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Justin Bieber's Tattoo Timeline - Part 1

Unless you are a huge fan, it's easy to lose track of The Biebs' list of tattoos: The Canadian singer has amassed more ink than there are states in the U.S.A

It's been a while since Justin Bieber acquired his first piece of ink at the tender age of 16. Since then, the singer has amassed over sixty tattoos, so it's quite easy to lose track of his body art unless you are a huge Belieber. To make things easy, we've written a series of detailed articles with a comprehensive Justin Bieber tattoo timeline for your viewing pleasure, with descriptions, meanings, and the best picture for each tattoo.

1 · Seagull

March 2010 · The singer acquired his first tattoo at the tender age of 16 (a rite of passage in the Bieber family). Justin’s first piece of ink — a tiny seagull on his hip — represents the main character from the fable “Jonathan Livingston Seagull,” written by Richard Bach about a seagull learning to fly and learning about life in the process.

2 · Yeshua

April 2011 · The Biebs and dad Jeremy have matching tattoos of “Yeshua” (which means “Jesus” in Hebrew) inked vertically down the ribcage, under the armpit.

3 · Portrait of Jesus

January 2012 · The pop star has a tattoo of an image of Jesus on his left calf.

4 · Praying hands

March 2012 · Bieber got a tattoo of Albrecht Dürer's iconic praying hands inked on his left leg.


June 2012 · Justin's “BELIEVE” tattoo on his left inner forearm was inspired by his third album, titled “Believe.”

6 · Kanji

July 2012 · Japanese character 曲 (kyoku), which means “melody,” located in his right inner forearm.

7 · Crown

August 2012 · Crown tattoo inked on the left side of his chest.

8 · Owl

October 28, 2012 · Justin notes that his owl tattoo “signifies wisdom.”

9 · Roses

December 30, 2012 · JB added three roses around the existing praying hands tattoo on his left leg.

10 · Mascot of Stratford Cullitons hockey team

January 6, 2013 · The singer got a tattoo of his favorite hockey team logo of a Native American chief’s face on his left shoulder blade, as a tribute to his late grandfather, who was a supporter of the team.

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11 · Number in Roman numerals

January 14, 2013 · Justin got the number 1975, the year his mother, Pattie Mallette, was born, inked bellow his right collarbone.

12 · Greek letter

February 25, 2013 · The Canadian pop star got a tattoo of the Greek letter “Chi,” which is short for the Greek word meaning “Christ”.

13 · Koi

April 20, 2013 · Justin added a koi fish tattoo to his left forearm.

14 · Tiger

April 22, 2013 · Growling tiger tattoo on JB's left upper arm.

15 · Selena Gomez

April 22, 2013 · The Biebs got a winged angel who looks like Selena Gomez as pictured in Elle Magazine. “This is my ex-girlfriend, I kinda tried to cover her face up with some shading, but people still know” he told GQ Magazine.

16 · Knight

May 31, 2013 · Knight tattoo inked on his left inner forearm. Could this knight be King Arthur pulling Excalibur from that rock?

17 · Castle

June 17, 2013 · A black and grey tattoo featuring a large castle with thrashing waves to his left arm, joining the knight tattoo he got on that same placement.

18 · Bleeding globe on a wooden cross

July 10, 2013 · Apparently eight-year-old Justin drew the bleeding globe on a wooden cross in class one day.

19 · Realistic eye

July 17, 2013 · The right eye of his mother, Pattie Mallete, on the inside of the left arm.

20 -21 · Roses

August 1, 2013 · Black and grey roses on his left arm, next to the elbow, the first bringing together his owl and tiger tattoos to make a little more of a sleeve, and the second next to the knight.

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22 · Single wing

August 25, 2013 · Justin Bieber’s angel wing tattoo is located next to the tat of a tiger’s head on the outside of the singer’s left arm.

23 · Bible verse

September 2013 · This ink quotes Psalm 119:105 from the Bible, which reads "Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path."

24 · Eagle

November 20, 2013 · Traditional style eagle spreading its wings located on his left shoulder.

25 · Star

December 2013 · Star tattoo inked in the inner side of the left arm, in between his wing and rose tattoos on the left arm.

26 · Jester

January 11, 2014 · Beliebers think this tattoo was a jab at the press following a police investigation after he got into trouble for allegedly throwing eggs at a neighbor’s house.

27 · Compass

January 12, 2014 · Compass tattoo on the back of the left arm.

28 · "Love"

January 14, 2014 · This four-letter word in a simple black Gothic font is located on his right inner forearm, next to the jester tattoo.

29 · Treble clef

January 13, 2014 · Music has been his life since he was a kid, so the treble clef tattoo below his left ear just made sense.

30 · Cross

January 28, 2014 · Christian cross tattoo on the center of the chest, done during a flight from Panama to Canada.

To read the second part of this series of articles, click here.

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