Stoic Lemonade: Are Tattoos Portals for Evil Spirits?

Earlier this morning I sat next to a girl with impressive tattoos.
I recalled a debate I had with someone who told me that tattoos were portals for evil spirits!”
I wondered whether she was going to go all “Supernatural” on me and manifest a demon from her rose tattoo?
Thank heavens I escaped safely!

As far as I know biblical comments about “tattoos” are limited to one verse?
Research I conducted showed me “the markings” they refer to in that passage is pulled out of context ever so often.
In my opinion, that ignorant “Manifestation of Misinterpretation” can beat the “tattoo-demon” hand’s down anyway.

How many times do we see ancient documents getting ripped out of context and forcibly applied to modern scenarios?
Each of us were blessed with a version of the most powerful computer on Earth, firmly nestled inside our thick craniums!
Why do we doubt our own capacity to figure truth out for ourselves?
True answers only come from within ourselves anyway.
Even knowledge that we suck up in expensive institutions needs to be filtered through our own minds anyway.

So before I left my spot next to the girl with the tattoos I figured out a few things for myself.
There are SO many tattooed people these days and if these tattoos were truly portals I couldn’t begin to imagine how many evil spirits we would’ve had to fend off!
Do we have nearly enough clergy to assist with this?
Doom and gloom prophets will quickly weigh in here to tell us how bad things are in the world today.
Well, this is the most peaceful period in world-history.
What was the excuse for evil spirits during the World-Wars – When tattoos were significantly less around the world?

But if your faith or creed prohibits you from marking yourself with a rose, a skull or a celebrity’s face then follow your own belief-system and code of ethics and do whatever you feel is right.
This post is definitely not about encouraging anyone to either get, or not get inked.

Practically speaking I see tattoos as merely drops of ink under the skin.
I have no problem with anyone’s “permanent pictures.”
I wonder how those campaigning against tattoos feel about permanent makeup?
What would they say about tattoos used in reconstructive surgery?

When I deconstruct the tattoo-hoo-ha on a logical level I will concede there are dangers involved such as potentially unhygienic equipment.
People might definitely regret getting a tattoo, and removal is a painful and expensive process.
I was told by a friend that tattoos are “soul images” for a great number of people.
I believe we should never trivialize the human need to bear mementos and memories of that which is significant to us.
Some choose to mark their skins, others keep photographs or old letters and assorted trinkets

Tattoos can serve as reminders of life-changing events that were conquered – They can also be personal reminders of on-going struggles.

I really had no idea what “Train-Girl’s” reasons were for adorning herself with vivid artwork, I just know I could admire the artistry and skill and that the morning commute was a little more interesting because of that.

“She had a flower tattoo on her wrist; “What does that mean?” he asked her. “Absolutely nothing,” she said, “it’s just a flower.”
C. JoyBell C.  

“I am a canvas of my experiences, my story is etched in lines and shading, and you can read it on my arms, my legs, my shoulders, and my stomach.”
Kat Von D

“My body is my journal, and my tattoos are my story.”
Johnny Depp