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Oct 23, 2014

Support Tattoos and Piercings at Work

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.

Jan 28, 2014

Pointillism Tattoo Art by Kamil Czapiga

These tattoos are absolutely amazing. And I just found a new blog to add to my reading list.

Jun 18, 2013

Wedding Day Tattoos

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.

My ink was covered for most of the day, but made an appearance in a few of the early photographs.

My ink was covered for most of the day, but made an appearance in a few of the early photographs.

All covered up, walking the streets of NYC with our entourage

All covered up, walking the streets of NYC with our entourage

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May 27, 2013

Tattoos and Employment

Articles about tattoos in the workplace have been popping up everywhere and I have received a number of emails from engineering students who are questioning how tattoos might affect their chances of getting a job after graduation.

Every time the topic of tattoos and employment is brought up I give the same answers, so I thought it was time to write a little more about it. Referring back to one of my earlier posts which is now well over 2 years old, Some Basic Tattoo Advice, I said this

Think about how tattoo placement will effect your possibility of future employment. Qualified or not, I doubt these guys are going to be hired any time soon.

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May 20, 2013

How to Disagree – The Hierarchy of Disagreement

This is not related to tattoos at all, but very relevant to some of the comments I have been receiving on the blog lately.
Click here for a more detailed description of each of the levels of the hierarchy.

If we’re all going to be disagreeing more, we should be careful to do it well. What does it mean to disagree well? Most readers can tell the difference between mere name-calling and a carefully reasoned refutation, but I think it would help to put names on the intermediate stages. So here’s an attempt at a disagreement hierarchy:

DH0. Name-calling.

This is the lowest form of disagreement, and probably also the most common. We’ve all seen comments like this:
u r a fag!!!!!!!!!!
But it’s important to realize that more articulate name-calling has just as little weight. A comment like
The author is a self-important dilettante.
is really nothing more than a pretentious version of “u r a fag.”