Embracing body art

Moderate tattoos should be acceptable in the workplace

By The Schoolcraft Connection Editorial Staff

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Tattoos should be acceptable in the workplace as long as they are not distracting or inappropriate.

As the new millennium continue to progress, tattoos are becoming increasingly popular. Since the beginning of body art there has been a stigma in society towards this “uncultured” activity. Many younger generations have begun to embrace this experience and the generation that created the “taboo tattoo” stigma is beginning to age out and retire. As younger workers move up in the work force they are bringing more of an open mind to the workplace. The new ideal is that forms of expression on the body such as tattoos has become acceptable. Slowly, the anti- tattoo stigma is beginning to become obsolete in most career fields and in general everyday life. There are still the steadfast professions and culture that will never see tattoos as acceptable, no matter how the times has changed.

There is a lot of confusion over what tattoos do to a person’s chances of getting a job. According to a survey done by the Salary for Business website, 76 percent of employees think a person with piercings or tattoos hurts their chances in a job interview. Despite these numbers people are still getting tattoos thinking that it doesn’t matter, however most of the people who do the hiring proclaim tattoos make a difference. That being said, according to aimseducation.edu, 73 percent of people will hire someone even with visible tattoos. The hiring managers tend to look for what is important such as hard work and respect rather than appearance.

A job that’s enjoyable makes for an atmosphere in which one can be themselves and express this in whatever decorum desired, but when it comes to self-expression, the workplace says otherwise. The worker sees the importance to express themselves but the employer is allowed to set regulations on what areas of the body they can expose. Robert vs. Ward, a case heard in the 6th circuit court of appeals made it so em – ployers are allowed to impose laws on the physical appearance workers may attempt to show. To protect the comfort of the customers working with the employee who may be tattooed, some professional workplaces, feel it’s best to not allow any body art.

Everyone has the choice to tattoo whatever he or she wants on their body, but there are some places that are more appropriate than others. It is the safest bet to get a tattoo that cannot be seen while wear – ing regular clothing. If a tattoo can be seen, it is recommended it be small and unassuming. For example, behind the ears or on the nape of one’s neck are the only spots on the head that should be tattooed in order to be taken seriously as they can go unnoticed.

Tattoos may sound appealing but the cost of having one may cost an individual more than the money in their wallet. The stigma that tattoos are unpro – fessional is still real, and many companies in the job market find tattoos unacceptable. Careers in law enforcement, law firms, or any employment involving the government deem tattoos as unprofessional. Any line of work involving the gov – ernment or law continues to ban tattoos on the basis that they’re associated with crimi – nal activity. These companies employed by the government believe in keeping appearance as formal as can be, and view tattoos as unprofessional. Al – though tattoo culture is quickly becoming more widely accept – ed, it is still important to take into account restrictions of the work force before making a permanent bodily change.