You will find arguments made biblically for and against tattoos... Your consideration and application of contextual scripture is your decision. One group will reference Leviticus 19:28 “You shall not make any cuts in your body for the dead nor make any tattoo marks on yourselves: I am the LORD. We must remember though that scripture must be understood in its context and within its authors intent. The aforementioned verse is part of a larger set of other instructions such as:
26 ‘You shall not eat anything with the blood, nor practice divination or soothsaying. 27 You shall not round off the side-growth of your heads nor harm the edges of your beard. 28 ‘You shall not make any cuts in your body for the dead nor make any tattoo marks on yourselves: I am the LORD. 29‘Do not profane your daughter by making her a harlot, so that the land will not fall to harlotry and the land become full of lewdness. 30 ‘You shall keep My sabbaths and revere My sanctuary; I am the LORD. 31 ‘Do not turn to mediums or spiritists; do not seek them out to be defiled by them. I am the LORD your God. Leviticus 19:26–31 — New American Standard
It is my understanding that the author of Lev. was addressing the issue of pagan religious self-mutilation in the time of mourning the death of a loved one and as an offering to pagan deities. This would make these scriptures as non-applicable regarding to tattooing.Another group will quote the verse that indicates Christ having inscribed on his thigh 'King of kings' and 'Lord of Lords' (Revelations 19:16) as though to give approval.Therefore the Law has become our tutor to lead us to Christ, so that we may be justified by faith. 25 But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor.Galatians 3:24–25 — New American StandardThough there are wonderful principles to live according to in the old testament our dictates are found more in the new covenant. I don't see personal decor in the way of tattooing being an issue scripturally.Live according to the attributes of Christ's character, walk in love as defined in 1st Cor. 13, be honorable and integral in your business venture....and cheers to your future business successes.Just my 10 cents worth.
Hi Frankie - none of your links work. If you are not someone who has been tattooed yourself, it may be rather challenging to find work tattooing others (if that's what you're looking to do). I don't know a lot about tattoo apprenticeship, but my understanding it's long, a lot of grunt work, and can involve practicing on yourself potentially. Maybe you can find a way to partner up with a shop to help then with art, but then again, most tattooists fancy themselves as artists too, so it may challenging to find opportunities.
I would suggest trying to find alternative outlets for your art that could calm your concerns and give you an opportunity to market your artwork in other ways like apparel.
The answer to your question about moving into this as a business is pretty easy - NO
The fact that you don't have any tattoos yourself and you raise the question about Biblical concerns is enough reason to not pursue this. There are too many great options outside of trying to talk yourself into something you don't really believe in.
I like the general idea (drawing) and hear hesitation from you on the specifics (tattoos). That probably also means that you've envisioned being involved in the tattoo realm in a vivid way, so you may be somewhat fixated on that at the moment. But, might there be other options for the drawing talent? What else have you considered?
Hey Frankie... I got to your link just be clicking on the link in your original post. I like the portrait. Something else to consider... just remember you don't have to get to perfection to start selling stuff. I heard an artist (can't remember who it was) her in Dan's community talking about that and being paid to practice her art. Sounds like a good idea.
I hve heard tattoos are sinful although I can't quote any specific scripture against it. I think you have an uncommmon talent and that you can probbaly find a way to make it pay that will satisfy you. You may be able to draw caricatures or maybe someone would like paintings of themselves or relatives or even pets. Maybe you couks use your talent in the biusiness world or perhaps there are other opportunities you are not aware of that would alllow you to use your talent.