I recently purchased the book, The Catholic Gentleman by Sam Guzman and was inspired to see if he had a presence on YouTube. In a related video to the first one of Sam’s that I found and watched, there was another fellow called Rayman something-or-other (sounded like he was from Texas or the South someplace) who was talking about the way a Catholic gentleman should carry himself, etc. and he was saying that a Catholic gentleman shouldn’t get piercings or tattoos and if we have them we ought to take them out (piercings) or keep them covered (tattoos). Most of the rest of his video dealt with basically being a good witness, setting a good example for the world as a Catholic and as a man, but both of my forearms are pretty tattooed. I’m having doubts about always keeping my arms covered. None of the tattoos are objectionable or offensive. One lower arm is a half-sleeve with musical notes and music-themed stuff and the other has a memorial tattoo for my grandfather, my medical ID, and an evergreen tree with the word Oregon that I got with my sister, who lives abroad. We’re both from Oregon. I agree that we should always be able and willing to give a good testimony and we don’t want to look shabby or unkempt (I think there’s even writings from some Church fathers/doctors about that), but is keeping my tattoos covered all the time not a little bit over-the-top?
What do you folks think? Particularly the gentlemen?