Chilling in Studio City, CA recently, teen heartthrob Justin Bieber showed off his latest tattoo—and it’s another religious one. In this photo, you can clearly see the face of Jesus Christ on the Biebs’ left calf.
It’s the third in a theme, joining Jesus’ name written in Hebrew on his ribcage and a dove tattooed on his left hip… plus, the image of Jesus’ face matches the one on his silver pendant. Even for someone as religious as the Biebs, it’s still pretty odd how close he feels to Jesus.
But now that I think about it, their family units are pretty similar: Absentee dad (God/Jeremy Bieber), long-suffering mothers (Mary/Pattie Mallette), and replacement father figures (Joseph/Scooter Braun).
All joking aside, Justin has said that it’s difficult to reconcile his faith — he was raised Christian — and the temptations of Hollywood:
Hollywood is … a scary place. There’s a lot going on, there’s a lot of bad things, but there’s also a lot of good things. I’m able to live my dream, I’m able to do a lot of good things. Basically, I don’t even consider religion. Like, I’m a Christian, I believe in God, I believe that Jesus died on a cross for my sins. I believe that I have a relationship and I’m able to talk to him and really, he’s the reason I’m here, so I definitely have to remember that. As soon as I start forgetting, I’ve got to click back and be like, you know, this is why I’m here.
Girlfriend Selena Gomez was also raised in faith, though when she and Justin started going out in December 2010, her promise ring was conspicuously absent.
I’ve gotta agree with Ology, Justin is the only star who could take the badass tattoo and make it instant fodder to win over his fans’ mothers.