reply to post by Raustin
Weeeeell...I'm going to chime in with my opinion...aaaaand back it up with a little bit of fact.
First, I don't believe in "sin"...I don't believe the "being born in sin" nonsense...that's just a type of control mechanism to herd the people
who would rather not take responsibility for their lives.
I'm fairly heavily tattooed (well, not heavily, I have around 14...I think...including several on my arms, one on each leg, two fairly large bats on
my chest and one on the back of my neck) and I have a few of what some would consider "dark" (um...have you read
I'm a huge believer that tattooing is a very personal rite of passage.
To me, I believe that, only for myself, tattoos are a commemoration of an epoch in your life and a reminder of lessons learned.
Don't get me wrong, I have a few comic book tattoos, two Satanic tattoos and some other archaic symbols...all reminders of some of the things I've
learned that have made me me.
For all of you who believe that tattooing is a "fad" and a recent occurrence, leeeeet me shed some light on the situation for you...
Tattooing has been done for at least 5000 years.
So, that pre-dates basically all mainstream religions.
They were used by tribal cultures for medicinal and spiritual purposes. The Tahitians and Samoans have used them for longer than their culture can
recall for various identification purposes.
The ancient Greeks and Romans used tattooing to assist in the denotation of rank and social status.
The Egyptians used tattooing to bless young women with fertility.
The ancient Norse tattooed their warriors with symbols to protect them in battle.
The Natives of North America used tattoos to identify which tribe or clan they belonged to.
The list goes on and on.
An interesting article about tattooing throughout the ages by actual archaeologists
All of these examples are from a pre-christian brainwashing era and anyone would be hard-pressed to find evidence or present an argument based on
anything other than opinion that supports that tattoos have not been an important and substantiated part of a multitude of cultures throughout the
history of this planet.
Iiiiiiiif anyone is interested, I wrote a fairly comprehensive research paper about the history, risks and social acceptability of tattooing which
might assist in determining if it's right for you.
I'm a big pro-tattoo person. I'm a big fan of body modification (other forms are as, if not more, ancient than tattooing...not a recent fad as
claimed by some of you) because we, as thinking, individual beings, need to be happy with ourselves and feel comfortable in our own skin. Something
that nature might have forgotten when doling out our genomes.