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Are Tattoos Taboo Today?

Updated on June 5, 2015
This person has great body art that she will regret when she is 50.
This person has great body art that she will regret when she is 50.

It is the 20-30 yr. old workers that are changing how management and professionals deal with employees with tattoos. With many workers in that age bracket having a tattoo, employers are trying to accommodate this visual problem that may turn off customers. Many professionals have a tattoo hidden by a suit or other clothes. This is the same for many others who consider the placement a critical decision that impacts their future. Having a tattoo in a spot open to the public and cannot be hidden poses a problem when seeking employment or other social occasions.

Having a tattoo is cool or not, it depends on the viewer or those you work with. Tattoos still have that negative stigma from another time. Of course, the content of the tattoo is very important. While workplaces are becoming more permissive, a visible tattoo can be a curse in a job interview. There are times when the tattooed no longer want the body art. One can either hide the tattoo using available makeup. This can be an issue if the makeup runs, stains clothes, or looks bad. Usually, orange will neutralize black or blue ink, while red ink can be covered using green, purple.

To have a professional cover your tattoo that is 3-4 inches in diameter costs about $500 and takes two hours. If the diameter is 2 inches, about $100. However, if you have a tattoo covering a large part of the body, it could cost $1000. The camouflage will only last a few days but will allow you appear at the event with no tattoos. Compare this to the cost of getting a tattoo- a small one runs $100, while a large one might be $5000! Another method is to go to several session of laser removal that breaks up the ink. Each session averages around $350 and can take 1 to 10 sessions.

The number of people getting a tattoo is increasing in all age groups because it is the "cool" thing to do, but just as many are having them removed and the numbers have doubled as they age. So, if you are thinking of getting a tattoo, pick a place that clothes can easily hide it if you need to, select your tattoo that will stand the test of time (your entire life) so you do not have to spend more money removing it. What may be cool at age 21, may seem stupid at age 40. By doing so, you keep the expense to a minimum and you do not need to be embarrassed by it when you have matured.


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      perrya 2 years ago

      @alpha- totally agree for sure. They are fine in the right places.

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      Kevin W 2 years ago from Texas

      I have tattoos that Ive had for over 25 years. In my opinion I guess it depends on what the actual tattoo is of, there are some that are truly art and then some that are dreadfully tacky. Any tattoo on your face or neck is not a good look. The younger generation does seem to be getting out of hand with tattoos.

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      perrya 2 years ago

      Most under 30, simply do it for the sake of body art. It is part fad, or, considered a fashion thing like nose rings and such.

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      CJ Kelly 2 years ago from Auburn, WA

      Very unattractive. If everyone is getting one, how cool can it still be. You have to earn them, in my opinion. Accomplish something: military service, climb a mountain, beat cancer, etc....Voted up. Another great topic.

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      Rajesh Bhuin 2 years ago from India

      Tattoos are not cool, they are actually painful.