We have blogged about the way Coptic Christians in Egypt use tattoos as a way to identify themselves as Christians to their Muslim neighbors. How else can Islamic mobs know whom to attack, since the Copts look the same and speak the same language as any other Egyptians? The Coptic Christians are in your face about it, tattooing a cross on their wrists or arms for all to see.
It turns out that some Coptic tattoo artists migrated in the Middle Ages to Jerusalem. It became a custom for medieval pilgrims to the Holy City to get a tattoo as an indelible souvenir.
To this very day, the Razzouk family has a tattoo business in Jerusalem, one that has been handed down generation after generation since the year 1300! You can go there to get a tattoo of a Jerusalem Cross, or St. George & the Dragon, or other traditional designs that are first stamped on your skin by templates that are centuries old.
Read the report, excerpted after the jump, and go to the link to see the tattoos. [Read more…]