The Meanings Behind 12 Of Justin Bieber's Favorite Tattoos

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And yes, Selena Gomez makes an appearance.

When discussing Justin Bieber I get sort of excited (No. not like that, get your mind out of the gutter), because he's finally for me. He's finally relatable. When I first started listening to him, it was because I had a sister who adored him and his squeaky little voice.

And although we were close in age and I did enjoy his music, I couldn't relate until he reached his grown and sexy, bad boy phase — at which point I became what some might call a "bandwagon Belieber."

Call me crazy, but I like the Justin Bieber who gets in trouble (doing normal stupid childish shit, by the way). And I like the Justin Bieber who tattoos his entire body with what appears to be mindless dribble to the outside world.

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It's a reminder that he's human, and he's sort of hot when he's not styling his hair like a scoop of ice cream (that whole time during his rise to fame when he looked like Ellen DeGeneres, ya know?). 

Besides, as a twenty-something who spontaneously inks my body when I get the urge, I genuinely like his ginormous collage of tattoos and by ginormous, I mean over 50 tattoos.

However, we wanted to dig a little deeper and find out which of the 50 of Justin Bieber's tattoos were the most heartfelt and meaningful tattoos to him — and we wanted to know what they meant.

So, we did a little research. And we found the meaning behind these 12 Justin Bieber tattoos that are near and dear to his heart. 

Justin Bieber's tattoos range from a level of basic b*tch (and there are some basic ones) to charismatic human being who moonlights as a wealthy pop star; and, even some of the basic looking ones are more than meets the eye.

Dates to Remember
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The Roman numerals near his collar? That's his mother Pattie Mallette's birthday. 

Jesus Piece
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JB got this tattoo through celebrity tattoo artist, JonBoy best known for his micro-tat work. The artist revealed to US Weekly that the tiny cross on Justin's face was there to represent "his journey in finding purpose with God."

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According to his interview with GQ, Biebs got this one with his dad. That makes it special by default.

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The angel on his wrist is actually Selena Gomez, and he admitted that he tried to cover it up with shading during a GQ interview where his tattoos were a big subject.

Wise One
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The owl on his arm represents wisdom, and given how far he has come from the period of scandal he went through, he may have actually gained quite a bit of it. 

The Purpose
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The seagull on his hip is a family tattoo, as everyone in his family has one. It comes from a book about "a seagull who wanted to be more than a seagull," according to Bieber. 

This was also his first tattoo, which is why it's more hidden.

The "purpose" signed across his stomach was the name of one of his albums. So there's probably something deeper than we know — the "unknown," perhaps?

Patience in Love
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I know, I know. There's a lot of blurred lines since this guy has so many tattoos, but we're talking patience here. Well, the patience tattoo that, according to the Cut, it was "rumored to reference his relationship" with ex-girlfriend Selena Gomez and their on and off romance. 

Apple of His Eye
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One extremely meaningful addition to his sleeve that stands out to the average eyes was the eye on his arm — it's actually his mother's eye! 

'X' Marks The Spot
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The 'X' that marks the spot on his arm in this Calvin Klein photo represents the "unknown." Bieber elaborated saying something along the lines of although we may know him as the artist, we don't know him on a basic human level — there's an "unknown" piece of Justin that we know nothing about. 

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A Little Fishy
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Reportedly, the fish scales are related to his being a Pisces. This is not his only fishy tattoo, he has an actual fish as well. It's a Koi fish, which is popular in Asian culture. 

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The wings on his neck are his favorite tattoo, but presumably his most uncomfortable as he admittedly had to sit hunched over for the entire duration of the inking.

'G' for Georgia
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Bieber captioned this photo on Instagram: "This is for the strongest couple i [sic] know Chad and Julia Veach! Their daughter was born with Lissencephaly. She is incredible and has the sweetest soul. You guys make me better and I'm blessed to have you in my life #Georgia #gtat." 

Lissencephaly is a rare type of cancer. And, in the interview with GQ, he explained that Chad was his "boy" — or, outside of bromance talk — a really good friend of his.