As a part of the covenant God made with the Israelites at Mount Sinai (the Old Covenant) they were forbidden to cut themselves in mourning for the dead or to tattoo themselves.1
These were practices of the heathen nations around them and God forbid the Israelites from doing the same.
Under the New Covenant, there is nothing specifically mentioned in the New Testament of the Bible as to tattooing, but there are
biblical principles that can be used in determining whether, or not, we should get a tattoo.
The apostle Paul wrote that although everything is permissible, not everything is beneficial or constructive.2
Although it might be OK for a Christian to get a tattoo, would it be beneficial and constructive to do so? A Christian must always be aware of who they are (Godís child) and live accordingly (they represent the Lord upon the earth.)
Many perceive those who pierce themselves, and get tattoos, as being rebellious (at least this is the perception of many of the older generation.) Would this be the impression that we would want others to have of us? Would this bring glory to God?
Keep in mind that the Bible teaches a middle-of-the-road policy as to dress and the expression of one's self. There is nothing wrong with being fashionable, as long as it's done with modesty, decency and propriety.3
2 (1 Corinthians
3 (1 Timothy 2:9)