Tattoos - Are the godless more likely to enhance what nature started?

I'm curious what other people think. Are the nonreligious more likely to tattoo?

For me, the timing for getting some more ink was about the same time as I started asserting godlessness more clearly, but I don't think that the 2 were causally related.

I carry the bee that Ferdinand the Bull sat on, leading to his misadventure in the bullring; and some additional ink. The Bee had special meaning, plus it fit on my calf better than Ferdinand himself would.

There probably won't be any more for me. I'm curious about the stories that others have to tell about their ink, and if godlessness has anything to do with it.

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"I'm curious what other people think. Are the nonreligious more likely to tattoo?"

Not that I've noticed. If anything it's the opposite.

Overall,I think it's more a matter of peer pressure,context and mental illness than belief.

Most guys I knew in the army had at least one tattoo. I had one done,and have regretted it ever since. Tattoos are also part of prison culture many countries.As a rule of thumb, most people I've known with a lot of tattoos,especially on hands or face/neck tended be a little,umm, nuts or quite stupid.---Now I'm not claiming this is universally true only that it's been my experience over the last 40 years or so..
One reason that I wondered is that I live in a fairy godless region (Portland OR), and there is a lot of visible ink here. As opposed to the very religious area where I grew up and often have to visit, where it's rare to see anyone with tattoos, or other body modifications.
I live in a very godly area (whatever that really means), and there is a lot of ink on people in Virginia. I would venture to say half of it is religious in content (lots of floating Jeebus heads surrounded by thorns and guns... and that boggles my mind). I've seen lots of sleeves and full torso tats that are nothing but religious iconography and family (they are often intertwined). Given that there is a fairly hefty Hispanic population in the area where I live, this shouldn't be so surprising.

However, the sheer number of tattoos I see is rather refreshing. Body art is alive and well. Speaking of which, I have to get another (to add to other three).

That's a cool tat!! I have three and each has special meaning as well. I think the godly do not want to desecrate their holy temples, the bodies in which their souls inhabit. But there are some ungodly who are just not attracted to tattoos. However, there are a lot of godly people who have tattoos with the virgin Mary, or Jesus, or King of Kings, or some such nonsense. My next one may just be an 'A' or something having to do with my beliefs, or lack thereof. It's just a matter of taste, and balls....
Sure it's not a matter of being an endorphin junky? You get tattoos, I eat hot peppers.
There's some truth in that. I think that's why tattoos can be addicting. Also, the focus for a while on pain erases all other thoughts.

By the way, try crushing 3 cloves of raw garlic onto your pasta. Equally endorphogenic. But alas, you lose friends that way.
I am a semi-hermit well acquainted with the joys of garlic. I find cultivating fellow stinking rose lovers as friends to be enlightened self-interest.
My cats think Garlic breath is interesting. I have no tats, probably because when I joined the Air Force, the paperwork discribing me had a "distinguishing marks or tattoos" block.
Do they? I'll have to eat some garlic and see what my cats think. About the only things I haven't seen them eat is wasabi and citrus.
My dogs love garlic. They lick the pasta plate after I have finished my part. That way they have garlic breath too.
I would be willing to bet that there are more rebels of many types with tattoos than those without...however, to me it seems that people who choose to tattoo and pierce still have a sheep like mentality by following trends that might be cool now, but perhaps not in 20 years. I find it especially interesting as a nurse in the ER that many patients who have no job, money and on "disability" or welfare can afford some really beautiful tattoo body art, but who is really paying for it? In looking after overdosing strippers and prostitutes, they have some very interesting strategically placed tattoos for obvious marketing reasons.
I admire the art and think people should be able to mutilate themselves in anyway they want. I was a punker 25 years ago, had loads of fun with fashion and hair colour, but now as I approach 50, I'm glad I did it as it was a fun time of aristic expression.

I find the psychology of why people tattoo interesting, but personally I just don't get it.
Gosh. I'm beginning to think I'm mentally disabled or something. I am not one to follow trends at all. But my tattoos hold something special for me. I'm glad they are a part of me. While they may be trendy, mine make me who I am-different. I have no body piercings though. Not even earrings.



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