Browsing articles tagged with " tattoos"
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.

 
Oct 21, 2014

5 symptoms of the grim disease affecting women with tattoos and piercings

Excellent response to the absolutely terrible Matt Forney article that appeared on Return of Kings recently. It’s bad enough that I may just have to write my own response in the near future.

 
Feb 24, 2014

Tattoo artists want kids to think before they ink

About three years ago, husband-and-wife team Sara Spruth and Eric Dean Spruth, both tattoo artists, started an outreach effort called Symbol of Thyself, in which they go into schools chatting up teens and pre-adolescents about the dangers of using unhygienic tools and the long-term social ramifications of marking themselves with permanent tattoos.

This sounds like a great program. Kids need to learn about tattoos early in order to make informed decisions that they won’t regret a few years down the road.

 
Feb 14, 2014

Getting a tattoo has lost its edge

I thought this was a great article. The idea that tattoos have lost their edge only seems to bother people without tattoos. I have never heard anyone use words like edgy or cool when describing their own tattoos, yet I constantly see anti-tattoo rants talking about how they aren’t edgy. Nobody is still trying to claim they are are, so move on.

Getting a tattoo doesn’t have to mean a lot these days. I think it used to mean something – it was edgy, a sign of the counter culture. Now it’s just … a tattoo. Nothing more.

Anything that’s cool will be cool for a while, and then it becomes normalised. That doesn’t make it s***, it just means it wasn’t what it was. Punk was punk, but then punk bands started to get in the charts. Rock’s the easiest example – it was alternative, but now rock bands are the main pop acts.

 
Jan 28, 2014

Inking Myanmar’s identity

Taboo no more, tattoos are making a comeback in the fast-changing southeast Asian country.

 
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