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Justin Bieber reveals he tried to cover up his tattoo of Selena Gomez

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Justin Bieber boasts an impressive collection of tattoos, with inkings on his arms, chest, back and even neck. Now, the 21-year-old has revealed the various meanings behind the artwork, as well as confessing he has tried to cover up the tattoo he famously got of Selena Gomez on his wrist when the pair were still dating.

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Justin Bieber has revealed the meanings behind his tattoos

"This is my ex-girlfriend," he explained in a video with GQ magazine, pointing to the tattoo which is located on his wrist, surrounded by a sleeve of designs. "So I tried to cover her face up with some shading, but people still know."

The Sorry hitmaker also shared what prompted him to get his first tattoo, a small seagull on his hip.

"It's based on this book that my whole family read," he revealed. "Everyone's got it on their wrist and it was right before I really had any tattoos and so I wanted to make sure it wasn't visible and so I got it down here. Basically it was about this seagull who wanted to be more than just a seagull."

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Justin got a tattoo of Selena Gomez while the pair were dating

Justin confessed that he tried to keep his first few tattoos in areas where they weren't particularly noticeable, explaining it was "because the world didn't know I was getting tattoos".

The Canadian superstar went on to share a few more of his favourite tattoos including the sweet tributes to his mother – he has an inking of her eye on his arm as well as her birthday in roman numerals on his chest. "Seems like I have a lot of stuff to do with my mum," he quipped, before revealing he'd had another tattoo done on his side, this time with his dad.

Despite having a wide variety of different artwork, Justin admitted that his latest tattoo, a pair of angel wings on the nape of his neck, is "my favourite".

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Justin's latest tattoo is a pair of angel wings on the nape of her neck

The singer revealed he had added to his extensive collection with a photo posted on his Instagram account. "New tattoo," he shared with his 58.3 million followers, who immediately began flooding the comments section with compliments.