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Opinions on Tattoos

Updated on January 22, 2013

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.

Prison Tattoos

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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      Man from Modesto 4 years ago from Kiev, Ukraine (formerly Modesto, California)

      17“Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill.18“For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished.19“Whoever then annuls one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever keeps and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

      20“For I say to you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.

      Don't ask men anything. Go to the Word. Peace.

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      macchinario 4 years ago


      I'm a new Ben Christian who still struggles with some aspects of the Bible. The biggest of one is to accept the Old Testament as a life guiding text, since all guiding and sacrifices where made by Jesus.

      Maybe I'm not being clear, since english is not my main language. Here's an example of my problem with the Old Testament: Leviticus 19:28 is against having tattoos (or any marks) on your body. I get that. But Leviticus also says that you shouldn't have to cut your hair or beard, and I don't see Christians freaking out about it. I mean, you should follow the rules, or not follow at all; you can't cherry pick them. And since Jesus came, there was no point in following the old rules because his death justified us all, and we only goes to God through him. So Leviticus isn't valid, but a record of the old past. Isn't it?

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      Man from Modesto 5 years ago from Kiev, Ukraine (formerly Modesto, California)

      CarNoobz: Who testifies of these tattooed Christians? Does the Holy Spirit testify of them? I mean, when they pray, are people healed?

      Yes, it is a mistake to judge by appearances, I agree. However, those thinking about getting a tattoo should be informed of the cost. All things are permitted to us, but not all things are good for us.

      Thank you for commenting. Peace.

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      CarNoobz 5 years ago from USA

      I've known lots of Christians who got Christian-themed tattoos after being saved...good, honest, straight-up believers in love with Jesus. I think it's kinda dumb when people judge them by their skin.