Justin Bieber Tattoo Guide: All The ‘Sorry’ Star’s Designs & What They Mean
5 April 2018, 10:37
Have you ever wondered what all of Biebs’ tattoo designs ACTUALLY mean? We’ve got you covered…
Justin Bieber has a problem - the boy just CANNOT seem to stop getting tattoos! Ever since he was sixteen the 'Boyfriend' star has been adding more and more ink to his body, and it doesn't look like he's going to slow down anytime soon.
Keep up with the 'Where Are U Now' star's tattoo designs - and what they REALLY mean - by checking out our guide to the Canadian superstar's tatts below:
1. The Eye Cross
In May 2016 Justin did the unthinkable and ACTUALLY got a tattoo on his beautiful face. The ‘Sorry’ singer has had a small cross done just under his eye, and his tattoo artist has explained the meaning:
“Yes, I did a tattoo. A small cross near the corner of Justin’s eye,” tattoo artist JonBoy revealed to E! news. “It was a representation of his faith in Jesus and his journey with finding purpose in God.”
3. Roman numerals
Back in early 2013 Justin had his mum Pattie Mallette's birth year, 1975, inked onto the left of his collarbone in honour of the lady who raised him. Naww, you mummy's boy, Biebs!
4. The crown
In August 2012 Justin had a small crown symbol inked onto his chest, which fans believe was done in tribute to one of his musical idols - the late, great Michael Jackson.
5. The cross
Justin has made no secret of his faith and religion, so it's not surprising a number of his inkings have faith-related messages. And none more so than the Christian cross in the middle of his torso, done back in early 2014.
6. The Yeshua
Both Justin AND his dad have this design, Justin on the side of his abdomen, of the Hebrew lettering for 'Jesus'.
7. The seagull
Justin's first EVER tattoo - done way back in March 2010 to mark his sixteenth birthday - was a seagull inspired by the writer Richard Bach and his novel Jonathan Livingston Seagull. This is another tattoo Biebs' daddy also has!
In January 2014 Justin opted to get the phrase 'Forgive' tattooed on the right of his waist. And given the hard time the tabloids were giving the Canadian heartthrob during that period, it perhaps stands to reason it was a message to the world.
9. 'The Bear & the Eagle'
In 2017, Justin Bieber debuted a brand new tattoo duo in a single Instagram story. The Canadian star showed off a bear's face underneath his right shoulder and a HUGE eagle beneath his 'Son Of God' emblazoned abs.
10. 'The Proud Lion'
Just a week or so after unveiling both the eagle and the bear, JB revealed an Ed Sheeran-esque lion emblazoned across the top left of his chest underneath his shoulder. Luckily the star has been able to incorporate his longstanding king's crown tat within the design too!
11. The angels defeating evil
Justin got two angels on either side of his torso with a church-style motif tying it all together. Legendary tattoo artist Bang Bang who did the ink revealed the meaning behind the two celestial figures, "We added two angels, one on each side. Below each one, they're dominating the evil. Whenever I do an epic piece, there needs to be the positive and negative. There needs to be a balance... visually there needs to be contrast. Below each of the angels, there is a demon that needs to be defeated. The skeleton on one side and the serpent on the other.
"It's symbolic of Gothic art and the struggle between the light and dark, the good and the evil, Yin and Yang. I wanted to make sure we had contrast in subject matter and imagery. The thing that made the most sense to me was a tattoo describing his spirituality. The animals he has, his spirit animals as well as the angels, his guardians. I was trying to make it super meaningful and not scattered."
12. The American Eagle
Justin has a large eagle in the centre of his stomach, which could be a tribute to his life in America (despite being Canadian) as the animal is symbolic for the country. Bang Bang revealed that Justin referred to it as a "moustache", explaining, "He said he has a mustache on his belly, referring to the eagle, and it just needed more around it so it wasn't so isolated and floating in the middle of his stomach. I don't know why he thought it looked like a mustache. Maybe one of his friends told him that."
13. 'Son Of God'
Justin makes no secret of his devotion to his Christian faith and this large inking on the centre of his stomach reaffirms his belief.
BACK & NECK
Around April 2014 Justin had the word 'patience' inked onto his back - which some fans thought was a dig at his on-off romance with Selena Gomez. The jury's still out on the true meaning of this design.
15. Psalm verse
16. Treble clef
Early 2014 saw Justin add another music-themed tattoo to his collection with a simple symbol for treble clef inked onto the back of his neck.
17. Stratford Cullitons
Justin had the symbol for junior ice hockey team the Stratford Cullitons inked as a large tattoo on his back, all in honour of his grandfather - who used to take him to see the team play. Stop it Biebs, you're breaking our hearts!
18. The eagle
One of Justin's biggest tattoos is the giant eagle he has inked onto his left shoulder.
19. The tiger
Also on Justin's left arm, the singer had a tiger head tattooed back in spring 2013 - perhaps to represent his wild side, because we all know he has one!
20. The eye
The word 'believe' joined Justin's ever-growing collection back in 2012 to mark the release of his album of the same name - and for his fans the 'Beliebers'.
22. The castle & prince
Perhaps this design represents Justin's chivalry when it comes to the ladies in his life?
23. Koi carp
April 2013 saw Justin add a traditional tattoo when he had a koi inked onto his arm - a symbol of good luck in many cultures!
24. The owl
This tattoo was done back in October 2012, and is a symbol of wisdom - as well as a recurring motif in Justin's pictures and his 'Believe' tour.
Another spring 2014 addition, the simple word 'Trust' sits in the crook of Justin's right arm.
26. The boombox
Keeping up with the music theme, spring 2014 saw Justin add a boombox to his tattoos - not that Justin was around when they were a thing!
27. The 'music' symbol
Back in 2012 Justin added the Japanese Kanji character for music to his huge tattoo collection.
28. The jester
Fans believe Justin's jester image was supposed to be a stab back at the press.
29. The Korean mask
Justin's smiling Korean mask symbol was inked onto the singer's sleeve in March last year, and serves as a reference to Justin's strong faith.
30. The fish scales
Keeping up with more traditional tattoo imagery - Justin added fish scales to his sleeve, probably a reference to his star sign being a Pisces.
31. The ‘G’ letter
2015 was slow on the new tattoo front for Justin, but he did add the letter 'G' to his sleeve in honour of friends Chad and Julia Veach, and their daughter Georgia who suffers from Lissencephaly. “She is incredible and has the sweetest soul. You guys make me better and I’m blessed to have you in my life," Justin posted to reveal the tattoo.
32. The compass
The start of 2014 saw Justin add a LOT of new tattoos to his body - including a compass which is likely to symbolise guidance and keeping your eye on your destination!
33. The ghost
In March 2014, Justin immortalised PROBABLY one of his favourite video games with a cheeky design of the iconic ghost from Super Mario Brothers.
34. The 'Banksy'
Another spring 2014 addition - on the back of his arm Justin paid tribute to the art of graffiti artist Banksy with a depiction of his famous 'Balloon Girl' work of art.
35. The eight ball
In spring 2014 Justin - ever one to follow traditional tattoo styles - had a small eight-ball added to his arm sleeve for good luck.
36. The 'chi' symbol
February 2013 saw Justin add a large 'Chi' symbol - which may be yet another reference to the 'Where Are U Now' star's faith.
37. Angel, rose and clock
Justin filled out the top of his right arm at the start of 2018 with this elaborate design, of an angel holding a clock with a large rose motif underneath.
38. Jesus Christ
On Justin's left leg, back in early 2012, the singer had a depiction done of Jesus Christ himself.
39. The praying hands
March 2012 saw Justin add another religious themed tattoo, this time on his right leg, when he had a large pair of praying hands inked onto the back of his calf.
So there you have it! Your guide to the ever-growing collection of Justin Bieber's tattoos. Watch this space for an update when he (inevitably) gets a new design done.
Whilst you're here you might as well watch JB's iconic 'Where Are Ü Now' music video...