One of the biggest arguments against getting tattoos is that it will affect your career possibilities in the future. It's an unfortunate stigma associated with body art, but it definitely still exists. Recent polls show that around 42% of people find tattoos to be inappropriate in the workplace, with 63% of people 60 years and older finding them inappropriate.
With that said, only around 22% of people aged 18-25 find them to be inappropriate, and with that changing mindset about tattoos, and the fluidity of company policies, having tattoos doesn't seem to be the deterrent that it once was.
In fact, many companies embrace tattoos on their employees, as the winds of change are starting to blow.
Some of the most tattoo-friendly companies are vastly successful and are at the forefront of the movement to be more accepting of the culture. Businesses like Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, Target, Ikea, Best Buy, Kohl's, Google, Amazon, and Zappos are among some of the most tattoo-friendly places to work.
I guess it's because they look at productivity as opposed to the aesthetics of a person. What a novel idea. Valuing productivity in a business as opposed to a certain "look."
That's probably why Google, Amazon, and Zappos are some of the most financially and technologically successful companies in the world today.
The attitude towards tattoos in the workplace is changing rapidly as well. A recent poll found that 73% of people would have no problem hiring someone with visible tattoos. Not even hidden tattoos, visible ones!
If you break it down by region, you'll find that southerns states are more likely to frown upon body art as opposed to the northern half of the country. this should be a surprise to no one, as southern states are usually more conservative that northern parts of the country, but it can play a big role in whether or not you can land a gig while having tattoos.
Unfortunately, most hiring managers still prefer that tattoos be easily hidden, meaning neck, hand, and facial tattoos are still a big no-no, but progress is being made. Acceptance takes baby steps, not giant leaps.
But luckily for the tattooed among us, society is leaning more towards an accepting culture, and with giant companies valuing overall work ethic over what a person looks like, it's a great time to be alive...and tattooed.