Six years ago, Mount Angel Abbey’s serene hilltop campus shook, as leather-clad Bobby Love rolled in on his motorcycle. Love removed his helmet revealing pierced ears and a mop of dreadlocks. With tattoos on his hands, arms and neck, he looked like an extra on “Sons of Anarchy” not a someone attending a retreat for those who might become Catholic monks.
Yet another case of a tattoo studio not being allowed to open due to some creative interpretation of zoning laws by people who clearly just don’t want tattoo studios in their town.
…since tattoo artists are licensed by the state Department of Health and the state defines the premises from which tattooists work as a “tattoo studio,” DiProjetto’s and Wight’s proposed business could not rightly be considered an “artists’ studio.”
Limbeck also maintained that tattooing was not a “retail business,” despite LoveHate Tattoo having a retail license from the city of Rochester dating to 2001.
It comes down to Pittsford not wanting tattooed people in their town doing business. It’s okay if a tattooed person is pumping your gas, but a tattooed person opening a business in Mayberry won’t fly.
Now the politicians are trying to use tattoos in their negative ad campaigns. The question now is whether the people can see the ad for what it is, or will the tattoos be enough to make them think twice about voting for someone with so much ink.
“I thought it was an extreme act of desperation,” LaHood said of the mailer. “When you’ve been in office for 16 years and you’re being challenged on your record on child abuse and your lack of performance, your response is to send a picture of a guy with tattoos? This is indicative of all the BS that comes with politicians.”
I was recently contacted by the Communications Director of ‘Support Tattoos and Piercings at Work’, or STAPAW for short. In their own words STAPAW is a Heal the World movement aimed at raising awareness about discrimination of piercings and tattoos in the workplace. STAPAW helps pierced and/or inked staff and bosses, as well as non-pierced and non-inked staff and bosses in the following ways:
- Change stereotypes.
- Encourage positive character and work ethic.
- Feature positive companies and employers.
- Feature hard working employees.
- Help employees who lose their job because of discrimination.
- Work with companies to change dress code and hiring policies.
- Educate employers on the negative effects of discrimination.
- Protect employers’ right of decision making.
- Promote community involvement with charities.
- Change perceptions, not by words, but by actions.
My goal for this blog is to help change stereotypes and perceptions. STAPAW takes it to the next level by reaching out to people affected by discrimination and working with companies to change policies. I encourage everyone to check out their website and get involved if possible. There are petitions to sign, opportunities to volunteer and contents to enter. Doing something as simple as sharing the link to their site is a help to the cause.
Excellent response to the absolutely terrible Matt Forney article that appeared on Return of Kings recently. It’s bad enough that I may just have to write my own response in the near future.