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Tattoos in the Workplace: Okay or No Way?

Tattoos in the Workplace: Okay or No Way?

Whether it was the tattoo you got and now regret or some special ink you are proud to wear, tattoos stay with us forever - even in the workplace. Though the tattoo trend is only growing and seeing those without tattoos in certain venues can be unusual, there is still a question of whether tattoos are acceptable in the workplace.

Many who have tattoos will attempt to cover them up during that first interview if they are unsure of how the employer will react to seeing one on a potential employee. Then after being hired maybe they will become more lax about covering it up, but still wonder how they will be perceived if a co-worker or the boss catches a glimpse of that butterfly on their ankle.

Cayla Martin, a University of Calgary master’s student researching the perception of tattoos for young women entering professional careers is quoted in a recent report from Ottawa Citizen explaining how a stigma surrounding body art still exists in the workplace. Martin says, “No matter how many people are obtaining body modifications, there is still that idea of what that means about someone’s capabilities or who they are as a person.”

For some professionals who now regret getting a tattoo or who feel they have been judged too many times for having them in the workplace, getting them removed is no easy feat. The removal process can be timely, sometimes taking between 6 months and a year, and can cost anywhere from hundreds to thousands of dollars.

Do you think potential employers will often look down on a job applicant if they catch a glimpse of a tattoo?  Have you had any personal experiences with this?

Should employees have to cover up their body art while on the job?

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  • A1nettie By A1nettie

    depends on the job. If you are suppose to be professional (office) then no

  • HoneeBuns25 By HoneeBuns25

    I love tattoos but I don't have any. I do know that a lot of employers don't want to see those tattoos showing if their company deals with conservative clients. I have seen more and more people working in places with tattoos that are visible but lets be honest if it's a higher paying job that may be dealing with clients that bring in Hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars that tattoo is not going to be viewed positively. In the past tattoos have been associated with people who like to party and drink. Or criminal activities. I think if the employer is okay with your tattoos showing at work then that is fine but I do believe the employer has the right to decide what is okay to be presented to their clients after all it is their business that is being affected.

  • bayoustar By bayoustar

    I think they are k as long as theyare not vulgar or offensive

  • stefaniek99 By stefaniek99

    Depends on the job and depends on where it is! A tattoo on the ankle while wearing closed toed high heels seems so much more approrpriate than one peaking out of a low cut v-neck shirt.

  • basilandcatnip By basilandcatnip

    Depends on the art, the location, and the job.

  • Sherelle By Sherelle

    This is an appropriate topic today, since I'm wearing a short sleeved shirt that reveals the tattoo on my upper arm. I usually wear a blazer or sweater over it, but my supervisor is not here, and I don't feel as inappropriate in it. She has never said anything against it being seen, and actually said it was a cool tattoo. But, I am a professional person, and when at work ,I want to be perceived a certain way (competent, professional, intelligent) I'm all of these things with my tattoo, but the stuffy people in suits would only see the tattoo. I hate that stigma! I try to not have it completely out in the open all of the time, but when it's extremely hot, I have to compromise. I work in an office, so I usually can easily cover it when needed. Thank God I'm not in Corporate.....

  • AnnMowet By AnnMowet

    I have several tattoos and I don't regret them and never will because, I put alot of thought into what I was getting put on my body. With that being said I also thought about where they are placed. I got them in places where they can easily be covered with clothing in any weather, because I kow their not accepted everywhere. Rules are Rules.

  • MelissaRiley By MelissaRiley

    Ok, I have to comment because I work as a nurse and I am required to cover up my tattoos at work. I actually wear Ink Armor sleeves from Tat2X: They work well and I honestly don't mind covering up because I think my patients are more comfortable around me when my ink is not visible. However, with that said I would never give up my tattoos because they remind me of family members I miss everyday.

  • ShyannaD By ShyannaD

    Tattoos should be accepted everywhere.

  • rissaf2001 By rissaf2001

    I think that as long as your tattoos arent offensive it shouldnt be a big deal in most work places!

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