The Bible only mentions tattoos once. Well, sort of. Leviticus 19:28 reads, “You must not make cuts in your flesh for a dead person, and you must not make tattoo markings on yourselves.” While most would argue the words “tattoo markings” clearly refers to modern-day body art, the common consensus among Biblical scholars is that the verse refers to practices associated with mourning the dead, not tattoos as we know them today.
With that said, the Bible really doesn’t directly address body art purely for aesthetic purposes. Thank you know who. Because if he did, we likely wouldn’t have the amazing amount of breathtaking religious body art that we have today. From small Christian Biblical verse tattoos to larger than life murals, each and every work is its own testament to God.
Below is a collection of some of the best Christian tattoo designs and ideas.
This Bible verse.
When it comes to passages from the Bible getting laid down in ink, the book of Proverbs is without question the most widely quoted and frequently incorporated book in the Bible. (Photo: Big Bear)
This wooden cross.
This forearm piece.
Faith, hope, love.
This rosary ankle tattoo.
This forearm quote.