Post # 1
Hi my lovely bees.<br />I haven’t been on lately but need some opinions from people who will be honest.<br />I am a school teacher in a suberb (5th grade). Diverse student peopulation and down-to-earth parents (for the most part).
I already have a tattoo on my shoulder (that I keep covered). I am getting another one this weekend on my bicep. I am debating placement for my other tattoo (my 2 doggies paw prints). I really would like them stacked under my elbow. They will be about 1.5x 1.5 inches in size (they’re weiner dogs so they’re small).
My question is, where should I put the paw prints?
I don’t think it will ‘mesh’ well in my half-sleeve so that’s why I want it under my elbow. And I think it’ll look awesome!
My only worry is that I’ll get asked by parents to cover it up… Just a little nervous. Don’t like rocking the boat, but I also want to express myself and my love for my pups.
Thanks in advance ladies!!!
I’m not sure I was that clear in explaining so I’m attaching a picture of me with my current 1 tattoo and me pointing 2 of my fingers where the paw prints will go 🙂
Post # 2
I have two tattoos, so I’m not against them. I just can’t imagine that one on your forearm will be received 100% by your employer. Does your school/district have a policy on visible tattoos?
Post # 3
WifeyGtoBe: No there isn’t a policy. Pluse, as a public school employee they technically can’t tell me I can’t show it. It is my right. It isn’t anything that would offend anyone.
Post # 4
WifeyGtoBe: Also, I have to wonder, if it was a paw print on my wrist…would it be different? I work with many teachers who have visible tattoos on their ankles and feet. Why is the arm so different? Just thinking out loud…
Post # 5
If I were in your position, I’d get them wherever I wanted but I’d keep them covered. Yes, there’s no policy. Yes, they may not be able to ask you to cover them. But the parents are your “real boss” and it’s best to keep them happy. They might not be offended, but they might not want their children to see tattoos on their teachers, either.<br /><br /><br /><br />For what it’s worth, I love tattoos and I think they’re lovely (Although I have none of my own.) I wouldn’t have a problem with my children seeing tattoos on their teachers, but I can understand why it might upset some.
Post # 6
LilaPenelope: You’re right, I definitely don’t think it’s offensive. I think as long as there is no policy against it that it wouldn’t be a problem. Your students would probably think it cool that you have your dog’s prints as a tat…The only thing that would be a pain would be having to cover it everyday if parents asked you to.
Personally, I wouldn’t care if my daughter’s teacher had a visible tattoo provided it wasn’t offensive.
Post # 7
LilaPenelope: I’d consider getting them on your wrist.
I honestly hope that the parents of your students can see beyond a tattoo.
I have no idea if my son’s teacher has any tattoos- but I love his personality so much, that I could give two sh*ts. I do have four tattoos myself- but that bares no weight on how I feel about them in general.
The only thing that grosses me out is when people get inappropriate tattoos- like naked women with big boobs– mostly because I just don’t get.
We have to be so PC about everything these days– how on Earth could a tasteful, meaningful tattoo offend people? I don’t get it.
Post # 8
LilaPenelope: We live in a world full of tattoos! I’m currently a student teacher in a 7th grade classroom, and my co-op has a few visible ones! It’s not like its a tattoo of Satan or a gun! I’d most likely cover it up when you know you’ll be meeting parents and such.
Post # 9
I have 12 tattoos, 4 on my forearms and no one from my job has ever asked me to cover them! Get them where ever you want!!
Post # 10
I think on your forearm would be fine, and easier to cover if you’re asked than if they were on your wrist. Your kids would love them too and because they’re not offensive only the rudest of parents would complain.
Post # 11
I think they are such cute, harmless tattoos that no one would be offended and you should get them where you want. I would only cover them for parent/teacher conferences and the like just to cover your bases.
Post # 12
I have a daughter in 5th grade and I would not think anything of her teacher having tattoos on her arm.
Post # 13
LilaPenelope: I think where you want it would look great. The tat itself is small and not offensive, like you said. Also, if you did want more of a ‘professional’ look some days then wear long sleeves.
Post # 14
LilaPenelope: I work in an elementary school and they are pretty laid back. A few people have visible tattoos but all places are different! Probably a good idea to have a plan for covering it if youre concerned about it.
Post # 15
I think you are fooling yourself if you think this may not have any impact on your career or your placement now or in the future, if you ever wanted to move to another district. There are no anti- discrimination laws with respect to tattoos. It can be an unspoken thing and you’d never know.