Post # 16
LilaPenelope: I was taught by a high school teacher who had a tattoo on her ankle and always, always kept it covered with a bandage, at a suburban public school. I only ever noticed because at one point, the bandage wasn’t covering it completely. I heard a rumor that the school district asked her to cover it, but I honestly know nothing for certain about that.
To be plain, I didn’t live in a conservative area either. I lived in a very liberal area, but the public school was pretty upscale. In my experience, as someone who has worked as a childcare provider in the past, is that people tend to be conservative when dealing with children.
Even though you say your employer cannot technically command you to cover your tattoos, I would try to pick up cues from them as to what would be found acceptable by the school and the parents. I would think a lot of this would depend on your specific school district’s climate and also whether you might think you might move to a different area later on. Personally, I wouldn’t want to run into any issues down the line.
Post # 17
All the teachers at the school I work in have tattoos – our deputy even has them on his neck, so they’re not all covered up. It’s way more culturally acceptable these days, and if in doubt, wear long sleeves to interviews, if you decide to move in the future. They can’t fire you after giving the job because they find out you have tattoos.
Post # 18
I can’t understand why people would have an issue with a tattoo. It’s 2014.
If you put them below your elbow and ever need to move, just cover them up until you get the job- no one has to know. It’s your body and you aren’t getting anything offensive.
Post # 19
Are you calling your shoulder tattoo a half sleeve, or are you going to add on to the shoulder to turn it into a halfsleeve? If you. Are going to expand the shoulder tattoo into a half sleeve down to your elbow, its probably not going to match paw prints, and i would get them somewhere else.
If you consider your shoulder tattoo you currently have a half sleeve, then i would get the paw prints wherever you want. I dont think that your shoulder tattoo is big enoughto clash with other tattoos on that arm.
Post # 20
Vanilla-latte: ill be adding to my current tattoo to expand it to my elbow to make it a half tattoo. I’m thibling of framing the paws in a swirly styled frame and put them in my (turning into) half sleeve 🙂
thanks for your input!
Post # 22
LilaPenelope: I would go with your intended location (under elbow). It’s something you’ll have for life and will have to love and look at. Just cover it up while at school if you feel necessary. That’s easy to do with either a sweater/cardigan/long sleeve or those tattoo sleeve things (I don’t know the name, sorry, but they’re a nude colored stocking thing, haha).
Post # 24
Thank you everyone for your opinions. I didn’t get the paw prints this time. I’m still really debating it. I want them under my elbow, however after seeing the actual size they might be too big for that area. If I wasn’t a school teacher for sure I would have the paw prints where I want them. I guess I just have some more thinking to do. Thanks!
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I work in a school also and have a tattoo on my wrist (the outline of a heart, a decent size). I got hired when I already had the tattoo, but I doubt many people know I have it still (2 years in) as you don’t show the underside of your wrist very often (esp in the winter with long sleeves). I’m all for expressing yourself and since your tattoo wouldn’t be offensive to anyone I don’t see what the problem would be. However that is only my opinion, and the schools in your area may be stricter on this than the ones in my area. For future employment if you go elsewhere it may not be the best idea (I mean yes it would be discrimination, but they could say they didn’t hire you for a different reason when really the tattoo was the reason).