Declaration of Faith in Ink

Yo, I am a second year university student currently takin’ my B.A. in religion and theology. I am also a certified body piercer and advocate of Christian tattoos. Working in a tattoo shop I have seen first hand the impact sportin’ Christ’s truths through ink on ones body can have in the secular world of the tattoo industry. I have five tattoos myself, all meaningful to me. Each one is a reminder of where I was at spiritually at that point and where God has brought me since then. Besides the fact that I think they are pretty dang rad, they also have been a ministry tool for me. On my neck I have a two nails forming a cross and the reference Galatians 5:1 which states: It is for freedom that Christ has set us free, stand firm then and no longer be burdened by the yoke of slavery. On my ankle I have Psalm 27:1 which says: The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear. The Lord is the stronghold of my life, of whom shall I be afraid. On my wrist it have the word “servant” in Hebrew, which is a reminder of how I desire to live my life; humbly and glorifying God.

So often the church sees ink as graffiti on the temple of God; but why not as stained glass beautifully reflecting God’s glory and truth. Some peeps view their tats as a diary of their lives, others as permanent artwork. So often the church focuses on trivial matters that aren’t essential for Christian faith and salvation. We get caught up in appearances rather than building up the body of Christ. God does not judge by external appearances Galatians 2:6. I firmly believe that God uses peeps in all life situations to minister to different types of people. There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all men. 1 Cor 12:4-6. I have witnessed first hand how God used me to be his hands and feet in the underground urban culture. Not just in the tattoo industry but in sk8 boarding and the music scene too. I believe he has called me to be a light to the “misfits” and “freaks” of society and has placed a desire in my heart to do so. He has totally opened doors for me and has blessed me and reaffirmed my passion in this. When I enter eternity I don’t think God will care if I had tattoos in life, or if I had a lot of money or if I was popular or whatever. When I enter eternity I want God to say “well done my good and faithful servant.” Cool well i hope my insight was somewhat helpful. Peace and God bless.

your sizlak in Christ

- Chara

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