How many times do you have to be told that tattoos on the neck, face or hands WILL have a negative impact on your ability to find employment?
He said: ‘Things changed very quickly once I had the tattoos on my neck. They had words with me on several occasions and then said, “You need to wear make-up”.
He then goes on to describe his trouble finding a new job.
Despite having been to four interviews in the past month he says he has been shunned by employers due to his appearance.
He said: ‘When I started looking for jobs, I had a problem finding people that would take on tattooed people.
‘I then looked into setting up my own business so that I would be self-employed to save anyone judging me at job interviews.
I’m sorry, but the purpose of a job interview is to judge you in order to determine whether you are right for the job. If I walked into a job interview wearing a baseball cap, jeans and a t-shirt, no matter how qualified I was, I would not expect to be taken seriously. No matter how accepted tattoos become, there are still many people out there who will look at you and make assumptions about what type of person you are.
If your ink cannot be covered, you will eventually find yourself in a situation where it effects you in a negative way. I don’t care how wrong it is, how great of a person you are, and how much you cry discrimination. A business owner is well within their rights to enforce a dress code that they deem appropriate, which may include the banning of visible tattoos and/or piercings. This is the reality of being tattooed, period.
This story just reinforces how important it is to choose an appropriate location when planning your tattoo. As much as I cringe with the overuse of this statement, I can’t think of a more appropriate time to say, “THINK BEFORE YOU INK”.