When in Rome…get a tattoo?
During my stay in Rome, I met a Roman whose city and religion are so important to him, he decided to get a symbolic tattoo.
Fabrizio loves his city’s history and is a devout Roman catholic, but he also loves meeting his friends at the pub, checking out trendy cocktail bars and getting inked.
I decided to film him with his tattoo artist friends while they finish off his design. This is a great opportunity to show you an inside look at a modern subculture in a city known for its ancient past.
Fabrizio explains he is getting an ancient and religious symbol on his chest: a tattoo of the Virgin Mary, technically the mother Dolorosa, the virgin who suffered the pain for the loss of Jesus. He wanted this not just because he loves getting tattoos, but because of a promise he made for his daughter.
“This is something I wanted to have when my daughter was sick and suffering from cancer of the thyroid. And then I promised the Virgin that if everything was fine, I would make this painful tattoo on my chest. Here I am. It’s my Catholic Rome.
It’s very painful.”
Still, he says that compared to how much Jesus suffered, it isn’t much pain to endure.
“But if one of the men killing Jesus was Andrea, he would have suffered more,” he jokes.
In today’s age, we see a lot of people impulsively ‘inking’ themselves, because apparently it has become so much of a trend. But if we are going to look at the word ‘tattoo’ in its strictest sense, it means ‘to MARK something’. That is why most tattoos done centuries ago told meaningful symbols and stories. Their markings are not just for the purposes of jumping on a bandwagon – although some designs are symbols of brotherhood, but the images, letters and characters hold deeper meanings for the people who get them.
I was also able to interview a tattoo artist wherein he shared the common tattoo designs requested by their customers. He believed that the most popular tattoo style is traditional American. He added that the fashion is not so much gothic, celtic or tribal at the moment. It’s more about the colours these days. Given that the economic situation in Italy isn’t good, people want bits of happiness by getting colorful tattoos. You can see more of his interview from my video.
This guy had “famiglia ” tattooed on him. These tattoo-covered men are actually family guys. It seemed important to them that their tattoos have meaning for them and remind them of their pains and milestones. Regardless of the design, as long as your tattoo has a very substantial and personal meaning, it would always be the most beautiful.
Do you have a tattoo? What are your reasons for getting it?