I'm sure you've had this question asked before, but what is the church's teaching on tattoos and body piercings?
Answer by Fr. Robert J. Levis on 11/11/2007:
Matt, Body piercings are mutilation of the body and obviously sinful. Tattoos may be very small and covered by clothing and so could be less sinful. Large tattoos destroy bodily integrity, are in themselves pagan, and so sinful. Fr. Bob Levis