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Old Aug 28, '08, 5:31 am
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Hello,

I am thinking about getting a tattoo of the Blessed Mother on my left arm. This is the image I'm thinking about basing the tattoo on:

http://www.tldm.org/News7/OurLady1.jpg

The Church has nothing to say on this, I know, but I kind've wonder if such a tattoo wouldn't be scandalous in some way. Do you think non-Catholics might interpet such a tattoo as further evidence of "Mary worship" or an inordinate honor of Our Lady? Would Jesus be upset that someone had tattooed the image of his perfect mother on their decaying body?

I would like to get this tattoo to glorify God and honor Our Blessed Mother, who I have a strong devotion towards.
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I would like to get this tattoo to glorify God and honor Our Blessed Mother, who I have a strong devotion towards.
Why not do so in some less bizarre way?
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Old Aug 28, '08, 6:09 am
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Why not do so in some less bizarre way?
Why do you call this 'bizarre'?
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Old Aug 28, '08, 6:14 am
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Who cares what non-Catholics think. Don't hide your faith for anyone.

I think it's a great idea. I got my first tattoo when I was 14 years old. Tattoos are great!

I once knew a priest who was heavily tattooed. He had a skinhead and drove a motorcycle. He was a great priest! He had a couple of marian tattoos.

I say go for it. I would also get it done in black and grey. You should get "Sancta Maria Mater Dei" above the tattoo and "Ora Pro Nobis" below. This means "Holy Mary Mother of God" and "Pray For Us." The Latin would look cool. You should choose fancy lettering for this.
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Old Aug 28, '08, 6:25 am
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Would Jesus be upset that someone had tattooed the image of his perfect mother on their decaying body?
Trying to weigh whether Jesus would be upset over something like this is an exercise in trying to psychoanalyze Him. Can't be done.

On the other hand, if you feel the need to get inked...I can think of no better tattoo then one honoring Mary. Just remember as you get old and start to shrivel, your tatt may do the same. Do you want Mary to look like a shrinky dink when you're 70?
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I'll try to address your concerns this way. First, I think it's great that you're thinking critically about such an important act (more Catholics should think critically about how they show their faith!). When you do this, it will be forever, & that as well as proudly displaying the honor Our Mother deserves speaks volumes in evangelizing. Re: Scandalous? I have two full-length tattoos on the back of each arm (so that they are seen by anyone behind me, one of Jesus & His Sacred Heart; the other is the traditional scene of St. Michael conquering satan. Both of those spark varied conversation, positive & negative, which always lead to evangelizing or defending the Catholic faith in some way. I have several others, & they open the door for witness of faith somehow.

Re: Would Jesus be upset...? Would Jesus be proud that you weren't ashamed to honor His Mother & promote that honor among Catholics & non-Catholics alike?

My only other suggestion would be to consider something written above or below her image to lend purpose to having the image there...possibly scripture that teaches obedience to the Lord's will (Luke 1:38); that starts good discussion in all directions.

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During the weekend at Sepang in 2007 'there was Kimi Raikkonen, clearly on top of the world when he arrived at the circuit following his dominant win in Melbourne. He had spent some time with friends in Malaysia - which probably explained a lot as to how he had ended up with a huge tribal tattoo on his right arm.' Jean Todt reacted very positively, saying something like if Kimi feels comfortable it's OK. Kimi won the Championship, leading Lewis and Fernando by 1 point but having a better wins tally: 6 wins.

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I have a tattoo of the Sacred Heart on my shoulder. I'm planning on getting the Immaculate Heart next.
Since Holy Mother Church doesn't rule against it- I say why not use what many turn into a glorification of (at best) the flesh and (at worst) the evil one into a tool for evangelization?

And as for what non-Catholics may infer about due honor to Our Lady, who cares? I'm not sure large tattoos like that are for the faint of heart, anyway.
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Great pic btw. That will make a sweet looking tat. You will want to shop around and look at the work of various artists, and make sure you get one that's good at this sort of portrait art. Where are thinking of putting it?
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Here are two "tattoos" that are cheap, painless, and ones you wont regret later on in life:
First.
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Now, in 2007 among the notable guests at Sepang was... Robert Mugabe.

Back to tattoos. Sometimes I also wish I had a sign that says I'm Catholic because this can surprise some people, help start a conversation to convince some very stubborn heretics.
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Our Lady of Guadelupe is such a common tat in my area, the local inkers all have it in their catalog, some even display it in their windows.
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Our Lady of Guadelupe is such a common tat in my area, the local inkers all have it in their catalog, some even display it in their windows.
I am surprised that no one, particularly the previous poster, has mentioned that:

1. Jesus and His mother were orthodox Jews.

2. Judaism forbids tattooing.

Ergo. It's unlikely that either of them would approve.
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I am surprised that no one, particularly the previous poster, has mentioned that:

1. Jesus and His mother were orthodox Jews.

2. Judaism forbids tattooing.

Ergo. It's unlikely that either of them would approve.
Yeah, but Christians don't obey any of the other distinctive Laws either, so I wouldn't think that matters much at this point in time. The Council of Jerusalem largely settled the matter of the importance of Jewish law in Christian custom.
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