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Justin Bieber Shows off His Massive New Torso Tattoo — and Fans Are Going Crazy

People logo People 21/10/2017 Dave Quinn

a man standing in front of a mirror posing for the camera © Justin Bieber/Instagram Justin Bieber has used some of the time off from his canceled Purpose world tour to get some new ink — and the Beliebers are going crazy.

No stranger to getting inked (he has well over 60 tattoos covering his 5-ft.-9-in. frame), Bieber added to his constantly expanding his collection of body art with his most dramatic piece yet — a full torso tattoo with gargoyles, skeletons and archways that completely covers his stomach (and those abs he works so hard on).

It’s a tattoo that appears to be a part add-on and part cover-up, both incorporating the chest tattoo of a bald eagle that he got in March and masking the “Son of God” ab ink that he got in November.

It also connects the pieces Bieber has on his chest — which include the snarling head of a grizzly bear on his left pec, the stern head of a lion on his right pec, a large gothic cross in the center of his chest, and, in a tribute to his mother, the year 1975 in roman numerals which live right under his collarbone.

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As can be imagined, fans had a lot to say, their comments ranging from snarky to supportive.

“Justin Bieber’s new tattoos — oh my god, I don’t know what they mean to him but it looks AWFUL,” wrote one fan on Twitter.

“I don’t even know why everyone is so overreacting? I mean, yes, Justin got his whole torso covered with tattoos but he likes it so shut the f— up,” said another fan. “I don’t like it either but it’s his body and we should respect his decision.”

Close followers of Bieber know this isn’t the only time he’s tried to cover up a tattoo with more ink.

While the majority of Bieber’s tattoos have religious meaning, he does have a few dedicated to important people in his life, including former flame Selena Gomez, who is tattooed on his wrist.

“This is my ex-girlfriend, so I tried to cut her face up with some shading, but people still know,” Bieber told GQ in February.

Though his newest ink might only contribute to his his bad boy appearance, a source close to the star previously told PEOPLE Bieber has slowly began returning to his old self.

“It was a really bad scene,” the insider said of Bieber’s behavior on his Purpose world tour. “He was just not himself. He was profoundly unhappy. Exhausted, low energy. He was just miserable. He needed to step back, recalibrate, and then figure out his next move.”

“It has been a process, but he’s doing so much better,” the source continued, adding that Bieber has been involved in his church. “You can talk to him and see that the old Justin is coming back. He seems happier, more energetic. It’s encouraging. He’s not completely there, but he’s definitely on his way.”

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