I just turned 18 a few months ago, and I am considering getting a tattoo. I want to get something that represents Christianity and is about 2 or 3 inches, not very big. I am obviously going to pray about but I wanted to know if there were any biblical references to help me in my decision, I tried searching for some, but had no luck. Anything will help out.
I've seen a number of references in the Bible in the past that warns against them, but from what I've seen, they always seem to be very contextual, meaning that the words were spoken directly to a specific group of people for a specific reason. I'm sure there are others here who can give you a multitude of scriptures stating reasons why you shouldn't do it according to the scripture.

That being said, I also want to get one. Funny thing about that is that before I was saved, I had absolutely no interest in ever getting a tattoo. But even so, due to the permanence of it, and the obvious questionability of it in most doctrines, I'm waiting. But I have a very clear reason for why I want one. I plan on getting a very simple cross on my forearm, probably with a verse or a crown of thorns so there is no question what it represents. Someplace I can't easily hide it. I want a reminder to myself that no matter where I go, I'm accountable. My actions in public will make me accountable. I know that I won't be able to loose patience, or even forget to pray over my meals if everyone can see that I have made a clear profession. But still, I'm waiting. I would at the very least, encourage you to do the same.
I got a tattoo on my arm of a general design with no real meaning attatched to it years ago before I became a Christian. I thought about getting another one but I have'nt because it would be wasting money that could be used for something more useful.
That's him officer - the one with the tattoo:) LOL-! There are old covenant admonitions against tattoos but nothing in the new covenant adresses it perhaps with the exception of " know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit"- if you do decide to get a tattoo be careful what you put on yourself you are God's house.
I'm dead set against tatoes.
People should not get them.
I got a whole slew of reasons, but I will not post them as it has been proven several times before to be useless.
You should image google something like religious tattoos or cross tattoo. It can give you an idea of what you can do. The smaller area you want the less detail can be put into it. You should also research the tattoo place and the artist. The place should be clean, well lit, the needles need to be new and the equipment sterlized and the artist should be clean, wash hands and wear gloves. It would be a good idea to think about what you're doing before you get it done.
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[FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]NASB: From now on let no one cause trouble for me, for I bear on my body the brand-marks of Jesus. (NASB ©1995) GWT: From now on, don't make any trouble for me! After all, I carry the scars of Jesus on my body. (GOD'S WORD®) KJV: From henceforth let no man trouble me: for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus. ASV: Henceforth, let no man trouble me; for I bear branded on my body the marks of Jesus. BBE: From this time on let no man be a trouble to me; because my body is marked with the marks of Jesus. DBY: For the rest let no one trouble me, for I bear in my body the brands of the Lord Jesus. WEY: From this time onward let no one trouble me; for, as for me, I bear, branded on my body, the scars of Jesus as my Master. WBS: From henceforth let no man trouble me: for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus. WEB: From now on, let no one cause me any trouble, for I bear the marks of the Lord Jesus branded on my body. YLT: Henceforth, let no one give me trouble, for I the scars of the Lord Jesus in my body do bear. [/FONT]
ever heard of TEMPtoos?

I know something as permanent and important as your salvation seems to require something else, another permanent and significant action, to go with it. I have also thought about getting a Christian tattoo.
But there are some risks associated with getting tattoos, among them skin irritation or even more serious problems.
The thing is, many people who get tattoos are sorry about them later.
If you really want to show your faith on the outside, here are some more sensible alternatives:
JEWELRY. Necklaces, earrings, bracelets, etc. with a Christian symbol on them.
CLOTHING. T-shirts with Bible references or pictures. (if you can't find them in stores, get a blank T-shirt and write your favorite verse on it with fabric paint.)
And, of course, my favorite -- Temporary tattoos. Some of them can last up to a week, and they're easy to find.
I agree it's a good idea to wait to get something like a tattoo, but you can show your faith now with the options I mentioned -- or others.
No offense to anyone with a tattoo.
I have one son with one.
Personally, I was never attracted to a guy with a tattoo when I was single.
You might find that shallow but it's not really.
It's no different than a man who is not attracted to a woman with super short hair,for example; it's a preference.

I agree with Cherry that there are other ways to make statements.
Again, that is my own personal opinion!
JEWELRY. Necklaces, earrings, bracelets, etc. with a Christian symbol on them.

i read on the internet that the devil is said to wear jewlery. this girl got into a car accident and had a near death experiance and saw the devil thru the fire of her car and she said the devil was wearing make-up and had a lot of jewlery on. not sure if its true or not
I have two - both on my back. You can see them if I want you to but they are easily covered also. I don't regret them but they aren't anything I would do again. My brother and I have matching ones and I like that connection with him.
Galations 6:17

Boanerges is correct on this point as Paul was talking about the "marks" of brutal beatings and such which were done because he professed Christ.

i read on the internet that the devil is said to wear jewlery. this girl got into a car accident and had a near death experiance and saw the devil thru the fire of her car and she said the devil was wearing make-up and had a lot of jewlery on. not sure if its true or not

Don't take your theology from the internet. Open up a Bible. Besides, Satan isn't a physical being to be clothed like physical beings.

I know a guy who recently brought this question up to me and I'll give you a part of the answer I gave him.

Tattoos are for the most part, permanent markings (although now it is possible to have them taken off). If the Bible was against Tattoos in the O.T., it probably wasn't Israelites declaring their love for God. It was probably pagan symbols and relations to other Gods.

The cross or bracelet that you wear-what is their purpose? One purpose would be to let other people outwardly know how you identify yourself. If you got a tattoo, it's like you're wearing a permanent outward symbol. I'd probably think this above normal bracelets or necklaces as it will be a physical, outward witness for much longer.

Now did I get one on my 18th birthday? Well, no. But that's because I'm not much for bracelets and necklaces, even if they do promote Christ. Now if I was, I'd probably go out and get a tattoo tomorrow, but just so long as it was a Christian one that I could use as a witness.
I really don't think it is a salvation issue.
I did think it was against the Bible and I am being open minded enough to search out the truth on it and realize I do misunderstand things at times.
I believe it is a personal decision.
i am pretty sure im gonna get one when i turn 18 in 3 months. i want to get my great grandmothers name "rosemary" on my wrist. very small, i would never get a real big one like my moms boyfriend lol bolth his arms are coverd in tattoos, none having to do with anything nice, he has a big one on his chest and one his ankle. too many in my opinion. i agree with small tattoos expressing love or dedication in something or someone
The simple answer is that there is nothing wrong with tattoos.

Most people are content with that, but it helps to know why there's so much debate over them if there's nothing wrong with them.

The reason that many people say that tattoos are "wrong" or "sinful" is because:

A) They don't like them to begin with.


B) There is a Bible reference stating that the Hebrews were not to tattoo themselves.

First of all, tattoos are a matter of personal preference. Some people like them, and others do not. I know many Christians with tattoos, and many without. They all have varying opinions concerning the aesthetic value of tattoos, but they generally leave one another alone about them.

The one time tattoos are mentioned specifically in Scripture is in the Mosaic Law, under Leviticus 19:28.

Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves. I am the LORD.

Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the LORD.

You shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor tattoo any marks on you: I am the LORD.

Don't gash your bodies on behalf of the dead. Don't tattoo yourselves. I am God.

Now, in English, this seems pretty cut and dry. However, let's take a look at the original Hebrew to fully understand how they would have read into it:

The Hebrew word for the English term "tattoos" is "קעקע" (kah·ak·ah'). The understanding is a "stigma," from which we get the word "stigmata."

Before the invention of the tattoo needle in 1876 by Thomas Edison, and its modification by Samuel O'Reily in 1891, tattoos were imprinted under the skin by actually causing a wound in the shape of a specific pattern, rubbing irritants into the skin, and allowing the skin to scar over. It was much more similar to the modern practice of bloodletting or scarification than tattooing as it is known today.

The tattoo has often been associated with rebellious crowds, hence many Christians' hesitancy to accept them. They were discovered by Europeans in around 1766, with the crew of Captain James Cook. They ventured to the South Pacific, where the locals had been tattooing (in the scarification form) for centuries in accordance with their religious rituals. Several of Cook's crew came back from their voyages with tattoos, and the crew even brought back a chief who was heavily tattooed.

Yes, tattoos have pagan origins. That is one reason the Lord told the Hebrews they couldn't have them. However, once the Old Covenant was broken and we were put under a covenant of grace, tattoos were never given as a point of sin by Jesus Christ. In fact, God Himself told us that He looked at the heart of a man, not his outward appearance.

That said, it must be considered that while tattoos are permissible, they are not necessarily beneficial. I personally have no problems with tattoos and intend to get a few myself. However, through prayer and study, I have concluded the following concerning tattoos:

The first thing you should ask yourself is why you want to get a tattoo. If it's for your own self-glory, then forget it. Pride never bodes well. If it's to glorify the Lord, then by all means, go for it, but not without some other considerations.

Consider what you want on your skin. Remember, it's going to be there forever, even if you have it removed (the scar will be in the shape of your tattoo). Tattoos are not to be taken lightly. I know Christians who have naked ladies tattooed on their bodies. How much of a witness can you be with that? They say that women are beautiful creations of God and should be celebrated, but it's a sorry excuse to tattoo pornography on your arm. Pray about what the design should be. I can honestly say that God has helped me to design my tattoos that I will get.

Consider the cost, also. Cheap work isn't good, and good work isn't cheap. Your tattoo will cost at least $50 if it's decent, and that's not including the $10 tip you give your artist. Do your homework, pick a good artist, one that you're completely satisfied with, have him draw up the design, and then ask him: how much? Be prepared for triple digits. Always remember that God should be at the center of your stewardship, so it may not be a wise decision to spend your money on a tattoo.

Think about the area you want to get tattooed at. Again, this can be a part of your witness. That cross may look really cool, but can be really distracting when it's tattooed over your bladder. I saw a girl who had "God Rocks" tattooed right above her right butt cheek (she was in a swimsuit, and I was looking because I thought she had a sea urchin clinging to her hip). God may Rock, but don't plaster it in a distracting area. That's an issue between you and God where you want to put it.

Also do your homework concerning the parlor that you'll be tattooed at. Ask to see their health reports. If they won't give them to you, run away. Check with the Better Business Bureau to see if the parlor is registered (few are). Watch to see if the artist smokes, drinks, eats, or chews (tobacco or gum) as he works, or if he does any of the above near where he tattoos (even if he isn't working on someone at that moment). Do they wear gloves? Do they change their gloves between customers? Do they clean their equipment, or trash the old stuff and change it for every customer? Does the parlor smell like rubbing alcohol or drinking alcohol (the former being good, the latter being another red flag)? What kind of business will you be supporting? I once walked out of a parlor because one of the artists, although talented, had a bumper sticker on his portfolio that said "I Love Satan." He's an extremely good artist, but one that I will not support with my (read: the Lord's) money. There is a parlor just a few hours from where I live that refuses to do certain tattoos. They turn away probably $30,000 in business each year because they refuse to do demons, naked people, Satanic images, etc. They will only do family-friendly and/or Christian tattoos.

There are more considerations, but check out websites like (The Christian Tattoo Association) for more information. Good luck!

I'm not a fan of tattoes, i just don't see a significance in them, even if it were a biblical reference. If you want to refer to the cross or a passage speak it out of your mouth (is my opinion)

I have a friend who has a cross tatted on his arm, he goes to my church, his parents are good people but...that cross he has on his arm is not one he bears. Forgive me for judging him,but his ways are unlike those of Jesus. I will pray for him, I know i'm nowhere near perfect, but it's a lie to think God will have compassion on you, just because you wear a big chain with a cross or have one tatted to your body.

Here's one of my favorite passages that describes God,Samuel 16:7."...the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart."I kind of blew the entire tattoo thing out of proportion, but it just reminded me of a friend of mine who i haven't seen in awhile and don't know what he's up to. LORD have mercy.