Thank you for the reply. If I had not been in the world of tattooing as a customer, and as a professional, for so many years I too might feel repelled by them. Joan Baez when asked why she got a tattoo said,"How can you explain an impulse." If there are many psychological reasons why people choose to mark their bodies I, from my years in the business, would say the reasons are many and varied. Within myself, going by my own inner soul searching I have come to the conclusion that it is a primal urge coming out of the DNA depending on where in pre history that leads. I've never looked at it as idolotry. As in 'worshipping the creature rather than the creator' ? I look at my growing library of Calvin's Commentaries, Institutes, Owen's works, Flavell, Sibbes, Edwards, Murray, Bavinck and Warfield. I will have to live another 20 years to possibly read it all, and wonder if it is not a form of idolatry. We have to be so watchful of our 'old man.'