What is the Catholic Teaching on Tattoos?

Please tell me what the Catholic teaching is on tattoos. In my research I have only found opinions one way or the other. Several people have quoted Leviticus as a way to say tattoos are immoral. But Leviticus also says “Don’t eat fruit from a tree less than 5 years old and don’t cut your hair” sooooo? Anyway I really would like to have an apologist answer me on this one. Is there something in the Catechism? or some Catholic document or something you can refer to? Thank you

These links should help you understand the Church’s position on tattoos and body piercings. If you have any further questions or concerns that are not answered by these links, please contact Catholic Answers directly.
**Recommended Reading:
*]Has the church said anything official about body piercing and tattoos
*] Is excessive tattooing a mortal sin?

DISCLAIMER: The views and opinions expressed in these forums do not necessarily reflect those of Catholic Answers. For official apologetics resources please visit www.catholic.com.