In the world of celebrity tattoos, Justin Bieber is a primary player. The pop star has been continually adding to an ever-growing tatt collection, leaving us all wondering if he would ever run out of skin to etch on. Apparently, the "Never Say Never" singer has actually lost his interest in ink.
First, though, he opted to get a rather unique piece of body art. According to TMZ, Bieber actually got tatted up 40,000 feet in the air while on a flight from Panama to Canada. The etching is the word "forgive" near his navel, and was done by the legendary New York City-based tattoo artist Bang Bang, whose client list includes Katy Perry, Selena Gomez and Rihanna. This is a pretty unusual height to go under the needle – in fact, Bang Bang told TMZ that he thinks this may be a new record for the highest altitude inking. He also deemed this the most difficult design he's ever done due to the turbulence. That's not the only piece that Bieber got done recently.
The 20-year-old hearthrob also got a tatt inspired by one of Banksy's famous works of a little girl reaching for a heart-shaped balloon, which generated a rather strong reaction. In fact, Us magazine reported that Banksy himself called Bieber's decision "controversial" and suggested that he violated the artist's copyright. Fans of the graffiti artist also weren't pleased with Bieber's move.
Did Bieber experience any tattoo regret after getting his Banksy-esque etching? No one knows for sure, but it's a possibility, as he did decide to give up ink altogether. Not long after he added these new pieces to his collection, the star posted a photo on Instagram of the sleeve on his right arm, which includes a black spade, an 8 ball, the Banksy design, a Kirby cartoon character and a diamond. Underneath the image, he announced that he wouldn't be going under the needle any time soon.
"Done with tats 4 a while … Where I wanna be," read the caption.
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* Source: Harris Interactive, 2012