Is there much said about tattoos in the EBTs? About ordination when tattoos are already present?
I don’t think I’ve ever seen a monastic with visible tattoos. I figure the act of getting tattoos would (potentially) be against the seventh precept:
- Nacca-gita-vadita-visukkadassana mala-gandha-vilepana-dharana-mandana-vibhusanathana veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami
I undertake the precept to refrain from dancing, singing, music, going to see entertainments, wearing garlands, using perfumes, and beautifying the body with cosmetics.
Given that tattoos are often a sort of “garland” or “cosmetic”. Of course the reasoning behind certain tattoos varies, with some being purely for artistic/display purposes and others have more action-oriented intentions. Tattooing as a practice is fairly old and I think was probably at least known to the Buddha’s milieu.
Feel free to also give me your info or thoughts on the tattooing practices in Thailand and other Buddhist majority countries where tattooing has some connection to the sangha.