I have a couple of tattoos, one is a black panther on my forearm. I was 18 when I got it, now I regret it but can't do anything about it. I am a caring, sweet person and prefer office jobs. I haven't ran into problems with it yet but I also wear long sleeves most of the time. Living in Minnesota there's not much time to wear revealing clothing due to the weather.
My husband is a golf professional. He knew someone from golf school (I think?) who had a beautiful tattoo of a dragon that went up his back and down one of his arms. He wore long sleeves most of the time to cover the tattoo.
Once, he met someone who wanted to offer him a job. The offerer invited the man out for a game of golf, and when the tattooed golf professional went to play, his tattoo was seen in the locker room at the club. He didn't get the job.
In the summer, golf professionals are expected to wear short sleeved shirts. He lost the job because of his tattoos.
DH is a professional, generally working in management, though right now in sales. It is always best not to have tattoos or facial piercings if you're going to be presenting yourself to the public. I took my nose piercing out years ago because of this.
I think an individuals actual qualifications are almost always much more important than their physical appearances. So, I would judge someone on how well they fit the job, rather than whether or not they have a tattoo on their arm.
I think, with the exception of face tattoos, it does work like that more often than not.
Perhaps there is still more prejudice in some of the professions that Ralph Deeds mentioned, but in technical and industrial fields, the qualifications and abilities of the individual usually are more important than the fact that they have a visible tattoo.
I have known a lot of successful professionals that have visible tattoos. I remember I sold a car once to this guy that was covered in tattoos. He had tattoos on his arms and his neck and turned out to be a software developer at a major computer hardware manufacturer.
My tattoos are in places that are easily covered: two around my left ankle, one on the back of my neck (a Norse rune that's fairly small, and hidden when I wear my hair down). But that didn't factor into my decision, and I've never conciously had to cover them.
My tattoos are part of me. I'm not ashamed of myself.
I'm not ashamed to admit that I have admired a nice tattoo on a ladies ankle. If it's tastefully done I don't see any problem. Also many sportspeople are having them done in honour of winning premierships or such.
You are welcome , enjoyed the question. The wierd thing is as children and teenagers we are usually all encouraged to be unique and yet we do Its considered "inappropriate" Crazy
I personally dont want a tattoo but I think in the great scheme of things who does it hurt? Their image? How? example The pizza boy who delivered my pizza had a tattoo of buddha on his arm I dont agree with Buddha ,but do I quit buying pizza? No way ,does it affect my decision to buy from that company again No Do I associate Buddha with Pizza now No Just more corporate nonsense
I have never had a problem getting a job because of the way I look. I have my tongue pierced, as well. Of course, I don't have crazy tattoos on my face, or implants in my head, or anything like that, so I guess it's less of a concern.
I'm not kidding! There are people out there who implant things in their head, to give them ridges or bumps. Almost like the same sort of thing with cosmetic surgery (cheek implants, chin implant), except they do them in strange ways, like giving themselves bumps that look like small horns coming out of their forehead.
I have a tattoo on the back of my shoulder now. I dont know if any of you guys remember when I asked for advice on what to do. I think the back of the shoulder is perfect when you work you can't see it because of clothes when you swim people can see it because its an apporpriate time and people who dont find it acceptable dont have to know. If you get a tattoo the only reason someone else will know is if you want them to and you tell them and want the attention. with teh acception of being a swim instructor I think you would be fine if you stick to my advice.
Yeah, not the best place or message to spread. Reminds me of the main antagonist in Snow Crash--beefy fella with a nuclear warhead for a side car, his face had been stamped with a tattoo for future reference when he got out of being detained..it read
Well, I guess the answer depends on what kind of job you're applying for and how visible and large the tattoos are. I suspect that big tattoos might not help you get a job as a nurse or physician's assistant or x-ray technician.
I realize this might be true, but that doesn't mean it's right, or makes any kind of sense. I think the stigma against tattoos should have gone extinct a long time ago. I don't care if my doctor has tattoos, as long as s/he knows what the heck s/he's talking about.
Maddie:I agree that the md needs to show knowledge of the profession (I'm a nurse), however I think it's a generational thing. If you're 18 to 40, probably not a problem...but if you're 65 to 90 it can be a sign of immaturity to "that" particular generation.
Example: I have a very good dr friend that is an excellent MD. He does have a couple of Tats and comes to work dressed in boarder shorts and loud print shirts. Well the younger pt's think he's "way cool", however I've overheard other older patrons of my hospital make comments like..."Well I wouldn't want Gilligan takin' care of me!" Like I said...Generational.
I agree that it's not right. I was just pointing out that prejudice against tattoos exists in certain professions. Other examples: doctors, lawyers, CPAs, bank tellers, high end fashion models, teachers. Anyone hoping to enter those professions had better put their tattoos where the sun don't shine.
I remember, several years back, there was a runway model who had a shaved head, and a dragon tattoo on the back of her head. It didn't seem to impeed her ability to get work. I have also known several people in a variety of professions with tattoos, several of them visible when they wore t-shirts of pushed their shirt sleeves up.
When I got a tattoo, I made sure that it would be easily covered, so that it would not effect my hire-ability or my husbands. The place hiring will affect the answer to this question, as much as the tattoo and its location.
I really think it depends on the person and the position. In example, I work with a designer who has sleeves--tattoos running all down both his arms. He's also got ear plugs... It also works on him, kinda weird. He's still a 'clean cut' looking art guy.
However, in this area of the country in particular, there are people who look pretty skanky with tattoos on their faces (usually in black ink, and those are generally considered prison tattoos). And no--I wouldn't hire them. Well, maybe to work the night shift at a 7-ll.
I personally will never get a tattoo. I'm original enough, . When I feel like being intriguing I wear all black and byzantine earrings.
I don't have a problem w/tats, but I think it depends on the type of career. If you're going for a job in the art/music industry, or of course, Tattoo artist, then wonderful, but If you're going for a career in the healthcare field, that's different. I say this because, especially in a nursing home setting, elderly people sometimes are intimidated by tattoos/piercings. If you're going for an office position, probably should cover 'em up.
You know tats have gone mainstream when BARBIE gets -- not just one (a butterfly on her shoulder) but a tramp stamp on her lower back that says 'I heart Ken.' These days, even older people have them. They can be very beautiful and honestly have nothing to do with one's ability to work. Judging a book by its cover has never been wise...
Anybody see that movie called Cape Fear. Is it any wonder that people are intimidated when they see a Tat. On the other hand I have seen some very sexy tats on some very beautiful women. And what about Abbie in NCIS .
I wouldn't hve a problem hiring someone with tattoos. Maybe it;s becasue I already have tattoos and maybe because I am a musician, but someone's ability to do a job shouldn't be effected by the ink on thier body.
That being said, if I were hiring someone for a sales position for some sort of corporate or high volume professional company, I wouldn't hire them i they had a tattoo on thier neck, face or hands. As long as they could cover thier tattoo with clothing...cool.
In a job placement program for receptionists and customer service reps, we had a female applicant in her early 20s arrive for an interview wearing sleeveless, deep-necklined top that revealed moderate cleavage, self-inked blurry tattoos on one forearm, a plastic neon-red hair-fall attached into the natural brown but unstyled, and large appliques on all fingernails of a heterosexual couple engaged in mutual oral sex. The tattoos were the least of our concerns.
The tattoos in themselves, unaccompanied by the rest would have looked unprofessional because of their low quality. We would not have wanted gang-related symbols, profanity, hate symbols/words, nudity, or obscenity.
I've seen some inoffensive and attractive wrist and ankle bracelet tattoos which would not be cause for rejection in an interview. The larger and more visible the tattoo the more likely it would result in rejection in many professions.
I would only have one situation that would make me think twice. If he had to deal with the public and my next meal was based on by business' standing with the public; I might have to think hard about it.
My son and my step-son both have fairly large tatoos but none are clearly seen in work clothes.
I would not hesitate to employ a person with professional tatos where they could not be seen, I would however not want to employ a person, with tats on their hands the sort that say LOVE HATE on each finger these scream" I have been in jail had a biro and a needle, and too much time on my hands. So also may suggest I could be dishonest...... They also are disfigurement, I have designed tatooes for people as part of my job, but on each occassion told them I did not like them, and believed that they would regret them later on. A slim lady on the arm of a young guy looks alot different, when all the colour has left and his skin is wrinkled in his fifties, also i am really against names. Bad move. I do not however have a problem with cultural tattos, such as our maori ones, it is Politically incorrect to discriminate against these, these are legends, and are carried by families.