Justin Bieber is usually keen to show off his impressive collection of tattoos, but there's one inking that stands out among those on his arms, neck, chest and back: a former flame's face. In a recent video revealing the meanings behind his body art, the 21-year-old admitted that he has tried to hide the drawing of Selena Gomez on his wrist, a remnant from their highly publicized relationship.
"This is my ex-girlfriend," he explained in a video with GQ magazine, pointing to the tattoo which is located on his wrist, surrounded by a sleeve of designs. "So I tried to cover her face up with some shading, but people still know."
The Sorry hitmaker also shared what prompted him to get his first tattoo, a small seagull on his hip.
"It's based on this book that my whole family read," he revealed. "Everyone's got it on their wrist and it was right before I really had any tattoos and so I wanted to make sure it wasn't visible and so I got it down here. Basically it was about this seagull who wanted to be more than just a seagull."
Justin confessed that he tried to keep his first few tattoos in areas where they weren't particularly noticeable, explaining it was "because the world didn't know I was getting tattoos".
The Canadian superstar went on to share a few more of his favourite tattoos including the sweet tributes to his mother – he has an inking of her eye on his arm as well as her birthday in roman numerals on his chest. "Seems like I have a lot of stuff to do with my mum," he quipped, before revealing he'd had another tattoo done on his side, this time with his dad.
Despite having a wide variety of different artwork, Justin admitted that his latest tattoo, a pair of angel wings on the nape of his neck, is "my favourite".
The singer revealed he had added to his extensive collection with a photo posted on his Instagram account. "New tattoo," he shared with his 58.3 million followers, who immediately began flooding the comments section with compliments.