Tattooes are Grave Matter
Tattooes are Grave Matter because they are a sullying and permanent disfiguration of your own body. This is what all generations before The Age Of Madness have believed.
People say to me that it is not in the catechism. This is not relevant. The catechism of JP II is bad, and before that age such a matter was too obvious to even consider.
Twenty Centuries of Christian civilisation have equated tattooes with the savages. Even when I was a child, only seamen (and pirates) were known to have tattoes, and they were the scum of the earth, linked with the dirtiest places, prostitution, dirt of all sorts.
As children, we were taught that tattooed people go to hell, as a matter of course. Hence, no adult was tattooed.
When the crisps packs had water tattooes for children to “play pirates”, we were given them very reluctantly and only after repetition that tattooed people to go hell. I did it once, I was certainly not yet seven years old, actually five or six. I felt so dirty that I washed it away after a few minutes of discomfort and never did it again.
To me the shocking thing is that people actually ask. It means that this obvious aspect of Catholic – nay, Christian – culture has gone so much down the drain that it is now altogether forgotten.
Common sense alone should tell you that the absence of tattooes in our Christian civilisation is indictment enough. But there are links and sources on this blog and elsewhere for those who absolutely need them. If anyone can be bothered to search and post I am grateful, but allow me to say that I can’t be bothered to make a search that confirms the most banal and obvious sensus catholicus .