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The Tragic Truth About Tattoos
Hub ^ | October 31,2013 | Pratonix

Posted on 11/01/2013 8:21:51 AM PDT by DouglasKC

The Truth about Tattoos

I had written a hub earlier on 'The Dangers of Tattoos' - which was from purely a medical point of view. The present article is more comprehensive, and should enlighten the open-minded reader about the 'dark truths' behind tattoos.

Historical Aspect

History shows that tattoos have always been associated with paganism, shamanism, heathen (Baal worship), occult mysticism and demonism. The tattoo has never been associated with Christians, until the present decadent religious times. Wherever the Christian faith made its entrance, the tattoo made its exit.

Tattoos where associated with shamans or magic-men (witch-doctors). A shaman is an intermediary between the natural and the supernatural worlds, who is in direct contact with spirits who are invariably evil. Tattooing was often a magical rite, linked to scarification and blood-letting, and the tattooing process involved complex rituals and taboos, known only to the shaman and his tribe. In tattooing the skin is punctured and the blood is drawn. Licking the blood during tattoo operations is not unknown. The puncturing was considered the ‘opening of inlets for evil to enter’. Tattoos were therefore channels for demonic possession. Even today, certain tattoo artists burn incense and light candles during tattoo operations, while others allow ‘demons to guide the tattoo needle over the client’s body’.

Tattoos have always reflected a note of unabashed rebellion and marked deviancy. Hence tattoos were used to mark criminals, adulterers, traitors, deserters, the deviant and the outcast. Even the ancient Greeks and Romans did not tattoo themselves, but they branded slaves and criminals with tattoos. The Latin word for ‘tattoo’ is ‘stigma’ – which is a distinguishing mark cut into the flesh of a slave or a criminal, and was considered a mark of disgrace or reproach. By the early 1900s public opinion against tattoos was so strong that tattooed persons were considered freaks and found mostly in sideshows and circuses.

The Psychological Aspect

It has been observed that criminals, drug addicts, sex perverts and social outlaws are the overwhelming majority of the tattooed. Hard rock bands sport sick and lewd tattoos. Gangs encourage tattoos to instill a sense of ‘belonging’. Tattoos carry a streak of aggression and anti-establishmentarianism and are subversive of morality. Death (inclusive of skulls, snakes, demons, flames) and pornography (lewd pictures, nude figures) are popular themes of tattoos. Psychologists have considered tattoos to be marks of personality disorder which is manifested later in criminal behavior. Low self-esteem, lack of self-control, sadomasochism, bondage, fetishism, bisexuality, antisocial personality, mania and bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia – are reflected in self-inflicted multiple tattoos. Studies have linked tattoos to homosexuality, lesbianism and gross sexual perversion.

Tattooed youth are more likely to engage in sexual intercourse, take to alcohol and drugs, and exhibit violent behavior, and drop out of high school – by as much as 4 times compared to non-tattooed youth.

The Christian Aspect

Carnal Christians side-step the injuction in Leviticus 19;28 by arguing that the commandment is for Old Testament Israel and not for New Testament Christians. Does that mean that bestiality and child sacrifice which are forbidden in Leviticus are for Old Testament Israel and not for New Testament Christians? The New Testament does not have to spell out all sins. Smoking, for instance, is not mentioned in the Bible anywhere; but does it mean that smoking is not a vice or sin?

Reputed Bible scholars and commentators have made in clear that the moral commandments in Leviticus are for all time and not just for Israel in the Old Testament age. Leviticus 19:28 says, ‘You shall not make any cutting in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you. I am the LORD.’ On this Matthew Henry, Merrill Unger and Jamieson, Fausset and Brown have made it amply clear that tattoos are forbidden by God. It is to be noted that while ‘cuttings’ are qualified by the phrase ‘for the dead’, ‘marks’ (or tattoos) have no such qualification. Which means that all tattoos (Christian and otherwise) are evil in God’s eyes.

One of the arguments made by carnal Christians is that Lev 19.27 forbids haircuts. What Leviticus 19.27 is talking about is ‘rounding the corners of your head’ and ‘marring the corners of your beard’. These were heathen practices. One such practice was to cut the hair so that the head resembled a celestial globe. It is called a ‘tonsure’, a practice of heathens to honor their gods. The cutting of the flesh was demonstrated by the prophets of Baal on Mount Carmel. It is not to be forgotten that the demon-possessed man in Mark 5 was in the habit of cutting himself with stones. Cutting and masochistic self-flagellation is also practiced by Muslims during their festival of Muharram. In short, the injunctions in Lev 19:26-28 are a strong condemnation of heathen practices – witchcraft, astrology, cutting, tattooing, tonsures, etc.

In 1 Samuel 15:23 we are told that ‘rebellion is like the sin of witchcraft’. Tattoos sported by today’s youth have been the mark of rebellion and hatred of authority (besides, rejection of all moral values). In God’s eyes, the sin of tattooing is like witch-craft. We have already seen the origins of tattoos in witch-craft and shamanism. It remains to be researched whether this ‘witch-craft’ has also led to widespread demon-possession. No, tattoos are not ‘body decoration’; they have nothing to do with fashion and beauty; but rather they are sinister signs of moral decay and infiltration by evil spirits into modern society.


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KEYWORDS: bible; christians; god; jesus; pagans; tattoo
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To: DouglasKC
First let me preface this with - I am not saying everyone with a tattoo has issues. Not at all.

Now.

I really do believe this bizarre tattoo trend is indicative of the state of mental health of our society.

51 posted on 11/01/2013 9:03:35 AM PDT by riri (Plannedopolis-look it up. It's how the elites plan for US to live.)
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To: DouglasKC

What a stupid article. We don’t judge people by their outside, but by their inside.


52 posted on 11/01/2013 9:05:15 AM PDT by colorcountry (The gospel will transform our politics, not vice versa (Romans 12:1,2))
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To: DouglasKC

Tattooes do not age very well. Ever seen one on an older person? They fade. They stretch. They sag....can only imagine one on a sagging boob. All of these young people running out ang getting tattooes are going to be in for a rude awakening when they discover that these things don’t age very well. In fact they age the skin. And they look horrible on wrinkled and dry skin.


53 posted on 11/01/2013 9:06:01 AM PDT by Trapped Behind Enemy Lines
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To: svcw

I think the real argument is that we are to be “separate from the world.”

The forbidding of those practices (tattoos, drinking blood, etc) were pagan or worldly rituals for which Israel was to be set apart.

Deuteronomy 14:1-2: “You are the children of the Lord your God; you shall not cut yourselves nor 1shave the front of your head for the dead. For you are a holy people to the Lord your God, and the Lord has chosen you to be a people for Himself, a special treasure above all the peoples who are on the face of the earth.”

It is a fairly safe assumption that tattooing is still considering a worldly activity. While the Old Testament may be the law and the New Testament grace, the NT clearly states that Christians are to be in the world but not of it.

James 4:1-5: Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members? You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask. 3 You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures. 4 Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.


54 posted on 11/01/2013 9:06:17 AM PDT by thetallguy24
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To: chesley

As Freud once said, “Sometimes a good cigar is only a cigar.” A lot of tattoos are, or used to be, only the remnant of an out of control night in Tijuana. A reminder of something you can’t remember.


55 posted on 11/01/2013 9:06:22 AM PDT by Old North State
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To: Tax-chick

I’m still not sure how smoking went from being a thing that some people do to being morally wrong. Whatever.

93 octane will be a sin too, soon.


56 posted on 11/01/2013 9:06:32 AM PDT by Anoreth (It is not moth eaten. It is superb.)
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To: HMS Surprise

It sounds like you want to avoid getting a tattoo. I don’t have any, myself.

However, as a very conventional frumpy sort of person, I think it’s better for a man to look at a girl’s arm and think, “Hey, a P.J. O’Rourke fan!” than to look at her breasts and think, “I want to **** that!”


57 posted on 11/01/2013 9:11:59 AM PDT by Tax-chick ("The heart of the matter is God's love. It always has been. It always will be."~Abp. Chaput)
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To: colorcountry
We don’t judge people by their outside...

I certainly do. I'm alive because of it.

58 posted on 11/01/2013 9:12:51 AM PDT by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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To: PowderMonkey
Mr Ditter has tats from when he was in the USCG in the late 50’s early 60’s. They are disgusting to look at, fortunately he only has 2.

When I was a child only men who had been in prison had tats. Then it was only criminals, whores and seamen or military. Now my prim and proper sister in law has one as does my daughter. yuck!

59 posted on 11/01/2013 9:13:42 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: Trapped Behind Enemy Lines
Oh, it's disgusting.

Plus I see these giant, young fat chicks covering themselves with them.

Have they just given up? Accepted that obesity is their destiny? Never plan to try to be healthier or more attractive?

60 posted on 11/01/2013 9:14:10 AM PDT by riri (Plannedopolis-look it up. It's how the elites plan for US to live.)
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To: Anoreth
I’m still not sure how smoking went from being a thing that some people do to being morally wrong.

Read Ann Coulter's "Godless" again. People need moral ordinances, and since the classic sins have been declared virtues by the Left, they had to distract the masses by directing moral opprobrium against something else.

61 posted on 11/01/2013 9:15:10 AM PDT by Tax-chick ("The heart of the matter is God's love. It always has been. It always will be."~Abp. Chaput)
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To: BeadCounter

Years back my son did a science fair project with plants and red dye, it turned out pretty interesting.

The pansy watered with several drops of red food coloring added, the one watered with several drops of Rit fabric dye lived and it didn’t much discolor the flower petals (white) though the leaves became much darker.

Of the white carnations kept in the dyed water, the food color was taken up better than the fabric dye. I don’t recall the details all that well anymore, it has been a long time since then.

I’ve always wondered since his experiment about tattoo dye, when it is done in the extreme. I can’t say much, I love Sweet&Low and most all diet drinks—sugary drinks make my mouth feel yucky. I smoke and quit and smoke again...hahahaha talk about yuck mouth :p. This is unhealthy but I do it.


62 posted on 11/01/2013 9:15:21 AM PDT by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: Tax-chick

What a strange tattoo for such an non-warrior looking arm.


63 posted on 11/01/2013 9:17:01 AM PDT by ansel12 ( Democrats-"a party that since antebellum times has been bent on the dishonoring of humanity.)
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To: DouglasKC

so you are saying that tattoos are “evil”? Just want to make sure I am understanding this correctly. And if tattoos are “evil” anyone who has on or two or a dozen is also “evil”? Please check me if I’m wrong in my understanding of what you are trying to convey.


64 posted on 11/01/2013 9:17:16 AM PDT by SouthernBoyupNorth ("For my wings are made of Tungsten, my flesh of glass and steel..........")
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To: Irenic

*the one with food coloring died.

....I get so frustrated with me


65 posted on 11/01/2013 9:18:36 AM PDT by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: ansel12

It’s a modern, mechanized war.


66 posted on 11/01/2013 9:20:43 AM PDT by Tax-chick ("The heart of the matter is God's love. It always has been. It always will be."~Abp. Chaput)
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To: riri

Disgusting. Yes. Insanely disgusting. A few months ago we went to a reptile expo. I never saw so many people covered with tattooes—many on their faces and scalps. It was a freak show. I spent more time looking at people than I did the exotic reptiles. When I was growing, especially as teenagers, we did everything we could to make ourselves look attractive to the opposite sex. Now it seems as though everyone is in a rush to make himself look as disgusting as possible. It breaks my heart especially to see this vile graffiti on young women.


67 posted on 11/01/2013 9:21:11 AM PDT by Trapped Behind Enemy Lines
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To: Tax-chick

Maybe I’ll do that while it rains all weekend. It’s been a while.


68 posted on 11/01/2013 9:22:03 AM PDT by Anoreth (It is not moth eaten. It is superb.)
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To: Trapped Behind Enemy Lines; riri

Maybe the young women are trying to drive men away. It could be that your reaction of distaste is exactly what they want.


69 posted on 11/01/2013 9:22:55 AM PDT by Tax-chick ("The heart of the matter is God's love. It always has been. It always will be."~Abp. Chaput)
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To: Anoreth

For me, too.


70 posted on 11/01/2013 9:23:23 AM PDT by Tax-chick ("The heart of the matter is God's love. It always has been. It always will be."~Abp. Chaput)
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To: Anoreth

The modern stigma with smoking isn’t that it is immoral, but that it is so low class and stupid, something for the ignorant and those lacking self-control.

Today it is similar to being a sloppy fat person, people’s respect for a smoker drops a notch, especially when watching them having to go outside in the cold,and all the other adjustments they make to their life and the lives of people with them, that and the daily cost makes you realize how desperately addicted and hopeless they are.


71 posted on 11/01/2013 9:25:35 AM PDT by ansel12 ( Democrats-"a party that since antebellum times has been bent on the dishonoring of humanity.)
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To: thetallguy24

The Old Testament is the Law, the New Testament is Grace.
I have stated my position, if you beleive tattoos are sinful, don’t get one.
As I have said people get tattoos for all sorts of reasons and I listed some.
We are not to judge a person’s heart, apparently you are assigning ‘sin’ to people with tattoos - that’s not your job.


72 posted on 11/01/2013 9:28:35 AM PDT by svcw (Not 'hope and change' but 'dopes in chains' obama's Americaas ord)
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To: Tax-chick

Remember the 1990s? For a while it was considered hip and cool for young women to chomp on cigars. That, too, was a major turn off (at least for me).. I’m glad that fad ended and you don’t see it very much anymore. I can only hope that this tattoo craze is only a fad.


73 posted on 11/01/2013 9:30:26 AM PDT by Trapped Behind Enemy Lines
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To: All

I see a lot of people also get tattoos but in a conservative vein and in that I mean, putting it on the lower leg, I’ve seen the IXOYE Christian fish symbol there, I think people’s universities, maybe interests like track. Lower leg area is often not seen at all. I don’t judge a person negatively on tattoos. Stereotypically, one could say yes, a lot of people with tattoos are in gangs or anti-establishment or whatever but certainly not all.


74 posted on 11/01/2013 9:32:46 AM PDT by BeadCounter
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To: Trapped Behind Enemy Lines

Everything goes away and comes around again. When the Global Economic Collapse hits, most people will have different priorities.


75 posted on 11/01/2013 9:34:17 AM PDT by Tax-chick ("The heart of the matter is God's love. It always has been. It always will be."~Abp. Chaput)
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To: Trapped Behind Enemy Lines

Eating shellfish and wearing clothing of mixed fibers are also prohibited in the Bible.


76 posted on 11/01/2013 9:37:07 AM PDT by macrahanish #1
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To: Trapped Behind Enemy Lines; Zionist Conspirator

“As mentioned above they are prohibited in the Bible.”

Not that the Torah doesn’t have value for all peoples, but techinically, only Jewish people are prohibited from tattoos.

The Laws of Noah (the portions of the Law applicable to non-Jewish peoples) don’t mention tattoos at all, unless they are part of a heathen practice (which they generally are, I agree).

I pinged ZC because he might be helpful in explaining what, if any, extension this law has on non-Jewish peoples.


77 posted on 11/01/2013 9:37:38 AM PDT by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem.)
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To: svcw

Well, yes, you see it breaks the epidural and goes through the ink.

I do believe an epidural is delivered into or very near the spine as a nerve block during child birth, but I’m not a medical professional, although I have read of this specific medical concern.


78 posted on 11/01/2013 9:38:18 AM PDT by Obadiah (I Like Ted.)
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To: Obadiah

I have had an epidural, the needle is 832 feet long (looks that way while in labor, probably about three inches long)
I have a tattoo and the needle length was about 1/8 of an inch.
A tattoo needle could not reach the spine.


79 posted on 11/01/2013 9:41:36 AM PDT by svcw (Not 'hope and change' but 'dopes in chains' obama's Americaas ord)
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To: ansel12
"people’s my respect for a smoker drops a notch"

Nobody I know respects a person less because they smoke so this generalization is therefore incorrect. If this is your personal opinion then you are, of course, entitled to it.
Since you dislike smoking I'm not sure why you have a problem with a smoker stepping outside to smoke, but okay.

80 posted on 11/01/2013 9:42:50 AM PDT by Anoreth (It is not moth eaten. It is superb.)
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To: DouglasKC

Love that my Jewish children can’t go out and tattoo up, but why didn’t Gd put in something against piercings??


81 posted on 11/01/2013 9:43:52 AM PDT by Yaelle
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To: Resolute Conservative
Yeah, that's what really bothers me. Isn't the Gospel enough? Or do we need to rely on things such as tattoos to draw people to Christ? Is the Holy Spirit no sufficient?

I think this is a weak excuse to act as the pagans act, or stems from the self conscious fear of being separate and different.

Went to a music fest over the summer and I could not believe the number of people young and middle-aged, men and women, with tattoos. I was stunned. How are we any different? Why do we yearn to resemble non-Christians.

I came away from that music fest sad for what might be emblematic of the church today.

82 posted on 11/01/2013 9:44:06 AM PDT by Obadiah (I Like Ted.)
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To: Ditter
Yup. My kids got 'em too. I always believed a tattoo was something you had to earn. Too many punks have them, that didn't earn them. Or they sport something silly like a Bart Simpson tat on their rear ends. What's that supposed to mean? Some feel it necessary to tell everybody, they don't work and play well with others, won't share the crayons, and they run with scissors...
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83 posted on 11/01/2013 9:44:44 AM PDT by PowderMonkey (WILL WORK FOR AMMO)
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To: macrahanish #1

I believe when preaching to the Gentiles, St. Paul said it was not mandatory for them to comply certain Jewish customs relating to dietary laws and circumcision. That said, however, I don’t think it means we should dismiss the Old Testament in its entirety. There is still good advice to be found there IMHO.


84 posted on 11/01/2013 9:46:32 AM PDT by Trapped Behind Enemy Lines
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To: ErnBatavia

No... way. You have got to be kidding me. IMO, that is absolutely iconic of today’s culture.


85 posted on 11/01/2013 9:47:40 AM PDT by Obadiah (I Like Ted.)
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To: BeadCounter

There’s a tattoo parlor not from here. Though I can’t call business brisk when I drive by, there are certainly a number of people who work there. It’s not tucked away on some city street but is a fairly nice building by a lake. I’ve often wondered how they operate. To me, the tattoo fad has probably run its course though of course, the business will continue.


86 posted on 11/01/2013 9:49:10 AM PDT by BeadCounter
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To: Tax-chick
Modern warfare

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87 posted on 11/01/2013 9:51:47 AM PDT by ansel12 ( Democrats-"a party that since antebellum times has been bent on the dishonoring of humanity.)
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To: gunner03

Before going to bed each night, the Boogie man asks his mom to check the closet for U.S. Marines.

88 posted on 11/01/2013 9:53:35 AM PDT by laotzu
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To: PowderMonkey

“Why are people always judging me? Never giving me a chance? Never seeing the real person?”


89 posted on 11/01/2013 9:53:43 AM PDT by ansel12 ( Democrats-"a party that since antebellum times has been bent on the dishonoring of humanity.)
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To: Flycatcher

We do not judge the Christianity of someone by their outsides. I thought a Christian might recognize that thought.

I guess I wasn’t entirely clear. You don’t know if that young man with the tattoo was saved last night by Christ or last year. You don’t know if that grandma with saggy boobs and the saggy heart tattooed on them is not a saved sinner just like me. Of course I am judged all the time by my appearance - but you can’t see my heart. I’m glad Jesus does.

Oh, and BTW I don’t have a tattoo, I just have long waist-length curly gray hair. It happens to be what God gave me and I wear it proudly, but some of the more ‘worldy’ among us just can’t help themselves. They think it is more “Christlike” that I cut, curl, and dye my hair - it is more culturally acceptable.


90 posted on 11/01/2013 9:54:46 AM PDT by colorcountry (The gospel will transform our politics, not vice versa (Romans 12:1,2))
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To: svcw
Just to clarify, this is to say that a sterile epidermic needle for an epidural, or other similar procedures, often times needs to pierce the skin at the point of the tattoo and go through the ink of the tattoo. I have read in medical journals that this could cause, perhaps in theory only, the needle to take a small piece of the tattoo ink with it in the injection. In this particular case they were speaking of an epidural procedure and having the risk factor of tattoo ink contaminating subcutaneous tissue.
91 posted on 11/01/2013 9:58:34 AM PDT by Obadiah (I Like Ted.)
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To: Obadiah

epidurals are given where?

Are you talking tramp stamps?


92 posted on 11/01/2013 10:00:11 AM PDT by GeronL
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To: DouglasKC
The Latin word for ‘tattoo’ is ‘stigma’

Uh, 'stigma' is Greek. Seems the author isn't all that bright.

93 posted on 11/01/2013 10:02:03 AM PDT by Moltke (Sapere aude!)
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To: PowderMonkey

When I see someone with tats all over them I read that as them saying “I am a real loser, look at me, look at me now!”


94 posted on 11/01/2013 10:04:36 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: GeronL
Yes, piercing a tramp stamp for purposes of administering a spinal/epidural catheter which allows for a continuous infusion of medication (spinal block) most often used during child birth.
95 posted on 11/01/2013 10:06:14 AM PDT by Obadiah (I Like Ted.)
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To: Anoreth

The generalization is correct, people’s respect for a person, especially a male, drops when they see him anchored by a old timey cigarette addiction.

It is especially noticeable if one lives in an upscale region like the Southern California coast where smoking is pretty rare, and then visits an area of low education.

Today, smoking is a habit that the poor and uneducated practice because they can’t help themselves, smoking is rare among the educated.


96 posted on 11/01/2013 10:06:17 AM PDT by ansel12 ( Democrats-"a party that since antebellum times has been bent on the dishonoring of humanity.)
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To: colorcountry
We do not judge the Christianity of someone by their outsides. I thought a Christian might recognize that thought. I guess I wasn’t entirely clear.

No, you were not clear. Your post was a blanket statement rejecting judging others by their appearance. That, of course, is foolhardy, and it piqued me to reply.

But now that you've elaborated, I find myself in complete agreement with you.

Thanks for your post (but I always knew what you meant). ;^}

97 posted on 11/01/2013 10:07:25 AM PDT by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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To: ansel12

That is one of the stupidest remarks I have ever seen.

BTW, the upscale region of SC is bankrupt.


98 posted on 11/01/2013 10:09:07 AM PDT by eyedigress ((zOld storm chaser from the west)/ ?s)
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To: riri

” Plus I see these giant, young fat chicks covering themselves with them.

Have they just given up? Accepted that obesity is their destiny? Never plan to try to be healthier or more attractive?”


Read this post earlier, I can’t help but observe what would happen to the tattoos if say an obese female, let’s say 250, 300 pounds, with lots of tattoos lost pounds and came down to a more manageable weight, say in the neighborhood of 150 pounds. It’s probably happened.


99 posted on 11/01/2013 10:09:11 AM PDT by BeadCounter (The night they drove O'BamaCare down...)
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To: colorcountry

Your outside is what you choose to broadcast about your inside.

If you have F### ME DOGGIE STYLE across your back (yes, I have seen that one), I suspect you do not share my values.


100 posted on 11/01/2013 10:13:47 AM PDT by dangerdoc (see post #6)
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