Personal curiosity time: how many people reading this have tattoos? If you’re interested, send me a digital picture by clicking on my name below, and I’ll put them up. Maybe I’ll post one or two of my own.
I’m especially interested in tattoos with religious or Christian symbolism.



15 thoughts on “Tattoo

  1. I’m considering getting one when I turn 21. It’ll be the letters IHS, in some cool old-school (like, Gothic or medieval or something) font.

  2. I like that idea M, the letters IHS. Why wait until you’re 21? Just kidding, don’t rush it. I’ve got one, that you guys know about, of course. I’ve also thought about getting a dove on my back shoulder blade.

  3. Tattooes are gay! Why the heck do you need a tattoo? It’s just a lame fad. Just another thing to be cool and different. Give me a break. And don’t even start arguing that you need or have a tattoo because you firmly believe in its symbolism! Who cares!?! If you firmly believe in it that doesn’t mean tattoo your skin with it! Come on guys…Tattooes are something you do when you’re just a rebellious and stupid kid…grow up. The main reason people get tattooes is to have people look at them…how immature is that!

  4. LOL Tim. How come? 🙂

    Sardonics aside:

    Having a tattoo myself, (a relic of my own folly) I cannot bring myself to feel comfortable with Christians “marking” the body with what is essentially a pagan spiritual ritual in most cultures (and perhaps even our own) as a way of “stating to the world” that they have come out of that darkness. As Christians, we are already “eternally tattooed” by our Baptisms, having the Name of the Triune God written on our foreheads. Can we really hope to add to that miraculous gift?

    Perhaps I’m just a legalist. Leviticus may not be ritual we need to follow, but I have trouble brushing aside every command in the book as irrelevant simply because Christ fulfilled it. (And no…I don’t where clothes woven of only one type of thread…maybe I should. 🙂 )

    If you ARE going to get a tattoo, think long and hard, and i’d say, wait till youre 25. Give yourself some perspective on something that will be with you the rest of your life. And recognize that while you may understand the partiuclarities of the Levictical codes not having any particular sway over you, not everyone who sees your tattoo will, be they Christians or not.

    Romans 14:20-21 (ESV)
    Do not, for the sake of food, destroy the work of God. Everything is indeed clean, but it is wrong for anyone to make another stumble by what he eats. [21] It is good not to eat meat or drink wine or do anything that causes your brother to stumble.

    1 Cor. 10:31-33 (ESV)
    [32] Give no offense to Jews or to Greeks or to the church of God, [33] just as I try to please everyone in everything I do, not seeking my own advantage, but that of many, that they may be saved.

    Thus my thoughts…

  5. I can see your point, but…
    Of course I don’t think I’m adding anything to the most permanent of markings, my baptism into and by Christ. Plus, I wonder if the marks on my body will remain at the Resurrection? Only if that’s part of God’s original intention. That begs the question, I realize, whether something can be not part of God’s original intention and still not be evil. “To the pure, all things are pure…” And are we pure in the eyes of God? I sure hope so. Thus, the purity laws of Leviticus point primarily to the purity of Christ, in which we share by our baptism. The only question that I think is worth answering in this debate is whether tattoos are inherently sinful, or whether they, like all other things, can be used for sinful purposes. If I had tattoos of naked women on my arm (I don’t), anti-tattoo arguments would be valid.
    Are they really any different than the clothes one chooses to wear? I’m not harming my body (it only hurts a little bit and for a little while), and I’m not dishonoring either my body or God. They have, in fact, opened opportunities to share the Gospel with the guys who have done the work on me.
    They are not stumbling blocks to anyone, because they are all above sleeve-level on my arms.

    As long as we’re quoting proof-texts…(ha):
    Colossians 2:16-23 (ESV)
    “Therefore, let no one pass judgment on you in questions of food or drink, or with regard to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath. These [along with the other purity regulations in Leviticus, I would argue] are a shadow of the things to come, but the substance belongs to Christ. Let no one disqualify you, insisting on asceticism and worship of angels, going on in detail about visions, puffed up without reason by his sensuous mind [not accusing you of this, othniel!], and not holding fast to the Head, from whom the whole body, nourished and knit together through its joints and ligaments, grows with a growth that is from God.
    If with Christ you died to the elemental spirits of the world, why, as if you were still alive in the world, do you submit to regulations–‘Do not handle, Do not taste, Do not touch’ (referring to things that all perish as they are used)–according to human precepts and teachings? These have indeed an appearance of wisdom in promoting self-made religion and asceticism and severity to the body, but they are of no value in stopping the indulgence of the flesh.”

    I agree with you about thinking long and hard, and I can say that all of mine came after months of thought. I didn’t wait until I was 25, though!


  6. A dove, W?! What the heck? Anyway, IF I decide to get one, I’d get it when I turn 21, because if I did it now, for instance, I wouldn’t be able to be a counselor.

  7. Yes, M, a dove, carrying a banner with the name Amanda written on it.
    Just kidding. A dove symbolizing the Holy Spirit.

  8. For one who doesn’t like to proof text, you do it very well. 🙂 LOL

    Your point is well taken. Though, similarily, I’m probably not swayed.

    Out of curiosity…what were the “results” of your witnessing to the tatoo artists? Have you ever had a chance to speak with them again?

  9. Well, the guy in Portland, Oregon, who did four out of six, I talked to him about what they stood for. I can’t say I saw the harvest, but perhaps some seeds were planted. But they would tell me about priests and others who came and got tattooed. I’m not saying it’s something I’m going to do just so I can witness to them, but I think it can’t hurt to explain that the first tattoo I got means “slave of Christ” in Greek.

    By the way, I didn’t say I didn’t like to proof text; I just think it’s not necessarily the most effective means of argument.


  10. I found this site while searching for Dove Tattoos. I have a tattoo of a cross in the middle of my back (not lower back) and i love it. It is very meaningful to me and although i got it for myself and put it in a place that is rarely seen, it has really been a conversation starter about my beliefs several times. Don’t let others influence you, do what feels right to you! Its a personal thing between you and God.. Have fun!

  11. I like tatoos. Some tell life stories, some can be disturbing, some are a thing of beauty, while others are done out of stupidity. The only advice I would give is make sure you can live with it & check out your artist.

  12. On one note… people have been tattooing their bodies since waaaay back in the days… and therefor is it a fad OR is it something that has been done since god knows when… not nessicarily as a FAD but for religious, or symbolic beliefs. It’s true that tattoos are currently gorwing in popularity, but seing as they’ve been done since the dark ages does that nessicarily make them a fad? I personally do not have a tattoo, but see no problem is others getting one. For writer “T”, he sees it as “lame”, and calls tattooing immature. Who is really the immature one? By using the term “gay” to describe a tattoo shows lack of maturity, therfor dismissing his “argument” completly. He tells people to grow up. Who should really do the growing up?

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