“The lion I got done by the tattoo artist Bang Bang, and it represents having a heart of a lion,” Bieber adds of the tattoo on the top-left of his chest. “Being bold, courageous, strong!’” It’s one of several animal-inspired designs on Bieber’s body—a fact probably unsurprising to true Beliebers, given the singer is a famous animal-lover with a menagerie of pets, from three rescue dogs to monkeys and Savannah cats. “I also love the bird on my neck that I got from Dr. Woo,” Bieber continues. “It’s a reminder to use the gifts God has given me and give it all I have—to fly above all of the bullshit.”
It’s not the only tattoo that serves as a profound expression of Bieber’s religious beliefs. “The cross in the middle of my chest is a symbol of my faith, and a reminder of what Jesus endured to rectify all that was broken,” Bieber says. Even so, the designs that resonate strongest are those carrying the most universal messages, reflecting the rocky road he’s endured to finding peace and happiness with his wife today. “The rose on my neck from Dr. Woo reminds me that even though I’m flawed, beauty shines even through our rough edges.” Given the overarching themes of acceptance and kindness that colors Justice, it’s a message that feels especially timely for Bieber as he embarks on a bold new chapter in his career.