Get Hired: Jobs That Are Tattoo Friendly
As tattoos become increasingly popular, they are being considered more acceptable in our culture. These permanent markings are still frowned upon by many people and workplaces. There is still hope for those that are job hunting. A good rule of thumb for an interview is to cover them up and then learn about their appearance policy. If hired and you are feeling brave, expose them a little at a time. Even though generally these jobs are becoming more tattoo-friendly, remember that it also depends on in what area the job is located, what each company's values are, and the individual that is in charge of the hiring.
Of course this is the easiest job to have when covered with tattoos. Don't forget that tattoo parlours sometimes also house piercers. In additon, they need people to answer the phones, collect money from the customers, and process their accounts.
Anyone that is in a creative field with tattoos is usually accepted, because it is understood that they can be used for artistic expression. Types of occupations in this area include sculptors, painters, computer animators, interior designers, and comic illustrators. These jobs or fields provide more freedom to display body art then those that are in the business world.
Actors and actresses of today continue to succeed despite having several tattoos. Although, they are usually placed where they can be covered up if needed. Some can be used to work into a character's personality. Others just fade into the background as the plot of a movie or series becomes more important then the appearance of one particular character.
If aspiring models really want to be successful, they won't go overboard with their tattoos. Those covered in body art are not marketable. Clothing designers want a model to be a clean slate. Those with tattoos can book some jobs, but they might be fewer, because modeling hopefuls are at the discretion of the designers' personal tastes and visions. They have to find what works for each shoot or fashion show. The best route is to get small tattoos that aren't obscene and can be covered easily by many different types of clothing.
You can be a waiter or waitress in some restaurants, but you probably won't work at a high end restaurant. Newer or small downtown joints in large cities might be a smart choice. In particular, cooks have the advantage, because they aren't seen by the public.
Not all stores allow tattoos to be worn by their employees. Don't expect to work as a sales associate or manager at expensive clothing stores. Those working in warehouses or in the back rooms of stores would have more leeway with showing their body art. As tattoos become more popular, however, some chain stores allow their employees to wear them openly. In my experience, I have learned that Walmart, Target, and various discount or dollar stores generally allow their employees to display them.
Most band members today, including singers and musicians, have tattoos. It is a part of their image and persona when on tour or whenever they are in the public eye. The bad part about this is it's not a job that's financially stable. Many people try to make it as a band member, but few actually achieve success. If you are in a band, then the upside is that it's widely acceptable to display your tattoos with abandon.
Cubicle or Computer Jobs
Some companies might not mind that you have tattoos if you aren't really seen by the public. This can include cubicle office jobs. While it is best to keep them covered when first meeting a company, they may not mind as much after you're hired. Computer or technology-related occupations may be the same way. Working for a social media company like Twitter or Facebook would be great for those with permanent body art. They are always looking for young and talented professionals and wouldn't mind much, because you would be working mostly behind the scenes. Other careers in this field could include tech support, a software developer, or a web designer.