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Is your tattoo holding you back?


You are so much in love that you tattoo the name of your boyfriend or girlfriend on your body for everyone to see. You get great feedback and you get another tattoo and maybe even a tongue piercing. Are you setting yourself up for problems on the job?

Many years ago, tattoos and body piercing were worn by people who were often viewed as social outcasts or misfits. That’s not the attitude toward tattoos today. Body tattoos and piercing have become quite popular among young people. They are considered to be an outlet for people to express their creativity and individuality. {{more}}

However, many companies regard visible tattoos and body piercing as a violation of their dress code and an obstacle to creating a comfortable environment for their customers.

Most companies allow ear piercing. But several holes adorned with large hoop earrings can pose a safety risk in some jobs. Companies do not want to risk injury to an employee because an employee wants to make a fashion statement.

Lip, tongue, nose, and navel rings are also popular. But some customers are repulsed by the sight of these piercings.

Companies work hard to project a clean, professional image and to attract certain clientele. Tattooed workers probably do not fit into that image. It is important for customers to feel comfortable when doing business. They should not be subjected to an employee’s expression of body art, especially selections that can be offensive, such as images of skulls, demons, or strategically placed tattoos that create illusions.


1. Before you get a tattoo be careful about the choice of tattoo you get and be selective about its location on your body.

2. Place tattoos in areas that can be easily covered by clothing when appropriate.

3. If you have a tongue, nose, or multiple ear piercing remove the adornments when going on interviews or while on the job. Cover up the belly ring.

4. Companies have the right to refuse to hire you or even to fire you if your tattoo or body piercing violates their dress codes.

5. If you already have a tattoo that is hindering your progress at work, consult a doctor who performs laser removal of tattoos.

6. If you are young and have not established a career yet, be especially careful about what kind of tattoo or body piercing you get. You never know what kind of career you may want to pursue later in life.