Still Digging’

“The word tattoo comes from the Tahitian “tatu,” which means, “to mark something.” Tattoos were educated by Ta’arora, the two sons of God, it was called a “tapu”, also known as a sacred art form. Training took place on how to perform these tattoos and what the meaning of designs were. It says here that tattoos have always had an important role in ritual and tradition. Might they be important to some now, why are they being judged? Did the context get taken out? Is it because not everyone gets a tattoo in correspondence with their religion? Have tattoos been taken too far?

What do some illustrations that are in-graved in your skin actually mean? Could a rose just be a rose or is it “romance”? Is a horse really just a horse? A barbed wired fence just a fence or a sense of protection, maybe a sign someone has been in prison? What symbols, illustrations could have gang association? Do you ever really know? Maybe that’s what the “wrong” is in tattoos that religions look down upon. Here on NPR I have found an article that relates to the meaning of tattoos and what they might just mean. They are concerned about professional football players involved with ink movement may be having them for the wrong idea. Reading someones tattoos is a way of reading someone. “Tattoo collectors often wear art that speaks to them personally, whether it be their culture, religion, even tributes to loved ones.” Marisa said, “The phoenix has been a longtime tattoo favorite and continues to grow in popularity, as people identify with the mythology surrounding this bird who rises from the ashes, renewed in life. It often represents that a wearer has overcome some adversity.” But what if someone has a phoenix with a different meaning? Are they still judged? Or are they not just because it’s a phoenix and from a religious standpoint that could be okay and viewed as a religious tattoo?

This article states that individuals with the ink movement may improve their interpersonal relationship with their self and self identification if they are actually able to express on their bodies what they are apart of, where they came form, and what they believe in (Religion wise). But what about the people who get a random quote that still means something to them that has nothing to do with religion? What if a tattoo is based off religion but doesn’t come off that way?

What about Christian tattoos? Someone sins, and they get a tattoo of “Blood Bought” to symbolize that they are renewed of their sins. Is this hypocritical? Or is it okay because tattooing isn’t necessarily viewed as “sinful” but as “wrong.” Maybe we need to reconsider the idea of tattoos. If you’re religion says they are wrong, but not sinful isn’t it still somewhat sinful? It’s your choice but it’s also your choice to disobey or obey. Maybe their motive for tattoos is in the wrong direction. They see others getting them so they want them and think that their “okay” and not “sinful” because they are symbolizing their religion and their God?


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