After debuting a "MISUNDERSTOOD" face tattoo last February, Presley Gerber was spotted Monday without the ink on his cheek

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Presley Gerber appears to have had one of his most prominent tattoos removed.

The model, 22, was spotted Monday with girlfriend Sydney Brooke at Malibu Country Mart in Malibu, California. Gerber, sported a fresh face — one that was notably missing the "MISUNDERSTOOD" tattoo on his cheek.

Photos on Gerber's Instagram earlier this month show that the tattoo has faded, apparently in the process of having it removed. A rep for Gerber did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's request for comment.

He debuted the ink last February, after a session with tattoo artist Jonathan "JonBoy" Valena, who has also created body art for Hailey Baldwin BieberJustin Bieber and Kendall Jenner. Gerber was quickly met with criticism from followers. "You don't know how I feel. You're not in my head," he responded, explaining the meaning behind the tattoo: "I don't feel very understood, I guess."

Presley Gerber
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"If anyone has s--- to say to me about this, or anything else, or my family, or how I grew up … I will give you my address — I promise — and you can come say it to my face," he said in the same video.

Presley Gerber
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Gerber has a number of tattoos, including some barbed wire art on his hand and a gun on his hip bone. He also got a matching tattoo with his sister Kaia Gerber last January, after getting "Kaia XXIII" inked on his arm in 2018.

"We're a close family, especially me and my sister, so it's definitely cool," Presley told PEOPLE at the time of getting to model alongside Kaia, 19. "We get to travel together half of the time, so it makes it a lot less lonely."

The son of Cindy Crawford, 55, and Rande Gerber, 59, spent a majority of the COVID-19 pandemic working with girlfriend Sydney Brooke at his dad's Malibu restaurant Cafe Habana.

RELATED VIDEO: Presley Gerber Pays Permanent Tribute to Sister Kaia Gerber with a Tattoo of Her Name

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"Presley seems to be doing well. He is very focused on helping his dad out to keep their restaurant going. He is working most days," a source told PEOPLE last May.

"He and Sydney work together. They try to work the same shift," the insider added. "Presley still lives at his parents guest house and Sydney spends time there as well. Presley has slowed down the partying."