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07/08/2005
Jews making their mark by: Leslie Bunder
FILED UNDER DAILY JEWS >> Jewtastic
Tattoo Jew
Tattoo Jew
Having a tattoo is a statement for many.  Whether it is about turning their body into a piece of art for all to see, or just having a discreet etching of something dear and close to them, getting a tattoo is a personal choice for many.

Recently the world of Hebrew lettering tattooing got a bit of a publicity push with the news that David "My grandfather was Jewish" Beckham and his wife Victoria have had matching Hebrew tattoos saying "I am my beloved, my beloved is mine".
 
But it shouldn't take Becks and Posh to reveal something that has been going on for years, Jewish tattoos are popular.
 
In fact, Jews and tattoos are closely connected. In the early 20th century, an American wallpaper designer Lew "the Jew" Alberts created many of the designs that are still popular today including the Black Panther and he and inspired tattoo artists around the world.
 
Some Jews are put off getting a tattoo due to what is said in the Torah. Leviticus 19:28 says: "You shall not make gashes in your flesh for the dead, or incise any marks on yourselves: I am the Lord."
 
But for many, getting a tattoo and having it on display says they are proud of who they are and don't want to hide that.
 
Exploring this theme, documentary film Tattoo Jew looks at the various issues involved with Jews having tattoos.  The film by Andy Abrams and Justin Dawson provides the answers to just about any question you may have concerning Jews and the tattoos with a full supporting cast of tattooed people.
 
While, not yet officially released, the Tattoo Jews website provides a teaser to what the film is about with a short trailer.
 
As well as the film, Abrams and Dawson are also looking to release a Tattoo Jews book.
 
Tattoo Jew website is at www.tattoojewmovie.com
 
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