If you’re among the over forty million Americans with a tattoo, the sound of a tattoo gun is a familiar one. Among millennials, tattoos with Bible verses and crosses are a popular statement of their Christian identity.
But they’re not the first. Tattoos have been around for thousands of years. Some scholars think an early Christian sect called Montanists practiced tattooing. These tattoos may have been a sign of initiation into the sect, or even given to infants after baptism. They may have tattooed themselves as “slaves of God” with Revelation 7:3 as their inspiration: “. . . putting a seal on the foreheads of the servants of our God.”