It seems like everyone has a tattoo these days. Whether it is a small rose, a skull or a crucifix, people are marking their bodies in unprecedented numbers. While some may want to dismiss it as a merely a trend, tattoos tap into the human need for rituals and meaning.
As fewer Americans identify with formal religious traditions, getting a tattoo can be a rite of passage and a means to claiming of identity. Tattoos can serve like stained glass windows that tell the story of the soul.
All Together host Paul Raushenbush talks with Noah Michaelson and Josh Korda, both of whose bodies are literally covered with tattoos. They talk about why they got their first tattoos, what spiritual significance tattoos have for them and what advice they have for people thinking about getting a tattoo today.
Noah Michelson is a poet and the Editorial Director of the Voices department at The Huffington Post. Josh Korda is a well-known Buddhist and presiding teacher at Dharma Punx NYC as well as a teacher at Against the Stream.
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