Opinions on Tattoos
Why do people have negative views on tattoos and people with tattoos?
I think one reason evolves from a logical flow of thought. It is well known the majority of society do not approve of tattoos and downgrade their opinions of others who have them.
So, knowing this, why would someone go out and get one? There are many reasons that might be the cause: self-destructive behavior; subject to peer pressure; simply do not respect others' opinions, etc.
The three reasons above are also characteristics of people who can do damage if you allow them into your life (e.g. dating your daughter) or business, as an employee. However small, there is some realistic expectation that the tattooed person is a bit less trustworthy than those without.
In fact, polls show that most people find tattoos less attractive. So, why are people getting them? Based on hearsay? Again, this demonstrates poor judgment. Another poll showed that about a third of those with a tattoo felt the tattoo made them more rebellious. So, who does Manager Bob want to hire? A rebel or a hard worker who does his job without complaining and making extra work? Again, this might be a very light factor: just 33%, and who knows exactly how this self-perception will manifest on the job? (I have hired people with tattoos, only one was a dud.) But, it is not zero, and that makes tattooed people less hirable.
People dress and walk and talk according to the manner of the group to which they desire to be associated. Tattoos originated with pagan tribesman, moved on to prisoners, and then to gangs. What is it about Mary, a recent college grad, that inspired her get a tattoo? A: not something characteristic of the very best people.
One exception comes to mind: prison tattoos. Of all the people I know with tattoos, those who did time are better friends than those who just got a tattoo to rebel against daddy, to impress their fraternity brothers, or because they just thought it would make them appear cooler in the minds of other people.
My two good friends who did time are both excellent men. People with tattoos who never did time always seem a little off to me. Maybe not as much as 10% off, but at least a percent or two.
So, experience counts, too. Even if it is somewhat heuristical.
Christians with Tattoos
Another exception is, sometimes, Christians with tattoos left over from their previous lifestyles. The reason a Christian is often different is because a new spirit, the Holy Spirit, has entered them. When this happens, peace comes. This internal peace manifests into a life very different from the previous life. This usually does not happen immediately in every area of life. But, it is evident to those who know the changed (aka reborn or born again) person can see the difference.
I am not excusing those who got tattoos after being saved. Does that seem right to you? See my article on Todd Bentley's tattoos, a pastor who got most of his person tatted after pastoring for several years. Mr. Bentley is an example of someone with internal pain, and how that manifests into tattoos and other self-destructive behavior. In addition to tattoos, he allowed himself to get involved with false prophets. He also had at least two affairs (some insiders claim as many as four), and divorced his wife to marry one of the young interns.
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