Tuesday, November 23, 2010

love, sex & tattoos: ink

Why did I choose this title? Well it sounds cool like a movie title or so. Besides I wanted to write about tattoos (ink) on this entry.

In some societies, tattoos are the norm (part of culture itself), socially accepted (tolerated) while not in others no matter what. In the US, tattoos have become "normal" and widely accepted (tolerated). Nevertheless some people still find the combination of these three behaviors or at least tattoos deviant to the point of cataloging many not as mere rebels or trend seekers, but as junkies or worse yet criminals. Some in this latter group might even say that "true" Christians shouldn't have tattoos for an infinite number of excuses, from which the most interesting is relating tattoos as a sort of demonic practice or the mark of the devil.

"1 And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.
2 And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.
3 And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.
4 And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?
5 And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.
6 And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.
7 And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.
8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
9 If any man have an ear, let him hear.
10 He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.
11 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.
12 And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.
13 And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,
14 And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.
15 And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.
16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six."

- Revelation 13:1-18, KJV (1769)

I don't think tattoos affect someone's faith. It's not like the tattoo of a heart with the name of someone that person loves will drive that person to hell. At the same time, it's not like my tattoo of a tribal band with a skull and ripped skin portrays evil. If you can't get a joke as such, you're definitely too stupid to have your opinion worth paying attention to -- AFTER ALL IT'S ONLY INK.