ENGLAND soccer captain David Beckham had two of his famous tattoos airbrushed out for a billboard advertisement.

The 29-year-old has a $60 million (GBP33 million) advertisement deal with shaving giants GILLETTE, and the company's executives wanted a bare-chested Beckham to appear clean cut.

Beckham, who is married to former SPICE GIRLS singer VICTORIA, agreed that computer wizards could digitally remove two pieces of body art in the shape of a cherub and an angel from his right arm and shoulder.

A Gillette spokesperson says of the advert for their M3 Power razor, "We wanted no distractions. No clothing, no jewellery and no tattoos."

21/11/2004 10:46