I decided that Tuesday will be Two Cents Tuesdays. I’m just going to write about a random topic; unplanned and decided that day.
I have split thoughts on tattoos. Part of me would love to get a tattoo as a reminder to myself as well as a conversation starter. It would be a way to express some of my core values to those around me. Today I came up with a few ideas…I should say rough ideas. I like the idea of a one word tattoo. Simple, to-the-point and yet able to capture so many emotions all at once. It really is quite appealing. I keep coming back to two words: beloved and faithful. These are reciprocal words to me. I am a beloved daughter of Christ and He is (should be) mine. Likewise, God has been continuously faithful to me in countless areas of my life. I am (need to be) faithful to Him as well. If I got one of these words as a tattoo, it would serve as a check for myself: am I living a life that reflects my belief that I am God’s beloved?/am I living a life that demonstrates my faithfulness to God?
I have several Christian friends that have what I’ll call ‘reminder tattoos’ like this. Some have verses spelled out, some have images, others have words. I think more Christians are embracing the ideas of tattoos; whether the tattoo serves as reminders to themselves or as a way to show others their commitment to God. I suppose if I were to get a tattoo, I’d be jumping on the bandwagon, which I usually cringe away from, but I only have supportive thoughts when it comes to ‘reminder tattoos’.
I also like tattoos that have a story behind them. I love learning about people through their tattoos. It’s a bit like getting a glimpse of someone in their past and being invited into their story. The vulnerability that can come about because of a tattoo both excites and scares me.
On the other hand, tattoos can cause me to shy away from someone. People covered in tattoos always evoke certain stereotypes in my mind. I’m not saying this is right or fair…it just is. It also bothers me when people can’t explain their reason for a tattoo. It seems to me that if you are going to permanently ink your body, you should have a good reason. I’ve heard that tattoos are addicting, so, on some level, I can see how the reasons for tattoos become less and less important. This makes me wonder how well we grasp the idea of ‘permanence’. We can delete a typo, correct a paper instantly, change jobs careers, divorce, and even censor our lives faster than ever before. Our instant-gratification lives make it easy to toss aside the idea of ‘forever’.
So, I can’t say for sure if I’ll ever get a tattoo. Maybe in 15 years, ‘beloved’ and ‘faithful’ won’t be as important.
Do you have a tattoo? Why? Do you want to get one?