My Coptic cross tattoo was quite a spontaneous decision, a spur of the moment thing, but it made sense.
The Coptic cross, tattooed on the right wrist, is an ancient tradition here in Egypt. The first and only question the tattoo artist asked us was “Are you are Christian?” The cross tattoo is not a decorative fashion statement, its a sign of commitment to God.
“To these Copts of both the past and present, cross tattoos have not been a sign of teenage rebellion or fashion forwardness. Instead, they have been enduring reminders of their Christian faith—showing the Copts’ dedication to the One who bore the everlasting scars of mercy, grace, and truth.” Jennifer Johnson, Tattoos of the Cross
OK . . . it’s also pretty cool. And Wolf was getting one so I didn’t want to be the wimp. So we both jumped into the tattoo booth that is located at the Cave Church and got it done. Now we have something else in common with Coptic Christians everywhere.
I may be in Egypt in March – I am SO getting my first tattoo if it happens – thanks for the tip Andrew!
Man, if I’m ever in Egipt, I’m getting one too. Makes sense.
did i share what i want to get done on my right shoulder……… well, shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, can’t tell ya online, but will send you the memo on yer private line.
Congratulations and welcome to the club — I got mine outside bishop Shnuda’s monastary several years ago. Yours looks better than mine though.
But will it keep vampires at bay?
This is beautiful. I have a cross tattooed on my wrist (not a Coptic cross) which covers three zodiac symbols from former days in the occult. The cross covers these symbols as a reminder of Jesus covering my sins (Romans 8).
As a direct result of this post, I got first ink on Sunday afternoon:
I’ve been brought up to think that tatooes were wrong but I now realise it’s not the tatoo that’s significant but what it’s of – thank you 🙂
la ink tattoo designs, nice work with the tattoos
I’m a coptic christian, and i hope, i really hope anyone who gets this tattoo realizes the meaning. I know it’s cool,but it’s so much more than that. It’s a symbol of freedom and unity as well as faith for all of us copts. Please understand it’s a commitment to God, not a fashion statement. However, for those of you that understand, thank you for embracing our culture.
This is great as it is a quick, easy way to identify Christians.
Tribal tattoos are always appeling to every one.
being a copt this tattoo really means so much to me and the people of my faith it a commitment to god and not a fashion statement