Tattoos in Italy are popular.
An estimated 6% of Italians between the age of 12 - 18 have tattoos, however tattoos can only be given to people under 18 years old with their parents consent.
The Catholic Church traditionally opposed tattooing on the grounds it was associated with superstition and paganism.
In 1876 the first written account of convicts having tattoos appeared in Cesare Lombroso's L"Uomo Deliquent (Delinquent Man). In the report Lombroso studied over 5,000 convicts in Turin's jails and discovered about 10% were tattooed. He recorded designs and made statistical reports on tattoos.
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