Justin Bieber and dad have Jesus on their side

Justin Bieber and his father Jeremy bonded over matching tattoos this past May, both inking the Hebrew word for Jesus over their left ribcage. Bieber already has one tattoo, a small seagull on his hip, that other family members already sport. Although underage for both, with parental consent, he was allowed to be inked.

In a case of supreme father and son bonding, both Justin Bieber and his dad Jeremy received matching tattoos that say Jesus in Hebrew, right before Justin took off on a Hawaiian vacation with girlfriend Selena Gomez.

Justin Bieber and dad Jeremy

The tattoos were reportedly done on May 23, 2011. In photos that sparked a craze among Bieber’s fans, Justin was seen holding hands with girlfriend Selena Gomez on the beach in Hawaii, sporting his new tattoo. Fans went crazy, searching the Internet for information about his new body art. No real concrete information was known, until today, when TheJustinBieberShrine.com posted a series of photos of father and son getting inked.

The first series of pictures show Justin watching the tattoo artist gathering his materials together, and Justin’s bare chest, sans ink. As they progress, you can see Justin’s hesitation as he begins the process of getting the tattoo in a very sensitive area. In one photo, he holds his father’s hand for support and looks a little unsure of his decision.

You can see the obvious fear and pain in his face as he starts the process. But in the final photos, and the one shown above, Justin and his dad are shown with clear plastic and tape over the tattoos after the process was finished. The plastic is to keep the tattoos clean until the person gets home to treat and clean it properly.

Justin’s first tattoo was of a seagull on his hip, a family tradition and also worn by his father and uncle. Said Brian Byrne, who was there when Justin received his tat at Sun of a Gun Tattoo parlor in Ontario, Canada, Justin was really excited about the idea. “It was a 16th birthday tattoo. I guess his dad has it and one of his uncles. It’s the outline of a seagull from Jonathan Livingston Seagull.”

Jonathan Livingston Seagull is a book about a seagull learning to fly and learning about life in the process. It was first printed in 1970 and has become a classic since, with readers still finding inspiration in the story to this day.

Photo courtesy of TheJustinBieberShrine.com