About a decade ago, a face tattoo was the ultimate sign of “I don’t give a fuckery.” It showed society that you didn’t care for its aesthetic conventions, you didn’t care to hold down a 9-5 and that you’ve probably been incarcerated.
Sometime in the past few years, face tats, while still not commonplace, became fashionable amongst the so-called avant-garde. Models like Bradley Soileau emerged. Hood by Air happened. Last year, faux face tats were deemed a trend by Instyle, the least gangster publication in the game.
And, with this latest development, the softening of face tattoos is complete: Justin Bieber just got a face tattoo.
A supposed BFF tat with his homie Joe Termini, Biebs’ tat is a teeny tiny little cross under his eye, symbolizing his faith.
Bieber’s new ink renders all face tats #soft. Gucci Mane’s ice cream cone? #soft. The tear on the corner of hot mugshot guy’s eye? #soft. This Fresno felon’s ridiculous “Gucci” tat? #soft. Lil Wayne’s entire face? #soft.
If you didn’t regret your face tattoo before, you probably do now.