Confession: I have no tattoos.
I know that might seem odd considering I'm writing for a tattoo website currently, but it's true. I've always admired those who have tattoos and I think they are totally rad, but I've just never had the gall (or money) to get one. Yet.
Additionally, I work as a stand up comedian and actor, and I am constantly worried that having a tattoo will drastically alter how audiences perceive me and that it could hamper my chances of landing a role. As cool as I think tattoos are and as much as I want one, I still have a hard time believing it wouldn't hurt my chances of "making it." I'm already suffering from a lack of talent/insane hotness, so why stack the odds even more against my favor with a tattoo?
The acting and comedy world is rife with rejection, and it doesn't seem to make sense to add body art to your skin if you want to make it big in the entertainment industry, right?
Well... not so fast. According to a new piece from Backstage.com — an online auditioning website and helpful guide for actors — having tattoos isn't the deal breaker that it once was.
With advances in cosmetic technology, it's easier than ever to hide a tattoo, or even full sleeves if necessary. One Fox Networks casting director even states that makeup artists can make tattoos "disappear in seconds."
Plus, with tattoos becoming more mainstream, there are more roles than ever for people sporting body art. Roughly 40% of millennials have tattoos now, so in order to reflect that cultural shift, the entertainment industry has been opening up to the idea of tattoos on screen.
Art is supposed to imitate life, right? Well, life has a chest piece now and it's about time Hollywood caught up with the trend. Musicians are no stranger to body art, many tattoos are inspired by other painters, graffiti artists, and even sculptors, so why would Tinseltown look down upon tattoos?
One of the most popular television shows currently on the air is a show on CBS called NCIS. Even this popular show has started to embrace the "alternative" lifestyle, as one of their main characters, played by Pauley Perrette, dons a goth-look and has a few tattoos on her arms.
The bottom line is this — if you are a talented actor, you will get the part. Tattoos can be easily hidden these days with cosmetics, and many more roles call for tattooed actors. So, if you are on the fence about getting some ink done, let me leave you with a quote from Seth Yanklewitz, the heavily tattooed vice president of network casting for the Fox Broadcasting Company.
“As both a former independent CD and now an executive at the network, I have no issue with an actor having tattoos.”