Tuesday, August 14, 2012

The Skin I'm In


I get up every morning at 6:00 a.m. to take my kids to school and then travel to a job where I am considered "smart, sharp and capable."  This is how they see me in the business world:


In order for the business world to not change their perception of me I now hide my tattoos.  Because apparently having ink embedded in your skin makes you less smart, sharp and capable.  This is the me they'll never get to see:

Getting a memorial piece done on my calf in honor of my step-dad Steve who passed away in 2011. 

You see, tattoos are oftentimes used to memorialize something -- be it a moment, a relationship, a person, something you love or feel passionate about.  It is art and your skin is the canvas.  Pure and simple.  Why is that still so taboo in 2012?

I can understand tolerate an employer not wanting to hire an individual that looked like this:


See now I would hire him.  True, not much work would get done but we'd clear my desk off every morning until lunch.  Having said that I do get where it would be off-putting to have clients walk in to the office and see someone who transformed himself into a corpse.  A very sexy corpse, I might add.

So as a woman who needs to be gainfully employed I hide my tattoos.  This means no short sleeves or skirts at the knee.  I am not whining about this.  I made a choice to have tattoos in places that would require winter wear in the summer while at work.  But make no mistake.  I'm proud that I have this around my ankle:

My children's "signatures" at ages 9 and 6, forever memorialized in ink.

So while I'm not necessarily complaining, I do want to bring this to your attention because individuals who have body art and modifications are openly discriminated against.  And the funny part... oftentimes you don't even know the person you respect and rely upon may actually be one of those you dismiss as the dregs of society.  Such as this father:


Or this soldier:


Or this doctor:


Or this supremely talented paralegal, devoted mother, loyal daughter, sister and friend not to mention humble:


I get that perception is 9/10 of the law but the fact remains that your perception is skewed.  So change it.  Because the person you presume to be a no good loser may actually be full of win.  Like Spank.  And this guy:


6 comments:

  1. Love this post!
    I am also covered in tattoos! I got my first one at 17 and I fell in love with getting them! When I first started getting ink it wasn't the 'popular' thing to do, but I finally felt like I was able to express myself. I know this sounds weird but I LOVE the feeling of getting tattoo'd! It's a huge stress reliever for me & calms me down when sitting in that chair. All my tattoos have meaning for me even though some didn't at the time I got them done. Right now I'm in the process of getting a sleeve and then I'd love to get more back work done. I've also been debating on getting a chest piece, but we'll see! I'm lucky where my brother in law is a tattoo artist who owns his own shop so I get new ink often! My dad hates it and is always offering to pay to get them removed! I just tell him that my next tattoo is going to be in his honor! Lol
    I'm glad that tattoos are becoming more acceptable in today's society!

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  2. I love tattoos and have 5 myself. Getting my 6th in a couple of weeks. Luckily I work in a company that is very relaxed about tattoos even though in our contract it states we are not allowed visible tatts as long as they aren't offensive then they don't mind. Infact the CEO loves my tattoos and every time I see him he asks if I have had any new ones? Lol. The same with other members of my team. 3 of mine are quite visible and I would have trouble covering them up and they actually make a good talking point with our customers some of the time.

    However there are still people that completely over react like this mum http://m.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2012/aug/11/devastated-by-my-sons-tattoo?cat=lifeandstyle&type=article she says it will hinder his career which is utter nonsense. I'm a deputy manager and working my way up and I know lawyers, police and doctors with tattoos.

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  3. I love tattoos and have 5 myself. Getting my 6th in a couple of weeks. Luckily I work in a company that is very relaxed about tattoos even though in our contract it states we are not allowed visible tatts as long as they aren't offensive then they don't mind. Infact the CEO loves my tattoos and every time I see him he asks if I have had any new ones? Lol. The same with other members of my team. 3 of mine are quite visible and I would have trouble covering them up and they actually make a good talking point with our customers some of the time.

    However there are still people that completely over react like this mum http://m.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2012/aug/11/devastated-by-my-sons-tattoo?cat=lifeandstyle&type=article she says it will hinder his career which is utter nonsense. I'm a deputy manager and working my way up and I know lawyers, police and doctors with tattoos.

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  4. I love tattoos and have 5 myself. Getting my 6th in a couple of weeks. Luckily I work in a company that is very relaxed about tattoos even though in our contract it states we are not allowed visible tatts as long as they aren't offensive then they don't mind. Infact the CEO loves my tattoos and every time I see him he asks if I have had any new ones? Lol. The same with other members of my team. 3 of mine are quite visible and I would have trouble covering them up and they actually make a good talking point with our customers some of the time.

    However there are still people that completely over react like this mum http://m.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2012/aug/11/devastated-by-my-sons-tattoo?cat=lifeandstyle&type=article she says it will hinder his career which is utter nonsense. I'm a deputy manager and working my way up and I know lawyers, police and doctors with tattoos.

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  5. As unfortunate as it is a lot of society and careers frown on visible tattoos because they don't appear professional. Personally, although I don't have any, I have no real problem with tattoos for the most part...especially if there is some personal meaning to them. However, the problem I do have is with young people who as soon as they turn 18 rush out and get not just one tattoo but several without any regard for what they might choose to do later in life. Society is becoming more accepting of them but these kids need to consider what they might be wanting to do later in life before they run out and get a half sleeve or a full sleeve tattoo.

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  6. I hope I'm able to get more ink someday! I've been lucky that the places I've worked have all been tattoo-friendly (even a bank). I think I'm limiting mine to my back, but I do want to decorate at least one of my ankles and the undersides of my upper arms.

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