The Bible’s answer

The Bible mentions tattoos just once, at Leviticus 19:28, which says: “You must not put tattoo marking upon yourselves.” God gave this command to the nation of Israel, thus setting them apart from the neighboring peoples who marked their skin with the names or symbols of their gods. (Deuteronomy 14:2) While the Law given to Israel is not binding on Christians, the principle underpinning this law is worth serious consideration.

Should a Christian get a tattoo or body art?

The following Bible verses can help you to reason on the matter:

  • “Women should adorn themselves with . . . modesty.” (1 Timothy 2:9New American Bible) That principle applies to both women and men. We should respect the feelings of others and not draw undue attention to ourselves.