I have a vested interest in this thread and am very interested in the opinions here. I am going into a new industry where I will be working with
potential clients on a day to day basis where a lot of money is at stake potentially with each new client. And of course I made poor decisions when I
was younger about my tattoo selection and didn't take into consideration how they reflected on me as I would get older. Not that they are bad
tattoos. Technically they are good. Decent to good quality at least. I wouldn't get them again by any means, but I would like to know how would you
react if you noticed them and we were engaging in a client/ agent basis?
edit to add: None of my tattoos are offensive or have any discriminatory messages at all. I just simply do not like them and what they represent (my
own personal issues), but most other people who have any interest in tattoos usually say they look good. Just to help give an idea about what they
are. Someone who didnt know what they are looking at might look at my left arms sleeve and think oh that might have been done in prison (because it
is black and gray). It wasn't but thats the style.
Would you take that into consideration if we were dealing with a lot of money in business? Lets say I was just as professional as the next guy and
even had a good reputation, but you saw my tattoos one day randomly or something. Would it concern you? Create hesitations? Cast a doubt on my
abilities to perform as expected?
As someone who has been in the tattooing industry (as an owner, not an artists). I have seen pretty much everything in terms of quality, bad ideas,
pure stupidity, racism, gang symbols, coverups and so on. And even body sleeves and large pieces that are worth more than the best contemporary art
for sale today (thats subjective, but many would agree).
Heres what I think.
1. Tattoos in America and what they mean today are stupid. A vast majority of them. (I have many stupid tattoos myself)
2. You can absolutely get an idea of the kind of person they are by there tattoos (not a complete picture, but an idea)
What does that mean in the workplace? Well, I think it depends on what is viewable and its quality. With the sheer amount of bad tattoos out there I
would say a good majority of them should be covered. But if you had the reasoning, patience, money and put enough thought into a good sleeve or large
piece somewhere that is possibly exposed then it should absolutely be allowed.
But if your dumb enough to put your last name on your forearm with wannabe gangster writing or you want your cool flash tribal arm piece to come
halfway down your forearm past your elbow that was done in your buddies garage, then cover that crap up...
Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated!
Have a nice day...
Happy New Year!
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