CNS PHOTO | MATTHEW BIDDLE
Stuart Randell poses in front of his Sacred Tattoos parlor in Fremantle, Western Australia.
On entering Stuart Randell’s tattoo parlor in Fremantle, Australia, visitors are greeted with the seemingly unusual.
A sticker on the back of the desk computer reads: “Jesus loves me with or without my tattoos.”
An array of tattoo design books, many with religious images, sit on the front counter beside a large Bible.
The radio playing in the background, transmits the sounds of Christian radio station Sonshine FM.
Welcome to Sacred Tattoos.
Randell has worked as a tattoo artist for about 20 years and established his own business in 2009.
At that time Randell, who was raised Catholic but later drifted away from the Church, experienced a conversion and began to seek God again.
It started when he began attending worship services at a local Christian church.
But thanks largely to the warmth of Jesuit Father Stephen Astil in nearby East Fremantle, Stuart soon returned to the Catholic Church.
“Father Stephen had just started there and he came across the street and introduced himself,” Randell recalled.
“So then I started going back to the Catholic Church after many years.”