POSTED: Wednesday, February 8, 2012 - 11:38pm
UPDATED: Friday, February 10, 2012 - 2:26pm
Christian Tattoo 'Salon' in Bullard
BULLARD — Resurrection Ink: With a Christian theme -- it's not your typical tattoo parlor.
Co-owner John Mahfood has been a tattoo artist for more than 2 decades now...
Besides the Biblical implications behind the business name, he says it mirrors his life.
"My talent was resurrected...I was ready to bury it because I did not want to deal with drug or gang culture to go to work," said Mahfood.
So years ago...he quit tattooing to remodel houses and paint church steeples...but while dangling 90 feet in the air one day...he says god spoke to him.
"What was told to me wasn't go out and start a tattoo shop and do this, or don't go out and start a ministry and do this. What it was was -- "You have a talent, son...don't bury your talent," Mahfood said.
Many Christians hear the word tattoo and cringe...we went out to ask East Texans about getting inked through God's eyes.
"It's gonna be up to the individual to make a decision in their life on that, so...I'm not gonna sit here and judge them wrong because they did so, I just know in my life...it's not the bright part of my life," said East Texan John White.
"From a Christian point of view, I don't have a problem with tattoos as long as they're expressing love, beauty, even sentiment," said East Texan Dereme Pabst.
And for those that reference Leviticus, where the Bible plainly says not to tattoo, Mahfood sees it differently.
"There's no disrespect in this at all -- if you're Jewish or Muslim and follow the Old Testament books and law...then it is revelvent to your faith...but as Christians, Jesus died for our sins. He died on the cross and we entered into a new covenant with our creator and it negated everything that came before," Mahfood said.
Even though many may see Resurrection Ink as a ministry, John Mahfood doesn't completely see it that way.
He says he just does what God wants him to do.
"Everytime I get the chance to take a bit of nasty out of the world and cover it with something beautiful...so that when others look at it and they ask questions about it gives that person an opportunity to minister to them," Mahfood said.
The folks at Resurrection Ink say they don't just do your typical tattoos, they also do cosmetic tattooing for burn victims and women that have had mastectomy's.
And if you've got some sort of a negative, drug-related or gang-related tattoo, Mahfood says -- he'll cover it up for you.
He told us a story of a local youth miniister who had a giant marijuana leaf on his arm from a concernt in the 70s. Resurrection Ink turned it into a portrait of Jesus.