Update: The Virgin Mary tattoo is NOT Justin’s. We think it was just an imaginative idea of what Justin could have gotten inked on Aug. 25th at Deer’s Eye Studio, but it is in fact not the tattoo that he got inked on that night. However, it appears that there is a new tattoo on the inner part of Justin’s bicep, but we’re not sure what it is. Check it out here.
It appears Justin Bieber won’t rest until his left arm is covered in ink, as the pop star may have added another new tattoo to his sleeve this week: an image of the Virgin Mary of Guadalupe. The potential new Justin Bieber tattoo looks like it is located just below the intricate rose tat he added to the outside of his left arm on August 1, 2013, and features a gray and white image of the Virgin Mary standing in a praying pose with her head bowed and her eyes closed. In the original image of the Virgin of Guadalupe, which is displayed in the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City, Mary is surrounded by light and clouds, which is captured pretty perfectly in the potential JB tat. On August 25, owner and tattoo artist at Deer’s Eye Studio, Chuey Quintanar, tweeted, “On my way to go tattoo the homie @justin bieber,” and followed that up with a photo of him posing with JB post-tattoo, along with the caption: “Last night’s tattoo session w/ @justinbieber.”
Justin’s Alleged Virgin Mary Tat
Although Justin Bieber’s tattoos strayed from religious themes for a while as the singer inked himself with koi fish, tigers and knights instead, JB is back on track again with the impressive Virgin Mary of Guadalupe tattoo he may have gotten inked on August 25, 2013. Officially known as Our Lady of Guadalupe or the Virgin of Guadalupe, the image immortalized in Justin’s sleeve tattoo is a celebrated Roman Catholic icon of the Virgin Mary – an image imprinted on a peasant cloak and attributed in some accounts to an Indian painter by the name of Marcos Cipac de Aquino. According to religious belief, the peasant Juan Diego saw a vision of a young girl surrounded by light at the Hill of Tepeyac near Mexico City, on the morning of December 9, 1531. The girl asked that a church be built at that exact site in her honor, and Diego recognized her as the Virgin Mary, although others (including the Spanish Archbishop of Mexico City, Fray Juan de Zumarraga) wanted the girl to prove her identity by performing a miracle.
Story Behind the Possible Virgin Mary Tat
To prove her identity, the Virgin told Juan Diego to gather flowers from the top of Tepeyac Hill, which is typically barren, and he found Castilian roses, which are not native to Mexico. The Virgin arranged the roses in Diego’s peasant cloak, and when he opened his cloak before Bishop Zumarraga, the flowers fell to the floor. In their place on the fabric, the image of the Virgin of Guadalupe was miraculously imprinted. The Virgin Mary of Guadalupe is Mexico’s most popular religious and cultural image and is now displayed in the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe on Tepeyac Hill in Mexico City. The Virgin of Guadalupe sometimes bears the titles The Queen of Mexico, Patroness of the Americas, Empress of Latin America, and Protectress of Unborn Children. Although we originally thought that Justin Bieber’s rose tattoo was just a filler for the full sleeve he is working on, it makes sense now that the intricate rose would actually tie into his potential new Virgin Mary tat – like the roses Juan Diego collected and arranged in his cloak.