Friday, March 23, 2007


So, when I was about 20 I decided that I wanted a tattoo. I thought about it for a while and then very randomly one night I walked into a shop in Murfreesboro and picked a "christian fish" off the boards and about thirty minutes later, I had a tattoo. Now it is not a great tattoo...not a lot of creativity or thought went into it, just a symbol of the faith that I claim to live by.

So a couple of years later I wanted another one. I put a little more thought into it and decided that I would put the trinity symbol on my other shoulder, so I did. It was ok, just a basic outline of the symbol of Father, Son, Holy Spirit.

I still was not satisfied and I year or so later thanks to a birthday gift from my little bro. Jason (big shout out) who will possibly blog about his own tattoo story, I added the phrase "the hope of glory" in greek under my trinity. This is a reference to Colossians where the Bible reminds us that Christ in us is THE HOPE OF GLORY!

So, fast forward a couple of years and I got the itch again. This time I wanted something a little different. My first ideas were the Superman logo (I'm a big Superman fan) along with finding a appropriate scripture to go along with it. After talking about it for a while and searching for the proper scripture and layout it just seemed that I could not settle in on it enough to go get it. I'll insert a quick tattoo tip here, If you are not sure, DON'T GET IT.

About a year later I was introduced to the book "The Barbarian Way" and it has totally changed the way that I view my faith. No long am I called to conform to a certain view of Christianity, or in other words, I don't have to be exactly like you or you like me for us to worship and serve the same Holy God. How freeing is that? Anyway part of the book references Matthew 11:12, which speaks of the forceful advance of the Kingdom of God and how only the FORCEFUL will take hold of it. From the moment I read that and saw a corresponding piece of artwork in the book I knew what I wanted for my newest tattoo.

So here it is ......
P.S. Big Shout out to Brady at Body Language in M'boro.


Alison Bynum said...

it's big...but i like it. you're such a rebel!

Jared and Katie said...

Wow! That looks so cool. I can't wait to see it in person!

Turner Farms said...

I can't wait to see it in person also! I know you are loving it every time you get to tell the story or inspire someone to pick up their Bible to look up the verse!
I love you!

Jamie Weiss said...

It's so awesome to have a tatoo that means something to you. My husband and I have matching tatoos of our wedding verse 1 Corinthians 13 on our shoulders in Japanese. It has each of the symbols for faith, hope & love.