Posted by: Tony Carson | 5 July, 2007

Tats and the job

“Once associated with drunken sailors, felons and Hells Angels, tattoos have gone nearly mainstream, putting employers in a bind. How to write rules that won’t alienate un-hip customers on the one hand or eliminate talented workers on the other?”

This LA Times article entitled Better hide the tattoo if you want the job explains some of the pitfalls from body art — for both the employer and the employee.

“Policies are all over the map. PricewaterhouseCoopers’ says only that employees must wear “professional“ attire, making no mention of ink. Employees at aircraft maker Boeing Co. can show off tattoos so long as the designs aren’t what a spokesman called “offensive,“ but grocery workers at Vons are advised to totally cover up.

“The dress code for Disney theme parks and resorts is among the most explicit and conservative: no visible tattoos, and the only permissible piercings are one per earlobe. Earrings must be “a simple matched pair in gold, silver or a color that blends with the costume,“ company spokesman Donn Walker said. Hoops can’t be bigger than a dime.”

But you have to wonder how many of the tatted are running of to Dr Tattoff before that big interview. And you have to wonder how serious they were about their career when they got the skull and bones etched into their arm. I mean, doesn’t a garish tat pretty much eliminate many of life’s better opportunities? Am I missing something here? 

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