Some things in life should be avoided. Getting a tattoo of your lover’s face (or name, for that matter) ranks high on the list. Real talk: you’re probably not going to end up with that person, and you’re probably going to want to get that inky memory of them removed ASAP after the messy breakup.
Or you could “cover her face up with some shading” like the Biebs has done with ex-girlfriend Selena Gomez’s face, which is still clearly visible on the top of his left wrist, angel wings and all. Memories of failed relationships fade, Justin, but tattoos are forever.
Fortunately, the 21-year-old has a slew of other tats that he loves to talk about. (None on his lower back like David Beckham, you guys.) And, yes, they all have some kind of deep meaning.
Take his first tattoo for example: a small seagull on his lower stomach. This little birdie, which is often found flying above garbage dumps or begging for food, is, in fact, a reminder of the novel Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach, which his fam used to read together. (Insert collective “aww” here.)
He actually has a few adorable family-related tattoos. There’s his mom’s eye on the inside of his left elbow, a semi-creepy, but mostly charming tribute, as well as her birthday in Roman numerals on the right side of his chest.
There’s also the “G” tat on his right forearm, the single letter a subtle tribute to his friend’s daughter who has health issues.
But that’s basically where the charming tattoos end. The rest are a mishmash of religious symbols, like Jesus’ face on his calf and angel wings—his latest and favourite tat on the back of his neck—and the cryptic letter like the large “X” on his left arm, the meaning of which is “unknown,” though known to Bieber. Plus the double “L.” All very cryptic, bro. Until you explain, of course.
Oh, and we can’t forget the owl tattoo on his forearm. Dude likes birds, and this one means wisdom. How deep. But aren’t everyone’s?
In summation: Justin, we like your tattoos, and feel free to continue to expand the collection, but please stop inking your current girlfriend’s face on your bod…