Justin Bieber’s face has ceded important territory to his increasingly powerful army of tattoos, which is taking over his body with such efficiency it would make Genghis Khan behead another subject blush.

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Just hours after taking to social media to declare his love of people, Bieber joined his buddy Joe Termini in a Manhattan tattoo parlor to engage in the ultimate act of friendship: Matching cross tattoos, placed just below their respective left eyes. It’s meant to signify “his faith in Jesus and his journey with finding purpose in God,” tattoo artist Jonathan “JonBoy” Valena told E! News. It’s unclear whether Termini shares this sentiment, but something tells me that when Justin Bieber issues an edict, there’s little room for debate.

The new ink indicates a change in attitude for the “Sorry” singer, since it was only a few short months ago that he told GQ he’d consider a face tattoo only when he was “really old,” like in his “40s or 50s or something.” Bieber is currently 22 in human years, or so we thought.