Except for shirk, Allah forgives everything. Another question is if tattoos are something for which one should ask forgiveness. The Qur'an is quiet on the subject. However, it does say that you should ask forgiveness from Allah and act accordingly.
The fact is that tattoos are used in this world to mark slaves, criminals, and soldiers. They are scars of humility, regret, or courage. Some people wear them as a form of protest or as a means of identification. In the end, they're a personal choice. Whether any particular person or deity has anything against tattoos is beyond our knowledge or concern. But as with many other issues, the only thing that matters is what you believe yourself to be guilty of.
Forgiveness is a divine gift that can never be taken away. So whether someone has a tattoo of your name on their body, it's nothing but skin and bone. One day it will come off or fade away. Until then, forgive them and pray for them.
Islam, Shia Shia Ayatollahs Ali al-Sistani and Ali Khamenei feel that tattoos are not prohibited by Islam. The Quran makes no mention of tattoos or tattooing. Tattoos are termed Makruh, according to Grand Ayatollah Sadiq Hussaini Shirazi (disliked and discouraged). He stated that the practice of getting tattoos is contrary to Islam. The practice of removing scars or marks through self-harm is considered Shirk (association with Allah), so tattoos should be avoided.
However, there are several reports from the early Muslims about them. They say that the Prophet Muhammad allowed tattoos as a form of religious art. But later on, he banned them because of the problems they could cause in society.
So, it can be concluded that tattoos are forbidden in Islam. However, they are accepted as a form of art so long as you do not break the sacred bond between man and God by marking yourself on the body. Even then, you should be aware of the dangers involved with such practices.
So, no, God would not forgive you for having a religious tattoo since he would not consider it sinful in the first place. The Bible forbids getting a tattoo. I am the LORD, and you shall not make any cuts on your body for the dead, nor tattoo any markings on you. Remove the hair from around your head; do not clip your nails. Do not wear clothing made of wool or linen woven together - instead, use cotton or jute - or else you will be driven into war. A woman is forbidden to cut her hair or shave it off; if it grows out, she may trim it, but not shave it off. Also, men are forbidden to shave their heads or eyebrows; if they do, they must cover their heads with hats.
In the Old Testament, people had tattoos as marks of identification. For example, Moses was identified by a tattoo on his arm (see Exodus 4:6).
The New Testament also talks about tattoos. It says that people should be careful what kind of tattoos they get because they can be used to identify them later (see Matthew 6:17). Jesus himself did not have any tattoos, but he did say that one day his followers could be marked by his name being written on their hands. We know this because the Book of Mark tells us so: "Then he [Jesus] touched his eyes and said, 'It is through eyes like these that people will see the mark of the beast'".
Tattooing Quranic passages, names of Ahlulbayt (a.s), drawings of Imams (a.s), Hadiths, unislamic and improper pictures, or the like onto the body is not permitted. However, if an individual wants to decorate himself with tattoos, then it is his own choice and no one else's opinion should be taken into consideration.
Grand Ayatollah Sadiq Hussaini Shirazi issued the following decree: "Tattoos are regarded as Makruh (disliked and discouraged). However, if it is of the form that goes beneath the skin, it is acceptable but Makruh." This means that tattoos are not mandatory in Islam but they are discouraged.
In Islamic law, something that is prohibited generally becomes known as haraam (meaning lawful or permissible). Therefore tattoos are unlawful because they are used to mark slaves and criminals. The ink itself is also considered sacred because it is made from ground-up beetles. Even after you free yourself from such obligations, a tattoo may still be removed if this causes you no harm.
It is important to note that neither the hadith nor the comments of the great scholars rule out completely the possibility of some kind of artistry being used with tattoos. If you want to know more about them - particularly if you are interested in getting one - then you should definitely consult a doctor before you get involved with this type of activity.
Tattoos have been condemned by Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, yet many religions, particularly Buddhism and Hinduism, make significant use of them. This article looks about how they may be used for protection and devotion.
In Japan, Buddhism has a tradition of using murasaki silk tattoo papers to create art. These papers are inscribed with poems or pictures and are then dyed into the skin of famous people. The emperor himself was tattooed in this way.
In India, Hindus anoint themselves with ash and decorate their bodies with flowers and symbols of love. They also wear tattoos to show respect for others and as a mark of religious conviction.
In Tibet, monks and nuns tattoo themselves to show their dedication to Buddhism. They believe that tattoos can help release them from evil spirits and display plates that are sacred to them.
In China, Buddhists tattoo themselves with the aim of getting out of debt and achieving other goals. It is thought that tattoos with symbolic meaning can help them get ahead in life.
In summary, religions allow tattoos because they believe they can be used for protection and devotion. Tattoos are used in Japan to decorate the skin with poetry or pictures. In India, people wear them to show respect for others and as a mark of religious conviction.