Ok, here's the deal... I love tattoos. I do. I love them. I love the art behind them. I love the stories behind them. I just love them. I don't judge people if I they have tattoos. I don't automatically think, "Ooh... They must have been in prison..." unless, of course, they have prison tats. haha I watch "L.A. Ink" every week. I love watching the artists at work. I have 2 tattoos. My 1st one sucks. It's a small daisy on my ankle. I've already looked in to getting it fixed. Not removed- fixed. I want it redone. My 2nd is Sei's badge number. It's on the back of my neck so when my hair is down you can't see it, but when my hair is up... there it is! :) I love that I can cover it when I need or want to, but show it off whenever else I want. And I'm planning my 3rd tat- most likely something representing my 7 kids. I was thinking 7 little stars on my right shoulder blade... Idk...
Anyway... I am LDS (aka Mormon). I've never made that a secret on my blog. I've also never made it a secret that I was a rather rebellious teen and still have a rebellious streak that runs deep in me. Sei helps me control it to an extent and I help him loosen up. We make a good pair. Anyway... tattoos are not really looked highly upon in my religion. I mean, you aren't shunned or anything if you have tats, it's just that your body is a temple and should be treated as such. Elder Bruce R. McConkie wrote concerning tattoos, “The practice is a desecration of the human body and should not be permitted. … Latter-day Saint servicemen in particular are counseled to avoid the pitfalls of tattooing. Persons who are tattooed are not, however, denied the ordinances and blessings of the temples”... Now, I'm not trying to justify my tattoos because honestly I don't have any guilt or feel like I've done anything wrong, so I don't feel the need to justify, but what I was gonna say about "desecration of the human body" is that people do so much worse stuff to their body. LDS are told to not drink coffee, tea, alcohol, to eat well, get enough sleep and exercise. Everyone remembers the "don't drink coffee" part, but have no one seems to remember the "eat well and exercise" part! In my opinion, being slothful, eating total crap all the time and not exercising is a lot worse than a couple of tats. I'm sorry- that's just how I feel. And if having a few tats is all you can say about me being a "bad Mormon" than I'm cool with that. I don't watch bad movies. I am a nice person. I'm a peacekeeper- I don't like conflict. I am honest. I am faithful to my husband. I have GOOD kids. Really GOOD kids that I have a really, really open, great, fun relationship with, who actually like my tattoos. That's not luck y'all- Sei and I are doing something right. Sei jokes about getting tats like The Rock. I'm all for it. I would love to see his chest/shoulder all tatted up. He said when his body looks like The Rock's then he'll get the tats... :D
Obviously I'm not an expert on tattoos. I mean, hi, I only have 2. But I do love them. I do plan on more and I don't care if people have a problem with it. I mean, I REALLY do not care. I try my best not to judge a book by it's cover. Others should try to do that as well.
Which is doing more harm: A few tattoos on MY body or the gossip and judgement you pass?