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dragonflyz Feb 25, 1:57 p.m.
I'm a professional with ink. It's not visible at work [or even wearing normal clothing], but it's personal to me. I waited over 10 years before getting it because i wanted to be 100% sure of the design, find someone i trusted, and be sure i wanted it. i dont judge people for having ink, just like i dont judge people for not having ink. i do feel that, based on career field, that caution needs to be paid about placement and ability to cover [mainly because of the narrow minded people who judge]. same for piercings- i've got 'em- but i'm not putting huge holes all over my body [and its a personal decision for me to have nothing on my face]. i think people should be cautious about their public perception with any way they modify their bodies- but look past their appearance. these mods are only skin deep. actually, the decision to get ink made me be much more introspective to select something that was so integral to who i was that i couldn't see it ever changing. it's a part of me.
chowder Feb 21, 4:43 p.m.
I have 2 tattoos. I have a capitol W on each rear cheek. When I bend over it says WOW.
GoodVibrations Feb 21, 11:46 a.m.
I get compliments on mine, every where I go. From old, young, male, and female. :)
Dan Cooper Feb 21, 10:53 a.m.
Tattoo removal will become a big business if not already! Most of the people I know with them are poor decision makers anyway, their 'tats' are just further proof that they're using body art in leiu of something lacking in their character.
DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Feb 20, 2:53 p.m.
"There ARE jobs where tats are not appropriate. No one working with clients should have visible tats, unless you work with clientele that would be fine with tats."
I wrote the above quote. Of course, a couple of people fired off at me and said I was old fashioned. Basically said I was wrong. That doesn't bother me, as I'm not looking for a job. If you have tats, your job options WILL be limited. That has nothing to do with me. It IS common practice today in the business world, like it or not. You can argue with me all you want. But it will have NO bearing on my quote above, that still stands true in TODAY'S world.
IPayYouPay Feb 20, 1:55 p.m.
I certainly hope so.
corgimom06 Feb 20, 1:32 p.m.
They look hideous.
So do mom jeans, sandals with black socks, mullets, and sleeveless and/or mesh shirts. I would rather have a tattoo than be the victim of bad fashion!
aspenstreet1717 Feb 20, 12:00 p.m.
They look hideous.
Minarchist Feb 20, 11:59 a.m.
"Is it because someone who has such conviction of a subject or memory that they permanently ink themselves in such a loud medium (seems like yelling)," - NCNATIVE
No it reminds me of my dead grandmother.
WASP Feb 20, 11:51 a.m.
Personally I think tattoos discrace the human body. To each his/her own.
NcNativeRaleigh Feb 20, 11:36 a.m.
Tattoos seem to mean so much to the ones who use their skin as canvas.. as it should. The citizens who have "skin art" will never know the true cost of such devotion in lost employment potential....never. I do not care for them why? Is it because someone who has such conviction of a subject or memory that they permanently ink themselves in such a loud medium (seems like yelling), or able to have collaborative tendency?(seems like your set in your beliefs..you ink it) I know that all on TV that are tattooed, live life without any regrets and all have the crime solving CSI important jobs, so maybe that's the answer to unemployment. Tattoos for all!
Minarchist Feb 20, 11:32 a.m.
I wish everyone's skin would show their mindset. I've never been impressed by a tattoo or piercing.
February 19, 2013 2:57 p.m.
Its does. Thats why I put my dead family members on my body in ink. Your comments show your mindset.
corgimom06 Feb 20, 10:06 a.m.
I work for one of the local universities and work with doctors, goverment officials, and pharma companies everyday. I have tattoos. So does my manager. As do the majority of the people here. It does not affect my ability to do my job or be a responsible adult. I pay my mortgage, save for retirement, pay my bills and work a full-time professional job. To me, it is art and each one of mine holds a deep meaning to me. I realize art is in the eye of the beholder but jumping to the conclusion that I am "low class" because I have tattoos is simply ludicrous. Tattooed people don't care if you're not tattooed.
oleguy Feb 20, 8:34 a.m.
Wayne GOOD deal,Snowl I fully agree,,, Had a female co worker, Someone got a tattoo, She said she also had a tat, But she could not show it,, Was on her Chest? OK, I said did you know the man that did the work, No she said,,, I said you let a dude you did not know hold you for 2 hours and you will not show us the tat,, POP was a nice blue bird
snowl Feb 19, 7:43 p.m.
There are things in life that we either want to have, or we do not want to have. I don't want tattoos, dogs, cruise ship vacations, cigarettes, or old age. Not necessarily in that order. Have a good night.
djofraleigh Feb 19, 6:47 p.m.
I think of "low class" is someone who judges another person by physical appearance instead of who they are. -- comment
I believe one is showing who they are when they put tattoos and piercings on their body, just like they do by what comes out of their mouths, or by their actions.
wayneboyd Feb 19, 6:40 p.m.
To the person who took offense at my original post as maybe me trying to impose my religious convictions on them. That reason was the least of my objections to tattoos. I think they look filthy and would not even touch my granddaughter until hers have been removed. Of course I'm an antique(76) and completely out of touch, so forgive me.
bradlong64 Feb 19, 4:48 p.m.
nicely put Overthink.Just a quick story before I go. I work very close to Fort Bragg. I had a a Special Forces guy come into my store and he had dog tags Tattooed on his wrist. Those were his fallen comrades dog tags. His wrist was where the guy was holding too as he watched him pass away.Now,how can we look this guy in the face and tell him" I cant believe you defaced you body like that" Just saying
Pepe Silvia Feb 19, 4:27 p.m.
"A tattoo marks a person's status as "low class." - If the shoe fits...
How ironic, I think of "low class" is someone who judges another person by physical appearance instead of who they are.
DurhamDevil Feb 19, 4:24 p.m.
It is a persons choice to tattoo & pierce their own body.
It is also a business's choice as to whether they want this person working for them.
What's next? Another amendment to the constitution?
overthink Feb 19, 4:19 p.m.
I have never been one really for tattoos. The idea of inking myself is creepy to me. And the key word there is 'myself.' I do some amateur photography and I'd say for some, tattoos actually enhance their appearance, but for others it takes away from it. It all depends on how well it's done, the attributes of the person, and the scenario. No, having a profane word tattooed across your forehead isn't going to help land you in a high-salary corporate job, but who really cares if you have a tattoo around your ankle? And sometimes, that tattoo can signify a special bond or personal lifestyle (i.e. the T-stamp for the wild girls, or a Special Forces tattoo for those who survived.) I think to each their own as it's their body, and their choice. Some I would like to photograph, and some I prefer not to. And that applies to the inked and ink-free alike.
girlwonders Feb 19, 4:12 p.m.
My VP is awesome. He expects alot sometimes, but I have been with this global contractor for 8 years, and they are great. We also have a great culture to work in, everyone is polite, does their share and respects each other. I am so lucky!
bradlong64 Feb 19, 3:24 p.m.
@ girlwonders.three cheers for your VP. nice to see a company man that sees his employees for who they are and what they can do. not how they look
djofraleigh Feb 19, 2:57 p.m.
I wish everyone's skin would show their mindset. I've never been impressed by a tattoo or piercing.
girlwonders Feb 19, 2:48 p.m.
I was sporting tats before tats on women were cool. It has always been a matter of personal choice for me. Each of my tats means something about my life and something I need to remember or something that I want to remember. I flow to my own beat, get the job done, take care of the people who I love and love the people who love me. I don't have time for haters.
bradlong64 Feb 19, 2:36 p.m.
And for all those reading this that have tattoos, Its nice not being societies pawn isnt it? "dress this way" "look this way" like that really makes you any better or worse of a person. you are who you are simple as that.im not saying for instance a person with his or her face tattooed should be the front man of a company.Im saying dont give Mrs Jane Doe that has a little butterfly tattooed on her arm that you can barely see a pink slip because of it
bradlong64 Feb 19, 2:21 p.m.
risk financial loss? please! Bet if that employee made the company made alot of money their would be no problem. so you are saying that people with tattoos are poor? im not poor.im a manager of a well established company.seems your the one being selfish.
girlwonders Feb 19, 2:20 p.m.
I work for corporate america, have tattoos, pink streaks in my hair and my vice president loves me, says I am his Peyton Manning. We do government contracting, I make good money, and have never been considered low class because I have tattoos. I guess those folks who are being disrespectful and classist are all against racism and religious bigotry. LOL, hypocrisy at it's finest. ~Life is Good!~
Riddickfield Feb 19, 2:14 p.m.
vynalcarwraps, yes I do hire people and if someone came in with a face/neck tat or piercing, I likely wouldn't hire him. If it was something hidden or not readily obvious that would be fine. Of course I work in a technical consulting business where clients impressions are very important. If you look like someone from the circus side show our clients are not going to be impressed... or impressed in the worst way possible.
NcNativeRaleigh Feb 19, 1:47 p.m.
One persons right stops where another persons rights begins. Why should employers risk financial loss due to the selfish display of employees "Body Art". If it means that much to the people who treat their skin as canvas, then live and let live. If that means poverty ...be happy with it. If it means pass over job promotions..live with it. Life is a series of choices.. live with it. If only more thought that they were Gods tattoo.
wayneboyd Feb 19, 1:38 p.m.
Vinylcaewraps, my comment will stand when the fire touches it, lets hope yours will.
bradlong64 Feb 19, 1:35 p.m.
I just got me first tattoo about a month ago and have been working with the company im with for 8 years now. Does this make me any less of an employee? I DONT THINK SO. and no one else should think so either. nudity and profanity I understand. but when someone gets called out because you can see a little of their tattoo under their sleeve is crazy.I ask if you were dying and the doctor that could help you had tattoos, would you ask for a different doctor? sorry to say this but a doctor with tattoos doesnt change the name on his or her PHD. just saying
bombayrunner Feb 19, 1:29 p.m.
I have a tat on each ankle ... will get the M-dot when I finish the Raleigh Ironman ... note sure where I'll put it though.
Hapicampr Feb 19, 12:52 p.m.
I got a tattoo 17 years ago when in my mid twenties. My older sister who is a nurse warned me to think long and hard. I delayed almost a year and got it. It is hidden and very personal to me. I would never get a tat that was visible because I work in a corporate environment. It is part of our animal instinct to judge by first appearance. Our human instinct must take over after that to make a more sound judgement. To each his own but I personally find sleeves are too much.
batcave Feb 19, 12:50 p.m.
Hepatitis is latent, Korean vets were getting Hepatitis from tats , Dermotologist will tell you no such thing as safe ink.
batcave Feb 19, 12:48 p.m.
good grounds for a civil rights lawsuit.
Well it is not covered under civil rights laws. So tatoos of say a swastika or profanity, or nudity , say, for a day care worker, thats all cool with you??
btneast Feb 19, 12:45 p.m.
I feel that not hiring someone just because they have a tattoo is good grounds for a civil rights lawsuit
Don't think body art is a protected civil right. Many companies have written appearance policies....Disney comes to mind as one. My daughter worked as an intern for Disney, and still works part time.
GoodVibrations Feb 19, 12:42 p.m.
I love LOVE my tatts hope to get more some day! Love LOVE my piercings. I see it as expressing my heart and soul on the outside. My oldest son has helped me design a couple of them. My engagement ring is a tatt. When I look at them it makes me feel happy inside. I'm 52, a mom, a wife, a computer programmer, a weekend artist, and good human being. My body art adds to my light and I've not found one person offended by any of it. In my experience, people who are bothered by such benign issues are just looking for something to be bothered by... perhaps in an lame attempt to make them feel better about themselves. Kind of sad...really.
torchhappysean Feb 19, 12:05 p.m.
I feel that not hiring someone just because they have a tattoo is good grounds for a civil rights lawsuit. It is pure unadultrated discrimination for someone to be denied employment strictly on the grounds of them displaying skin art..
thefensk Feb 19, 11:53 a.m.
I prefer to celebrate my individuality by having no tatoos. But I say if someone wants to mark themselves permanently, they should go for it. I do want to point out again the word permanantly.
PJM Feb 19, 11:47 a.m.
PEOPLE ARE SO JUDGEMENTAL....who really cares if they have tats or not....my issue is if they are able to perform the job well what is the big deal. Tats are worn by teachers, preachers, doctors, lawyers etc...but it does not make them less qualified...quite an interesting story
btneast Feb 19, 11:44 a.m.
They say you shouldn't judge a book by it's cover.....but the reality is, we do. In an ideal world, people should not be judged by their appearance, but the reality is that they are. We ALL do it...we form an initial impression based on what we see. We may later change said impression upon more association with that person. Tatoos have traditionally carried a negative connotation, so it is only natural that it conveys to folks wearing tatoos as a first impression. What should be, and what is are often two different things. It isn't necesarily fair, but little in life is. If you choose to have visible tats, then know it is going to have that effect a lot of the time.
moppie Feb 19, 11:44 a.m.
My dad had 3 tattoos he got while in the Navy and stationed in Hawaii during the Korean Conflict. While he never regretted them, he always made sure they were covered if he was in a professional situation. Considering we owned a fishing pier, those times were few and far between. I have no problem with tattoos and believe it's a person's body to do with what they choose. However, I hate when I see offensive ones and have to explain them to my children. I know I'll never have one, and will probably be one of the few in the nursing home without one :)
Bewitched Feb 19, 11:37 a.m.
"I've often wondered if there are some subconscious self-worth issues going on with someone who feels driven to get a bunch of tats in order to like the way they look more."
Well, wonder no more! Because you're wrong. The majority who get inked have personal reasons that have nothing to do with "liking the way we look more". A friend of mine had one done in remembrance of her mother, who passed away from lung cancer. I have one that marks my freedom from an abusive husband, another for my 40th birthday, another for my 50th birthday, and one on my toe just because I liked wearing a toe ring for years, and an actual ring is a pain to hassle with. NONE of my four tats are visible at work unless I wear a short-sleeved shirt, skirt and no tights, and sandals (which I rarely do, as it's usually chilly at work). And the location of the one marking my freedom from that one husband is on my front right hip and easily covered by a bikini. They are for ME.
tran Feb 19, 11:33 a.m.
I've never seen anything that appealed to me enough to have it drawn on my body. The quasi-permanent quality of tattoos also would give me pause to consider having one. And I've seen what older people look like with tattoos. Besides, now that so many people have them, I'll just be different by not having one.
I don't care if someone wants to get a tattoo but they should understand that if they want a public facing job, visible tattoos can hurt their chances.
OLD CHEV. Feb 19, 11:27 a.m.
TAT'S are not that bad,I have a few & I can hide mines or show them. But we have bigger problems in NC than this.Please give us a break on Tat's.
Minarchist Feb 19, 11:12 a.m.
"My faith tells me my body is not my own it was bought with a price, not to mark it in any way."
Oh look. You found a part of the bible you want to use. Isnt there something about thou shall not judge others? I bet you lie to your own kids about a man coming down the chimney too. Why is it people with "faith" are the least tolerable and lie to their own kids while teaching them lying is a sin?
wayneboyd Feb 19, 11:05 a.m.
Everyone has the liberty to do whatsoever one wants to do. My faith tells me my body is not my own it was bought with a price, not to mark it in any way. Personally I've never seen anyone sporting one that I didn't think it took away from their personal appearance. People sporting them do not look clean in my way of thinking.
My daughter gets upset with me when I refuse to take my 7 year old granddaughter out to breakfast with me twice each month until she has washed hers off. She like to wear those and I hope she'll outgrow that. Her two older brothers loathe them, thank goodness.
Arapaloosa Feb 19, 10:58 a.m.
Wow, the narrow-minded judgmental people on here blow my mind. Your attitudes are way more distasteful and low class than any tattoo I have ever seen. Maybe instead of getting your feathers all ruffled over someone else's tats, you should take a look in the mirror at your own personality defects.
buco Feb 19, 10:43 a.m.
why would you want your name on your neck
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