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Tattoos May Be The Next Great Generational Divide

This is somewhat of a contradiction to the last article I posted, but tattoo policy obviously will vary from company to company.

While tattoos and body piercings have become more mainstream, they still cause some to blanch. And where there’s blanching, there may also be some employment discrimination. A few years ago, Texas A&M business professor Brian Elzweig reported that discrimination in employment decisions based on tattooing and body piercing was actually not illegal.

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Tattoo artist turned monk: not your typical art story

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.

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Are tattoo studios ‘artists’ studios’? Pittsford says no

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.

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Reed’s mailer introduces the politics of tattoos

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.”