I have wanted to get a tattoo since I was in my early 20s but never really felt that committed to any idea I’ve had to contemplate having it on my skin for life. I’ve also never been convinced that I wouldn’t regret getting one years down the line.
At some point this year, however, I just knew without doubt that there were two words that I wanted inked on my skin… and I wanted those words to be a testament to my God and Saviour, to the One in whom I place my trust and faith..“SOLO CHRISTO” – By Christ AloneI’ve been a believer in God since my childhood.
I’ve been a follower of Jesus since my early twenties.
I believe “…there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”
Solo Christo’s meaning is not a fluffy “Jesus is the only way to Heaven”. It is referring to the greatest act of love and sacrifice known to all mankind, throughout all of history. God’s absolute love for me [and you] was shown through Christ’s death by crucifixion, His descent into hell – and ultimately through His Resurrection from death.
God is love, He is perfect, and because He is perfect evil cannot be in His presence. We do bad things – be those thoughts, words or actions – and God will hold us accountable for those actions. But our God is a loving God, so to save us from our separation from Him, He sent someone to take the punishment for those bad things we do. He sent His Son, Jesus, to die in our place.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”
So the decision is ours to make. Either we accept and acknowledge that sacrifice, and ask for God’s forgiveness – or we ignore it and do nothing.
I’ve made my decision…
By Christ Alone
My wife and I both got tattoos together on the same day – she’d been trying to talk me into it for about six months, but when I was growing up, my mum told us off if we wrote on the back of our hands in biro, so I it took some convincing to get me to do it. We’d both been through some difficult circumstances right before getting them, and so both of our designs say something about hope. Mine says (in Greek) “And the leaves of the trees will be for the healing of the nations.” It’s from a Bible verse found in the book of Revelation, describing what heaven will be like. The passage says that there will be a great city with a river flowing out of it, and trees growing on either side of the river, and “the leaves of the tree will be for the healing of the nations.” It’s a reminder to me that there is always hope, and that God will one day make all things right.
I just got my very first tattoo a month ago. I had been wanting to get one for a while and had a few in mind when my younger brother who is 20 called and was telling me about how him & my other brother (18 yrs) was going to get matching tattoos that mean brother in Hebrew and asked if I wanted to go with them to get sister and that he would pay for all of ours.
Right way, I knew I wanted to do it. Being a sister in one of the most things to me. My brothers & I have been through so much together. Not only was this my first tattoo but it was my youngest brother’s first one too. So we all went together & got it done. Also my husband went and got something totally diff but it was his first tattoo too. Now I have sister in Hebrew & they have brother.. I love it! It was a very meaningful tattoo & memory
Tattoo artist: Benjamin
Tattoo Studio: Artistry Ink
A few years ago my dad was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer. Just before he started his chemo, he came home with a brand new tattoo. It was a bull that had my name across it in a scroll. Naturally it was because I was a Taurus and quite bull headed but down to earth.
Fast forward a couple months and he has since passed on. I have always wanted a tattoo, and was thinking of something I could get in the memory of my father, since he had gotten himself tattooed for me. Since he was a Taurus and just as bull headed as I, I decided on the basic Taurus symbol for my tattoo. In essence, the tattoo is both a symbol of myself and my father as one.
Not only that, but through previous research I had learned that the Taurus astrological symbol is said to rule over the neck and throat (seeing as Taurus’s can often be lazy or gluttonous). So, the placement of the neck was my first choice for this one. As an added bonus, it’s easy to cover up if needed for work or other situations where tattoos aren’t readily accepted.
Tattoo Artist: Carl
Tattoo Studio: Wildcard Tattoo in Newark, D