5. Tattoo: The Mark of Death

Terry Watkins
the Truth Ministries

[Article reprinted with permission]


In Leviticus 19:28 the Lord gives a clear condemnation of tattoos – “. . . cuttings in your flesh. . . nor print any marks upon you.”

Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the LORD.
Leviticus 19:28

It’s very interesting that Leviticus 19:28 links the tattoo with “the dead”.

Care to take a wild guess as the number one theme of tattoos? Even in today’s modern, civilized, society. . .?

You guessed it. . .!

DEATH. . .

Death and darkness have always been a classic tattoo theme – skulls, snakes, demons, spiders and spiderwebs are all conventional tattoo imagery. Darkside tattooing takes our fascination with mortality, death, isolation, fear and evil to new levels.”
(Jean-Chris Miller, The Body Art Book : A Complete, Illustrated Guide to Tattoos, Piercings, and Other Body Modifications, p. 56)

According to authors Henry Ferguson and Lynn Procter of The Art of the Tattoo, the most popular tattooed image of today is – “the all-pervasive grinning skull!”

“. . . probably the most popular tattooed image of today, the all-pervasive grinning skull!”
(Henry Ferguson and Lynn Procter, The Art of the Tattoo, p. 76)

“Skulls imprinted on skin abound, and depictions of the Grim Reaper are commonly seen. . . These images, indelibly marked on the skin, reflect uncertainty about the future, and sublimate the pervasive fear of the unknown. Possibly, at the same time, to wear a death’s figure on one’s body may be an invocation of whatever undefinable forces of nature and the cosmos that exist, in an attempt to protect the wearer from such a fate.”
(Henry Ferguson and Lynn Procter, The Art of the Tattoo, p. 76)

Take a tour of most tattoo shops and morbid scenes of death, demons, serpents, and hell will engulf you! Grim reapers, flaming skulls, snakes crawling through skulls, demons, Satan, pornography, blasphemy, naked flames of hell – every satanic scene of hell is glorified. Who do you think is the “master artist” painting such hellish scenes in the minds of the tattooist? You know as well as I do who’s the real “master tattooist”. . .


Incredible. Over 4,000 years ago, the Bible connected the tattoo to “the dead” and despite our so-call civilized, modern society – death is still the tattoos “mark”!

Wonder why. . .?

Now who in the Bible is associated with death? Who is the Author of Death? Who in the Bible is named Death?


In Revelation chapter 6, Satan’s man, the anti-Christ, is introduced making his grand entrance during the tribulation. And the Bible gives his name as Death. Notice, the capital “D” for a person.

And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.
Revelation 6:8

Death entered into the world in Genesis chapter 3 by the seduction of Satan. Satan’s victory was death. No wonder his followers decorate themselves with his “trademark” of death.

Just as the Lord Jesus Christ is Life and the giver of Life. Satan, “who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God” (2 Thess. 2:4), is Death and the author of Death.

Jesus Christ is Life. . .

In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
John 1:3

I am that bread of life.
John 6:48

Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:
John 11:25

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
John 14:6

But ye denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted unto you;
And killed the Prince of life, whom God hath raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses.
Acts 3:

For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Romans 6:23

1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life;
2 (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and show unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;)
1 John 1:1-2

11 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.
12 He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.
1 John 5:12

The Devil is Death. . .

In Hebrews chapter 2, the Bible says the Devil “had the power of death“. Death is the devil’s masterpiece. Death was his greatest triumph. And Praise the Lord, the Lord Jesus Christ took the devil’s greatest triumph and the Devil’s ultimate power – death, and defeated him with it! Hallelujah!

Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he [Jesus] also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;
Hebrews 2:14

Also, if you remember the maniac of Gadera who was possessed with a “legion of unclean spirits and devils” lived among the tombs – the cemetery – the place of DEATH.

Mark 5:1-5 reads:
1 And they came over unto the other side of the sea, into the country of the Gadarenes.
2 And when he was come out of the ship, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit,
3 Who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no man could bind him, no, not with chains:
4 Because that he had been often bound with fetters and chains, and the chains had been plucked asunder by him, and the fetters broken in pieces: neither could any man tame him.
5 And always, night and day, he was in the mountains, and in the tombs, crying, and cutting himself with stones.

Notice, also the cutting himself with stones – bloodletting. . . the beginning of the tattoo.

The place of death is characterized by skulls, crossbones, crosses, etc. and are among the tattooist (and Satan’s) favorite subjects.


It’s also worth noting that not only is Death a major subject of tattoos but so is fire, flames and HELL. Revelation 6 says his name was Death and HELL FOLLOWED.

And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. . .”
Revelation 6:8

It’s no coincidence that closely “following” death “sitting” on the tattoo – follows flames, fire and hell. One of the all-time favorite subjects of the tattoo is flames and fire. Now. . . who is interested in glorifying flames and fire?

Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:
Matthew 25:41



It’s also very enlightening that another major theme of the tattoo is the Dragon and the Serpent. Second only to scenes of death and hell – evil, devilish images of dragons and serpents are the tattoo’s most wanted.

Hmm. . . . ? Now I wonder where that curious topic came from?

Genesis 3:1
Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?

Revelation 12:9
And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

Revelation 20:1-2
1 And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.
2 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,

[Tattooing is associated] “. . . with sun-worship, megalithic building, ear-piercing, serpent worship, . . .”
(Ronald Scutt, Art, Sex and Symbol, 1974, p. 22)

Are you getting the picture?

the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan (Rev. 20:2)


Rolling Stone magazine had an article on the famous tattooist Paul Booth. Booth, one of the world’s most sought after tattoo artist, has tattooed the bodies of many rock stars. Booth has a waiting list of over two years! Booth’s tattoo chamber is desecrated with real human skulls, customers’ thank you notes written in blood, torture devices, upside down crosses, Satanic Goat of Mendes, meat hooks, and mummified animals. Rolling Stone says Booth’s evil work is for those who, “. . . love death, perversion, blasphemy and torture. . .”(Rolling Stone, March 28, 2002, p. 39)

Booth’s blasphemy and vile filth includes decapitated Christ figures, ghastly demons, transvestite nuns severing their own genitals, melting skulls and about every other blasphemous filth “spawned from hell”. Booth’s very first “inspired” tattoo was three fanged, skinless demons on the back of his girlfriend.(Rolling Stone, March 28, 2002, p. 40)

Here’s how Booth’s own web site descibes his blasphemous, satanic tattoos and mission:

“Spewed from the depth of Hell, Paul’s mission has been to reconfigure human hides and spread divine declarations of Blasphemy.”

May I remind you — this is one of the most sought after and top tattoo artists in the whole world!

Tattoo artist “Liorcifer” says on his web site:

“Liorcifer is a spawn of Satan, brother of Lucifier, Soldier of Darkness, warrior against all that is good and holy. Liocifer has been leaving his mark on flesh since the dawn of time.”

Another popular tattoo artist, Tim Kern writes of his Bio on his web site:

“A faithless Deviant, Tim has been staining skin since the Black Plague. Soon to be one of Satan’s leading henchmen, Tim will spread Profane Immorality with each stroke of his Evil machine. . .”

Is there any doubt who is the “master tattooist?”

For some are already turned aside after Satan.
1 Timothy 5:15Neither give place to the devil.
Ephesians 4:27


NOTE: It is strongly recommended to carefully read all the different sections, in order, as each section compliments the previous.

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