What does the bible say about tattoos? Not a whole lot, actually. For modern Christians, getting tattoos inspired by the good book or scripture is a way to showcase faith and can even be a gateway to conversations with others about their own beliefs.
As far as biblical tattoos go, many opt for symbols of faith, think the cross, or the star of David. Others choose to get actual Bible verses tattooed. If that seems like a bit too much, others just get the name of the book. The important thing to keep in mind when planning a Bible tattoo is that it is meaningful to you. After all, faith is deeply personal and so are tattoos. They’re forms of personal expression. So pick a verse or even imagery that is especially meaningful to you. We decided to take a look at some religious tattoos to get a better understanding of what others are choosing for themselves and to inspire you to consider your own. Here are 25 biblical tattoos that we think you’ll love.
“I know that my redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand on the earth.” A simple book and verse tattoo like this one is always a smart choice.
Here I Am
“Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”–Isaiah 6:8. This very understated tattoo inspired by Isiah is only two words but the pair carries a lot of weight.
“The Lord is my Shepherd.” This stunning full sleeve tattoo inspired by the verse has tons of drama. For the faithful, Psalm 23 is one of the most powerful passages.
See? We find another Psalm 23 tattoo. The font you choose for your tattoo should reflect your own style.
The story of David and Goliath from the Old Testament is universal. It teaches that faith and courage will outdo brawn.
Here, we find Jesus and a lamb. The sacrifice of the lamb is paralleled by the sacrifice of Jesus. This simple black and grey tattoo is a sweet reminder.
“For God so loved the world, as to give his only begotten Son; that whosoever believeth in him, may not perish, but may have life everlasting.”
This person is plugged into God. The words “My Plug” are written over a Bible here. If you’re ever feeling low, all you need to do is to tap into the good book.
Here, we have the introduction of some beautiful colors in the ink. The person with this tattoo decided to highlight the book and verse as well as the words “lion” and “lamb.” It makes for a thoughtful design.
“God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day.” This very neat tattoo harkens to the verse and carries the excellent sentiment that “she is enough.”
When in doubt, go for an actual bible. This micro tattoo of the good book is opened to this person’s most beloved passage.
Here’s another tattoo of the holy book surrounded by beautiful peonies. By adding flowers or other natural elements to a design, you can really bring it to life.
Thins are possible, with God. So says this very tidy tattoo. By mixing different fonts and highlighting a certain portion of the text, this person has created a meaningful design.
While we’re talking Matthew, take a look at this verse, Matthew 5:44. It advises to “love your enemies.”
Biblical tattoos aren’t limited to just text or allegory. Here, we find the Virgin Mary tattooed in a beautiful style. This tattoo is reminiscent of classic painting and the “weeping Madonna” motif that has been popular even before the Renaissance.
Here, we find a swallow and the Bible done in the traditional style. We love all the vivid and colorful ink employed here.
The stairs to heaven are depicted in this half sleeve design. Done in just black and grey, this tattoo reads dramatic and is brightened by the beams of light.
The Destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah by Jules Laurens is a famous painting that’s been reimagined as a tattoo. The 19th-century artist toured Turkey and Persia to document various sites.
“No weapon formed against me shall prosper.” This passage comes from Isaiah 54:17 and urges readers to understand that God’s got your back.
Our Lady of Guadalupe
Here, we find a very large tattoo of Our Lady of Guadalupe. The venerated image can also be found on a cloak enshrined within the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City.
Psalms 46:10 advises readers to know that God is “a very present help in trouble.” It’s not too terribly often that people with Biblical tattoos choose designs with color.
From the book of Micah, “Act justly, love mercy, walk humbly with your God.” This is a nice sentiment.
Here, we find a tattoo of the Bible accompanied by a candle to light the verses. These tattoos are done in a classic style that works nicely here.
In art, Archangel Michael has been imagined conquering a seven-headed dragon for centuries. This tattoo is reminiscent of illuminated manuscripts and stained glass.
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Lion of Judah
This person has chosen to pair their favorite Bible verse with the Lion of Judah. “Death has been swallowed up in victory” comes from 1 Corinthians. This very neatly done tattoo looks wonderful.
There you go! 25 biblical tattoos that range from verses to memorable imagery. We hope you feel inspired by these religious tattoos to consider one for yourself.
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