Tattoos in the Workplace

I'm a big believer in nonconformity in that you shouldn't have to follow the rules of society to try and fit in. One of the major problems i feel is having tattoos that must be hidden in a work setting. I know that some jobs don't require you to hide your tattoos but a lot of us will be working in the business world or become teachers or work in some sort of a clinical setting. it is these jobs that i do not agree with having to hide your tattoos.

Now even though i am against having to hide tattoos at your place of business i still believe there is a line that should not be crossed. For example if you work in the school system you should not have a tattoo that says anything vulgar or has a tattoo of something  inappropriate; something like that goes without saying. However, if the tattoos are not in any way shape or form inappropriate or offensive whats the big deal?

For a long time tattoos have been assiciated with groups like gangs, thugs or bikers; your general trouble makers. But in our society today tattoos are everywhere; everyone has either thought about getting a tattoo or already has one. I'm willing to bet that even if you were to ask a school teacher or a high ranking businessman whether or not they have any tattoos they probably would. They are just forced to place them somewhere where no one can see them. Society has pounded into our heads that tattoos don't look professional but who is to say what looks professional or not? There is no written rule that says what is professional or not.

Here is a link to the city of East Palo Alto CA and their policy on tattoos.

In every place that i have worked there has been a policy about not being able to have tattoos that show. Just for a little backround on where i have worked since i have been old enough to get tattoos, i have worked as a cook in a restaurant where for 3 years i did not come into contact with any customers. I worked in the kitchen and that was it. One day i asked my boss who also has tattoos, why we couldnt show any of them. he told me it was because it looks unprofessional. In response to what he said i told him that its not like we have to deal with customers in the kitchen so whats the big deal? He could not come up with an answer for me. I then worked in a McDonald's where i once again worked in the kitchen and that was it. i never once had to deal with a customer and i never understood what the problem was with having tattoos that were visable. it just goes to show that employers are stuck in the "Old days" where they where they grew up brainwashed to think that tattoos were only for thugs and gang members or trouble makers. in todays society times have changed. everyone is getting tattoos and are being forced to place them in areas where they can not be seen. they are no longer they symbols of immaturity or signs of troubled individulas. having visable tattoos in a professional setting has nothing to do with acting professionally.

Here is another link of one CEO who offered a 1,000 dollar bonus to any employee who was willing to get a tattoo if the company logo in a visable place -->

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