by Moody Adams Dr. Hambly, probably the greatest tattooist historian writes over and over, that tattoos are based on pagan spiritual and religious rituals. Serious study of tattooing reveals a spiritual intent.
The ancient tattooing process, could only be performed by priests. Hambly concluded that historically tattooing had originated in connection with ancient rites of scarification and bloodletting which were associated with religious practices intended to put the human soul in harmony with supernatural forces and ensure continuity between this life and the next." (Gilbert, Steve, Tattoo History: A Source Book, p. 158)
"The origins of tattooing came from ancient magical practices. . . " (Laurie Cabot, Power of the Witch, cited in Masonic and Occult Symbols Illustrated by Dr. Cathy Burns, p. 301)
Among today’s latest tattoo craze is "tribal tattoos", which are pure paganism. Tribal tattoos are designs that bear serious symbolic mystical and occult meanings. Tribal tattoos, especially, are possible channels into spiritual and demonic possession.
Rolling Stone magazine declares the famous tattoo artist Paul Booth during his tattooing as, ". . . allowing his clients' demons to help guide the needle." (Rolling Stone magazine, March 28, 2002, p. 40)
"Hindus in Begal believed that without tattoos parents would not be able to recognize their children in the next world." (Ronald Scutt, Art, Sex and Symbol, 1974, p. 63)
According to survey and statistics, Scutt lists the reasons why people get a tattoo and the number two reason – "to secure a place in heaven".