Let's discuss tattooed professionals. Do you think its is acceptable to work in a public sector with visible tattoos?
So tonight I was doing the usual day off work let's pretend I know how to use the internet stuff, when I managed to dust off an article from 5 years ago about a guy who supposedly had a pair of Raybans tattooed on his face.
After hours of research to find out whether it was in fact real or fake (I still have no idea,) I managed to scroll my way aimlessly through a million and one very... very interesting comments. I managed to come up with a pretty average divide between good and bad. I realised that I could pretty much draw a line right down the middle of the internet of people who loved it and people who hated it. 50% of what I read droned on about the workplace, ruined careers, stupidity and of course "ooh you're so hipster." It got me thinking about peoples opinions on your inability to work with tattoos. Which begs the question:
Can you still have a successful career with a visible tattoo?
I would like to point out that I'm not going to tell you that you can or can't I'm merely going to give you my opinion, in fact I'm completely open to discussion on this one. I would like to hear your opinions and comments. I'd also love to hear from you tattooed professionals. I'm going to start in the media. One of the most talked about tattooed successors in recent years is Actor/Model Rick Genest. You may know him as Zombie Boy. Rick managed to become more of a talking point in 2011 when he appeared in Lady Gaga's video for Born This Way.
He had previously acted as an extra, was self-declared as a freak show performer and was discovered after a web page had been created for his odd tattoo styles. Since then Rick has modeled for numerous amounts of stylists and designers. He has had several media interviews based around his life choices. I personally feel that after having such a troubled past, Zombie boy managed to embrace who he was and take life by the horns. As a result of this he has most definitely became one of the most popular tattooed models of the 21st century.
Moving on to the none celebrity status of tattooed professionals I want to touch on a matter that was brought into the public eye not so long ago, about a tattooed teacher in training Charlotte Tumilty, who was sent home by the catholic school she was teaching in as her tattoos where still visible. Upon investigation of the reason why she was being sent away, Charlotte offered to cover up her ink by wearing suitable clothing that she believed -and so should everyone else- would solve the problem.
However this was not taken as a solution and she was still told not to come back. This is something I believe is the absolute definition of discrimination in the workplace. In my honest opinion, I feel as though this should never have been an issue if there was an obvious resolution. I myself have in the past fallen under the category of a tattooed professional and have had to deal with the discrimination that follows. There have been times where higher members of staff have asked to talk to someone else as they said I didn't look like a professional, I have also had customers refuse to be served by me for the same reason.
My question to all of you now is. What is your view on tattoo discrimination in the workplace and how would you have handled these situations, knowing that it is still very possible to be successful and have the ideal career even if you have head to toe tattoos.