by Bill Brinkworth
1The Word “Tattoo” Is Not In The Bible.
However, there are many principles about taking care of the body taught in the Bible that pertain to what some today call “body art.”
An outer layer of skin, the epidermis is always renewing itself. Inner cells of this layer work to the outside within 14 days as outer cells die off. To keep a permanent marking, tattooists inject dye into a lower dermis that will permanently stay marked on the body.
A tattoo of “I love Hilda” is going to be there long after you’re married to Martha. There are ways to remove them. Laser and pulsed light techniques can break up the ink. The painful five to ten treatments can cost as much as $250 to $850 each treatment.
Some chemical lightening processes claim to fade them by as much as 93.7%. But, six percent of a skull and crossbones may not be too impressive to your boss when you are a 40 year-old short-sleeved executive. The flesh markings will remain as long as you live. They will last even after the skin has lost its elasticity, places sag and the pigment has lost its clearness and no one is really sure what your tattoo says.
Many claim “Tattoo” is a modern word derived from the Tahitian word “tautau.” Captain Cook brought the word back with him on his visits to the islands in the mid 1700’s. The Polynesians were often marked.
No longer is tattooing only the practice of drunken sailors or faraway heathens. It is everywhere – among our children and young adults especially. The 1999 Butterfly Art Barbie helped get young children introduced to body marking with a doll that had a butterfly tattoo on her stomach. Even Christians today permanently change their appearance with these inkings.