“You were put on this earth to achieve your greatest self, to live out your purpose, and to do it courageously.”
Last month, I did a funny exercise. I was sitting at coffee shops and counting how many people passing by have tattoos and how many don't. Those who have are by far a larger group. This piqued my curiosity about tattoos in society and culture.
Today, in many parts of the world it is perhaps more conventional to have and boast a tattoo. A recent survey revealed that 40% of those aged between 26-40 have at least one tattoo. It appears as times have changed, this once underground movement saved for punks, veterans and holocaust survivors has become a mainstream and acceptable form of beauty. From the functional tattoos – nipple tattoos for breast cancer survivors, the eyebrow and pectoral tattoos, to protection/warding off evil, some say that tattoos are modern art.
Yet there are those who strongly stand by the words in Leviticus 19:28 interpreting any mark made on flesh as the work of the devil. The belief is that, it is rare to find a Christ believing tattoo artist, and that this decoration is a vanity connected to being more concerned with your worldly appearance than your connection to God.
I have no formed conclusion about how to perceive the tattoo. Is it like graffiti? Is tattooing a gateway to the devil? Is it accepting the proverbial 666 mark?