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Liya Hagos wrote:

Hi, guys —

  • Is it a sin for a twelve-year-old to get a tattoo of a cross on your ankle?

My mother said its not right to get holy object tattooed anywhere on your leg. I want to get a tattoo of a Cross on my ankle but not in a disrespectful way, but rather as a symbol of my walk with Jesus.

I know its a sin to get too many tattoos but I don't think its a sin to get one or two.


  { Is it a sin to get a tattoo of a cross on your ankle if it's for respective, devotional reasons? }

Mike replied:

Hi, Liya —

This is a common question; it's even in our searchable knowledge base.
There are a lot of quick answers there, so give it a try.

I searched for you and found this posting, which should answer your question (below).

The simple answer is, No, isn't a sin, but it is a sin not to obey your father or mother if, in their moral decision, as primary educators, they believe it is best if you don't get one.

While I personally agree with the sediments of your mother, especially at age 12, your basis for wanting a tattoo should be based on good reasons, and you seem to have a good reason.

If the real reason was to conform with other friends that are age twelve, it would not be a good reason. Opinions may differ here, but that's my two cents. Of course, nobody ever thinks of it, but we were all born with at least one tattoo ... the one God gave us: our face : )

Hope this helps,


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