(Closed) tattoos: who has them? have they held you back from anything?

posted 7 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
2600 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I work in Resorts/Hotels and when I was living in Miami, you could show tattoos as long as they weren’t deemed offensive by Human Resources.

Everywhere since then I’ve had to cover up.  Which is a major pain in the ass.  I have a couple, but the one that causes the most headaches is on my ankle.  It’s a small flower that I designed myself.  At one job, tattoos couldn’t even just be covered by a band aid (this one fits under a 2×3 one perfectly) but had to be covered with clothing.  So the hugeeee closet of skirt suits I had was never worn again.

My current job is a little more relaxed, but there are still times I wish I didn’t have it. 

If you’re looking to enter such a strictly corporate and classically modest world – I wouldn’t get it on your foot unless you want to wear socks or boots every day. 

It sucks, but until times change a little more when employers won’t really have the option of limiting tattoos because many more people have them, it’s sort of what you have to choose.

Good luck!

Post # 4
57 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Unfortunately, yes, it will make a difference. In this day and age, tattoos and piercings are not deemed professional. No matter how hard you fight against it or want it to be different it just isn’t. Having said that, I have 3 tattoos (2 on my back, 1 on my foot). I’m fortunate enough to work for my family’s business where I don’t have to cover my foot or my nose piercing. I knew full well going into my tattoo fetish though that the day might come where I would have to resort to wearing socks or tights for the rest of my professional life. It’s just a risk you have to decide if you’re willing to take. I made sure to get all my tattoos in a place that were easily coverable if the need arises. Hope this helps!

Post # 5
236 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I’m with thewheelsonthebus. Get it someplace that people at work would never see – inside of your hip, lower back, upper leg, etc. Good luck!

Post # 6
4803 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I have one on my hip that obviously isn’t visible unless I’m in a bathing suit.  My partner at work (I’m a teacher) has tattoos on her wrists that she usually covers up for parent meetings even though she doesn’t have to. 

I would think twice about going into the corporate world with a visible tattoo.  It would be a shame to have to worry about covering it up every day.  Could you get it maybe on your ribs or something?

Post # 7
6394 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

I have a foot tattoo, which I thought would be easy enough to hide. Ultimately, it means you can’t wear skirts to interviews or at jobs that don’t allow them. If you always wear pants, it should be easy enough to hide. 

I don’t regret my decision to get it on a daily basis, but sometimes it’s super frustrating. If you’re in an uptight field, I wouldn’t get it on your foot. 

Post # 9
5147 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I have a tattoo on my shoulder blade. I can show it off when I want, and cover it easily.


I work for a children’s hospital. Visible tattoos are allowed as long as they aren’t “scary” (demons/devils, skulls, monsters, etc.) or not-kid-appropriate (no mermaids with their bare boobs, etc).

Post # 10
6892 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

It definitely depends on the job environment. For me, scrubs and tennis shoes make it pretty easy to cover up, lol. Maybe there is somewhere else you could get it if it will cause issues. My Maid/Matron of Honor has one on her shoulder that can be covered if need be.

Post # 11
10714 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

I think they are really starting to become the norm and even if you need to hide it for now (foot is easy enough to hide) I doubt you’ll have to hide it forever. I met a doctor with pretty huge tattoos on his arms (it was awesome!) and my friend whose a nurse has 1 full sleeve from her shoulder to her wrist. My son’s teacher has tattoos and I was an assistant teacher and have may visable tattoos. I’ve never been asked to cover them and no one else I know has been asked that either, almost every one of my friends has at least 1 tattoo (and most of them are visable) If you ask them why… they say the same thing I do… You pay a lot you sit through the pain, you want to show it off. =)

Post # 12
1684 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

put it somewhere where you can easily hide it with clothing or shoes. I have one behind my ear and, yeah, not a wise choice. I’ve definitely been passed over on jobs because of it.

Post # 13
7431 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

Tattoos don’t matter where I work, thankfully. I wish they were more widely accepted, as long as they aren’t offensive.  I have 4 at the moment

Post # 15
467 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

i have one on my ribcage – but i work in a super-conservative field, so anything visible was an automatic no-go

im very cautious, and so i would probably get it where it would be hidden if i were wearing a skirt suit

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