Tattooists believe that art should be everywhere, but most importantly on the human body. A follower of Tattooism finds spiritual satisfaction in honoring their soul by decorating their skin. As with Bodists, the exaltation of the human body is seen as exaltation of the spirit as well.
Tattooism has been a religious practice for hundreds, possibly thousands of years. In the modern world, Tattooism had been most commonly found in Pacific Islander culture, though it slowly became introduced to the United Kingdom and the United States. Today, tattoos are a common phenomenon all over the world. Although not everyone who gets them does so for expressly spiritual reasons, many do, and to this end often choose religious or spiritual symbols. More recently, an increasing number of people have discovered the mystical sakyant tattoo tradition of Thailand, and travel there to receive tattoos from Buddhist monks with the hope of receiving spiritual protection or power.
Of course, although other religions are often represented in tattoos, the very process of choosing, receiving and administering tattoos can be a profound spiritual endeavor for practicing Tattooists. Choosing a tattoo can be a soul-searching investigation. Additionally, the pain and discomfort along with the slow process of receiving a tattoo can induce a sense of spiritual and identity transformation as the receiver is forced into deep meditation.
Tattooists practice their religion by investigating, choosing and receiving tattoos, but there’s only so much time that can be devoted to that. Sharing tattoos with others, attending tattoo conventions, admiring the beauty and ingenuity of tattoo art, as well as art appreciation in general all combine to offer the Tattooist a sense of wonder and transcendence.
Tattoos are like stories – they’re symbolic of the important moments in your life. Sitting down, talking about where you got each tattoo and what it symbolizes, is really beautiful.
— Pamela Anderson
I love tattoos. And mine symbolise who I really am. I have a Samurai on my left arm. At a subconscious level, I connect to this warrior and model myself on his discipline, skills and honour. There is also a tribal tattoo and a Chinese symbol of faith. I have seen a lot of people getting tattoos just because it’s a trend.
— Virat Kohli
People tattoo for different reasons. I use a tattoo as a marker of time, to be reminded of a time in my life. It is something special and personal.
— Jennifer Nettles