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Justin Bieber's new religious tattoo explained

Published 10/05/2016

Justin Bieber
Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber's tattoo artist JonBoy has insisted the singer's new cross tattoo wasn't intended to upset fans.

Justin Bieber’s new inking represents seeing people through his faith.

The 22-year-old singer recently unveiled a tiny cross by the side of his left eye. While his pop antics may not point to someone who’s a firm believer in God, Justin’s tattoo artist JonBoy explains the star holds religion in high esteem.

“I think it was already kind of brewing in his head. I think when he saw mine and just how subtle it is, I think he saw that and thought ‘Oh, that’s pretty cool, I could rock something like that.’ It doesn't look gawdy on him,” JonBoy told The Hollywood Reporter.

“We were sitting there and chatting about why we wanted it near the eye, and it's really to see people through the cross - to see people with our eyes through the cross with our grace and with our love."

The New York-based artist also counts the likes of Kendall Jenner and Hailey Baldwin as clients. He met Justin through Hillsong Church in the Big Apple, and is hoping the Sorry singer’s new inking won’t upset his followers too much.

“He didn’t do anything to hurt his fans. He’s still going to create awesome music - if anything, he’s going to be reminded and inspired everyday why he’s here on Earth, and that’s just to love on people,” JonBoy explained. “I think as big as Justin is, he’s going to be doing greater things - greater than what he’s doing now, and (he’s) just going to be bringing glory to God."

Next on the tattooist’s wish list is Gucci designer Alessandro Michele, who’s work he calls “very tattoo friendly”.

“I just look up to him and he’s doing big things and I got to meet with him and chat with him. Hopefully I can get him in the chair - I know he loves tattoos. I think when he’s ready to commit to a design, I’d love to put a little tattoo on him,” he smiled.

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