A good friend of mine once said to me ‘I will never take anyone with tattoos and piercings seriously in business’. Following this statement they received an earful from yours truly, nevertheless it got me thinking, this is the opinion of the majority not the minority. However I believe that this is an opinion that is changing.

James Edward Quaintance

James Edward Quaintance

David Beckham & Ricki Hall: Tattooed crusaders

One of the main reasons attitudes are changing towards tattoos in particular is because they are receiving a lot more media attention. A key person who has helped shift the perception of people with tattoos is England’s golden boy David Beckham. Over the past few years David Beckham has adorned his body with a variety of artwork, not only has this brought tattoos into the spotlight for the right reasons but has also shown that those with tattoos aren’t all thugs and ex-criminals.

David Beckham Suit

Another man who is helping change attitudes to tattoos amongst many other things is the style powerhouse that is Ricki Hall. Working with major brands Ricki Hall has shown that not only can tattoos look stylish but down right gentlemanly. Hall is just one example of a new breed of model that are invading catwalks and ad campaigns.

Ricki Hall - Beard & Tattoo Model

A Long Way To Go…

Although attitudes are changing, they have not fully changed, which is something worth considering when going for your next tattoo. I would suggest getting your ink in a place that can be concealed by your work attire, as many companies do still have reservations about hiring someone with visible tattoos or piercings.

If you are considering a tattoo that may be visible when you’re wearing your work attire it may be worth asking your employer their feelings on this. I have worked in environments where visible tattoos were acceptable and environments where people have lost their jobs over their new ink, so it is definitely worth checking.

Another thing to consider is how appropriate your tattoos are, you will have heard for the saying ‘dress for the job you want’ well I propose a new saying ‘ink for the job you want’, if you know that you want a job in a corporate environment, it is likely that they will not appreciate expletives tattooed across your knuckles.

3 Responses

  1. hairpuddy

    It’s an interesting juxtaposition but makes sense in modern society and as the younger generation comes of age.

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    • hairpuddy

      In business, in boardroom fashion, and tattoos as well. We were raised in the merit generation, but strangely we are also the generation where everyone is a “winner” and everyone gets a trophy at the end of the tournament.

      The essential “me” generation engaging in a past time focused squarely on the ego, taking an act so obviously narcissistic as adorning one’s own body in finely tailored tattoos, only a painted picture on ourSELVES of what we might become. Here is my own contribution to this, our collective egon – each one of us believing individuality is paramount.

      Yes, I agree that with our generation coming of age, tattoos will become a corporate boardroom staple, with an observer being just as likely to see this body manifestation of one’s own ego as they are to see a latte in our generation’s executive boardroom suites.

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      • hairpuddy

        Lastly, here is a photo of the author’s very own tattoo:

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