Tattoos & Body Piercing

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The prohibition of tattoos

  1. It is forbidden to get tattooed.[1]

Body Piercings

  1. There is no specific prohibition forbidding body piercings. However, if one's health would be affected, they may not be done. [2]
  2. Men should refrain from getting body piercings.[3]

Sources

  1. Vayikra 19:28, Makot 21a; see Rashi. One is not chayav unless there is both writing and engraving. Pouring ash on a wound is also forbidden because it looks like a tattoo even though there is no writing or engraving(Makot 21a).
  2. There are references in the Torah regarding piercings among both men & women with no specific objection; however, should one's health become compromised as result, we are to stay away due to the obligation to care for our bodies.
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