I have actually heard my own Coptic Priest condemn the practice because he says it goes against the teachings of Scripture (I am not saying whether I agree or disagree with him). In any case, the support you guys are showing for Egypt's Copts during this difficult time really touches me. Thank you all!
While I agree with the priest to condemn the practice, my reasons are different in that they're practical. Some use the OT scripture against tattooing, but I would disagree with the use of OT rules for obvious reasons (those kids with fro-hawks would be condemned under OT law too you know). But some priests do use NT rule for the body being the temple of God, which is reasonable, though debatable. For me, it's the fact that Copts in Egypt get a tattoo usually at the age of 3 or less for a means of protection and strong sense of identity against a daunting majority. The Copts outside of Egypt tend to embellish on their wrist tattoos by making it larger, more colorful, as if they're showing off a design rather than a sense of identity. It's really to me an insult to the cross and the purpose of the wrist tattoo, and it loses its significance as a means for evangelization and it rather becomes joining the masses with their beautiful embellishments.
So ya, this Copt here does not have a cross tattoo on his wrist.