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 .


Posted on July 12, 2018, in Traditional Catholicism. Bookmark the permalink. 13 Comments.

  1. Tattoos are disgusting. When I was growing up, only sailors and criminals had tattoos. Now so many guys and sadly, girls, have them too. And not just a tiny one on the ankle, but full arm and back tattoos. They’re following the example of their football stars, whom they worship as gods. It’s the decline of standards of personal appearance in the West. What shocks me is that it is not only young people who get large tattoos, but older people even in their 50s and 60s! You would think they’d know better.
    When these tattooed barbarians visit Japan, they get very angry and indignant when they are turned away from Japanese “onsens” (hot springs baths), most of whom have a policy against tattoos. The reason: the yakuza (Japanese organized crime syndicates) have body tattoos and the respectable onsens’ customers don’t want to be around them. There are a few onsens that allow tattoos and that is where the yakuza go. The barbarians are forced to go there.
    So the tattooed snowflakes, young and old, cry, “I have a right to go to your onsen with all my tattoos!” But the Japanese sensibly tell them, no, you have NO such rights! Get out of here! (Well, more politely than that). Then the barbarians leave nasty comments on TripAdvisor and Twitter about how they were turned away because of their tattoos. You know it’s a good onsen when you read nasty comments from tattooed barbarians who have been turned away.

  2. I had time for just one search result on the subject of tattoos (US spelling) and guess whose face

  3. The savages are back. So many tattoos they begin to look like reptiles.

  4. This is something I often wonder, how much do we take for granted we know, when actually we are already corrupted by the culture and are actually quite wrong. I’m sure it’s a lot, since there is no way not to be corrupted by this culture to at least some degree. I need a different catechism, the JP one is the only one I have.

  5. I have had older patients who really regretted their tattoos. As the skin ages and sags the tats begin to look distorted. That aside, why do you think they a regularly testing older adults for Hep C? If the parlor does not use an autoclave to kill the virus it goes into to another client via the tattoo needle. Now even the scopes and tubing for sigmoidoscopies and colonoscopies are being sterilized in chemical baths because it is cheaper and proven less effective than the old autoclave method.
    Tattoos are not the only body disfigurement being habituated today. i have been noting with amazement how so many relatively attractive persons are piercing themselves all over and dying their hair unnatural colors which do not appear in nature on anyone’s scalp. It’s almost as if people are rejecting their own humanity Maybe they are.

  6. Mamoru Takamura

    Leviticus 19:28 says, “Do not lacerate your bodies for the dead, and do not tattoo yourselves. I am the LORD.”
    While this sounds like a fairly clear condemnation of tattoos, we have to keep in mind the context of the Old Testament law. It’s fairly obvious to me that the prohibition against tattoos was directly related to pagan worship, just as the prohibition against graven images was.
    But regardless of the original intent, it is Catholic teaching that the old covenant ceremonial law no longer applies to us as new covenant faithful, and to say otherwise is contrary to the whole message of the New Testament. For example, immediately preceding and following that verse are prohibitions against trimming one’s beard and eating red meat. Now, I recently ate a medium rare steak, and I’m pretty confident I didn’t sin. I also regularly trim my beard, which also isn’t a sin (though some might think it is!).
    There are literally hundreds of old covenant laws that no longer apply to us as Christians. We can’t cherry pick laws from the Old Testament to use as ammunition for our personal preferences. Either we follow them all, or we don’t—and St. Paul makes it perfectly clear that the ceremonial law is no longer binding.
    I’ll cut to the chase: There is nothing immoral about tattoos. Mother Church has never condemned them, and neither can I. It is one of those areas where a Catholic must follow his or her conscience.
    Personally, I wouldn’t get a tattoo. I don’t find them attractive, and they are far too permanent for my taste. That said, those of us who dislike tattoos should be careful never to judge a brother or sister in Christ who chooses to get one.
    And i’m a 75 years old catholic, i was educated in my catholic faith way before the Council.

    • What a waste of writing time. I have never said that Catholicism condemns tattoes because they never heard of the New Testament or don’t know the difference.

    • Dear Mamoru,
      Yes, I will judge. Not the soul of the person covered in ink, but the intent to use the body as a billboard. It’s sin against modesty and prudence. It screams “look at my flesh and how clever, sexy, edgy, manly, repellent, etc. I am”. It’s all

    • (Sorry, got cut off above)
      As I was saying, tattooing is a sin against modesty and prudence. It’s a repellent thing to do to one’s body, which as Catholics (and we are all meant to be Catholics) is a temple of God.
      Most eventually right thinking people I know are ashamed of their tattoos. In my line of work I’ve seen some doozies and they are breathtakingly grotesque.

  7. The catechism of JP II is bad…
    “Bad” is grotesque understatement.

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