by the way, i'd be perfectly happy burning at the stake whoever the person is that started the craze and told all these girls that these chest tatto's are in any way at all attractive. i've never seen a single one that looked good, the only thought i ever have when i see one is pity for the girl.
I mean christ, man... I have earrings. The difference is, in a professional setting, I'm more than happy to take them out because I know they're unprofessional. I don't go to luncheons with my business partners with them in and, had I a tattoo, I would cover it up because they look unprofessional.
Whether you like it or not, people give a shit about how you look.
Someone with a visible tattoo, based on this thread, says one of 2 (probably both) things.
1) I don't care about actually getting this job so I'll make no effort to appear clean-cut and professional.
2) Fuck the system. If they can't handle my tats then I don't want the job anyway.
Both are incredibly immature ways of looking at things. No one in the real world gives a shit about your "free spirit" or your "freedom of expression" or your rebellious attitude or your mother or anything that drove you to get a tattoo. All they care about is:
1) What they can get out of you.
2) What kind of face you put on the company.
Tattoos fall under the category of #2, and when you put on a shitty face for the company, that lessens what they can get out of you.
It's been said several times that if you can cover the tattoo in a professional environment then it's no one's business. Take the earrings out and wear long sleeves and you're set.
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As I already said, the idea that someone has to listen to you even when you look like a twat with facial tattoos is an almost unparalleled sense of entitlement that just doesn't fly in the real world.
i can handle hand and up the the neck tattoos. i personally do not like face tattoos at all. I think they just dont add anything to the person.
i do not discriminate against a fully tattooed person unless they handle themselves in a manner that would make me uncomfortable or seem inappropriate
i would see a doctor, lawyer and hire a person who seemed correct for the position regardless of their personal body modifications.
But no, go on, continue saying that I think people with tattoos are uneducated slobs. It's not like my avatar has a tattoo on her arm or anything like that.
Sme tattoos I do judge people for, but others I don't. Where I use to live there was a lot of marines, and nearly all got the same tattoo on their arms of the royal marine logo thing, don't judge for that
You take your earrings out when you go to a luncheon cause you feel they may not respect you later? And this isn't a "fuck the system" approach, it is a "I will change your perception" tactic. If you cant respect me for me, I don't want to work for you anyways. And again, I have had no issues being me, in a professional setting, because I am me. I am honest, I am blunt, I am no nonsense, and I work my ass off. If those qualities are overshadowed by ink, by art, then you are the issue, not me.
I know a lot of employers will judge you based on tattoos, for certain jobs. The company I work for doesn't let peoe with tattoos do customer service jobs. A lot of companies are the same. A small tattoo on the arm is ok, but full face tattoo can be a bit off putting to customers.
If you think it doesn't work like this in the real world, I implore you to look again, you may be surprised.
I think for jobs where you are not going to be seen by customers/clients tattoos are fine, it shouldn't matter. But if youre in a job dealing face to face with clients/customers, I think you need to look professonal and respectable.