Anyone know the rules on JW's and Tattoo's????

by superman 21 Replies latest jw friends

  • oompa

    superman/ gotta do just a LITTLE personal research!!! Esp. if you are STILL IN! Here is some crap to read, but the condensed version is it really is up to your own you decide and it is nobody's fluckin business: (there may be newer material)


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    PeopleAsk . . .


    IGeta Tattoo?

    "Some tattoos are cute. They are very artistic."—Jalene.

    "I dreamed about my first tattoo for two years."—Michelle.

    TATTOOS are everywhere—or so it seems. Rock stars, sports figures, fashion models, and movie stars flaunt them. Many teenagers have followed suit, proudly displaying tattoos on their shoulders, hands, waists, and ankles. Andrew contends: "Tattoos are cool. Having one or not is a personal choice."

    Says the WorldBookEncyclopedia: "Tattooing is the practice of making permanent designs on the body. It is done by pricking small holes in the skin with a sharpened stick, bone, or needle that has been dipped in pigments with natural colors."

    Although exact statistics are hard to come by, one source estimates that 25 percent of all 15- to 25-year-olds in the United States have a tattoo. Sandy says: "It’s the popular thing to do." Why are tattoos so appealing to some youths?



    For some, a tattoo is a way of making a grand romantic gesture. Michelle relates: "On his ankle my brother has the name of a girl he used to go out with." The problem? "He’s not dating her anymore." According to Teen magazine, "doctors estimate that more than 30 percent of all tattoo removal is done on teen girls who want the name of an ex-boyfriend taken off."

    Some youths view tattoos as works of art. Others see them as symbols of independence. "I’m in charge of my life," proclaimed Josie, adding that getting a tattoo was "the only life decision I’ve ever made." Tattooing allows some youths to experiment—to feel they have control over their appearance. Tattoos can also serve as a symbol of rebellion or of alternative life-styles. Some tattoos thus contain obscene words and drawings or provocative slogans.

    The majority of youths, however, may simply have become caught up in a fad. But just because it seems as if everyone is getting tattooed, does it mean that you should?



    Tattooing is by no means a modern practice. Tattoo-bearing Egyptian and Libyan mummies have been found that date back hundreds of years before the time of Christ. Tattooed mummies have also been found in South America. Many of the tattooed images were directly related to the worship of pagan gods. According to researcher Steve Gilbert, "the earliest known tattoo that is a picture of something, rather than an abstract pattern, represents the god Bes. In Egyptian mythology Bes is the lascivious god of revelry."

    Significantly, the Mosaic Law forbade God’s people to tattoo themselves. Said Leviticus 19:28: "You must not make cuts in your flesh for a deceased soul, and you must not put tattoo marking upon yourselves. I am Jehovah." Pagan worshipers, such as the Egyptians, tattooed the names or symbols of their deities on their breast or arms. By complying with Jehovah’s ban on tattoo markings, the Israelites would stand out as different from other nations.—Deuteronomy 14:1, 2.

    While Christians today are not under the Law of Moses, the prohibition it laid on tattooing is sobering. (Ephesians 2:15; Colossians 2:14, 15) If you are a Christian, you would certainly not want to make markings on your body—even temporarily—that smack of paganism or false worship.—2 Corinthians 6:15-18.



    There are also health concerns you should consider. Dr. Robert Tomsick, an associate professor of dermatology, comments: "What you’re doing is breaking the skin and introducing pigmented material into the area. Even though the needle only goes in a little way, anytime you break the skin, you have a risk of bacterial or viral infection. I think [getting a tattoo] is generally a risky thing to do." Dr. Tomsick continues: "Once pigment is in, even if there’s no infection, there’s always the chance of contact allergies, dermatitis and allergic reactions that can cause skin to get red, swollen, crusty and itchy."

    Despite the intended permanence of tattoos, various methods are used in attempts to remove them: Laser removal (burning the tattoo away), surgical removal (cutting the tattoo away), dermabrasion (sanding the skin with a wire brush to remove the epidermis and dermis), salabrasion (using a salt solution to soak the tattooed skin), and scarification (removing the tattoo with an acid solution and creating a scar in its place). These methods are expensive and can be painful. "It’s more painful to have a tattoo removed by laser than to get the original tattoo," says Teen magazine.



    You should also give serious thought to how others might feel about your wearing a tattoo, as many react negatively. (1 Corinthians 10:29-33) On a whim, Li, a woman in Taiwan, got a tattoo at age 16. Now she is a 21-year-old office worker. "It bothers me the way my co-workers stare at the tattoo," Li admits. British mental-health worker Theodore Dalrymple says that to many people, tattoos "are often the visible sign that a man . . . belongs to a violent, brutal, antisocial, and criminalized subculture."

    An article in AmericanDemographics magazine similarly observed: "It is clear that most Americans consider it risky to have visible body art. Eighty-five percent [of youths] agree with the statement, ‘people who have visible tattoos . . . should realize that this form of self-expression is likely to create obstacles in their career or personal relationships.’"

    Consider also whether choosing to get a tattoo would enhance or undermine your claim of being a Christian. Could it be a "cause for stumbling" others? (2 Corinthians 6:3) True, some youths have had their tattoos placed on hidden areas of the body. Even their parents may not know about these secret tattoos. But beware! An emergency trip to the doctor or simply taking a shower at school could make your secret common knowledge! Better it is to "conduct ourselves honestly in all things," avoiding foolish deception.—Hebrews 13:18.

    Like all fads, tattoos may lose their appeal over time. Really, is there any garment—whether a pair of jeans, a shirt, a dress, or a pair of shoes—that you love so much that you would commit to wearing it for the rest of your life? Of course not! Styles, cuts, and colors change. Unlike a piece of clothing, however, tattoos are hard to shed. Besides, what is "cool" to you when you are 16 might not be very appealing when you are 30.

    Many have come to regret making permanent alterations to their appearance. "I got a tattoo before learning about Jehovah," relates Amy. "I try to keep it covered. When others in the congregation happen to see it, I feel embarrassed." The message? Think before you ink. Don’t make a decision that you may regret later.

  • BFD

    As long as you're not putting the mark of the beast on your forehead, who will know? I say go for it.


  • chickpea

    i had a few before i was dipped.... and refrained from others mostly because the hub wasnt keen...

    if you do add to your collection of skin illustrations, just keep it to yourself, and it will be a non-issue

    perhaps you might want to be discreet in your selection too

    maaaaaaybe not this one......


  • Leolaia

    Is that the Face of Boe? ;)

  • Tired of the Hypocrisy
    Tired of the Hypocrisy
    It's not a "BIG" NO-NO but it's frowned upon.

    You must have not been in the two congs I was in where folks got slammed big for it.....

  • lisavegas420

    my dad had two big tattoo, one on each arm. he had them way before he became a jw.

    He forbid us from even having "Cracker Jack" tattoo's. I always hated it when I got tattoo's for the prize, 'cause he'd always take them and throw them away.

    We also were not allowed to pierce our ears, for the same reason. Something about our bodies being a temple, or some such nonsence.

    One of my first acts of rebellion,,,.as an adult, I got my ears pierced. three times.

    Never did get a tattoo, but I have been known to buy the washable sticker kind and wear them


  • WTWizard

    That is one of the many rules that have no sources to back them up. You can get marked for having tattoos. They can also take away "privileges", hound you, and (the big one) tell you that you are stumbling others with a tattoo. They have that specious "not insisting on our rights" argument to enforce this rule, even though there is nothing in the Bible that condemns tattoos. Nor are you initiating force, threat of force, or fraud by wearing a tattoo (which means the rule is one of those they make to control others).

    You might also be hounded that the money you "waste" on a tattoo could better be put in the Worldwide Pedophile Defense Fund.

  • jefferywhat

    Loose Conduct is a catch all.

    Modesty is a catch all.

    Offending weaker conscience is a catch all.

    It has become the new : things sacrificed to idols, if no one if offended, if it doesnt bring undue attention to ones self its left alone.

  • 5thGeneration

    I guess not Tired,

    I was in a hall where a kid got an eagle tat across his whole back.

    I was surprised that there was very little backlash and I believe he was appointed M.S. a few years later.

    Guess it depends on if you have a cool P.O. or not.

    But it's not a big no-no anymore. Just a little no-no!


  • label licker
    label licker

    Your allowed tatoos for sure! We know of a family where all of them have it and when it was brought up to the co he said it was definetly a matter of concern. Next thing you know the husband is made an ms as well as him and his wife are in one of the dramas at the dc.

    The one tatoo was suppose to be a reminder of her dead sister which is honoring the dead and the other is a dragon fly which she had to pull her pants low for it's on her bum cheek. And she was proud of it

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