Praise be to Allaah.
Tattooing, in which the skin is pierced with a needle and a
blue or other coloured dye is injected, is haraam in all forms, whether it
causes pain or not, because it involves changing the creation of Allaah, and
because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) cursed
the one who does tattoos and the one for whom that is done. In
al-Saheehayn it is narrated that ‘Abd-Allaah ibn Mas’ood (may Allaah be
pleased with him) said: “May Allaah curse the women who do tattoos and those
for whom tattoos are done, those who pluck their eyebrows and those who file
their teeth for the purpose of beautification and alter the creation of
Allaah.” (al-Bukhaari, al-Libaas, 5587; Muslim, al-Libaas,
With regard to all these matters, the ahaadeeth testify that
the one who does them is cursed and that they are major sins. There is some
difference of scholarly opinion as to the reason why they are forbidden. It
was said that it is because they are a form of deception, and it was said
that it is because it is a way of changing the creation of Allaah, as Ibn
Mas’ood said – which is more correct and also includes the first meaning.
And it was suggested that what is forbidden is only that which is permanent,
because that is changing the creation of Allaah; as for that which is not
permanent, such as kohl which used for adornment by women, that is permitted
by the scholars. (Tafseer al-Qurtubi, 5/393).
So if what is referred to in the question is that which is not permanent, then it is not a tattoo as such and does not change the creation of Allaah. See question no.