I think that may be the amount of ink on his arms had made it impossible for him to turn the page to Leviticus 19 and verse 28 where he will find:
'You shall not make any cuts in your body for the dead nor make any tattoo marks on yourselves: I am the LORD.' New American Standard BibleIt just shows how taking a word from the bible in isolation can really show up the hypocrisy of narrow mindedness. When Christ was asked what is the greatest commandment he said it was 'Love'. That is all encompassing, that is something that is sometimes lacking in churches that look down on, or exclude in part or in full people from their congregations die to their sexual orientations. Where are such churches without love, they are nothing except an noisy gong or a clashing cymbal.
Hat tip to Gill Troughton via my cousin Rachel