Mystery Markings – Is Your Tattoo Limiting Your Career Options?

Is it possible a writer at the New York Times read my last post and followed-up with an article on the same topic? Not a chance in hell — merely a case of delightful happenstance that I’m going to shamelessly build on here.

The article in question, a great piece about people who cover up their tattoos at work for fear of career rejection, reveals the fact that most of us need to keep our work and personal life separate.  

Here’s my challenge. Post a picture of your tattoo in the comment section and my team of savvy advertising students will determine if your tattoo will impact your chance of employment or promotion. The rules are simple – we will only consider tattoos that test the borders of professional attire.  That would include the snake
sneaking out from the collar of your shirt or the gothic cross carved across your hand.  All other markings should remain a mystery. I repeat – do not send us anything that is not obviously visible to a potential employer.  If you are confused, see the NY Times article below.

  • deirdre verne

    I might get a tattoo just to join the fun.

  • Peter Busatti
  • Anonymous

    Great article. I do have one tattoo but I don’t feel comfortable sharing it. I too have tattoo regret but here’s the thing; I made it a religious statement on my bicep so I can live with it. I am a spiritual person so it’s not a big deal. I know it is ironic because in my faith I’m forbidden from getting tattoos.
    As I’ve matured in life I’ve learned to appreciate the natural beauty of the human body. Even though it’s one small tattoo, compared to someone with none, I still feel a little self conscious. I’m sure others might disagree but that’s my outlook. From a black male’s perspective it is becoming increasingly rare to see young men and women who are ink free. With the influence of hip-hop artists, athletes, and the current pop culture its a must have accessory to be “tatted” up. The regrets are there but it really hits home when he/she is sitting across from a potential employer. (I won’t mention the ex name or significant other tattoo because that is just sheer impulse and stupidity). I do want to mention that over the years there is a disparaging increase of tattoos in the minority community. On one hand it can be considered art or self expression or on the other a passing fad. It all boils down to the person receiving it. My thing is that the recipient needs to think long and hard about the future before making such a decision.

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  • Denison Lourenco

    Im looking forward to get a half sleeve tattoo on my arm within couple weeks. I already have the design. Im just lookinf for an artists perfectionist as me now. At first I wanted to have the design come down from my shoulders, wrapping my entire arm until my wrist, after several sleepless nights looking at tattoo designs, i decided to pull back a little and only do half of my arm, this way when I’m wear a suite, or possibly joining the CEOs of a big company for a evening of golf my tattoo will be relatively covered if not unnoticed.

  • deirdreverne

    What we really want to know is whether those notes are the beginning of your favorite song. If not, pretend it is just in case an interviewer asks and then make sure the song is something they’d like.

    Here’s our vote – Cubicle Purgatory. 
    Here’s our request – Please prove us wrong.
  • deirdre verne

    Here’s our vote – Cubicle Purgatory
    Here’s our request – Please prove us wrong