Where To Get Inked When You Have A Strict Dress Code At Work

Xavier in Guides

In recent reports, there has been a drastic change regarding tattoo tolerance in some workplaces and fields.

Most companies won't really do much about employee tattoos, as long as they're not visible. But beware of those who require physical examinations in medical tests. It happens rarely but there are some companies who do require them. It's going to take a lot more than a bottle of foundation for that. But hopefully, you belong in those who do not.

Tattoos and dress code
Tattoos and dress code
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BurlingtonFreePress

Societal norms are still slowly shifting. And although discrimination is just as ever present with both genders, the pressure to look 'motherly' and like a 'proper lady' with women is more stressed compared to the 'bad boy' edge people associate with tattooed men.

Those pesky dress codes

First, get to know your workplace's policy regarding dress codes. Here's the thing about some tattoo discrimination cases; complainants focus too much on getting their voice out there and their message clear that they border on insubordination, which is a good reason their employers can use against them. This is quite a sensitive issue and we are very much against tattoo discrimination, but at the end of the day, we should still be the bigger person and fight for our rights in peace. Sure, the company may require employees to cover their tattoos, then fine. But if illegal termination and such enters the picture, you can't blame the employees for taking action against you.

Tattoos and dress code
Tattoos and dress code

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At the end of the day, it's a matter of respect. Them, respecting your choice to have tattoos and you, respecting their wishes to minimize the exposure of tattoos of their employees. In some cases, employers don't really give a shit whether their employees are tattooed/pierced or not, but they are more mindful of those they serve to (consumers, customers, clients, etc) because some can be very close-minded.

Dressing up

Second, consider the clothes you wear on a regular basis for work. Do they show a considerable amount of skin or do they tend to be conservative? It's a good thing if you live in a place like Warsaw or some colder parts of Canada, where girls who would rather look cute and freeze than to be practical go ahead and show some skin. But if that's not the case and your work clothes range from sleeveless blouse to fitted work shirt, then maybe you should put off working on those sleeves for a while.

Tattoos and dress code
Tattoos and dress code

If you wear a uniform to work which has longer sleeves and a higher neckline, there's more freedom with your tattoo choices. Of course, it's up to you to take your chances and stretch the possibilities a bit (further towards the neck and forearm) but the upper torso is usually a safe zone. From underboobs to a whole hip tattoo, you can be a bit more creative. But always keep in mind where your collar/neckline reaches, and also consider the body gestures which your job requires.

Bloomsdale / Jakub Settgast
Bloomsdale / Jakub Settgast

Women's corporate attires tend to have shorter sleeves and shorter skirts so this is going to be trickier if you work at an office. But there's always a way around things, like the example shown above. And hey, underboobs are great so why not settle on that one for now?

Allegro
Allegro

Some women choose the nape to get tattooed at because unlike most guys, girls can cover that area with their hair. But it isn't always that you can get away with that. A wrong brush of the hair can expose your bar code tattoo, so beware. Another thing to remember is the type of fabric of your clothes and its colors. Women's wear tend to have thinner material and so, becomes slightly see through. Which means, you should be careful with wearing white when you're heavily tattooed even in concealed areas.

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pursuitist.com

Ladies, be proud and show off those legs! But maybe pull that skirt an inch lower if you have such a bad-ass looking thigh tattoo which your company is probably so insecure about that they'd flip if they see a peek of it. Kidding aside, it's a shame that beautiful tattooed legs have to be hidden away because of some dumb company policy. Anyway, another solution is wearing some sleek dark pantyhose. You're still sexy as fu**, honey. And twice as fierce.

Now, with the men. The boys have it easier in a corporate setting because it requires them to usually wear long sleeves, high collars and slacks. As long as they don't have any on their knuckles, neck and face, they're good. But that doesn't mean they're off the hook!

Tattoos and dress code
Tattoos and dress code

Since the sleeves are what usually what most start with, and not everyone wears sleeves to work everyday (try wearing long sleeves to work every day in Southeast Asia, oh my, you might want to think seven times before starting a sleeve if you're going to work in say, sales or in education.

Tattoos and dress code
Tattoos and dress code

One more thing to keep in mind is your body movements. When one is at work and drunk from stress, you lose track of how much you're moving. This might lead to an accidental exposure of your tattoos. Oops. If your job requires you to move around a lot and hitch your sleeves and stretch a bit, make sure your clothes aren't too loose or too short so it won't cause mishaps.

Tattoos and dress code
Tattoos and dress code
Tattoos and dress code
Tattoos and dress code
Tattoos and dress code
Tattoos and dress code

Your best bet for 'safe for work' tatts is along the middle part. Sure, these types of tattoos aren't exactly the ones you can show off but aside from the fact that it's easier to hide, but there are a lot of potential in this particular area. They're not really the ones you can get done in one sitting, and progress is the key so working on your middle torso piece(s) is going to be one challenging and hopefully, worthwhile project you should start on and all the while holding down a job to pay for all that ink.

by Chaim Machlev
by Chaim Machlev
by Shaun Topper
by Shaun Topper

Here's a crowd favorite! Underboob tattoos! It's a great safe-for-work and at the same time NSFW tattoo. Here's one more reason for the ladies to get these temptress tatts. Unless your supervisor is a total perv, this spot is definitely highly-recommended.

Tattoos and dress code
Tattoos and dress code

And who says that underboob tattoos are reserved only for the ladies?

RemiisMeltingDots / DeviantArt
RemiisMeltingDots / DeviantArt
by Koray Karagözler
by Koray Karagözler

Side tattoos don't only look so good, but it's also another way to go as a tattooed professional. Watch out for your clothes' arm holes though, it's how some accidental peaks happen. On another note, Jay Freestyle does a lot of amazing side tattoos.

Tattoos and dress code
Tattoos and dress code
Tattoos and dress code
Tattoos and dress code

If you're going to be wearing pants anyway, go for it!

Tattoos and dress code
Tattoos and dress code
Tattoos and dress code
Tattoos and dress code

Back tattoos are tricky. A little bend can expose your lower back piece. But it's still an option though.

by Alex Bage
by Alex Bage
Head trangle tattoo
Head trangle tattoo
Head tattoo
Head tattoo

Scalp tattoos only work if you get to grow out your hair before starting employment and you maintain a longer length of hair (with men). Nonetheless, they require little attention because they can pretty much conceal themselves with hair.

Tattoos and dress code
Tattoos and dress code
Tattoos and dress code
Tattoos and dress code

Keeping it classy in the office, keeping it interesting an inch above the knees. And as much as we love underboob tattoos, we still got some room for the underbutts.

Tattoos and dress code
Tattoos and dress code
xlady_in_blackx / DeviantArt
xlady_in_blackx / DeviantArt

Hip and crotch tattoos are the shit. And unless your job requires you to wear crop tops and low-rise jeans, go on and fill those spaces.

Foot tattoo
Foot tattoo
Foot tattoo
Foot tattoo
by Shane Gallagher Coley of Chapel Tattoo
by Shane Gallagher Coley of Chapel Tattoo

Fine, fine. We hear you-- foot tattoos; no good, easily fades, waste of money, yadda yadda...We don't know about you but, we'll take any chance to get a tattoo! Foot tattoos may last shorter than a box of pizza in my house, but they sure as hell look great when done right. Won't mind getting them done again and again!

Disregarding their short lifespan, foot tattoos are for the working individuals who love that buzz they get when they're getting tattooed but are running out of hidden blank spaces in their bodies.

Keep in mind

I know, my dear, you shouldn't have to go through all these if only people weren't such Tatouaz Phobics (others really are just assholes). But one day, hopefully when societal outlook is wider and more refined, you'll be able to tell your grandkids about the the time you fought against conformity and lived to tell the tale.

by Alan Powdrill
by Alan Powdrill

Other things to keep in check is to make sure your bosses or nosy co-workers don't have access to your social media accounts (only if the company really is being a bitch and is totally against any trace of ink on their employees). Companies also have team building activities and business trips which gives employees the special permission to go out and get frisky for a bit-- pools, resorts, beaches, etc which would require you to wear more casual stuff than usual. You know what, fuck that, go find a job somewhere that wouldn't put you into too much crap to be 'presentable' and look 'decent'. (Don't take my last line too seriously. I should go calm my tatts.)

Stay sharp.

Tattoos and dress code
Tattoos and dress code

Xavier

@Xavier

When she's not writing for Tattoodo, Xavier likes experimenting with art and organizing local music shows. We're kidding, she's probably asleep. Follow her on Instagram @claudia_strife

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