Post # 1
On another thread, a bee asked whether you would feel comfortable if your realtor had visible tattoos. I was surprised at some of the responses, and I started to wonder whether acceptance of tattoos is a regional thing.
I live in a military town in NC, and I can only think of three people I know personally here who DON’T have tattoos! Every person my husband works with has at least one. Although there are strict guidelines about them being visible in uniform, there’s a reason that tattoo shops make up such a huge portion of the local economy. Most of the women here also have tattoos, and it’s pretty common for them to be visible- arms, thighs, and collar bones seem to be popular places for tattoos around here.
Pretty much everywhere you go, people in service industries have tattoos that are at least somewhat visible and it isn’t really considered unprofessional. I worked at a gym recently, and all of the women who worked in the on-site childcare facility had visible tattoos- one even had a full sleeve and both of her legs covered! I live in what is statistically one of the youngest cities in America with an average age of 22.8, so I think that has a lot to do with it.
We are from Ohio originally, and although I don’t think they’re necessarily anti-tattoo, I know that businesses definitely aren’t as open to having exposed tattoos in the workplace as they are here.
So… where are you from, and how are the general attitudes toward people with visible tattoos?
Post # 3
Its definitely not uncommon for people to have visible tattoos here. I’ve even had at least 10 customers that had facial tattoos.
Post # 4
@Miss Fish: No clue. I have one, but the topic doesn’t really come up.
I think this is more of an age issue than anything. Younger generations seem to be far more accepting of tattoos than older generations (speaking generally). I would guess that states with more young people than older would be more open to tattoos.
Post # 5
I don’t see them very often here! But where I’m from in Vermont, TONS of people had them!
Post # 6
- Wedding: May 2013 - Pavilion overlooking golf course scenery, reception at banquet hall
My coworkers were all talking about some light body mods including tattoos a couple weeks ago, and it was hilariously intolerant. Even the woman with visible tattoos and non-traditional piercings was weighing in about how “those people” expect to get jobs.
It was dumb. I personally don’t care what you do to your own damn body, but I’m extremely liberal for my area.
Post # 7
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
We live in Orlando and visible tattoos are typically seen on artistic folks, bartenders, and former military enlisted. It’s not considered professional to have visible tattoos for most jobs.
Post # 8
I live in Minneapolis area very accepted as far as I know, have never heard of an incident or like wise because of someone has a tat or not..
Post # 9
I live in California. I can’t think of a single person I know who doesn’t have at least one, so yeah…..pretty tolerant of them here.
Post # 10
@Miss Fish: I don’t know what the overall feeling is community wise but I can say that it is relatively rare to see someone covered in tattoos where I live. I might see someone with one or two showing but a full sleeve, covered arm, chest etc is few and far between.
I will say that at every job I have worked at around here they had VERY strict rules about body piercings and tattoos not showing. This area is a higher end tourist destination that focuses on a certain image.
Post # 11
I live in England and I almost never see people with visible tattoos or unusual piercings. That said, I know they are very common, and pretty much all of my friends and collegues have at least one… it’s just that they are all hidden when they wear a trouser suit.
Post # 12
Now that you mention it, I don’t see a ton of tattoos here in Boston. But I’m sure there are plenty – it’s a big city! I can’t imagine they would be received too poorly here, but who knows.
Post # 13
Tattoos are very common here, and I am one of the few people I know that doesn’t have any. In the 18-50 age range it seems to be more common to have tattoos than not. The only time I have heard negative comments about them is from seniors, like my 85 year old grandma who likes to occassionally give my siblings and cousins a hard time about their tattoos and piercings. Most places I have worked do have rules about having tattoos covered, but other than that they really aren’t seen as a big deal.
Post # 14
Most people I know here in NY have tattoos but not on their face. I have 5 tattoos myself but none are visible to my job unless I were to wear a tank top (not happening) or a short skirt (also not happening).
Post # 15
I live in a fairly big city so you see all kinds. In my circle of friends/family I only know a couple of people who have tattoos.. and they’re pretty small/tastefully done. I mostly hang out with university educated office professionals, though. We’re not exactly known for being a super creative/wild bunch.
My mom would disown me if I ever got one lol. I don’t particularly want one… I don’t think it would improve my looks.
Post # 16
@Miss Fish: I have 5 tattoos myself, 4 that are visible.
I’ve never had a problem with my tattoos in the workplace.
Everyone I know has tattoos. I’m from California, so it’s really acceptable to have one.
An ex of mine had sleeves, and was pretty heavily tattooed.
I find tattoos, that are nicely done, very attractive.
My fiance is the ultimate clean shaven, nice guy, and I’m sure it would surprise his co-workers if they found out even he has tattoos.
@Gr33nsLove: Right? It’s actually harder for me to find someone who doesn’t have a tattoo here. lol
My mom and I even got tattoos together! And she’s a super conservative Christian.