SO INK LOVE; EXCLUSIVE POSH TATTOO MARKS NIGHT SHE FIRST SLEPT WITH HER BECKS Roman Numerals on Wrist Spell out May 8.. Her First Time in His Bed

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SO INK LOVE; EXCLUSIVE POSH TATTOO MARKS NIGHT SHE FIRST SLEPT WITH HER BECKS Roman Numerals on Wrist Spell out May 8.. Her First Time in His Bed


Byline: By BEN TODD showbiz Editor

VICTORIA Beckham has had a new tattoo to commemorate her very first night of passion with husband David.

She secretly arranged to have "8th May" inscribed on her wrist in Roman numerals...VIII V.

This was the night, nine years ago last week, when Posh first slept with Becks.

Top tattooist Louis Molloy, who has done all the couple's tattoos, flew out to Madrid on Friday to put the magic date on her wrist - just below her "DB" - for David Beckham - tattoo.

At first, Victoria had planned to have the "crown" logo of her Rock and Republic jeans-range etched above the "DB".

But she changed her mind after David whisked her to Paris for a 48-hour love-in at the five-star Ritz hotel.

He didn't tell Victoria beforehand why they were going. But his reason for the romantic trip was that he had remembered that it was nine years since she had sneaked him into her room in the Midland Hotel in Manchester.

Then they had slipped away to spend their first night together at his house in Worsley, North Manchester, keeping their love secret from fans, friends and colleagues.

At the time, David was still a rising star at Manchester United, while Victoria was at the height of her fame as a Spice Girl.

A friend said: "David had remembered their first night of passion from all those years ago.

"It was only when they were together alone that he reminded her what anniversary they were celebrating.

"Paris is the most romantic city in the world - and David had remembered such a romantic date.

"Victoria hadn't remembered the exact dates - but she was bowled over when David told her during dinner.

"She knew then that she had to commemorate the occasion with something permanent."

So she sent for Molloy, whose Middleton Tattoo Studios is one of Britain's most prestigious, and told him of her last-minute change of plan.

Instead of the crown logo she would have that very special date engraved on her wrist.

And while he was in Madrid, Molloy had an even bigger commission to carry out - a complex new etching for David's shoulder and arm, which echoed the painter Michelangelo's Renaissance artwork.

Molloy's magic touch has given the England captain a half-sleeve of thick tattoos - with no flesh exposed - on his right arm from the elbow to the top of his shoulder.

The black-and-white etching is a Michelangelostyle image of heaven with rays coming from a sun and clouds floating behind.

It links up with Becks' large angel on his right arm as well as the three small cherubs on his bicep to create a full half sleeve of tattoos.

The full sleeve is the new rage in tattoos, according to specialists.

The new work took four hours and the soccer star was also going to have a Latin phrase engraved - but decided against it.

Molloy, one of Britain's most accomplished tattoists who has more than 1,000 clients on his waiting list, has said: "The Beckhams' tattoos are the only thing they'll take to the grave with them.

"They can't be lost or stolen. My work will be there grafted on them when they die. That's why it's so important that they think about what they're having done. …

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