So I want to get a tattoo. I'm reluctant to plaster my body with crap I regret, so I've been thinking long and hard about it for quite some time. I've generally known that I wanted to get a USMC tattoo, but wanted to wait until I was more settled in life to get it. Anyways, I was thinking about something similar to the following:
(Quote is: "No better friend, no worse enemy.")
I was hoping for some advice from the following types of men...
High School Teachers: What do you think of other teachers that have tattoos? Is it professional or not?
Parents: What would you think if your child's teacher had that tattoo?
Guys with tattoos in prominent places: Do you ever regret it?
Get it somewhere that you can keep it covered to avoid professional problems. Bicep. Calf. Shoulder. Back. Forearm is a bit prominent, but you can always wear long sleeved shirts, I guess. Avoid the neck, face, hands, knuckles, etc.
Tattoos are more accepted now than they were -- but could be a problem if you interview or work at a school with a really conservative principal and/or a really conservative dress code. There are quite a few of them out there -- my wife works at one.
Do you think the Military nature of the tattoo would mitigate the circumstances? It would be one thing if I had "THUG LIFE" tattooed on my arm... do you think anyone would have issue with a tattoo that was in memory of my time in the Marines?
...or are tattoos in general just not professional?
Agreed. I have 8 tattoos at present- most of them related to my profession, the other representative of my own code of honor. That being said, they're all easily covered by a t-shirt and long pants (my usual work uniform). In my case, as in yours (I'm guessing) the meaning is more personal, and they are more for yourself than to show off for others. A shield-type tattoo like that would be easy to do on the deltoid or upper arm (That's where my biggest one is), and it shouldn't show with a short-sleeve shirt unless it's especially large or the shirt material is especially sheer. One of the local ER doctors has a paratrooper tattoo on his forearm, and he gets ribbed for it all the time. Not the meaning so much as where it is. People not in the know do not see a personal momento- they just see a tattoo, and judge you on it, fairly or unfairly.
I know parsons and fellow students of lutheran theology who have tattoos,
and I might get myself something like "יְהוָה אֱלֹהֵינוּ יְהוָה אֶחָד" (Biblical hebrew for: JHWH is our god. JHWH is one/unique") if/when I ever manage to finish my studies.
If there are parsons with tattoos and it is tolerated, i do not think it should be much of a problem for a teacher. I at least would not have cared much if one of my teachers had had a tattoo back in school ...
On the other hand the society I live in (germany) is probably different from yours, so you really should check the situation and prejudices present in your country towards tattoos ...
Rather strange to get a tattoo in Hebrew, given YHWH had a rule about that....
... that is only a „rule“ if you totally ignore the historical context of this.
Yes, Leviticus 19:28 says „Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the Lord.“ This might sound like a general rule against tattoos, but it isn‘t. If you look at the sourrounding verses you will see, that this verses talk about the rites of a pagan cult, beeing in the position of an enemy against JHWHs religion.:
„¶Ye shall not eat any thing with the blood: neither shall ye use enchantment, nor observe times. 27 Ye shall not round the corners of your heads, neither shalt thou mar the corners of thy beard. 28 Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the Lord“
All this is forbidden, as it was part of the religious-cultic practice and rites of the Baal-Cults that existed all over palestine back then. They thoght (like some native religions in africa btw. think still today) that consuming blood would give them (even supernatural) power. They thought that in that way they could do magic spells and see the future. As a kind of „activation process“ it also was common practice to cut off ones hair and burn it, cut into oneselfs arms to use oneselfs own blood or tattoo the name of the baal „goddess“ into their bodies, that they followed.
So the tattoos that are described here are part of pagan religious practice wich of course makes them opposed / oposite to JHWHs cultic purification (that is what this whole chapter is all about).
But todays tattoos are neither cultic part of deamonic religion nor are they the names or signs of baals.
Todays tattoos are normaly either a form of art, or (like in that what i consider doing) even a permanent binding to JHWHs religion and that of his son Jesus Christ.
But they clearely are not what Leviticus 19:28 describe.
For what it is worth, many Orthodox Jews (and Christians) would disagree with your interpretation of the language and intent of 19:28.
But then, I suspect that is just the beginning of where they would disagree - so, ymmv.
Appreciate your adding some of the historical context. Interesting stuff.
Well said sir.
My 8th grade math teacher had a tattoo on her ankle of a sun with rays. Sometimes on Fridays we'd have a "study day" where we had to do all the odd or even numbered problems in a chapter while she sat at her desk to deal with her "headache." It wasn't until several years later that it occurred to me that she was probably hung over.
Yes, a lot of people do have tattoos, but a lot of us who don't have them may or may not make judgments or inferences about you based on that. That may not be fair but it's something you may encounter depending on your line of work.
rotfl!! that just about explains it.
My dad has three tattoos, all of which he regrets. One is just a simple cross, another is his initials, and one was incomplete (he walked out of the shop halfway into the process of inking a skull into his arm). When Dad worked as a teacher's aide in the elementary school he had a very good mentor/mentee relationship with one kid in particular, until one day Dad made the mistake of rolling up his sleeves on a particuarly warm day, revealing his initials on his wrist. The kid began crying, believing that Dad was a gang member. The boy's mother had told him that all people with tattoos were gang members. Nobody could convince him otherwise. Other teachers, and even the principal tried to talk to the kid, vouching for Dad's moral character, but in vain. The kid never talked to Dad again.
People will always make unfair judgements about your character, tattoo or not. If dress creates an unfair judgement, you can always change your clothes. Tattoos are a bit more difficult to remove. I personally wouldn't get a tattoo because it's not worth the risk to my future.