Justin Bieber surprised fans by getting yet another tattoo on January 14, 2013, this time inking a large set of Roman numerals of the front of his right shoulder, directly below his collarbone. While some people initially thought Bieber’s Roman numeral tattoo was a shout-out to Selena Gomez, the ink is actually a tribute to another important lady in his life. His mom. That’s right, the Biebs has devoted the right side of his chest to his mother Patricia, inking her birth year – 1975 – in large but simple black Roman numerals on his body. You’ve got to give the pop star credit for putting his love for his mom into ink, but if the sentiment seems oddly familiar, it’s because Beiber’s ex, Selena, also recently got a Roman numeral tat commemorating her mother’s birth year – 1976 – although hers is inked on the back of her neck.
The beginning of 2013 has been been awfully busy for Justin Bieber so far. In addition to satisfying all those Beliebers out there and preparing for the release of his Believe Acoustic album, the young singer has also gotten three impressive tattoos – a bunch of roses on his leg, an Indian head logo on his back/shoulder and the Roman numerals “I IX VII V” inked on his chest. The Biebs first showed off his Roman numeral tat by posting an Instagram photo online, and Bieber’s music producer, Jamal Rashid a.k.a. Mally Mall, followed up with this slightly confusing tweet: “Great Minds Think Alike ! @justin bieber 1975 Same Tatts spiritual meanings.” That’s another fun fact, Rashid got the very same Roman numeral tattoo inked on the inside of his right bicep. Hmm…that Patricia Mallette is one popular lady!
Is Bieber’s Shoulder Tat Incorrect?
Like many celebrity tattoos gone awry, Justin Bieber’s Roman numeral tat may actually be written incorrectly. According to one Belieber, “I am sure I am not the first to state this but 1975 is actually MCMLXXV. I still think you’re awesome though. Toodles.” We’re going to give Bieber the benefit of the doubt and assume that he did at least a little research before getting the Roman numerals permanently inked on his body, so is it possible that “I IX VII V” means something other than his mom’s birth year? Oddly enough, Justin Bieber isn’t the only singer to opt for a mysterious Roman numeral tat recently; Miley Cyrus got a group of Roman numerals inked on her right forearm in May 2012, and still no one is exactly sure what it means or if she’s since covered it up. Whatever its true meaning, the mysterious shoulder tat is just one of many tattoos Justin Bieber already has, and we’re hoping for many more tats in the future!