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Drawn Together

Photo by Chiara Esposito

Photo by Chiara Esposito

Drawn Together

 
The most tattooed country in Europe takes pride in the convergence between art, tribalism, and symbols of belonging. TIFO met with Lele Bianchi, a Juventino ultras turned tattoo artist, to learn how he assists the masses in identifying with their club in Turin, Italy.
 
 

EN

“Why, why, why do you always leave me alone on Sunday to go and see the football game?” The lyrics of Rita Pavone’s ‘60s hit “La Partita Di Pallone” go some way towards giving us an understanding of just how culturally ingrained the passion for football is within the Italian people. Allegiance to a club is often times the only stability young people have. Perhaps it is natural that this very same allegiance should become physically ingrained on a fan’s own skin. 

 

A recent poll revealed that Italy is the most tattooed country in Europe. The convergence between football and tattoos goes beyond the borders of “tribal” belonging; it feeds on contemporary pop culture, transforming it into symbols able to unite the loyalties of all Italian football teams.  

 

This type of convergence is well represented by the Turin based football club, Juventus F.C. established in 1897. With approximately eleven million supporters, the team with the biggest following in Italy is represented throughout the country. Lele, a tattoo artist and Juventus ultras, has been a member of Juventus’ Curva Sud – the stadium’s ultras terrace – for years...


IT

“Perché’ perché la domenica mi lasci sempre sola per andare a vedere la partita di pallone?” Dalle parole di Rita Pavone e la sua celeberrima canzone anni ‘60, ad oggi, poco è cambiato. A prescindere dalle dovute ed auspicate evoluzioni nei costumi sociali, la passione per il calcio resta solidissima in Italia: forma d’evasione dalla crisi politica ed economica, nonché’ rituale intoccabile del weekend. La fedeltà alla propria squadra è spesso una delle poche certezze in cui giovani - e meno giovani - credono ancora. Tanto da scegliere di imprimerselo sulla pelle. 

 

In Italia, che da uno studio recente risulta essere il paese più tatuato d’Europa, il legame tra calcio e tatuaggio sembra oltrepassare i confini dell’appartenenza nel senso più “tribale” del termine, e nutrendosi della cronaca contemporanea si trasforma in simboli che spesso uniscono tutte le tifoserie d’Italia.

 

Questo legame è ben rappresentato dalla torinese Juventus F.C. stabilita nel 1897, con i suoi oltre undici milioni di tifosi sparsi su tutto il territorio nazionale, da nord a sud. A Torino abbiamo incontrato Lele, tatuatore e ultrà, da anni membro della Curva Sud del Juventus Stadium... 

 
 

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