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Orthodox Christians and Tattoos

Is it proper for an Orthodox Christian to get a tattoo?

  • It's fine, nothing wrong with it.

    Votes: 55 24.6%
  • They can if they want, but I wouldn't.

    Votes: 32 14.3%
  • Only in some circumstances.

    Votes: 32 14.3%
  • I don't think it's proper, no.

    Votes: 41 18.3%
  • It is absolutely, positively sinful!

    Votes: 17 7.6%
  • I'm not sure.

    Votes: 43 19.2%
  • None of the above.

    Votes: 4 1.8%

  • Total voters
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Ah, western Christian history.  Thanks for the clarification.
 

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Now I'll never forget.  Take that, Old Believers!
 

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Time to get a tattoo.
 

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Dope selfie in the background!
 

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The man has a sweet neck tattoo.
 

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Sethrak said:
Well ~ not fond of tattoos ~ on anyone, especially girls ```
Why?
 

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To be honest, I have for years considered how to get a tattoo of 2 Corinthians 4:7-10, but I've always been unsure as to where (on my body), where (which parlour), how it should look like, etc.

"We have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body."

It would represent the fact that, though the flesh is weak, when offered to God, and when united to Christ's death through baptism, the body can become an instrument of Christ's victory.  It also would be a visible reminder of the persecution of Christians around the world, a persecution which I don't really experience at all in my post-Christian country, and therefore, would remind me to have patience whenever I may be made to feel slightly uncomfortable because of my Christianity. 

Also, I've always wanted to get a tattoo (either the scriptural above or a small cross) from that tattoo parlour in Jerusalem run by the Coptic-descended family who have done tattoos for Christian pilgrims for centuries.  They've apparently even done tattoos for famous/royal Christians from Europe and Ethiopia.  I feel like I wouldn't really need any other souvenir from the Holy Land except that tattoo.

Alas, all I've done is think about these things, and I haven't mustered up the courage to go and actually get on.  I've always wanted to get at least one tattoo, since the pre-Christian Filipino tribes used to practice tattooing, and I thought this was a perfect way for me express my Christian faith while rejecting the colonialism that came with it.  Many younger Filipinos who wish to connect with the pre-colonial past have also rediscovered this tradition.  However, my devout mother has reacted very strongly against the idea, seeing it as no longer part of authentic Filipino traditions, and she has described it as "primitive," "tribal" and "barbaric."  This is sometimes common among Filipinos who have 'colonial mentality' and who see the authentic Filipino traditions as only those that are associated with the lowlander, hispanicised Christian tribes that lived "under the bells," ignoring completely the traditions of the mountain tribes or the Muslim Moros in the south. 

I'm curious to hear what you all think, in terms of the relationship between Christianity and indigenous fashions/clothes.  Clearly, during the christianisation of the lowland Filipino tribes, certain practices were considered uncivilised, but in the modern era, I've seen Greek Orthodox Christians in Sub-Saharan Africa who still wear their traditional clothes, jewelry, piercings, etc.  Here is the video:  https://youtu.be/bQNt3ZbL3Dw

What do you all think?
 

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Orthodoxy has had different missionary tactics when compared to Roman Catholicism.
 

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hecma925 said:
Sethrak said:
Well ~ not fond of tattoos ~ on anyone, especially girls ```
Why?
Because we're awesome enough without the extra adornment.  ;D
 

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hecma925 said:
Sethrak said:
Well ~ not fond of tattoos ~ on anyone, especially girls ```
Why?
I think it cheapens the beauty of a woman.  It's like putting bumper stickers all over a Rolls Royce. 
 

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PorphyriosK said:
hecma925 said:
Sethrak said:
Well ~ not fond of tattoos ~ on anyone, especially girls ```
Why?
I think it cheapens the beauty of a woman.  It's like putting bumper stickers all over a Rolls Royce.
Have you ever sat in a Rolls Royce?
 

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hecma925 said:
PorphyriosK said:
hecma925 said:
Sethrak said:
Well ~ not fond of tattoos ~ on anyone, especially girls ```
Why?
I think it cheapens the beauty of a woman.  It's like putting bumper stickers all over a Rolls Royce.
Have you ever sat in a Rolls Royce?
Some tattooed dude tried to give me a Rolls Royce with bumper stickers all over it. Too rude!
 
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Active Navy sailor here, and yes, I have a few tattoos.  They're on my arm and I always make sure to wear long sleeves during Liturgy because I don't want to distract others.  I'll probably get a few more at some point, but I'm going to stick with the Navy's old policy: none from the neck up.  None on the hands or wrists.  Nothing vulgar.
 

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iohanne said:
What do you all think?
If would depend if you became an Orthodox Christian.
 

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I'm thinking the "Let God arise..." prayer spiraling down my arm and finishing in a cross on my hands.  In Finnish.
 

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You may be the world’s only Steely McBeam tattoo.  Who is choking the Raven?
 

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Not sure, sadly not my tats, just something I stumbled upon on the internet.
 

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I don't have anything against tattoos, but I wouldn't get one, I'm not too good when it comes to pain, but it crossed my mind a few times. I mean, I don't think any priest would agree with them. I know a priest that said that we should try to imagine how a tattoo would look on our Savior or His Mother or how the saints painted on the walls of the church would look like with tattoos. I have a link of a priest that talks about tattoos s, but it's in romanian, I could try later to post it with a little english summary of what he is saying if you want.
 

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Someone has imagined it already.

 

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"Me?  No, I'm not Greek."
 

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Become a Greek in your heart, and thousands around you will be saved!
 

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Turks are being saved left and right!
 

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For knuckle tattoos, I'm between RIFF RAFF or HOLD FAST or ICXC NIKA. I think it really comes down to what I want a person to see as I punch them in a neighborly fashion. Or DEUS VULT.
 

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For knuckle tattoos, I'm between RIFF RAFF or HOLD FAST or ICXC NIKA. I think it really comes down to what I want a person to see as I punch them in a neighborly fashion. Or DEUS VULT.
SERA PHIM

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For knuckle tattoos, I'm between RIFF RAFF or HOLD FAST or ICXC NIKA. I think it really comes down to what I want a person to see as I punch them in a neighborly fashion. Or DEUS VULT.
In that case how bout "GOOD NITE"👊💫
 
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