Justin Bieber has debuted a brand new tattoo amid an ongoing investigation by Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies, reportedly mounting a felony case against the singer for allegedly throwing eggs at a neighbor's home in Calabasas, Calif on Thursday night.
The 19-year-old posted an Instagram photo of his latest inking on Saturday.
Bieber's new tattoo is sited on the inside of his right forearm and is a typical rendering of a jester's face wearing a hat with bells.
The black design is located under the pop superstar's existing tat of a small, Japanese kanji symbol for music which he reportedly had inked in July 2012.
Justin's right arm is light on tattoos compared to his left arm, which sports a nearly full sleeve and topped up back in November with an "Eagle" design.
The illustrated teen's tat count is now in the mid-20's and it's possible he may be starting a second sleeve.
Like most ink-lovers, Bieber seems to invest meaning in his body art and may have looked into the symbolism of the "Jester."
Historically, they entertained rulers or other nobility in medieval or Tudor times. They have also been depicted as the "fool," or "Joker," to represent common sense, honesty, and even death. Such entertainers were also used in royal courts to deliver bad news in a non-serious way.
While the exact reasons for Justin's latest tattoo are unknown, ironically he could soon find getting bad news from a jester useful.
According to TMZ, sources say the Sheriff's Department is intent on building a felony case against Bieber for allegedly pelting eggs at his neighbor's house.
The website reports two detectives attended the neighbor's home on the night of the incident and are apparently "indignant" over the case. Deputies reportedly believe this is their "best chance to nail the Biebs" because they have a video of the egging and photographs entered into evidence.
Although shaky and often dark, the TMZ-posted video revealed an expletive-filled argument between the partially seen neighbor and another male - allegedly Bieber - who is heard only as a voice outside.
Detectives have told the neighbor they need repair estimates by Monday, the website added. Reasons for the apparent urgency are likely related to the upcoming handover of the case from the Sheriff's department to the District Attorney's office, reportedly next week.
Sheriff's Sgt. Dan Nagelmann of the Malibu/Lost Hills station confirmed the egging incident is recorded as misdemeanor vandalism in an initial police report.
However, under California legislation if the damage to the complainant's property is greater than $400 it becomes felony vandalism.
The accusing neighbor is reportedly claiming his property repairs will amount to thousands because of pricey, exterior Venetian plaster and other items allegedly damaged.
On Friday Lt. Jennifer Brash told People, "It's currently under investigation and [Justin Bieber] is a named suspect."
Police have said it's unknown what prompted the egging, a view the neighbor also shared with media outlets.
"It was about 7:30 pm and I was in my house upstairs with my daughter," he told E! News. "We began to hear something hitting the house, like rocks and things crashing into the window. We went to our outside balcony and saw [Justin] standing in my front yard, ripping eggs at my house."
He added, "I screamed at him, he yelled back at me, said, 'Yeah I got another one for you,' and threw more eggs. Then I called the sheriff. Obviously my daughter was very frightened having eggs thrown at her. It was unprovoked as I have not seen the kid in months, so I have no idea what prompted him to do this."That may or may not be true, as this Twitter snapshot appears to suggest.
Criminal Defense Attorney Troy Slaten told E! he thinks prosecutors want to press charges, which could also include trespass, because of prior alleged incidents and tensions between Bieber and Calabasas residents.
"It would be wise for Justin to lay low and play nice with the neighbors," Slaten advised.
As yet Bieber's representatives have not commented on the "egging" or vandalism investigation.
(Photo: via Bieber Instagram, captioned "Eagle")