about someone who gets a tramp stamp that they think reads “peace” or “tranquility” that actually reads “fart”.

  7. Zoe (The Other One) says:

    This is OLD news – it’s well known that it’s spelled wrong since he got it.

  8. j. ferber says:

    I don’t see that this would bother Victoria. The written word just isn’t that important to her. Didn’t she admit in an interview that she had never read a book in her life?

  9. Lem says:

    thank goodness
    I thought he went and had it spelled wrong a second time. That would have been hysterical

  10. sam says:

    Old news :)
    Just putting this out there – but it may not apply.

    Sometimes when you write names in another language a transliteration is used because a different combination of letters are needed to create the same sound/effect. Therefore they would not actually be spelt the same.

  11. cherryblossom says:

    That makes me giggle, especially since so many people get these tattoos in sanskrit to seem “wordly” or “creative” or some other thing. They don’t care about culture…just trends.

    On the bright side, if they divorce, he can add the word “hate” to the tat in a crossword sorta thing. Just saying.

  12. Vibius says:

    My favorite was reading about a Chinese tattoo that said “Supermarket” and another that said “Coca-Cola”. He couldnt figure out why people were laughing at him when he took a trip to China until someone finally told him.

  13. gg says:

    “… some sort of Scrabble situation …”


  14. Lee says:

    That’s actually a well known fact… It’s spelled the way it would be in Indian, but it translates to a misspelling in English.

  15. lola says:

    that tattoo is like 5 years old and it was known since it was first sighted that it was spelled wrong. tsss…

  16. ohluuuucy says:

    Of course someone as easy going as Vihc won’t mind.

  17. Eveifna79 says:

    Nice post. What’s the source of this?

  18. Bruno Alves says:

    One thing that we can learn from Becks, its his comitment and profesionalism as football player. Many player that have technical skill like him even better, but only a few people that have commitmen, profesionalism and charisma like becks. Thats why we respect him…..

  19. ydv says:

    it was spelled wrong (H and Ṭ):

    व्हिक्टोरिअ – vhikṭoria

    a possible fix:

    विक्थोर्य – viktoria

  20. r kumar says:

    The article wrongly states that the tattoo corresponds to “Vih”… As the previous poster has said, it is written as “Vhi” which is not too bad. Just as little emphasis on V.

    I cannot see the end of the tattoo though. However, the fix mentioned by the previous poster is wrong.

    विक्थोर्य – would be Viktor-yuh
    Whats more the “t” you have used is strangly a soft “t” not a hard “t”.

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