Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has revealed the inspiration behind his increasing canvas of tattoos, saying that he models his 'edgy' look on former England captain David Beckham, reports the Daily Mail.
In an exclusive interview with men's fashion magazine Esquire, the 21-year-old spoke of his admiration for the worldwide style icon, who is as famous for his exploits away from the football pitch, as he is on it.
The ex-Manchester United, Real Madrid, AC Milan, LA Galaxy and Paris Saint-Germain star was a well-known trendsetter during his playing career, and still has a big influence on the latest crop of young players looking to make it in the game.
"I first saw them on David Beckham, and I thought 'I like them'," Wilshere told Esquire. "The best tattoos in football are probably on Beckham, I think he was like me, started really little and now look at him, he's covered.
"All my tattoos are mostly to do with my family. I've got one for my mum, my dad, my son, I've got another daughter on the way so I'm going to have another one."
Despite his tender years, Wilshere is already an established member of Arsene Wenger's first-team, who relished the opportunity to get up-close-and-personal with Beckham, during his brief stint training with the Gunners at London Colney, prior to his move to Parc des Princes.
"He came to train with Arsenal just for one day and then the next day he was off to Paris Saint-Germain," added Wilshere.
"Just watching the way he goes about his game, he was 38 coming towards the end of his career but he was still putting in the effort in training, he still loved football."