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11/2/14 5:22 P

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Interesting Renee, you know I'm an attorney and I spend a lot of time in and out of courthouses. There are many staff and lawyers with tattoos, and varying degrees of exposure. Little ankle tats or wrist tats are no big deal. Nobody says anything. I keep mine covered in the courthouse just because I think it's more professional. I absolutely do not worry about it in my office, unless I have a client coming in who might raise an eyebrow. The people I work with have never said a word.

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I currently work as the district court clerk in my county. I don't think anyone will say anything when I finally get my tattoo(s). I won't go out of my way to wear tattoo revealing clothes, but I probably also won't be too overly concerned about covering them, either. There's another girl in the court house who has some, no one says anything to her, either and she has said she wants more. :)

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You'll know I've made it when I finally have an anchor on each forearm. The one on my calf shows through my hose at the office, but hardly anyone has ever noticed. No one's looking at my legs. I keep the other ones covered without being asked, this just isn't the right place to have them out. But that's OK, they're for me anyway. I try to really be careful about WHEN they show... incidental exposure is AOK. Wearing a tank top in the middle of winter and no jacket so I can be sure everyone sees them would make me a giant tool.

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I work as a correctional officer so it's not as big of a deal as it would have been in other places. In the past when in an office enviroment I have been asked to cover them.

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I have three tattoos (1 on my upper arm and 1 on each calf). I work in a small doctors office. I don't think they care about my tattoos, but they are always covered up by my uniform. I do want more tattoos but I would probably get it where it could be covered up.

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I have worked in management in drug and big box retail stores, and at least at the stores I worked at, they were fine with my arm tattoos. I have one on my calf also, but I don't ever show off that one. I got it when I was 17 and only went to my first appointment, so it is just an outline of a naked punk gargoyle, so even if I could have worn shorts at work, I wouldn't have. Anyways, my jobs never seemed affected by my tattoos. When I worked at the big box store, other managers would say things to my employees about their tattoos showing, (like stars up one girls arm, or a feminine chest piece) and I would defend them and let them know that it says nothing in our policies about tattoos. I felt like since I was tattooed management, I was the employees go to person. Now I have the best job as a stay at home mommy and my daughter can color in my outline tattoo with markers to her hearts content.

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I am currently unemployed, but I've missed out on a few potential jobs because they spotted my forearm tattoo.

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i work in law enforcement so i'm forced to cover up all my arm tattoos by wearing long sleeved uniform shirts

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I think anymore visible tattoos are acceptable as long as they aren't vulgar. I looked in my employee handbook on tattoos because I was getting the one on my wrist. In our handbook it says visible tattoos are acceptable as long as our managers do not feel they are vulgar or inappropriate. If they are deemed inappropriate obviously we can be told to cover them.

So far no one has said anything about my awareness ribbon.

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I have 4 tattoos. 1 on my neck, lower back and one on each wrist. I work in an office and no one has said anything about them. I tend to wear a lightweight jacket all the time anyway since I stay cold. They keep the air on year round. You can see the ones on my wrists and the one on my neck since I rarely wear my hair down. I have plans on more and would be totally covered if I knew they wouldn't say anything about it. But I do worry about it because I really need my job and don't know what I would do without it.

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I work in healthcare at a hospital. All of my tattoos can be covered as of right now. In April for my birthday and 15 year anniversary of being a cancer survivor I will be getting an awareness ribbon tattooed on my left wrist. I have no idea how my boss will like it. I figure if she doesn't approve than I can always wear a bracelet or something. I don't have patient contact since I changed jobs and now sit in an office and schedule hospital testing so maybe she would be cool with me having a visible tattoo. It's not like its on my face.

I chose to get it on my left wrist because when going through chemo my vein burst and I now have a chemo burn on my left wrist. I also have a burn on my right forearm that happened at the same time but the left burn is worse than my right. I couldn't move my wrist afterwards because chemo burns everything including the bone. I went through months of physical therapy to have range of motion in my wrist. I think its fitting if I got a tattoo on that same wrist to remind me that I'm a survivor.

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1/29/12 10:31 P

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Thank you! :)

I love tattoos and I have always said I would have trouble covering them if people didnt like them .. I think we are in a day and age where they are more acceptable then they use to be ... thank god cause I am covered! lol

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I've had my tattoos since i started working. I work as a hairdressing and most of my tattoos can be hidden. My bosses don't say anything and my customers don't mind them, though what i have run into are the creepy old men really like the one on my chest not sure if its the tat or the chest.

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Congratulations hon!!

I have had tattoos since my first in 2002. Most of mine are able to be covered so that they don't show if I need to cover them up for an employer. My last tat is on my wrist. It is a bracelet around my right wrist of a Celtic Triangle with the unity circle in it with a rose vine as the bracelet with two rose buds. My last two employers thought it is cool and there is no problem but if I ever work where it needs to be covered, a long sleeve shirt will cover it still.

I am getting one on my left wrist as one of my goal rewards along the way. It will be a Celtic Heart with gentle swirls in lavender to be the bracelet around the wrist.

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Well .. guess what! I found a fella with tattoos (not as many as me, but almost) and we are getting married in October! So .. looking back, I did find me a tattooed guy!! YAY me lol



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I have worked in law firms since I was 18. I had to wear long sleeve everyday to cover my tattoos. I couldnt take it anymore so I quit in Jan! I always wanted to go to school to do hair but never had the courage to just say screw what is safe & go for it. I am now enrolled & start in just a few weeks. Best decision EVER!

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I have 11 and thankfully have never had a problem with them in the work place, mainly because my father is my boss, but he doesn't have a problem with me or my co-workers having tattoos or piercings. I was a graphic designer part time for a company and had my eyebrow ring in and all my tattoos showing and they never said anything about them at all.

I refuse to cover mine up just because someone else wants me to. If you don't want to see it, don't look at them, look at my face.

Most are though, typically coverable, except the ones on my wrists (everyday visible) and my partial sleeve on my right leg and ankles but only when I wear a skirt or dress.

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i think that out of all the guys i have datede there was only 1 that had more ink then me, some love the look others are turned off by the look oh well.

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that is true ... I have never really dated a tattoo-ed guy before ... so maybe I should give it a try!! :) ha ha ha



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i love my job too some days more then others it's very draining tho.

My bf has no ink or metal at all and here i have like 19 tats and 3+ piercings lol i guess oppsites attract

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Demona ... I do work for a good agency all around .. and I actually love my job .. something few people I know can actually say!

I hope that people become a little more open minded around art and tattoo's .. it is a beautiful thing!

Now .. to find me a supportive, educated, hard-working tattoo-ed man ... :)

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oh becky, i wish we had a place like that near here there is peole at my job that would benifit from there i think.

i love the art of tattoos also, the ink show will be here in 2 weeks and i have to work, bummer!

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Hello all,

I work in Rehab for adults with acquired brain injruies .. and it is funny, when I got my first tat on my arm .. people talked .. and in a good way! I got a second .. and they talked some more in not such a good way. It kinda makes me chuckle. I have them high enough (for now) that they can be covered if I am placed in a situation where I have to be super professional ... but my whole idea of thought is also why should I ... these both mean something very deep to me .. why do I have to cover them? I do not dress unprofessional, I do not act unprofessional .. and honestly they are not tacky! I push the envelope a little sometimes .. and really it is working! I am not the only person with large tats at work ... just the only person with TWO large tats on my arms that are visual alot ... the other day we were adding up data from some family surveys .. and one family member said that they did not appreciate that a staff "covered in tat's came out to see their family member .. they stated that it was disgusting and unprofessional" .. my boss looked at me and said, cant be you .. you look professional everyday ... and that made my day!

I understand when people have some issues with it ... BUT COME ON PEOPLE, we are in 2010 .. and really tats are a beautiful way to express yourself .. and I love art .. art is beautiful!

I am not ashamed .. I wear mine proud!! :)

Have a great day ladies,

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I just wish people were open minded

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I am an RN with tats and piercings. I do keep my tats covered and remove my piercings while at work because I do understand that I am a "professional" emoticon and need to keep a "professional" appearance. If I wasn't a nurse, I would have tats everywhere from the tips of my fingers. . .to my neck- all the way down to my toes! I LUV 'EM!! although I don't have "sleeves" I wuld like to get some from my shoulders/chest to my elbows, which would be easily concealed by wearing long sleeves under my scrubs. Although, I must admit, my one dilemma is that I am in school to become a nurse practitioner, which is like a doctor- and don't know how this would affect my future patient/clients. I can't wait for the days when people wont be so sterotypical and judgemental!!

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Your friend should consider Pet Food Express. The ones in the Bay Area are full of tattooed employees.

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I was with a friend who was applying for a job at Petsmart and one of the requirements was that you not have visible tattoos. I remember thinking to myself its Petsmart who cares? I barely even look at staff when I go into that store I try to get in and out but thats there policy.

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I work in a Nursing home and before i starteed there i guess they had a big thing about visual ink and it had to be covered. Well i've been there now for 4 years and i haven't been pulled into the office yet on my ink, thank god! i've got 19 and most of them are on my arms and they arn't butterflys and that there flaiming skulls, witches, crows, angel/devil, so they arn't cutie ones and to go with that i've went to work with easter egg pink hair, blue and everyother color and facial piercing too. So i guess they have finaly got over the whole "image" thing and have went on the whole good work ethics thing and i think it's wonderful that i can work in a great place that just don't look at me as diffrent but looks at me as a great caregiver.

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I am new to this team, but glad I found you. This is something I have strong feelings about.
I work for a large(conservative) grocery store. While all of my tattoos are covered by my uniform. There was once when a younger male co-worker, had the grim reaper on his for arm, the same day a manager came up behind me and said, I can see your butterfly thought your shirt(it has black and yellows in it), next time wear a t-shirt under your blouse. Ouch.
I have five so far with more on the way. I am very careful to make sure they can be covered. While most of my co-workers have them. Managers still seem not to accept it...at least in some of us.
This isn't the time to tell them otherwise.
Good luck.
You have to know it is still an issue with some employers.I talk about my tats all the time. And warn young people to think long and hard before the first one, or next one.
I wanted one at 17, got my first at 35.

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I actually have a few tattoos on my lower arm. The first of which was on my forearm. I have not run into any problems in the work place. But I also know when it is or isn't appropriate to show them. I always wear long sleeve shirts on my interviews. Once hired I ask about the policy on tattoos. If they are not comfortable with me showing them I wear long sleeve shirts, or in the summer time I wear an ace bandage type wrap on my arm. Some employers don't mind, some do. I don't know what field you are going into but I have been employed in both the medical field and the accounting field since I got my tattoos.

P.S. My patients usually love them.

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I must admit, I am truly amazed by the post I have read on here. I never realized that tattoos were so "taboo" in the work place. I agree with what DANIYOGA said. It is a shame that people are judged by their hair, clothes, tattoos, etc. I work for a Nation wide advertising firm as a receptionist. I have 3 tattoos, 2 which are large, (both on my backside), and one on my left ankle. When I where my hair up or braided you can see the one on my upper back, and believe it or not, I have gotten compliments on it! I think tattoos are just a part of a person's personality. I have a 1/2 moon with a wolf howling in the center of it on my upper back, and a tribal dream catcher on my lower back.. Needless to say, everyone knows I LOVE wolves. Even my name plate has a wolf with a Native American theme on it, and my co workers know I am a lover of wolves and Native Americans. I can honestly say I have never been turned away from a job or told I couldn't get a tattoo. I think it's a shame that there is still a discrimination against tattoos or any other type of personality traits that describe a person. Also just because you do have a tattoo, doesn't automatically mean you are a "bada**" person. Look at Angelina Jolie....she is a beautiful woman and in the public eye everyday. Although her tats are unusual, I don't think it makes her a bad actress for having them! It just defines who she is, and all her tats have a meaning...which I believe everyone that has a tattoo, there is a special meaning behind it. Ok, guess I'll get off my "soap box" now. Just wanted to express my feelings on tattoos in the work place. Very discriminating!!

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No matter how popular tattoos and tattooing becomes, and how "acceptable" they are even in the workplace, there will always be the naysayers unfortunately.

so i do agree, that tattoos, and big tattoos are an awesome BS detector LOL.

I have several tattoos and plan on many more!

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This is my very first spark-post so I hope I do this right... Anyway, I would like to share my experience with tattoos and the workplace. I am in my late 40's and got my first tattoo when I was 30 (I have 4 tats, on my legs and arms, which do show unless I wear pants and long sleeves). At the time, I was working for a very conservative, quasi-government organization. They did NOT like it. There were no policies against tattoos, but I can tell you that I was overlooked for one promotion specifically because I was tattooed. I know this because the officer of the area told me in confidence that while my tattoo wasn't offensive, they feared that I might "start a trend" and everyone would begin getting tattoos. She didn't agree with any of it, but wasn't able to go against her peers. I was very disappointed, but I have to admit that I wasn't surprised. For a few years after that, I endured whispers and comments and jokes. I was always a "goody-goody-two-shoes" kind of girl, and so it was interesting for me to get a reputation of sorts, and be judged not on my work, but on my looks. I left that job (a very, very lucrative job might I add) 3 years ago and I now teach Yoga. It is better for me in so many ways. I simply think it is a shame to be judged on looks, whether it be tattoos, piercings, hair color, whatever. I do think that these things are becoming more widely accepted, but it's still not universal in the workplace, especially in more "conservative" office jobs. I tell younger people thinking about their first tattoo to really think about it. Not just to ponder whether they themselves will love their ink forever, but if they will be able to handle some of the judgement that people may pass on them, and those repercussions. Heck, we are all so much more than just what people see on the outside!

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I work in Accounting. Where I am now it's ok but I'll be job hunting at the end of the year due to a merger and my refusal to commute. If I were to go to an actual conservative CPA firm I would have to keep them covered. Hopefully I'll find something more open otherwise it's long sleeves and stockings.

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I work at a screenprinting/design shop that caters almost exclusively to indie and large touring bands.
I think it's more strange to meet people withOUT tattoos in my industry, than with.

Though it wasn't always this way, and I put up with a lot of crap and inappropriate comments towards my looks, and I agree with what was mentioned above...
having large tattoos is a good BS detector.
If they can't deal with it, you really don't want to deal with them.




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LEEDZ09, what country are you from? In the US, searching like that is illegal. A company can't make a policy that's against the law.

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Yes, pull your shirt up searched me. I actually don't know if it's illegal in my country, but as long as it's company policy, it's fair. You wouldn't believe the rest of the stuff they ask or do *yikes*

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They SEARCHED you??? As in made you uncover and show your skin? Ummm.... isn't that illegal?

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I have always gotten my tattoos thinking about the job.
At my last job, they had a strict tattoo policy, they searched me & found them. The recruiter said no way but what does he know about chemical engineering!!
My boss at the time requested me, so of course they hired me. :o)
But I know well that this won't be the case at every job. There's only certain type of jobs I want & they are mostly office, so I need to figure out how to hide them. This is why I want to make some money & open my own business

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I work in a food processing facility. The production workers are covered from head to toe so unless someone has a tattoo on their face or neck it won't be seen, and I don't know if the office people have a tattoo policy. I'm considered an "office people" but I don't work in the offices so I can get away with wearing jeans and a tank-top and letting my tattoo hang out and nobody has complained yet.

A friend of mine has a tattoo on the back of her neck. She went for an interview with Six Flags and everything was great (they were going to hire her!) until she turned to leave and saw her tattoo. Because she couldn't cover it up they wouldn't hire her.

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My philosophy is: if they can't deal with something as beautiful and unique as a tasteful, well executed tattoo, you probably don't want to work for them, anyway.
It's a BS weeder-outer.
If someone has kids to feed and is desperate to pay the bills and put brown rice and veggies on the table, I can understand the "take what you can get" mentality.

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I work in the insurance industry, and my last job had a strict no tattoo policy. I got one anyways and hid it. (On my mid calf). I now work for the liberal competitor and almost everyone has a visible tattoo. I still keep my, not in full view, but is visible. (The owner is a little conservative.) When I loose my weight, I am definitely getting more on my calf though! Not sure what though.

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As long as I wear 3/4 sleeves to work no one notices. I always keep my arms covered at work. My owls on my shins show when I wear capri's to work,but no one is bothered by them. Only one person has mentioned them.He made a comment about how he "didn't think I was like that". I just smiled and asked "like what?"

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I work in a bookmakers, I have one visibe tattoo on my wrist, and they're fine with it being on show. I have a few piercings too, 3 of which are nose, lip an just above my lip. I am supposed to take them out for work, but I leave them in now and noone's bothered anyway.

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I work as a receptionist, with the rights of a security guard. We have a dress code; tattoos are easy to hide, but I had remove my labret.

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So far, I only have two tattoos, but they are both very visible. One on my left forearm, and one on my right inner forearm.

I have always worked in daycare centers and preschools, and I've never run into any trouble. I tend to hind the tattoos during the interview process, but once I prove that I am FANTASTIC at the job, the tattoos don't matter to anyone there.

Plus, the kids love them!

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I have had issues with some jobs and not with others. I've got around 15 tattoos (lost count), of various sizes, types, places. I've got a diploma in graphic design, and an MA in clinical psychology, and have worked in various places.

Pizza place in the late 90's: had to keep them covered
Undergrad university: no problem
Print shop/graphic design place: they kept changing the policy - at times it was OK, others it wasn't (I was there for 7 years)
Hospital psych ward: kept them covered, but the head psychologist and I had a contest to see who could get the most tattoos while I worked there - wasn't a clear policy on tats, but I was on placement, so it was better to assume.
Grad school: one prof told me that piercings and tattoos were "fun for the kids" (I was 27 at the time *roll eyes*) but that when I was in a professional environment, I'd have to cover them - which I already did
Current job at a research office on campus: keep them covered, but people don't seem to have a problem. I've got sleeves, so I pretty much always wear long sleeves in professional circumstances, but don't worry about chest or neck (back of neck) tats.

It's an issue if you're in hot weather indeed. Sweaters in summer SUCK. My arms get really dry in winter from wearing long sleeves all the time. And trying to cover ALL tattoos (at some jobs) meant looking WAY too buttoned-up. Needed long sleeve, high-necked shirts. Ugh. So yeah, definitely something to think about first.


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Thanks! Shoulda put em on on my chest...what was I thinking?

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Nice hooters!!!

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I work 2x a week in my brother inlaw's office. He sells insurance and annuities.I am the only woman in an office full of very conservative men. My work has not been visible.Easily covered ,until a month ago. I decided to put owls on the front of my shins....I call them my "new hooters" I wore capri's and my boss didn't seem to notice,they are only outlined at this point ,so he maybe didn't notice.
I keep this job so I can pay for my ink addiction.....my hubby said he won't buy me anymore.

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i work in a college library with a lot of very mainstream people. when i first started i covered my tattoos and, in the main, those are still covered. not because i don't want to show the tattoos b ut because i don't want to show that much flesh when the kids are about.

however, during the past year i have broken my own previous rule to not get visible tattoos. i know have one on my inner right wrist and a bracelet on my left wrist. occasionally i spot my manager looking at the one on the right arm, but i think she's just trying to figure out what it is!

i had a meeting with personnel yesterday and made a conscious decision to expose my arms.

i, personally, would not want to work in an environment where i had to worry about my ink. if i wanted to work in the kind of place that hates art, i wouldn't have any done.

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I work in a highly corporate, fairly conservative environment. Most of my tats aren't visible, but if I wear a scoop, v-neck or button down, the work in my chest is.

There's no policy, and I haven't had any negative comments, just questions from curiosity. My team has a new hire who's tatted out. She's absolutely adorable, and her tats could never be considered offensive.

I think that the environment is changing, thank whomever.

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I am a licensed vet tech, my boss is young (early 30's) and doesn't mind my small wrist tattoo that is on my wrist mostly covered by my watch, he knows about my large ones, he has never said anything about covering them up, but I do anyways, the very top of my chest piece pokes through sometimes though.
I realize the area I am in (Southwest VA) and we have alot of senior clients. I really want people to respect my medical advise, so that's why I cover up. That being said, I hope one day they will be like no more than an ear piercing, until then....
I do have a couple of heavily tattooed clients that I don't coverup around, we share our new pieces and my boss eats it up haha

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Ya, I would probably go with jewelry rather than gauze, however jewelry might just bring peoples eye to it more. That is a delimna. I would think you will be grandfathered since the policy came after your tat. Then again, I think employers are starting to look for reasons to cut staff...ouch.

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My State job just altered their dress code policy, Tats should be covered when possible. So far I have not been called out on my wrist one yet, I at 1st thought no big deal, I can cover it with bracletes, but now think I should make a point and wrap it in gauze. Then that will cause some questions/comments. Maybe people will think I have had a suicide attempt!

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When my mom was sick and in the hospital several nurses had pretty extensive work. I asked about it and they said they didn't have any problems. I was happy that they had a positive influence on my mom's attitude. I think she realized my son's and I weren't such dirt bags after all.... emoticon I don't know of any nurses fired for tats where I work but I heard that a couple transport guys got fired. I don't know that it really was the tats as much as other issues.

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I have worked in a coffee shop for about a year and a half. Before that I was working as an aide in a nursing home. I don't go out of my way to cover my tats, and haven't really felt like anyone was bothered by them. Mostly, they partially hide under anything but shorts or very short sleeved tops. Or something that shows the back of my neck, or a little bit of cleavage :)

I had my nosed pierced after getting laid off from the my second job. I really wanted the piercing, but the company had a policy against facial piercings. My former boss saw me the day after I had it done and we both had a good laugh. "You leave my good influence and look what happens!"

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I'm an rn in the hospital- it's against hospital policy to have visible tattoos. If you had them before the policy, you are grandfathered in, but if you get a new one you can be fired. I have one on the back of my neck that shows at times. I am debating on getting one on my wrist, that I can cover with a watch.

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I have a bright blue tattoo on my left wrist. (I says "Daddy" in Hebrew.) And I currently work for the employee daycare center for St. Louis Children's Hospital--they're ranked 5th in the nation among children's hospitals. I also have my nose pierced.

I tell you all of this to say: it very much depends on who your employer is and what kind of place you live in. When I was living in Louisiana, I'm sure potential employers would have given a sort of double take. Which isn't to say that ones in St. Louis (where I live currently) wouldn't, but I think in more progressive areas the idea of employees with tattoos and piercings is a little bit more acceptable.

I am asked to make sure that the tattoo on my back is covered up, but very little is made of the tat on my wrist and on my ankle. I think it just depends on where you live and the work environment you plan to enter.

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This is a good question. At the job I have now, there are several of us who have tattoos and we show them off to each other and our boss doesn't mind. In fact, she seems to appreciate the art, even though she doesn't have any herself. However, I think our corporate leadership would probably object, so we keep quiet about it when they are around. Mine are all in places where they are easy to cover, and I did that on purpose, because I'm in a position to have to visit clients, and you never know how they might feel about tattoos.

At my last job, my boss made some very derogatory comments about people with tattoos, so obviously I never said anything to him about mine. Again, I kept them covered all the time.

I have plans to start law school this coming fall, with the ultimate goal of being in private practice. (Yay! Freedom from corporate life!) There, obviously I can't get fired for having tattoos, but again, you never know how clients will feel about them, so I will keep them covered, at least in their presence, or if I need to appear in court.

Somebody here mentioned that tats are becoming more acceptable (sorry, can't remember who), and that's true. But I'm still a big believer in erring on the side of caution. If there's any question at all, then don't show them.

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Good question. I have tattoos on the insides of my wrists and, years ago, when I worked at small clothing store, the manager asked me to cover them up with bandaids. Well, of course, I got SO many questions from the customers asking what I had done to myself, was I okay, etc. that she eventually realized that bandaids on the insides of my wrists drew much more attention than my tattoos.

I've worked in lots of different types of places over the years, and I've gotten a few comments here and there, but nothing major. Now I work in a drycleaners for one of the most conservative families I've ever met, but they never say anything. I also have a labret piercing and they never mention that either. I guess it all depends on the people you work for.

Recently though I read a question/answer column and a guy was asking about whether he should keep his dreads, or not, at his new corporate job. The columnist made a very good point, he said that if the guy got the job wearing dreads then there shouldn't be a problem with him keeping the job wearing them. Maybe the same thing applies to tattoos? I'm sure it depends on the place, but *shrug*

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I work for a police department, and even tho some of my male counterparts have visible tats, I think that if I were to have 1 it would be an issue. My Lt. made me recolor my hair one time because it was "too unnatural" I would like to get a small wrist piece, but I'm thinking about law school and I think having a one that obvious might hurt my chances of being hired by the prosecutors office!

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I work in education, but thankfully I work in a place where it's culturally accepted to have tats. I cover them most of the time, but if I choose to wear a tank top, or shorts on occasion it's not a problem...

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i havent had a problem with tattoo and jobs....
my first job we had uniforms ,short sleeved and after i got a tattoo they put in an order for my shift to be switched to long sleeved.

at my current job they didnt car untill a guy got a naked lady where it was visable and got a complaint. now i wear long sleeved but i have to wear white so im sure you can tell i still have them on each arm... and on my lower back when im not facing you lol

i dont care either way though i like long sleeve shirts.

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I'm really licky, I work in a place where tattoo's are accepted as part of the culture of the place - along with crazy hair and casual clothes.

that being said, all of my tattoos are easily concealable

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Although there is probably no "written" laws about tattoos and getting employed - you best believe it will weigh in on a hiring manager's decision (especially if they are not tattooed themselves). Although it is much more common these days and more of a mainstream trend, there still are positions (specifically in public services) where this may inhibit employment (or in the very least cause you to 'cover up').
Up until recently, all seven of my tattoos have been in areas that can be covered with a short sleeve shirt. My previous exposure to the public (and before that government contracting), required that I "look" a certain way. I could not afford to have anyone "judge" me because of my body art, so I selected designs and locations that could be easily covered up. However just 2 days ago, I extended one of my upper arm pieces - and it now extends slightly past my elbow. No longer do short-sleeve's provide adequate coverage - but I am also no longer in an industry that cares.

I would discourage face, hands, or neck tattoos if you plan on working in the public eye, where you could be criticized for your choice in art. It's unfortunate, but true that your employment can be based not only on your skills but also your presentation.

I guess based on everyone's response: get a job where you and your tattoos are accepted and you'll be happy ;)

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This is something that concerns me slightly too. I'm training to be a teacher and so I know that it is unlikely that headteachers are going to be impressed with a multitide of tattoos-although my english teacher (a woman, she ruled) had a shaved head which she reguarly dyed many different colours and somehow managed to dye pictures into it as well-poppies, chinese symbols...

At the end of the day, this is my body and I want to express myself how I want. BUT I know that my intended profession will probably require that I keep my tattoos covered. Although I intend to work in a secondary school (12+) it's still probably best.

Having said that, when I taught on my last placement, I stretched up to write something on the board and accidentally revealed my skull and kiss tattoo. Half the class saw it and I swear they became easier to handle for the rest of the placement (4 weeks)

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I think tats are becoming more acceptable but there are some businesses that frown on them. I suspect that will end in the future, too many young people getting visible tats. We had a nurse on our unit with an owl on the back of her neck. I wasn't a big fan of the graphic but no one said a word.

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I have a HORROR story for this topic!

I am an accountant, so most of my work has been in Corporate America, where I must say, I HATE being! The last company I worked for in the States adopted a "no visible" tattoo policy after I had worked there for almost a year. I challenged the policy stating that I had three visible tattoos when they hired me. The board recommended my dimissal based on tattoos - NOT MY JOB PERFORMANCE which pissed me off something fierce! There were board meetings and "big shirts" debating the validity of my dismissal based on tattoos. They were going to let me go based on visible tattoos and the NEW policy. Push came to shove with countless hours of hashing this new policy out and they told me to "proove" that I had tattoos prior to my being hired. Without hesitation I said NO PROBLEM! I'll bring you proof tomorrow. Which probably threw them all for a loop. I went home that night grabbed a few car magazines Klaus and I had been in that showed ALL of my tattoos. I plopped them down on the conference table in the meeting the next morning and with STUNNED faces they could not refute that I HAD the tattoos before I started working for them and I got to keep my job. Not that I actually WANTED the job anymore. But the important part was that I beat them at their own game! THANK GOD for car magazines like Rolls and Pleats, Contintental Restyling and Power Magazine!!! They saved my ass, for sure!

We decided shortly thereafter to move back to Sweden. So I only had to endure another 8 months of that hell hole!

Now I drive a huge forklift, I have a stress free work environment, I don't have to worry about stuffed shirts or prejudicial people! I just drive my forklift, do my job and punch out at the end of the day and live in tattoo peace!

I think it's high time that the stigma attached to tattoos be overturned! Tattoos don't mean what they did in the 50's, 60's, 70's or even 80's. Many well educated, cultured, smart, contributing members of society have tattoos ... the old rule still applies ... Don't judge a book by it's cover!

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When it comes to my ink and piercings and work I'm content where I am now because it's no big thing for a bartender to have tats and even in this small community some piercings. It's funny though what's "acceptable" and what's not. I've toned down some of my piercings, the second nostril one and septum after someone at work mentioned that might be too much for the customers I'm entertaining at work. LOL But every bartender employed at my job that's under 50 has a nostril or eyebrow ring, belly button and of course the tongue ring! Great for tips for some reason though I'd never have thought that when I got it! However when I got my first non-ear piecing my left nostril I was fired from a job waiting tables/cooking in a 50's style fast food/diner place because the owner didn't like the piercing. She said take it out. I at 19 said, "No way! I just paid to have this done and it's not in the dress code rules that you have any say over jewelry!" I really didn't know any better then so that was the end of my waitress job. Not such a big loss. The worst ever though was when I worked for a collection agency. These were the dress code Nazis!! They had 15 pages detailing what was and was not allowed. No facial piercings of any kind, no visible tats, (they wanted business formal attire complete with jacket in VEGAS!!!), only one pair of earrings for women, one ring on each ring finger only, one watch, one bracelet on separate wrists it was crazy! They even fired people daily for dress code violations. We later found out the company had been purchased by another larger one that was looking for reasons to get rid of the existing staff. So maybe there was reason besides body mod hate for it all. I honestly didn't get any of my tats that would show under "business" attire when I worked in tech, finance, telecom or collections. It was the career change to bartender and my 31st birthday that I started inking on places that couldn't be covered.

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1/11/09 10:05 P

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I will start off by saying I am covered...My arms, back, chest, ribs, even some of my hand are all tattooed so I know what it's like to be tattooed and employed. I will also say that I truly believe that every employer has their own opinions on tattoos and that is fine, it is their right. I think that if you aren't sure about what field you are going into or what particular job you will have it might be a bad idea to get a tattoo that would be visible if you had a t-shirt and shorts on. Tattoos are a commitment and in some cases a lifestyle. If that tattoo is that important that you would risk not getting a job over it than do it...otherwise wait...the tattoo artist will always be there. I disagree with those that feel that they have been victimized by employers because of their tattoos. It is a choice that we make to have something put permanently on our bodies. Good Luck!!

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I work customer service for a heating and a/c contractor. The guys in the field have visible tattoos several with full sleeves and it isn't a problem. When I got my first they only asked that I didn't get anything offensive and that I "not go overboard". I am the only admin. with tattoos but a couple of the managers have them and have to keep them covered. Little double standard considering the guys in the field see the customers and I only talk to them.

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I work at the zoo and there are lots of tattoo'd folks there! They do not tell us to hide them though most people's are not too visible and those that are all happen to be of animals :)

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10/22/08 12:34 P

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I work as a project coordinator at a construction company, and i am not the only heavily tattooed person. I have my chest and knucles, and forearms to my wrists tattooed...Some people take offense because my tattoos are always visable. But I got this job with my forearms and knuckles tattooed, so I figure it isnt that big of a deal anymore.

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I specifically asked for a copy of my office's employee handbook just so I could comb through it for anything about tattoos and the handbook didn't even mention them. I guess that goes to my benefit if I ever get another visible one and they say something - it's not an adopted policy in the handbook I signed when I started working here and the handbook hasn't been updated to include a provision for tattoos, so I'm still wearing mine loud and proud!!

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I'm and RN and am planning on a wrist piece soon. When my mom was ill, several male nurses who cared for her had tats that were visible, even my mom who totally screamed at me for my nonvisible ones, said she was accepting them. I think unles you are really narly covered people are use to it. There are however some companies that have rules about them. BAH!!!!

The tragedy of life doesn't lie in reaching your goal but lies in having no goal to reach. It isn't a clamity to die with dreams unfulfilled, but its a calamity not to dream.

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Climb anyway.
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Try anyway.

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I have 8 tattoos (9 as of tomorrow), and only one is clearly visible at work - I have a palm tree and three starfish on my ankle. I am a paralegal and I know my boss doesn't agree with tattoos, but he has never mentioned anything to me about mine. Every now and then if I wear a sleeveless shirt, you can see a couple on my shoulders, but not enough to tell what they are. I have noticed one of the other attorneys looking at my ankle, but he has never said anything to me, nor have I felt discriminated against when it came time for my review. I really feel like tattoos are just a form of expressing yourself, and I think they should be allowed in the workplace as long as the content is not offensive. I am in a persuasive speaking class at school and my final project is to select a controversial topic and to write a paper to persuade someone who does not believe in the subject to actually consider it, and because I'm so passionate about my tattoos, I have decided to write about why tattoos should be allowed in the workplace. After all, not everyone gets a tattoo for the pure enjoyment - some people get them to cover skin or cosmetic blemishes or scars, and some get them to hide stretch marks (a couple of mine were for that purpose), and also some people get them to camouflage fat - trust me - if it weren't for my job, I would have full sleeves to hide my granny arms. My boyfriend is a tattoo artist so I know people get tattoos for many reasons other than just for show. I wish I could let everyone in my office read my paper - tattoos really aren't so bad!!!

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I work as the parts manager for a private corporate jet company and luckily they don't mind tattoos :) I have worked at companies though, where they are VERY strict about tattoos (one even changed their policies when I started working there) and since I have a sleeve that goes just past my wrist, I have a lot of bangles and watches in my jewelry box :)

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