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I dream of a day when chickens can cross the road without having their motives questioned.
This is going to be one of those Oil and Water subjects...it's definitely a trend....I personally don't have any body art...no desire whatsoever to do so...however, ultimately, to each their own. I have friends with Tats...I scratch my head at times...especially, if they aren't visible...what!s the point? Aside, when I see someone completely decked-out...Especially tats on their necks and women displaying tramp-stamps, it's hard not to prejudge....albeit, I could be completely wrong about the person. Let's face it, we live in a world of first impressions...right or wrong. In my business, it would be hard for someone to get beyond an initial interview if they came in and were decked-out in visible Tats.
"Your Mouth Keeps Signing Checks that Your Body Can't Cash"
People change. Everyone. I am not the same person today that I was in my late teens and early 20's. (currently 40)
I have tattoos from my days in the Marines. At the time I thought they were very cool, "artistic expression of self", and all the other retarded excuses I told myself why it would be a good idea to get something permanent on my body that will be there when I am 80 and wearing depends. Now I am 40, married with children, semi retired working professional. I don't run in the same circles I did when I was 20. I am not the same person in my mind.
I discourage anyone who asks me about tatts to not get them. They DO carry a social stigma in certain employment circles like it or not. You don't see people who pull down six figures with full sleaves and their back done. Does that make them better? No. But in the business world an air of professionalism is part of the job and people who look like they are coming straight from some voodoo ceremony are not the kind of people you see wearing the 2 thousand or more dollar suits making good money where appearance is a major part of the job.
If you are going to be pumping gas, working fast food, retail industry, or other jobs of these kinds (nothing wrong with those jobs. Work is work in an Obama economy) then appearance isn't such a high ticket item. But if you have any aspirations of pulling yourself out of the blue collar world and into the white collar......its a different animal.
Tattoos are not easily removed and they will cost you thousands of dollars to do so. You basically get a bad second degree burn as the skin is burned away to remove the embedded ink. Then after the tatt is gone you sill have this giant block of discolored scar tissue that is a permanent reminder of how stupid you were as a young fella.
People are going to do what they are going to do and no amount of advice is really going to change their mind. You always dress for the job you want. That goes for the tatts, body piercing (don't get me going on that brand of mental retardation). You want to stock shelves at Wall Mart or man a cash register in some dollar general then go for it. Your appearance doesn't really matter. If you have plans to do more? Then you better rethink it because I don't see many lawyers coming in to court rooms with tatts and body piercings. I have yet to meet a doctor or other advanced degree professional who looks like a tattooed witch doctor fresh off the boat after sacrificing some KFC to Jobu. If you are going to get tatts then at least get them where they can be covered up with clothing.
"The only thing That Team Up North will be tasting this year is the salty tears of defeat" - UFM
I have several tats myself, that mostly stem from my USMC days. I work as a purchasing agent and national sales rep. I truly don't believe that my vendors or customers could careless as long as the job is completed.
My best friend and basically my brother since we meet in the corps. Has 50cal rounds on his forearm for each confirmed kill he has and the lat long where it happen...and now he is a a vice president of foreign relations management for a major chemical company.
Also, my family is super religious and my grandfather was a pastor. I just tell them that God said to treat your body as a temple...so I have decorated mine. Then if they continue, I tell them to hit the gym cause their temple is spilling out into the street.
I make hiring decisions as part of my job. Tattoos are part of the candidate's professional appearance the same as the clothing they choose to wear to the interview. It's all factored in. Having discreetly placed tattoos are not a factor. Managers are almost never going out of their way to check for tattoos or piercings. But if they are an obvious part of a person's appearance, then that's an issue. Having prominent tattoos can hurt your chances. You may have to be clearly better than the other candidates you're up against.
I am not wealthy and I am not set for life. Thank you for your concern for my kids. They are doing very well and do not need for anything. They have college funds set up that has money put in them every two weeks that my wife and I get paid. I have been very civil in this thread and respect opinions on tattoos either in favor of or against. To get personal (which is how I take your comments since I mentioned my wife and kids) is uncalled for. If you don't like tats and disagree with me that's one thing, but for you to call into question how I provide for my kids quite frankly pisses me off! You certainly do not know me or what I'm about, so I'm asking, please keep this about your opinion on tattoos, not how I spend my hard earned money and ABSOLUTELY NOT about how I provide for or take care of my children!
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