Choose The Right tattoo
[I]t means “follow the right path”. Its akin to a mantra eschewing sinful activities frowned upon by the church like drinking alcohol, smoking cigarettes, doing drugs, and, yup, you guessed it: getting tattooed.
Matt finds great power in this tattoo because it represents an oxymoron: the letters CTR stand for a way of life that is contradicted by the fact that they have been tattooed on flesh. It would be like a Jewish person having the phrase, in Hebrew, “You shall not make gashes in your flesh for the dead, or imprint markings upon you: I am the Lord” tattooed on them. As a tattooed Mormon, this is Matt’s way of addressing,and coming to terms with, the disparity between faith and his love of tattoos.
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After I found a few Mormon/LDS tattoos by accident, I started actively looking for more. I know that LDS church leader officially denounced tattoos years ago but young people still think they’re totally badass so I figured there had to be more. The conclusion I’ve come to is that when Mormons get tattoos, they generally don’t get things related to Mormonism or Mormon culture - except beehives. Lots of beehive tattoos. If you see any Mormon/LDS tattoos, let me know about them