A couple quotes on the tattoo trend before I paste in an old column of mine on the controversial(?) topic of Christians and tattoos.
First, the theologian George Carlin:
I officiated at a wedding for a wonderful couple. They asked me to be careful mentioning to one of the grandmothers who would be at the rehearsal dinner exactly how the couple had met.
I heard a pin and a few jaws drop.
"...They met online. Isn't that so wonderful!"
She had known all along, and was good with it.
But I still wonder:
So here below are the questions I got circa 1997 on my "Ask Dave" web column....from the bride mentioned above:
1997 was a long time ago. So last millenium. The whole world and church has changed since then (anyone remember pay phones?). Tattoos have become much more mainstream. And I am not sure how my answer would differ today, but here's how I answered then.
Here's an answer I really respect from Skibster, (a great wedding photographer, by the way) a deeper theologian than myself.
Here's a discussion on our forum centered around "Does God Hate Your Tattoos?," including comments by our self-confessed "very tattooed" (even in Koine Greek) guitar player.
Steve Beard at Thunderstruck has a whole list of "tattoo and church" links about halfway down this page.
More to say on tattoos as branding later.
Finally, some of my favorite "tattoo" lyrics (do you have others?):