Why I Choose to Write about Tattoos

Over the years of writing this blog I have repeatedly seen comments similar to the ones I am going to highlight below. The common claim is that as the author of this blog I must be secretly insecure about my tattoos and that I care too much about what other people think about me.

If you go on the internet writing stuff like this, you obviously care very deeply what other people think say about them.
People with no regrets have no need to defend themselves because they genuinely don’t care what small minded people have to say about their personal choices.

The fact the person made a blog about it, tells me that he is not completely secure about having tattoos.

The first thing I need to share are all of the times in my life where I was treated poorly due to my tattoos. I will detail each and every instance of discrimination in the workplace, every case where someone made a negative comment about my tattoos and each and every case where I thought I was treated different in any way because of my tattoos. I hope everyone is ready. [Read more…]


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.


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.


Company wins right to ask employee to cover up tattoos

Yet another tattooed employee news story.

A spit roast catering company has been awarded $15,000 in costs against the Director of Human Rights Proceedings after winning the right to ask an employee to cover up her tattoos.

The award by the Human Rights Review Tribunal, comes 18 months after it ruled there was no direct discrimination to the employee, Claire Haupini.


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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