@Again – Maybe he works in the tattoo industry… I have 80% of my body done – including hands, throat, head and face – and I make a pretty decent living with no problems from my boss, coworkers or the public that I deal with. The belief that tattooing the “taboo” areas will stop you from getting a job are pretty inaccurate.
Try getting a job in Corporate America with tattooed hands, let alone ink on your throat/face!
We can’t all be tattoo artists or deal supplies to them, so most people will have to realize that they can’t “express themselves” by getting this week’s cool notion permanently etched into their skin without permanently lowering their future earnings potential as well… It’s sad but true in today’s conform-or-GTFO corporate mindset – You either comply with company rules 24/7/365 or you’re replaced (LOADS of examples here that aren’t tattoo-related too! Facial hair/Piss tests/Non-Competition clauses/etc)
It may be okay for you to become “well illustrated” – Hell in your business it’s a BOON – but for the average schmuck on the streets even a little visible ink becomes a liability because let’s face it, corporations want to put the very best face forward and to do so they have to have employees that appeal to a VERY wide audience… An audience that includes vehemently ANTI-TATTOO grannies, churchies, bigots, and others who will choose another company if the rep comes out with sleeves or a tribal neckpiece… And when they go, so do all of their friends/family/associates/congregation/etc. Ink costs companies millions of dollars in lost revenue when it gets “flashed” in front of the wrong people, so companies do what they can to limit their exposure (pardon the pun)… They refuse to hire “illustrated” people, period.
It’s just how the world works folks. Get ink, get in the unemployment line or (if you’re REALLY lucky) learn to use a mop and bucket… The “Top Jobs” only go to “blank” people.
Here in America we live under a far stricter religion-guided “morality” where people are generally prohibited from being a part of “good” society if they make any choices outside of the (admittedly very bland) “mainstream” decisions that most Christian Americans make… Even our corporate culture is dependent upon compliance with social standards, because the Christians will not allow anyone who has tattoos/who is gay/who doesn’t follow the same faith to participate in society past a certain low level, and as such that means corporations either march in step with fundamentalist ideals or they lose business and go under.
People who get tattoos in America (ESPECIALLY visible tattoos) are generally looked down upon, which in turn makes them turn to crime, which in turn perpetuates the cycle and makes people with ink look even worse… I don’t know how you view Maoris but I’d imagine you’re more accepting of them than Americans are of people with tattoos, seeing how its no big deal to you to see them in your culture. Around here if someone with a facial tattoo came around he’d likely be arrested “on suspicion of” something and/or shot repeatedly by police… No fooling.
You either conform or die slowly, wasting away at some undignified peasant job where you don’t even earn a living wage because you chose to get “inked”. It’s a rough game…
Not quite. They don’t have to turn to crime if they are “looked down upon”. They *can* do something like…IDK…get an education or skill and work for a small business where it doesn’t matter. I can think of half a dozen potential careers without trying, but they all require some practiced skill/knowledge/education.
Your options are not big corporations, push a mop, or crime. However, I’m sure plenty of criminals love to think their own bad choices are somehow someone else’s fault.
Education means ZERO when you’re covered in ink Jazzy… You think people are going to cross the street again to ask you if you have a PHD? NO THEY ARE NOT!
But yeah, go ahead and get inked up… Makes it easier for ME to get a REAL job (not that hometown small biz/family-biz slavery crap you think is so hot) because YOU WILL BE JUDGED BY YOUR SKIN…. YES it’s horrible but it’s FACT, just ask any black person about that (if you dare!) and they’ll tell you.
I can tell you from experience that employers – REAL employers, where the REAL money comes from – can and WILL judge you based on your appearance and they universally look DOWN on people who choose to stain themselves with indelible markings BIG TIME, and no PHD/Bachelors degree/trade school certification will change that FACT.
I know you’re probably upset because your tramp stamp is kind of conspicuous now that its novelty has worn off but TOUGH NUGGETS. YOU chose to get “inked” and YOU must suffer the consequences… IT’S LIFE, deal with it and stop crying about it. I thought ahead and didn’t get any tattoos, you obviously didn’t think ahead and got inked… My doors are wide open, and yours have shut because YOU made your choices, so why are you mad at ME for stating facts?
Sounds to me like you want to think YOUR own bad choices are someone else’s fault, Jazzy.
@Again- I think it depends on what type of work you are going into. And, really, tattoos are becoming the “norm”. My hubby does not have an education and withing a year he is working for a very good company making over $50k a year. He started from the bottom and proved his “worth” to the company. He is also very tattooed, but no face and hands tats. He is also intimidatingly large at 6’6″ and 265 lbs. But everyone that gets to know him knows that looks are deceiving because he is the nicest person you’d ever meet.
And you say if you get inked you MUST suffer the consequences? You suffer consequences to any choice you make. If you are wanting to get into an industry where you use your looks to sell something than you, of course, don’t want tats where they are obviously visible. If you have tats that doesn’t automatically mean you will be on welfare, but if they are on places that are very visible- you may just have to go into a field where looks don’t matter. And you can make pretty good money at those jobs too, and keep your tats.
My hope is that some members of our community will be interested in submitting their scholarly work for possible presentation at the conference. I’m serving as co-ch air of the conference’s Marketing Education track, one of more than 15 tracks that comprise the conference program.
The new Zune browser is surprisingly good, but not as good as the iPod’s. It works well, but isn’t as fast as Safari, and has a clunkier interface. If you occasionally plan on using the web browser that’s not an issue, but if you’re planning to browse the web alot from your PMP then the iPod’s larger screen and better browser may be important.