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It's unfortunate, but reality that people have stigmas about people with tattoos and piercings.  And, i'm not talking about little dolphins, hearts, etc that most peole can't see if you have clothes on.  I'm talking about tats that are very visible (sleeves, chest, etc.) and piercings (nose, eyebrow, upperlip). 
 
I know in the corporate world they just aren't accepted.  I have to deal with lots of different customers/cultures, so it's just not something that would be "allowed" at all.

Apr 20, 2012 - 10:14 am
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nowadays it seems everyone has tats...the stigma is all gone and now its actually starting to get a little too trendy to me. I have one and planned on getting more around it and doing like a nice collage but now its like, eh...got too much other stuff to do.
 
I've noticed the last few years the sailor jerry style tats seem to be taking the place of the tribal armbands of ten years ago. Thats a shame because I like the sailor jerry style.


@PedroDePacas:


NOOOOOO!!  Sailor Jerry cannot get trendy.....they are too cool to have that happen.

 


@Littlegoo:

 
too late! i like that style very much and was considering a few designs but after seeing them everytime i go to the gym and then after going to deerbrook mall one day, where i saw at least 15-20 kids with those tats I totally reconsidered!




@PedroDePacas:


We can thank Christian Audigier (the designer behind the Ed Hardy label) for that.....I admit, I had some Ed Hardy t-shirts when they FIRST came out, but once I saw all of the douchebags wearing them, I knew the whole thing was ruined.  That sucks.

Apr 20, 2012 - 10:55 am
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We can thank Christian Audigier (the designer behind the Ed Hardy label) for that.....I admit, I had some Ed Hardy t-shirts when they FIRST came out, but once I saw all of the douchebags wearing them, I knew the whole thing was ruined. That sucks.


@Littlegoo:

me too  

Apr 20, 2012 - 10:56 am
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My wife has a few, cant see em unless she is in her birthday suit though. I dont think tats on chicks are all that attractive nor unatractive really. Just as long as they are in the right places I guess. Chicks with sleeve tats or large arm tats is a little too much for me though. 
 
I got 7 tats now and you would never know unless I was at the pool. I keep it that way because of work. I would like to sleeve an arm out but I still have 30 years to work so probably not a good idea.


Apr 20, 2012 - 10:59 am
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Just want to throw this out there....my husband has almost 2 full sleeves (mostly Sailor Jerry style BEFORE it got overly popular) and is a corporate trainer for a very well known nationwide company based in the Washington D.C. area that everyone has heard of before (it is in the top 10 best companies to work for according to the Washingtonion magazine) .  They are quite laid back, and they embrace his unique style rather than judge him by it and send him home to change.  Although he could choose to cover them up by wearing a long sleeve shirt, he doesn't, nor do they encourage him to do so.  He also has long hair.  He got where he is today because of his hard work, education, dedication to the company, and his talents. He also receives regular awards and recognition from the top executives.   His company did not shun him because of his 30 plus tattoos.  So, even if you are tatted up, you can still make it if you are not an athlete, actor, or born into money.
I agree, not everyone will accept tattoos, or those that choose to have them, but it's ignorant to think less of people that have them.  Just my two cents on the issue.  I love my hubby's tats.

Apr 20, 2012 - 11:03 am
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Just want to throw this out there....my husband has almost 2 full sleeves (mostly Sailor Jerry style BEFORE it got overly popular) and is a corporate trainer for a very well known nationwide company based in the Washington D.C. area that everyone has heard of before (it is in the top 10 best companies to work for according to the Washingtonion magazine) .  They are quite laid back, and they embrace his unique style rather than judge him by it and send him home to change.  Although he could choose to cover them up by wearing a long sleeve shirt, he doesn't, nor do they encourage him to do so.  He also has long hair.  He got where he is today because of his hard work, education, dedication to the company, and his talents. He also receives regular awards and recognition from the top executives.   His company did not shun him because of his 30 plus tattoos.  So, even if you are tatted up, you can still make it if you are not an athlete, actor, or born into money.
I agree, not everyone will accept tattoos, or those that choose to have them, but it's ignorant to think less of people that have them.  Just my two cents on the issue.  I love my hubby's tats.


@Littlegoo:

that's great!...but not the norm for most corporations.

Apr 20, 2012 - 11:09 am
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Just want to throw this out there....my husband has almost 2 full sleeves (mostly Sailor Jerry style BEFORE it got overly popular) and is a corporate trainer for a very well known nationwide company based in the Washington D.C. area that everyone has heard of before (it is in the top 10 best companies to work for according to the Washingtonion magazine) .  They are quite laid back, and they embrace his unique style rather than judge him by it and send him home to change.  Although he could choose to cover them up by wearing a long sleeve shirt, he doesn't, nor do they encourage him to do so.  He also has long hair.  He got where he is today because of his hard work, education, dedication to the company, and his talents. He also receives regular awards and recognition from the top executives.   His company did not shun him because of his 30 plus tattoos.  So, even if you are tatted up, you can still make it if you are not an athlete, actor, or born into money.
I agree, not everyone will accept tattoos, or those that choose to have them, but it's ignorant to think less of people that have them.  Just my two cents on the issue.  I love my hubby's tats.


@Littlegoo:
 
It would be great if all companies thought that way, unfortunately most dont. if they did, I would sleeve an arm out big time. Just probably not the right thing for me to do at this time, I'm still young and am growing in a large succesfull company and someday will be at the top here. I'm a decision maker for my company and set examples for alot of others here, just dont know how well the sleeve would go over.
 
I could just do it and help change the stereo type though..... hmmm




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Littlegoo. Ideally, everyone would be judged on their talents and not their appearance. Unfortunately I would have to say that is the exception, not the norm. kuddos to your husband's company for doing so. I would not advise my kids to get tattos on visible parts of their bodies simply because they will limit their options.

Apr 20, 2012 - 11:16 am
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I met a guy on vacation 2 years ago and we had a really nice and intelligent conversation for hours. He is a christian and very involved in his faith and I am a tatted up, anti-religious, dog-nut. We got along fabulously We kept in contact and are still FB friends today. I thought it was funny/interesting when he told me that one of his friends on vacation with him advised him to not talk to me at all. He said that because I have tattoos I'm probably a slut and sleep around. I know that people judge tattooed people all the time, but they're usually too coward to spew their opinion face to face. I literally laughed out loud because I am hardcore into morals and values...I don't even like a guy having Maxims in the house, that is how monogamous and unconditional I want my relationships to be. My vacation friend told me he wasn't going to listen to his friend anyway because he could tell how good of a person I was from our chat. We actually talked about how much we hated whores(men and women) and vented about our craptastic slutty exes for a good portion of that might. If he didn't live in Georgia I would have even dated him.

So yeah, judging a book by its cover can bite you in the @ss. We are all guilty of it though.

Apr 20, 2012 - 12:52 pm
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Both my parents got tattoos after they turned 60. Now they've gotten several more since then too, like designs based on grandkids' names, symbols for places they've lived, each others names. They totally love it.

Apr 20, 2012 - 01:18 pm
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David Beckham has almost 2 complete sleeves and he is highly successful


@xjamiex:
And doesn't have a traditional job where professional appearances matter. 

All your 'proofs' are people that work in entertainment. That doesn't mean that much. Such an infinitesimal section of society works in visible jobs like this that it would never show up in statistics. 

The rest of society probably thinks more along these lines:
 



Apr 20, 2012 - 01:35 pm
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He is also very uneducated.


@notfromhere:
@xjamiex:
 
I am SO GLAD someone brough up the matter of people who have tattoos are uneducated......
Like I said before, I personally have 2 tattoos and do not regret getting them even remotely.....
Wait for it,,,,,Wait for it,,,,,,,,AND, I am EDUCATED!!!  I have an engineering degree (and I THINK personally you need to be pretty educated to be able to achieve that kind of degree)..A MATH minor,...AND, I went back to school after several years to get ANOTHER degree....this time in teaching. 

 


 


@pharlap:   Excellent on having an engineering degree!!!   I applaud you.  Did you ever work in engineering?  You mention getting another degree for teaching.  I loved engineering school and the challenging work I did.



Apr 20, 2012 - 01:37 pm
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My career is in medicine and scrubs are usually short sleeved. So if someone had a sleeve tatto they had to keep it covered. Hospital policy. I am not usre if it prevents them from getting a job but it can make it more uncomfortable to do your job.
Even though hospitals temperatures are kept cold the employees are constantly on their feet moving. I sweated a lot doing my job. Even in th OR were it is like a freezer cold, we would dry off doctors brows.

I do know that if you are a smoker Memorial Hermann will not hire you. They test for it in their drug screen. Also, no smoking on a lot of the campuses. If u get caught 2 warnings then u are let go the 3 rd time caught.

Apr 20, 2012 - 01:45 pm
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Tattoos are a way people can express their individuality...by being just like a lot of other people.

Apr 20, 2012 - 01:47 pm
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