tattoo clinic


It was a stupid dare, and you were a dumbass to go through with it…

A new tattoo removal clinic opened over the summer, and you guys were curious about it, even though no one in the group had any tats. So Jake, your obscenely wealthy roommate, convinced you to get some ink on your forehead, and keep it there for two weeks until you started getting laser treatments to get rid of it.

Jake would pay for the tattoo, and then for the removal. And if you went about your college life without covering up the tat or holing up in your room while you had it, you could choose any tattoo that would stay on Jake’s ass until graduation. Sure, you were in for a lot of pain, and the whole plan sounded like something straight out of Jackass, but college is the time to do stupid shit, and maybe these shenanigans could get you famous on Youtube or something.

While you sat in the chair, Jake showed the tattoo artist something from his phone. After a few hours wincing through the pain, you were handed a mirror and told to open your eyes. A meat emoji? You were surprised, but relieved that it wasn’t something obscene or embarassing.

The first few days, it unnerved you how everyone’s attention went straight to your forehead. You had to get used to telling everyone that yes, it’s a meat emoji, yes, it’s real. No, you weren’t that drunk when you got it. People started treating you different, too. In your classes, no one took you or what you had to say seriously.

Same thing in the quad: students tabling for clubs and causes might’ve chatted with you about the tattoo, but never gave you their spiel or their fliers. It was like they all assumed you were a dumbass who wouldn’t be interested in stuff like lit-zines, astronomy, or the environment, even though you were. Interested, that is. Not a dumbass. But if they’re all gonna be stuck-up pretentious assholes who think they’re so smart, did you really need to be in their org?

Good thing the rugby club captain was so cool to you, though. He said your tattoo showed you were the right kinda crazy he’d need in a rugby player. And he actually had been talking with Jake, who had played in prep school and was thinking about joining too.

Before you knew it you were showing up for practices and workouts, learning the basics, and bonding with the team and Jake. One day Jake called you MEATHEAD while poking your forehead, and the name stuck. That became the only thing the team called you, and even though it was the third week that you had the meat tat, you decided to put off removing it until the season was over.

Of course, now that you were known as MEATHEAD and were even getting a jersey with the nickname, you had to look the part. Meatheads need to be meaty, brah. With Jake as your workout partner, you chased gains 6 days a week. Jake made sure you had all the best sups and nutrition, too. And he kept calling you MEATHEAD and poking your tat. It made your mind go gooey. Meat on your forehead. Meathead. Nothing but muscle on your mind.

A year into becoming MEATHEAD, you remembered that Jake still had to fulfill his end of the deal, which was to get tatted on his ass. This time, the whole rugby club was there in the shop. You went to use the bathroom but couldn’t get it open. The tattoo artist pushed it open after a minute of you trying to pull.

“Wow, you really are a dumbass MEATHEAD” he said with a snicker.

“Is that supposed to be an insult, bro?” you said, puffing up your beefy chest.

Despite everyone telling you to calm down you couldn’t stop ranting about how you worked for all your muscle and you’re proud of your body and proud to be a MEATHEAD. In fact, you wanted the whole world to know, right then and there. So the plan to tat Jake’s ass was scrapped for a new one, and you sat back into the chair where you were marked with your identity a year ago. You are going to have a steak on your chest, with the words, “MEATHEAD PRIDE.” Because you are proud to be nothing but a dumbass walking slab of beef, with nothing but muscle on the mind.

So I’ve got this headcannon that tattoo removal spells don’t exist because tattoos are so uncommon in the Wizarding community (usually only cultural ceremonies and Dark ceremonies, both of which would forbid the removal of the tattoos.) As such, the only magical solution Draco would have to hide his Dark Mark is glamour spells but the knowledge that the tattoo is still there would forever be in his mind. One day after the war, Hermione takes him to Muggle London to a laser tattoo removal clinic so that he can get it removed because even if she’s stuck with the cursed scar where she was unwillingly branded, she can at least help Malfoy get rid of his unwilling brand. One of the few times anyone sees Draco cry. Draco goes into spell and countercurse development and creates the cures for Hermione’s cursed scar and for the Imperius curse so that no one would have to live with or do something that would hurt them. When Ron finds out, he suggests to Hermione to name Draco their next child’s godfather. Golden Trio et al. gains another group of misfits to round out the family and the eldest children of each couple creates the next group of Marauders (making McGonagall seriously consider retirement. Again.)

This is one of the many subjects that will always come up in conversations. Can a Christian have tattoos?

I can’t really say I got anything against people with tattoos if they were done back in a Christian’s unbelieving days, just like I don’t have anything against a former homosexual, former thieves, or any former sinner after all, everyone has a past and they might’ve done some things and living in a way which wasn’t in accordance to the Bible.

The apostle Paul when listing the sins and the kind of people who won’t go to Heaven in 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 (Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God) then ended saying in 1 Corinthians 6:11: “And such WERE some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.” Those people changed and weren’t as they were before. As long as they have accepted Jesus into their lives, repented of their sins and don’t let their past transgressions influence their born-again life, that’s all that matters.

Everyone makes mistakes, not everyone accepts God at a young age, so people might have had tattoos done in the past. I’d have no problem sitting next to a Christian person with tattoos, if that person has truly accepted Jesus into their hearts. The real question is, can someone who call themselves a Christian get one?

People say it’s their body, and they can do whatever they want with it, but the problem is that your body is not really your own. Your body doesn’t belong to you; it belongs to God:

1 Corinthians 6:19
Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own.

With the understand that your bodies are your temples, you now know what will happen to you if you defile that temple:

1 Corinthians 3:17
If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.

Remember, your body does not belong to you, you are merely leasing it. That body belongs to God as it is the temple for the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19). You don’t get to do what you want with “your” body because it’s not your body to begin with.

And lastly, we have a passage that mentions tattoos directly, although it’s from the Old Testament, which means it can’t be considered a binding law anymore, because after Jesus’ time on Earth we follow the New Testament and not the Old, so it acts as a moral compass:

Leviticus 19:28
Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves. I am the LORD.

At that time in history when Leviticus 19:28 was written, some religious cults would perform various practices (see Leviticus 19:26-27), including making marks on their skin to honor the dead or show faithfulness to their gods. Obviously, God did not want the Israelites to ever be mistaken for those groups because of something they did. God doesn’t want those who are His to be mistaken by those of the world. Those who follow God are set apart from this world.

The Corinthian passages refer to the body being the temple of the Holy Spirit, and that we shouldn’t “defile” it. Would putting something on the temple “defile” it? Depends really. His temple isn’t supposed to be about how “pretty” it looks, it’s about the worship.

One might say “someone’s graffiti is someone else’s art” but God’s temple, made by His own hands as Psalm 139:13 tells us, doesn’t need any of our “help” to make it better. God already made you perfect and you shouldn’t be putting emphasis on the creation rather than the Creator.

As Charles Spurgeon said, “The fact is, we sometimes read Scripture, thinking of what it ought to say, rather than what it does say.” We often want to do what we want, even though Scripture tells us otherwise. There is no good reason whatsoever for a Christian to ever have any tattoos.

The fact is that people who would want to get a tattoo would want to show it off to others and that kind of imagery would lead people into idolatry, whether you want it or not.

1 Samuel 16:7
But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

God looks past our imperfections because His handiwork is perfect. Your body as it is, is perfect in His eyes even if people don’t see it that way. If God is looking at your heart, and not your appearance, what is the true motive behind altering His perfect handiwork?

Someone might get a tattoo in the shape of a cross or a Bible verse for the purpose of witnessing His Word to the world, but remember this is not the primary or most effective way to evangelize. It is in no way a substitute for verbally communicating the gospel. You are not fulfilling the Great Commission simply because you have a tattoo of a Bible verse.

Just because someone has a cross tattooed in their arm or wears a cross around their necks won’t make them a Christian. Carrying the cross, that’s what makes a Christian. As Jesus said in the Gospels, “And He was saying to them all, ‘If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me.’” You want to witness to the world? Jesus Himself tells us how to do that in Matthew 5:16, “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” Covering your body in Bible verses is no substitute for showing the good works you do in His name.

Ephesians 2:10
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

The truth is that body modification is an outward display of an inward displeasure towards the image of God in you. The first chapter of Genesis invites us to look at how everything came to be. His work was recorded and we hear Him say that His work was “good” and “very good.” God made us, and called us “very good” and yet we have the hubris to think we can improve or modify His good works by changing our bodies or our environment with GMOs. Accept God’s very good work in you. You’ll never be able to outdo God’s perfect creation.

Tattoos are changing shapes to hide their true nature. Now we have people getting tattoos of butterflies, pretty things, Bible verses or crosses and so on. No Christian even up to a century ago would ever even think of doing anything like this, but now that we’re living more and more in open rebellion against God and rebelling against that “old book with old rules” which we convince ourselves that it’s okay to rebel against as long as the “message” of the tattoo is nice or pleasant to look at. Reminds me of what the prophet Samuel said in 1 Samuel 15:23, “For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, And stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry.”

There’s also many other things one must consider before getting a tattoo:

Modesty – Modesty means not being self-promoting. Are you seeking to direct people’s thoughts toward God or yourself? Tattoos often accentuate certain areas of the body and get our thoughts on that body part. It is hard to believe that anyone with a tattoo on the lower back is really seeking to direct people’s thoughts toward God. Thinking modestly will lead you to think about, and even limit, the size, number, and locations of tattoos.

Marketability – Will employers want to hire you? Numerous companies don’t want your tattoo to be visible, and it can actually prevent you from being hired. Many employers will restrict your tattoos, requiring you to cover them up because they are not socially acceptable from a business standpoint.

Message – What is it about yourself that you want to communicate to the world? They are nearly permanent and will likely be with you for life. A growing experience with tattoos is what has officially been termed, “tattoo regret.” As you mature, you may, like increasing numbers of people, regret your tattoos.

Money – Is this the wisest use of money? One website, Tattoo Info, says, “In America, you can expect a basic price of $80 to $100 an hour…very few shops will ever touch you for less than $40” (2004-2009). We are responsible to God for how we use our money. It’s also important to keep in mind that the removal technologies being developed are even more expensive than the cost of getting a tattoo in the first place.

Medical concerns – There are real health risks with tattoos. The Mayo Clinic warns, “don’t take tattooing lightly”. They’ve resulted in severe allergic reactions, infections, unsightly scars, and blood-borne diseases like Hepatitis B and C. Tattooing deliberately opens skin and exposes your blood to unknown bacteria. Tattoo parlors are not medical clinics, although they are puncturing skin and exposing blood.

As always, in all we do, pray for wisdom and guidance. May our prayers change us so that we can live Scriptural lives rather than to try to change Scripture to adapt to our sinful thoughts.

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