Tattoo Culture in the Holy City: The stories behind Jerusalem’s ink

Israel’s capital, famously, is a city of many cultures and creeds where tourists, pilgrims and locals jostle in the ancient streets. Over the last week or two, as the sun returned and people shed their outer layers, an interesting dynamic to this mix of cultures was revealed – tattoos.

Permanently marking the skin with ink is traditionally forbidden in Judaism in accordance with the biblical passage in Leviticus 19:28, “You shall not etch a tattoo on yourselves.”


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