The U.S. Army will announce new restrictions on tattoos in a forthcoming update to regulations on the appearance of soldiers.
Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond Chandler confirmed to Stars and Stripes over the weekend that ink visible below the elbows or knees, as well as tattoos visible above the neck, will soon be forbidden for soldiers. Existing tattoos in those areas may be grandfathered in, however.
I haven’t posted many personal stories on this blog, but I wanted to share this special day with my readers as well as to account for the lack of posts over the last few weeks.
Two weeks ago, June 4th 2013, exactly three years after my first date with Heidi we became husband and wife. After beginning to plan a more elaborate and traditional wedding in the fall, we decided to scale things back significantly and pull the date in. Instead of choosing an arbitrary Saturday based on the availability of the wedding venue of our choice, we decided to honor our true anniversary. The wedding was small and casual. We had an absolutely perfect day for the occasion and had the time of our lives.
One of the arguments I have heard against tattoos on women is the old, “what are you going to do when you get married?” The answer is, have fun and look amazing doing it. Heidi chose a dress that showed some of her tattoos, but did not make them the center of attention. If I do say so myself, she looked stunning. I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.
Just how far can employers go in acting against workers based on professional image alone? In this week’s webinar, “Addressing Tattoos, Piercings, and Cross-Dressing in the Workplace,” Ballow discussed some of the risks of taking adverse employment action based on a worker’s appearance.
I almost made it to the end of the week without finding a comment bad enough to be immortalized here forever. But I think I found a winner in a response to the recent ‘Tattoos have a distinguished royal history‘ article on the Telegraph.
The comment I am highlighting is actually a response to another.
Here is the original comment:
The only stir they cause in me is one of the stomach related variety. Put bluntly I find tattoos appallingly ugly. –remittance_man
And the response:
I agree. It is unquestionably a form of self-mutilation and when I see them I feel physically sick as I do with OTT piercings but maybe they are intended to have this effect.
I feel so sorry for the parents who have invested so much of their lives trying to produce a well rounded and healthy, educated, independent etc adult knowing that their beloved child will bear the steadily more ugly mutilation for the rest of their lives – all because of an inability to see into the future. –feudejoie
What you call self-mutilation, many like to call art, adornment, or body modification. How can you state something is unquestionable, when there are so many people who obviously disagree with your opinion on the matter?
But, it’s the 2nd half of his comment that made it really stand out to me. Instead of feeling sorry for the parents of people with tattoos, wouldn’t it make more sense to feel sorry for parents of people who are not well-rounded, healthy, educated or independent? These attributes are not related in any way to the presence or absence of tattoos.
Do you know who I feel sorry for? Parents who have invested so much of their lives trying to produce an open-minded, non-judgmental adult, knowing that their beloved child will spend his or her adult life criticizing the choices of others all because of an inability to see beyond their outside appearance.
How many times do you have to be told that tattoos on the neck, face or hands WILL have a negative impact on your ability to find employment?
He said: ‘Things changed very quickly once I had the tattoos on my neck. They had words with me on several occasions and then said, “You need to wear make-up”.
He then goes on to describe his trouble finding a new job.
Despite having been to four interviews in the past month he says he has been shunned by employers due to his appearance.
He said: ‘When I started looking for jobs, I had a problem finding people that would take on tattooed people.
‘I then looked into setting up my own business so that I would be self-employed to save anyone judging me at job interviews.
I’m sorry, but the purpose of a job interview is to judge you in order to determine whether you are right for the job. If I walked into a job interview wearing a baseball cap, jeans and a t-shirt, no matter how qualified I was, I would not expect to be taken seriously. No matter how accepted tattoos become, there are still many people out there who will look at you and make assumptions about what type of person you are.
If your ink cannot be covered, you will eventually find yourself in a situation where it effects you in a negative way. I don’t care how wrong it is, how great of a person you are, and how much you cry discrimination. A business owner is well within their rights to enforce a dress code that they deem appropriate, which may include the banning of visible tattoos and/or piercings. This is the reality of being tattooed, period.
This story just reinforces how important it is to choose an appropriate location when planning your tattoo. As much as I cringe with the overuse of this statement, I can’t think of a more appropriate time to say, “THINK BEFORE YOU INK”.