Choosing a tattoo is an art form in and of itself. From image to style, placement to execution, even the simplest concept can take infinite forms—and striking the right balance is often the key to some truly noteworthy ink. For an example, look to Justin Bieber, whose latest tattoo is a visual representation of the power of juxtaposition.
Celebrity-favored tattoo artist Doctor Woo shared a black-and-white capture of Bieber on Thursday, the Instagram share centered on a delicately traced rose placed vertically on the pop star’s neck. Collaged alongside the word “Patience,” Bieber’s newest addition acted as a study in contrast, with the decidedly romantic symbol offering edge through its positioning. Coupled with the year’s characteristic grow-out—his slightly shagged blonde calling to mind the skate culture of the early aughts—the rose lent an aesthetic refresh, a new note to the myriad of words and images that adorn Bieber’s body. The takeaway? Once the novelty wears off, a thoughtful carry-off (and a classic red rose) is forever.