Tattoos shouldn’t be taboo

Photo illustration of an tatooed employee speaking with other employees in an office workplace. Steve Porter/Telescope

Photo illustration of an tatooed employee speaking with other employees in an office workplace. Steve Porter/Telescope

Appearances are often deceptive and first impressions happen, it is an inconvenient reality. Employers should not judge people and their ability to work based on them having tattoos.
Tattoos do not measure any trait that is a key factor to acquire any job, such as persistence, motivation or your ability to perform your job well. People with tattoos are employed in a variety of different industries, from entry-level to executive positions.
Body art should not be a workplace issue. Having visible tattoos does not say a thing about the employee that is relevant to the quality of work he or she puts out.
Tattoos are becoming more and more accepted as a form of art and expression.
According to, 30 years ago, 1 in 100 people in the United States had a tattoo. Today, 1 in 10 Americans have them.
In a recent survey on, it revealed that 60 percent of employers said they were less likely to hire a candidate with visible tattoos or piercings.
It’s not fair for the average everyday wor

ker who has a visible tattoo to be discriminated against because he/she has a piece of art on their body.
Some employers are still having a hard time wrapping their heads around body art in the workplace, while Google, the number one ranked place to work in 2013, according to CNN, does not have any policy on tattoos.
Other reputable and world renowned companies such as FedEx, Barnes & Noble and Trader Joe’s are all body art friendly employers.
Employers argue that tattoos and piercings in the work place are inappropriate.
However, having a tattoo on your biceps or back will not affect your work ethic or your qualifications on paper that meet job requirements.
A study from the Pew Research Center found nearly 40 percent of people between the ages of 18 and 29 have at least one tattoo. That is almost half of the entry-level working force.
In a perfect work world, you should be judged solely on the merit of your work. Not the fact that you have a tattoo that represents or means something to you.
When looking for a job you should be most worried about the base pay, bonus potential, and benefits the company offers. But a survey conducted on showed that 23 percent of people surveyed first look at a company’s permissiveness regarding tattoos and body piercings when deciding where to apply for a job.
Tattoos should not be the one thing holding you back from getting a job you are completely qualified for.


Author: Paige Harvey

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  1. I have 80% of my arm tattooed and at 49 am having a terrible time finding a job that accepts artwork. People turn their nose to me. I cover them up but it gets hot working in a kitchen. I love my tattoos as they have meaning to me and each one I have is because of something special in my life. Most folks take pics I get ink.They have nothing to do with my work ethics but damn everyone thinks your a drug user and a drinker. Im tired of it and I think folks should take the stick out of there ass and wake up to the fact that folks have ink, even their doctor and their lawyer and the sooner they realize it the better we all will be.

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