Think Before You Ink

Once in our hometown paper there was a tattooed lady slap dab on the front page.
Her story? She felt discriminated because she can not find someone to hire her because of her tattoos. Now, let me mind you, this lady not only had tattoos and looked like a walking comic book, but she had half a shaved head, yep just one side, and sporting a leopard print tattoo on the side of her face. I mean, come one...really? I do not think its all about the tattoos. People are to quick to throw the "discriminate" flag.

A tattoo tells a lot about a person. Just like the way you dress, talk or present yourself. businesses are not discriminating and most have no problem with tattoos as long as they can be covered! Its called "being professional." Most business have a dress code, therefore, makeup, piercings, what you wear and your hairstyle can cost you a job.

I have two tattoos myself. One is from my 20's when I just got a wild idea to do something crazy. Its in a place that can be covered. Its simply a piece of art I drew myself. Its small and no one can see it unless I choose to reveal it.

My other tattoo is on my wrist. Its something I really wanted and do not regret it. I still love it even though the ink bleed and run together (I was warned this could happen)or faded through the years. It spells "Faith". Faith is something I think everyone should have and mine has definitely been tested.


My Tattoo is an "Ambigram tattoo" meaning it reads the same upside down or right side up. Perfect for a wrist.

I understand, if I ever need to look for another job, I will need to cover the tattoo with a bracelet or sleeve. There are things I may attend that are formal that I think sporting a tattoo is out of place or disrespectful. I'm not gonna put up a fuss and use my discrimination card. Its actually kind of fun to "hide" the tattoos sometimes...makes me feel like I have a secret.

My point is, I see nothing wrong with anyone having a tattoo or tattoos. But people really need to think about the future before getting one. Face it, people will judge you by your appearance. That's just human nature. People need to respect rules of businesses and other places you choose to show your "rights".

Sorry if your tattoo was a mistake or your life style and fads have changed, but this is pretty much a permanent marking on yourself so "Think before you Ink".

22 comments

  1. Great points here, and I agree. For the tattoos, After seeing a lady today practically covered with tattoo's, I mentioned to /sherry, "I saw men and women in the circus billed as the tattooed man or lady who had less. WOW

    YEP, big point, the future and the society we live in.
    Good entry!

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  2. When I was growing up people with tattooos WERE discriminated against. The assumption was quite definitely that you were lower class, and probably criminal.
    I am so glad those attitudes have changed. But yes, definitely think before you ink.

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  3. I don't think there is anything sexier than a rose on a lady's ankle. I'm intrigued by ink, but I'd never tat myself. (You never know how you're going to look with it in 40 years.) But I will stop a stranger and admire theirs, and they are happy to tell you a story about them. Amazing way to make friends.

    Love your Faith.

    :)

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  4. You made good points. I am not a fan of tattoos for myself but don't care if others have them. My son's arms and legs are covered in them. On one of his arms is a lighthouse which he says represents me because I'm his beacon of light. How can I not like that? : )

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  5. I can't understand the women on "Say Yes to the Dress" who want their tattoos to show while they're wearing a $5,000 wedding gown!!

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    1. IKR , just takes away all the elegance .

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  6. I'm not a fan of tattoos for me but I don't mind them on others. They don't really affect my opinion of people. That is determined by what comes out of someone's mouth! LOL...

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  7. I gotta keep my mouth shut on this one.
    I used to wear 1 dangling earring.

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    1. So did my Husband! Went great with the mullet. Ha!

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  8. Some people go over-board on it

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  9. I have a tattoo from my time in the Army. I rarely think about it but it's on my back and no one would see it unless I decided to observe National Nude Day :)
    R

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  10. Great point, about inked skin ruining the effect of formal wear. (OK, you didn't say "ruining"; I did.)
    Personally, I'm not fond of tats ... probably, on account I grew my own (varicose veins) at only 15 y/o. No fun when everyone else is wearing short shorts and bathing suits. :(

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    1. I got some of those too. Luckily, they are light and I can tan over the most part. I bet your still beautiful!!

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    2. I agree with you about tattoos.

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  11. NO tats anywhere on my body. Do not like them for me. But they are indeed intriguing art.

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