The National Catholic Register has an article on the morality of tattoos. You can read it here:
I must say that my visceral reaction to tattoos has evolved over the years. Clearly some tattoos are done as a desecration and/or mutilation of the body. But others are works of art. I guess it is all a matter of perspective. It does seem to be a cultural shift in our country.
Catholics are to respect our bodies as temples of the Holy Spirit. That is why we are to give our mortal remains, even after cremation, a Catholic/Christian burial or entombment.
But with that said, I have come to appreciate many elaborate tattoos. Of course we have no idea how some of these will look on young men and women now when they enter their 70's and 80's. And of course some people age much sooner than others with sagging, crinkled, crepe like and creepy like skin.
Do tattoos show contempt for the body or the glorification of it? What do you think about the Catholic morality about tattoos?
DO YOU LIKE TATTOOS TOO?
At least Bristol Murunde of HGTV's Flip or Flop Las Vegas has a Catholic religious icon on his arm.