By Abel Arriola | Staff Writer |
Being the social norm, people tend to get tattoos to express themselves, or to cover up old, regretful ink.
While some are beautiful, issues arise when stereotypes are formed on what these pieces mean to those who have them.
To those that are against tattoos, you may be considered a gang-banger, a degenerate, and/or unprofessional.
Some retail jobs, for example, may ask for you to cover up your ink.
As for a corporate job, you could be turned away at the door.
“I applied for a job as a waitress, it was half telephone, half seeing when you’re free [interview]. It was going fine. The employer started talking about the uniform. When he said it was short sleeved, I said I had my arms tattooed and he hung up,” said Amii Par, according to BBC news.
One thing to consider is that millennials with tattoos in the work place are advancing in their careers and are now stepping into leadership roles, according to Huffington Post.
Some would argue that we live during a time where employers shouldn’t judge possible applicants or employees based on their physical appearance. It should be based on their work ethic.
“If someone doesn’t want to hire me based on my tattoo then maybe it’s not really the right environment for me to work in anyway,” said student Dan Looker.
This is the mindset for many millennials and that is why tattoos can be seen as more acceptable.
“Never judge a book by its cover,” said Anissa Bohland when discussing employment while having tattoos. “I have a tattoo because I like to be able to represent and express myself through art, and I think that since I drew it myself it is probably the perfect way to explain my story and roots through my life so far,” continued Bohland.
Tattoos show passion, and they usually illustrate how creative an individual is. They don’t make you less intelligent, less compassionate, or less friendly. In some instances, they show self.