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1 hour ago, oboogie said:

I have no idea where you live, but I live in the south, and I have never encountered anyone like you seem to encounter every day.

I live in the south too, but in a small town that is extremely religious. It's the kind of town where I get super religious people lecture me for not going to church two to five times a year (and I only leave the house once a week or less!) and somebody says something Christian related to me just about every time I go uptown. They have no clue I'm an atheist; they just know I'm not going to church. One of them lectured me for over an hour! All she knew about me was that I didn't have a church and my dog was in major surgery after having a large thorn pierce her eye (she lost the eye, but they saved her life). I was a captive audience. I asked to be left alone and even changed my seat, but she insisted that she had to help me realize the importance of church for the sake of my eternal soul.

I don't encounter tattoo haters every day, but it happens. I was raised to believe that your body was your temple for your soul and God to reside. Tattoos were considered sinful permanent graffiti on God's temple that damaged your relationship with God as He would not want to reside in a defaced temple. Piercings (save for 1 simple earlobe on women only) were treated that way as well. I was raised Southern Baptist (which is very popular here), but we also have a lot of Later Day Saints (mostly Mormons) and Jehovah's Witnesses.

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I was raised southern baptist In the south, in the buckle of the bible belt. But again, never have I encountered that kind of thing, and I'm covered in tattoos and piercings.

I don't understand why you need everyone to know you are atheist. You just are. However, tattoos are a personal thing, and I guess if you want everyone to know you are atheist in this tiny, weirdly religious town, you are certainly welcome to it. It seems like you are kind of asking for people to hassle you. I don't understand it at all, but as my Mom always told me, to each their own.

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Actually, I haven't told anyone I'm an atheist but my dad, one of my nephews, my closest friends, and my tattoo artist (because of my tattoo) and yall (because I needed help and opinions while designing the tattoo). My 3 other nephews, my sister, the rest of my family, my casual friends, and my acquaintances don't know. Anyone who asked about my tattoo just gets told it's a broken infinity to remind me the importance of today (instead of the entire reason).

Random people literally come up to you and ask if you know God (I lie and say I do) and if you have a church (I lie and say I worship at home because naming off a random church got me in trouble once when they knew I didn't go there). It defuses most of them, but two to five times a year I run into someone who doesn't think that's enough and who won't drop it even when I'm polite or try to walk away. I've had them follow me to my car! It's the kind of town where it's illegal to sell alcohol and the majority of people are strong Trump supporters (that's not to insult anyone here who does, just to give an idea of the town).

40 minutes away is a slightly larger town (I have doctors there and often go to their larger stores, malls, and movie theater while I'm there) where I have met people with extensive ink or faiths other than Christian (or lack there of). Saying where I'm from leads to them curling their nose and saying "yeah. I've met people from [x]". Then they ask where I'm from originally and then act completely shocked that I was born and raised here because people from here are usually the opposite of open minded. Even my artist (who has tattooed people from my town occasionally) didn't believe it at first and thought I was kidding.

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50 minutes ago, DJDeepFried said:

My advice: save your money. Move. Get more tattoos, in that order.

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That's actually essentially what I'm doing. My asthma has been really bad lately (like scare the crap out of an ER triage bad), so I'm glad I'm currently living with my dad until they can get it back under control (currently on quadruple Symbicort and trying to get an allergy test). Plus dad has been having health problems himself and I've been helping him out. I plan on living here about another year and then moving out. That way I'll have a nice cushion money wise, I'll (hopefully) have been on my allergy shot long enough for it to take effect, I won't be moving/driving in the cold/ice, and I can help dad plant the garden before I go.

Currently it's a coin toss between moving to another town and moving to another state to help out my best friend take care of a baby. Her an her fiancé are planning on starting to try for kids as soon as they get married, so it really all depends if they're successful or not. I have a vasoconstrictive condition that makes my left side weak (and sometimes kinda useless), so I'm on disability and could stay home 24/7 taking care of the baby (you would be surprised how much one can do with just one arm). I take care of my nephews all the time so I know I can do it and she wouldn't have to miss as much work or be as tired when she went back. She saved my life several years ago and I think this would be a great way to repay her. :)

I don't regret spending the money on my current tattoo. It wasn't a crazy amount and made me feel more confident in who I am and beautiful again after the end of a 7 year toxic relationship. I brush off the negative comments (just like I do the obsessive Christians) and some make me laugh. The only one that bothered me was that of my now former friend. My dad can be rather annoying at times though. 

I intend on getting one more tiny one behind my ear (a robin for my Mamaw) before I move out. I'm putting off my other larger ones until later (probably 2 years from now). I honestly can't wait to have both my calves finished though. It's gonna take several years to save up all the money I'll need for both of them (limited income), but they are gonna look so awesome! ^_^

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I'm a Southern Baptist Deacon,adult bible study teacher,and I have many tattoos.I know lots of Christians with tattoos.People who think Christians judge them because of their tattoos are judging Christians.Just lighten up,nobody cares about your tattoos.

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2 hours ago, Michaelshane said:

I'm a Southern Baptist Deacon,adult bible study teacher,and I have many tattoos.I know lots of Christians with tattoos.People who think Christians judge them because of their tattoos are judging Christians.Just lighten up,nobody cares about your tattoos.

That's actually really cool. My town is just weird that way. I know not all Christians are like that and most are good people. My closest friends are a Christian, an Atheist, a Wiccan, and a White Witch and they are all wonderful people who really don't care about someone else's beliefs or what they do to their body as long as someone they care about isn't doing something dangerous. My Mamaw was a gospel singer and my sister is very involved in the church. I know lots of good Christians, but I know lots of bad ones too unfortunately.

My town is just weird in that their are a lot of people who call themselves Christians who embody all the bad stereotypes. There are the people I refer to as bible thumpers who are very pushy Christians to the point of being rude. They sometimes just walk up to a complete stranger and start preaching or asking questions about your faith, church, and such in a very dogged way. Sometimes they jump in the middle of conversations they were eavesdropping on (which I have to say is a little weird). Sometimes they talk extensively and excessively about nothing but Christian subjects and steer any conversation to Christianity to the point that other active Christians complain about it. On top of the bible thumpers, there are also bigots who use religion as an excuse for how they act towards others. 

Sometimes it feels like there are more of the bad Christians here per capita than there are in other cities in my state which gives my area a bit of a reputation. It also has to do with the churches themselves. Speaking from personal experience as well as second hand, I know the opinion some churches around here have about tattoos. We were taught that our bodies were a temple for the Holy Spirit to reside in and tattoos and piercings defaced out temple. As a child  in sunday school, I heard things from my various teachers and the preacher like God doesn't answer your prayers if you have a tattoo, the holy spirit cannot reside within people with tattoos, tattoos are a sin against God according to the bible, tattoos cause you to sin, and tattoos are the mark of the devil. I know it's all bs now and that was just their interpretation of the bible, but it was messed up at the time. I know that several churches around here are getting better, but too many still talk about tattoos like that. A lot of the people younger than me are appreciative of tattoos now and a few are getting tattoos of their own. Too many people older than me hate them with a passion. Then again a staggering number of people in my state think marriage should be between a cis man and cis woman only and it took the supreme court to legalize gay marriage here (which a lot of people still are fighting against), so tattoo hate should be no surprise. 

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So for April Fools Day I made a facebook post "looking for laser removal recommendations. I have enough business to put somebody's kid through college. I'm tired of looking like Walt Disney threw up on me. Time to grow up and look more professional."

My father texts me 10 minutes later saying if you are looking for a laser removal specialist to get in touch with him asap and he will connect me with someone who does that. LIKE, TELL ME HOW YOU REALLY FEEL DAD LOL

...aaand the next day I win a contest at the tattoo convention. oh geez

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As a plain skin, I always wondered why all the shops burn incense.  As someone who is tattooed often, I still don't know if there is a true meaning behind it.
 
(this is where I get jokes thrown at me now) lol

You won't find it at the shop I use. Sarah is sensitive to strong smells (as am I) and requests no perfumes, aftershaves, etc. Another plus for me!

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On April 4, 2017 at 0:54 PM, Patrick Bateman said:

As a plain skin, I always wondered why all the shops burn incense.  As someone who is tattooed often, I still don't know if there is a true meaning behind it.

 

(this is where I get jokes thrown at me now) lol

I've never been in a shop that burns incense.

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On 04/04/2017 at 5:54 PM, Patrick Bateman said:

As a plain skin, I always wondered why all the shops burn incense.  As someone who is tattooed often, I still don't know if there is a true meaning behind it.

 

(this is where I get jokes thrown at me now) lol

I'd have to leave if I went into a shop that was burning incense. Horrible stuff! Gives me a massive headache. 

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On 4/7/2017 at 2:43 PM, oboogie said:

Same. Never.

Another ditto. Well, I've never been tattooed at a shop that burns incense. I've walked passed them on St. Marks, they're the kinds of shops that also sell bongs and fake IDs...at least around here.

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I was at a gas station in St. John Newfoundland yesterday and the guy behind the counter asked if I did my "work" myself, I asked if he ment tattoos then just stared at him n said no 

 

but I'm wondering what other people think this means

is he 

A, a moron

B, saying my tattoos are shit as nobody puts good tattoos on themselves?

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