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.


Filter drummer: Brother’s Bar in Denver barred me due to neck tattoo

DENVER — The drummer of a popular rock band said he was denied entrance into a popular Denver bar and grill because of his tattoos.

I have mixed feelings about this story. On one hand, a private business is allowed to enforce a dress code and tattoos are allowed to be included in their dress criteria. Had this happened to a regular guy walking in off the street (which I’m sure it does on a regular basis) it would not be in the news. It also would not have been news if they turned him away for another dress code violation, like wearing shorts or flip-flops.

The other side of the story is the fact that the band had lunch at this same restaurant earlier in the day and nobody had an issue with the tattoo. I would also imagine that a large number of people visited the restaurant in order to get a chance to meet the band. The very people who were bringing a ton of money into the restaurant that night were then not allowed to enter.

If they owners enforce their policy fairly and consistently, there really isn’t much that can be done.


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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School Dress Codes Aren’t Just For Students Anymore

Teachers can’t sport outlandish hairstyles or facial piercings, and tattoos have to be covered up at the Litchfield Elementary School District.

Fifth-grade teacher Tim Schooley, who says he’s surprised it’s taken so long to implement a dress code, isn’t sure how school officials will enforce the tattoo rule. He has a tattoo on his calf, but keeps it covered.

“Tattoos can be a symbol or something of extreme significance that you have,” he says. “That, to me, is a little bit different.”



THERE’s been much moral outrage over tattooed ladies at Royal Ascot but the Queen and her family have long been happy to tolerate body art.

The royal racecourse has a strict new dress code which bans fascinators, bare shoulders, and short skirts from the Royal Enclosure but there are no restrictions on displaying tattoos or body piercings for that matter.

“Our view on that is there are no policies on tattoos, piercings or anything like that. It’s a lifestyle choice,” says Nick Smith, the Ascot spokesman.