for tattooed people, and those who want to be

tattoo = heresy? (Biblical prohibitions)


There’s a passage in the Bible that’s often interpreted as a prohibition against tattooing. (Leviticus19:28 if anyone’s interested.) The King James version has it as a prohibition against “printing marks” on yourself–which, when you get right down to it, is not the same as a tattoo.

Tattoos, of course, had been around for thousands of years before Leviticus (the “iceman” from the Alps had them, and so did a lot of ancient Egyptians, so we know it’s a very ancient art indeed). Many Biblical prohibitions had a basis in health and hygiene, so perhaps this was just the rule-makers’ concern for what could happen under primitive, punch-soot-into-your-dirty-skin circumstances.

In this day and age, people who get tattoos that are visible under normal circumstances will, sooner or later, run into someone who Definitely Disapproves. Most tattoo-haters won’t go much farther than giving the tattooed person a dirty look or making a muttered comment. But there are, alas, people who are not shy about speaking up and telling you you’ve done something (a) disgusting, (b) ugly, (c) awful, (d) against God’s will, (e) THEY wouldn’t let THEIR family member do, or (f) some combination of all of the above.

If you’re the kind of person who looks like you can kick these people’s butts halfway to the moon, you won’t have to put up with this attitude much. The rest of us have to learn to cope. Just ignoring the ignoramus is usually the best option. There’s usually something about them that can be criticized with equal vehemence, but why get into a pissing contents with someone who’s pretty much all piss?

Corollary: If you see another multicolored person, smile and take time to admire their ink if you can. No matter what else that person may be, you already have something in common. Being multicolored transcends the usual human divisions and we should strive to recognize that in any way we can.

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Author: infmom

I got my first tattoo when I was 46. I hope the people who read this blog don't have to wait that long. I love talking about body art.

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