Tattoos are as common and socially accepted nowadays as it has ever been. Tattoos mean many different things to many people: for some, it is a fashion statement; for others, a symbol of rebellion; and for others still, an homage for the ones they love. For Justin Bieber, it is all of the above.
The 25-year-old Canadian pop sensation is something of a tattoo aficionado, and throughout the years has been adorned with tattoos in seemingly every inch of his body.
His tattoos range from purely aesthetic to profoundly meaningful. His most recent work is a piece on the left side of his neck that reads "Forever" and is accompanied by a bird.
In honor of the body of work on display on Bieber's body, we take a look back at the pop star's most iconic works and the meaning behind the ink.
1. “Better at 70” Tattoo
The tattoo on Bieber's left thigh is a quote from his friend, Pastor Judah Smith.
The piece serves as a reminder that past mistakes are in the past and the future is not set in stone, that he can be better at 70.
2. Religious Tattoos
Justin is a devout Christian and has been outspoken about his belief in God. As a testament to his faith, Justin has had numerous tattoos done with some religious meaning.
He has a portrait of Jesus Christ on his leg.
Conspicuous by its size, the phrase "Son of God" scrawled across his lower abdomen is an obvious reference to God. A cross on his chest and a tiny cross below his left eye are some of the other obvious tattoos that reflect his devotion to God.
He also has the verse quoting Psalm 119:105 off of the Bible tattooed on the back of his right shoulder. The words read: “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path".
3. "Purpose" Tattoo
To commemorate the release of his 2015 album "Purpose," Justin took to his Instagram to reveal an elegant tattoo above his belly button that read "Purpose".
Well, the tattoo too fulfilled it purpose creating among the audience the maximal buzz about the album.
4. "G" Tattoo
Following in the footsteps of such celebrities like Selena Gomez, Hailey Baldwin, and Ashley Benson, Justin got the letter "G" tattooed on his upper right arm in July 2015.
The tattoo is a symbol of solidarity to honor a little girl named Georgia, who was born with a rare brain disorder. Despite being born with a terrible condition, the then-two-year-old daughter of Seattle megachurch pastor Chad and Julia Veach was a beacon of hope and strength. Her story touched the lives of countless, and Justin was one of them.
5. "LL" Tattoo
The "LL" tattoo on Justin's upper left arm stands for "Low, Lift". According to the pop-star, it means holding your head up high despite hardships.
After his teens were mired in controversy and unrest, he inked the words on his skin as a commemoration of a new chapter in his life.
6. Selena Gomez Angel Tattoo
Justin got this piece when he was in a relationship with Selena Gomez.
The tattoo on his wrist is almost a replica of Selena and showed how in love the two were at the time.
7. His Mother's Birthday
Justin's mother, Pattie Mallette is a single mother who raised Justin by herself. Justin credits his mother as being an inspiration beyond the obvious reasons of parenthood: she is Justin's best friend and confidant.
Justin has been very outspoken of his gratitude and love for his mother, and as an ode to such a crucial figure in Justin's formative years, he got the roman numerals of his mother's birth date inked below his right collarbone.
The tattoo reads "I IX VII V".