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#1 xXAlphaXx

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Posted 06 September 2010 - 09:43 PM

I personally was thinking about getting a tattoo, something like an angel praying on my forearm. I was out with a couple of friends and we were all going too get them done and as soon as I walked into the tattoo parlor, I thought of the job repercussions.

I thought about this issue logically for a little bit, thinking certain jobs wouldn't care about such things, like if your sitting at a desk all day, but some do care for obvious reasons, like at a grocery store. Now I currently work at a call center for philips electronics. (Don't get me started on how "fun" it is.) Everyone there seems really cool but I haven't spotted anyone with a noticeable tattoo, so I wasn't sure on where the company stood with that kind of things.

Now, I am currently about too start college here in January, I am studying for a programming career. I was thinking that sitting at a desk all day, who cares if I had a tattoo or not? But then again, lots of people lack logic and basic intelligence so that had me a little worried about my decision.

Has any one experienced this problem? Does anyone have any specific stories about an unruly employer when it came too tattoos?

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Posted 06 September 2010 - 11:36 PM

I have worked a wide variety of jobs that had a wide variety of opinions on tattoos. Currently Im a truck driver, and Im finding that that job as well as most blue collar jobs, no one cares what you have for tattoos. Most of your white collar jobs look down on tattoos for various reasons, and retail, well most retail jobs Ive been on they frown upon visible tattoos, especially if they can be offensive in nature. Praying angel probably not so much. I personally don't have any tattoos, but it would be wise in my mind if you were to get one to get it on your upper arm, or someplace that can easily be covered up if need be if your ever in a job where tattoos are a bad idea, or at the very least make sure the tattoos that are clearly visible arnt in bad taste (foul language, nude women, etc) Anyway, thats just my two cents, and a lot probably depends on the area. Where Im at theyre becoming more and more common, but Im also in a very blue collar town.

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Posted 07 September 2010 - 10:40 PM

Opinions on tattoos are as varied as the potential tattoo design possibilities. However most customer contact jobs will have some sort of policy about whats acceptable. You don't want to be offending someone's grandmother, while representing your employer. Not to be rude but remember, a praying angel today might look more like a dying dragon when you're 85. :thumbsup:

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