Italy’s macho soldiers asked to remove tattoosAugust 17th, 2012 - 8:02 pm ICT by IANS
Rome, Aug 17 (IANS/AKI) Italy’s armed forces have passed new regulations to prevent and contain practices that might affect the image of the army, including shunning a “macho” rite practised in armies the world over — tattooing.
The new regulations bar members of Italy’s military services from getting inked and piercings in “visible parts of the body”.
Tattoos that raised concern were “obscene, sexual, racist, anti-Semitic and subliminal messages”, according to a document from the Italian armed forces.
Commonly spotted on Italian soldiers’ bodies are tattoos pronouncing political allegiance to far-right movements or soccer teams. Images demeaning women are also not a rare site.
The “occasional presence of soldiers exposing signs of exteriority” could bring a sense of difference and despise from other populations that disapprove of tattoos for religious or cultural reasons, said the army’s official website forzearmate.org.
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