Yes, I do have a tattoo. It’s from a James Avery design called Spring Butterfly. (I love James Avery’s jewelry!) “The butterfly is a symbol of the Resurrection. The beautiful form of the butterfly bursting forth from the seemingly lifeless chrysalis suggests Christ’s victory over death.” I loved, loved that imagery of bursting forth with new life in Christ!! I also had the color red added, because of the importance of Christ’s blood in our new life. Reminds me of the hymn Nothing But the Blood…
“What can wash away my sin?
Nothing but the blood of Jesus;
What can make me whole again?
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.”.
I got it in 1998, my second year of college. If I remember right, Matt was interested in getting a tattoo first. So, I decided to join him in this permanent experience one weekend. Matt got the Alpha and Omega design, also from James Avery. “The symbolism of the alpha and the omega, are the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet. The letters have been used since the fourth century expressing scriptural proof of Our Lord’s divinity. In the book of Revelation, Christ calls Himself the Alpha and Omega in reference to His everlasting and almighty power. He meant that he existed before anything else and will exist after all else ceases. He is the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. The alpha and the omega in this charm are signs of totality. The message is comforting and direct: Our Lord has always been with us and will be with us forever.” Wow! Who knew a tattoo could say so much!!
I had a poster of some James Avery designs and their meaning. We just took it with us, and they copied the designs we pick to make them bigger (for Matt) and smaller (for me)! My tattoo is on my ankle. Matt’s is on his shoulder. I don’t think either of us have any regrets. He wouldn’t have minded getting his a little bigger. I actually looked at getting mine slightly smaller, but then I couldn’t have added the red. So, we’re good!
What about you? Any tattoos? If so, why did you get it, and do you have any regrets? If not, have you ever considered getting one?