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Should tattoos be covered up in the workplace?

Response Percent Votes
55% 586
37% 395
Not sure
7% 79
Total 1060


Paul R Getto 5 years ago

Who cares? IF they aren't inappropriate in content, leave folks alone. In 30-40 years no one without a tat will be able to get a job. We are just in transition.

JayCat_67 5 years ago

And the star bellied sneetches will be back in charge :-)

puddleglum 5 years ago

oh yeah! most tattoos i see in this town are horrible. of course, I have perfect skin with small pores and beautiful radiance, so I would never cover my golden skin with any such nonsense.

Flap Doodle 5 years ago

If the tats are on one's buttocks, yes!

the_realest_mccoy 5 years ago

That would depend on where you work, I suppose. If you work at my church I would say yes, cover that ungodly body graffiti up. The lord at his house doesn't need to see such sinful glorification of the devil.

Sylvie Rueff 5 years ago

The lord (Lord?) only resides in your church?

renewalS1 5 years ago

uh oh. i wonder what i'm supposed to do with this 666 tattooed on my forehead. i just accepted a position at your church. what is your advice?

James McGuire 5 years ago

So, would a cross be considered "ungodly graffiti"?

Kendall Simmons 5 years ago

Wow! Your god can't see through clothing?? Doesn't already know what's on the skin of his people? Wow. What a weak and puny god.

Kirk Larson 5 years ago

I remember an ad campaign for a church in TX trying to attract young people. It was a picture of Jesus on the cross and it read, "Of course people with pierced body parts are welcome in our church".

JayCat_67 5 years ago

A lot of the tats I see are depictions of biblical passages or biblical quotes.

Pete Kennamore 5 years ago

Employers have the right to set dress codes as they see fit. If that includes coving tattoos, so be it.

garyr 5 years ago

What if you're a dancer at a gentlemen's club? Would you be required to then?

RDE87 5 years ago

This pole question seemed a little outdated. Most people have a least one tattoo, and most employers allow it. Tattoos should be allowed unless they are inappropriate.

MarcoPogo 5 years ago

"Most people have a least one tattoo, and most employers allow it. "

Source, please?

Alexander Smith 5 years ago

Yea, site your souce. You should have said more and more people are getting tattoos. But then again that depends on what part of the country you live in.

Also, the statement of "tattoos should be allowed" is not right also. You have to remeber that the business itself may think its okay. BUT, what they have to consider is if the clients think it is okay...even if the art is non-offensive. We are a global economy and many countries and cultures that we do business with do find tattoos as offensive in general. You offend the client, you offend your investors with loss of income. Its how the world works. Its controlled by the client base. Example is custom motorcycle shops, it is assumed to be part of the culture and people are okay and in some ways expect to see it. The other might be in International Healthcare services, seeing a person with tattoos would be viewed as unprofessional and unreliable and unclean. At my place of work they say its okay as long as it doesn't violate HR policy. Even then, when we have clients or important people coming over for a visit, especially from Asia market. People are required to hide up tattoos as to not offend them....since they are paying us.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 5 years ago

How old are you RDE? Your notions are not founded in any logic or research I know of. I guess it is the company you keep or work a (if you indeed have a job)

JayCat_67 5 years ago

A lot of people I know in the army have them. However, the new regulation states that they must not be visible in the summer physical fitness uniform (Short sleeved t-shirt and shorts). Obviously, some current members will be grandfathered.

RoeDapple 5 years ago

Knew a dude back in the '60's who had his junk tattooed as a barber pole. (Took months, he said) He also lost part of his left foot in a construction accident. When he went to the bar he would proclaim,"My (****) is a candy cane and I got a foot and a half! Anybody wants to buy my drinks, I'll prove it!"

Kendall Simmons 5 years ago

And then there was the guy who his buddies thought had gone too far by having him his junk tattooed with his girlfriend's name: "Wendy". But his girlfriend loved it...because it really said "Welcome to Texas. Have a nice day" :-)

lunacydetector 5 years ago

yes. keep your trashy tattoo to yourself and covered.

he_who_knows_all 5 years ago

I've been challenged by a colleague to see as many "cougar tramp stamps" as I can. I'm up to 14.

Flap Doodle 5 years ago

Facial tatoos aways look so fetching in mug shots.

geoismeo 5 years ago

Tattoos are a childish way to get people to look at you. They scream, look at me, look at me, I'll even deface my body to get a little attention.

JM Andy 5 years ago

By that token, plucking your eyebrows and having hi-lighted hair are pretty childish, too.

gccs14r 5 years ago

Not Sure should be It Depends. If you're a bouncer or pole dancer, it probably doesn't matter. If you're Sergeant at Arms for the local biker gang, they're probably required. If you're a TV preacher, you should probably keep them covered.

Terry Sexton 5 years ago

The most interesting tats I've only seen part of.

TheyCallMeDrBob 5 years ago

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Richard Heckler 5 years ago

Veterans have been getting tattoos for probably 100 years. Even those with college degrees.

Discrimination is not a legal practice.

gl0ck0wn3r 5 years ago

Yes, yes it is. The tattooed are not a protected class. I can't wait until these clowns with the ear stretchers and huge tats that are impossibe to conceal try to get jobs after they finish their degrees. Enjoy being an underemployed "individual" making fries.

Tom McCune 5 years ago

No, they should not be covered in the workplace. They should removed with kerosene and high heat.

Liberty275 5 years ago

It should be part of the dress code. Their is no absolute answer and no "not sure"

JayCat_67 5 years ago

"Not sure" was as close as I could get to "depends on the workplace and the tattoo"

DillonBarnes 5 years ago

Yeah, part of the dress code, no end all answer.

I've never found something I'd be willing to have on my body for the rest of my life. For the record, most tattoos on girls are pretty unsexy.

DillonBarnes 5 years ago

Ha, thank you.

I feel I am unqualified to judge sexiness of tattoos on males.

Curtis Lange 5 years ago

I voted yes, but it really depends on the workplace.

mae 5 years ago

I voted no. After wwii, tons of guys had tatts. Today I either love to see them or wince. It is a very quick way to judge a book by it's cover. Well thought out ones impress me, whereas 4th grade artwork, or ones with no meaning like skulls...

mae 5 years ago

I voted no. After wwii, tons of guys had tatts. Today I either love to see them or wince. It is a very quick way to judge a book by it's cover. Well thought out ones impress me, whereas 4th grade artwork, or ones with no meaning like skulls...

mae 5 years ago

btw, if everyone is getting a trend, don't. Be original. I'm talking chinese letters, trampstamps, skulls, necknames, moustaches on your finger, etc.

Abdu Omar 5 years ago

Tats are trendy and will fade very soon, I think. they are unseemly and when too many are there, they take away from the what they were meant to do. take Corey and Chumley on the TV show Pawn Stars. You can't make them out because there are too many so they look terrible. The same with Thomas Robinson. Too many take away from the look. My nephew has a tree tattoo on his shoulder and it is very artistic but he wants to add more which will detract from the lone tree.

Piercings are also ugly and pointless. they first were to shock people. The worst of them is when they pierce their tongue. I know what that is for and to think I am talking to a girl who has this pierced and I don't know the last time she used it. Maybe just before I ordered food from her at a restaurant.

James McGuire 5 years ago

Trendy? Tattoos have been around since 5000 BC. I don't think people will stop getting them any time soon.

verity 5 years ago

Unfortunately, tattoos will not fade away soon (I know, I know, I'm taking your words out of context) which is why I've never had one. There are a few I've admired, but mostly not.

Jeremiah Jefferson 5 years ago

Personally I can't see spending 500-1000 dollars on a black blob that I will regret in 20 years.

Paul R Getto 5 years ago

True that. I heard a mother once tell her son. "Go to the beach and look at the old men and their tattoos before you get one yourself. You need to know what it looks like years later."

Centerville 5 years ago

Kind of a moot question. You have to have a job first and visible tatoos are interview enders.

Kendall Simmons 5 years ago

No they're not. Depends on the job, the business, the corporate culture, the interviewer, etc., etc., etc.

Keep in mind that these young people who are getting these tattoos are going to be the business owners, bosses, and supervisors in the next decade or two.

Aren't any of you old enough to remember back in the 60s when guys with long hair were called freaks and beaten up by guys with short hair? And how those same short-haired guys grew their own hair long a few years later???

Personally, I think gauging your ears is weird...but I also remember seeing pictures in National Geographic 60 years ago of cultures where ear gauging was normal and considered a mark of beauty.

The more things change, the more they stay the same. Including older generations finding fault with the superficial behavior of younger generations...without realizing that they sound just like their older generations - the old farts that they found so old-fashioned and "out of it" :-)

Bailey Perkins 5 years ago

Depends on the job and whether or not the tattoo is appropriate. Back in middle school we had a substitute teacher and asked him to show off his war tattoos (all on his arms). They looked pretty cool but a naked women on your forearm wouldn't be accepted by most people.

For silly tattoos of flowers, symbols, and meaningful quotes/sayings: seems to violate a persons freedom to represent their creativity towards life when banned/restricted.

Alyosha 5 years ago

What if it's part of my religious practice to have a visible tattoo? Freedom of religion, anyone? A business cannot tell someone they cannot practice their religious beliefs, right?

Fred Whitehead Jr. 5 years ago

"Religious practice" is just another falicy that we all live with. All religions were created by men who were trying to figure out just why the sun comes up or how to gain some sort of dominance over some other group that they sbsolutely detested. Carl Marx once said that "religion is the opiate of the masses" I am not a follower of Marx, but on this opinion, I am in complete agreement. More people have died in the name of some stupid religious notions than from most any other source in history.

verity 5 years ago

Pssst! I think Alyosha was being sarcastic.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 5 years ago

I do not understand this strange compulsion to mutilate and deface the human body that seems to be so popular these days. Time was that multiple tatoos indicated that the wearer was a former sailor or some sort of malcontent. I still get the same notions that I get when I see a car plastered with multiple political and confrentational bumper stickers. But bumper stickers can be scraped off when the election is over or the stated notion is no longer an issue with anyone. I will not be around a lot longer, but I wonder just what these kids who do this crap will be thinking in 20 or 30 years when they are still wearing this foolishness of their youth.

Kirk Larson 5 years ago

Humans have been modifying their bodies for nearly ALL of their history. It's only recently where the paradigm has become that it is somehow unseemly.

Jayhawk1958 5 years ago

They don't belong in the professional world. Otherwise, do what you want with them.

kuguardgrl13 5 years ago

It really depends on your job. There are some jobs where tattoos aren't frowned upon. Others consider them unprofessional. My boyfriend strategically got his tattoo so that it would be covered by a business suit or a dress shirt. If you plan on working in a professional environment, get a tattoo in a place that can be covered or don't get one. I'm sure there are people you work with that have tattoos that you would never know about.

Jean Robart 5 years ago

If a person has more tattoos than skin showing, then I'd say do some covering up. If the art is in good taste, why not let it be displayed?

George_Braziller 5 years ago

Who even comes up with these "poll" questions? They're always so vague that without any context they can't bet answered with "yes" or "no."

I know someone who has a small tattoo of a dolphin on her ankle and works as a lifeguard at a pool. Not quite sure how an employer could require her to cover it unless they expect her to wear boots or socks with her bathing suit.

Tom McCune 5 years ago

"....The child is amoral. To our eyes, the Papuan is too. The Papuan kills his enemies and eats them. He is not a criminal. But when modern man kills someone and eats him he is either a criminal or a degenerate. The Papuan tattoos his skin, his boat, his paddles, in short everything he can lay hands on. He is not a criminal. The modern man who tattoos himself is either a criminal or a degenerate. There are prisons in which eighty per cent of the inmates show tattoos. The tattooed who are not in prison are latent criminals or degenerate aristocrats. If someone who is tattooed dies at liberty, it means he has died a few years before committing a murder....."

-- "Ornament and Crime", Adolf Loos, 1908

Kirk Larson 5 years ago

I look forward to the day when people can wear what clothes they like, wear their hair as they like, any piercings, tats, jewelry, whatever, or not if they choose to be unadorned, without derision. I have a minor personal affectation of my hair. It hardly draws any attention these days. It's good to express yourself some way or another. I like it when I see some interesting ink, or a creative clothing style, even the occasional mohawk. Would you rather we all came out of the same mold?

JackMcKee 5 years ago

Yes. I was recently at a bar where I stopped for a quick refreshment. To my shock and surprise the young ladies that had congregated there seemed to exercising with very little clothing. Let me tell you they were gyrating and spinning around this long metal pole. They were all covered in tattoos. It was really terribly distracting.

booyalab 5 years ago

It's up to the employer. But tattoos are pretty mainstream nowadays. You have to be really original to shock people with them. (I'm thinking of one tattoo I've seen in particular. It was pretty offensive. But the person lives in Lawrence, so I don't think I'll say)

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