Justin Bieber is apparently busted for tattooing without a licence.
The 19-year-old Baby hitmaker is armed with a needle as he etches a cartoon portrait of a muscled mouse and the word ‘Swaggy’ on a man’s calf in a photo obtained by the New York Daily News.
The brave man appears to be Bang Bang, real name Keith McCurdy, a Manhattan-based tattoo artist who has inked big names like Rihanna, Chris Brown and Katy Perry.
Photos show the pair posing after Justin finished the job, with Keith pointing to his calf and Justin sporting plastic wrap around his arm after getting a fresh tattoo of his own.
Justin reportedly had the word ‘Believe’ tattooed on his right forearm during the same session in June 2012.
According to the publication, the pop star could face a $2,000 fine from the New York City Health Department if he was unlicenced when he tattooed his pal.
Other stars have inked Bang Bang in the past, including his client Rihanna.
The S&M singer famously etched the letter ‘R’ onto the artist in 2009. His shop East Side Ink was subsequently fined for ‘operating with an unlicenced tattoo artist on site’.
The tattoo drama is the latest in a string of controversies for Justin.
The teenage crooner has been accused of assaulting a fellow resident of his gated Los Angeles community and is currently being investigated by local police.
He’s also been slammed for attempting to smuggle a pet capuchin monkey through customs in Germany earlier this month. The primate was seized after Justin failed to secure proper paperwork and remains in quarantine in the country.
Justin recently spoke to Teen Vogue about the scandal surrounding him as of late.
‘I know who I am, and I’m very much in control. I don’t need to address every speculation,’ he said.