Getting Inked and rejected
A tattoo artist applies a “Dream Catcher” tattoo at his client’s back. Tattoos have become more popular in today’s society.
Photo taken on September 2013.
I’ve had my first tattoo a year and a half now. It started with just a small piece, it was an “Eye of Providence” or the All-Seeing Eye design inked on the upper part of my left leg. It wasn’t really my plan to have a tattoo that time. I just got interested when a tattoo artist and another buddy had a tattoo session at my place. So I decided to have one. The experience is memorable. The pain is tolerable and somehow your skin gets numb to the needles as the artist applies the tattoo. I had fun.
Since I got my first tattoo I became more fond of it and I keep on asking for more from my friend. My tattoo have grown on my leg since my first, almost covering it up.
Tattoos have become more popular in todays society. It is now more accepted by the norm. An inked person has now have the chance to land for a job.
But there are still companies that have a certain tattoo policy.
Like what I have experienced recently.
I was just a step away from a dream job as a photographer on board that I’ve always wanted to do but the employer rejected me when she found out that I have a large tattoo on my left leg. I didn’t get the job even she liked my sample works. She told me if it wasn’t for the company’s policy she probably hire me. There should no visible tattoos on employees. The employer also advised me that we may wear shorts sometimes in our work. So my tattoo on my left leg will still be “visible” , I tried convincing her that I will have my tattoo covered during working hours just for me to get hired but she left me no option.
The company’s tattoo policy was not clearly stated to me. But I guess they just want to present their employees “professionally” to their clients/guests.
I just wished that this company will give more chance to hire tattooed talents. It was frustrating but I am not losing hope. Off course, there are still companies that are willing to hire a tattooed guy like me. I will just have to look for them and try again my luck. Frankly, you might also agree that having tattoos won’t really affect someone else’s performance and the quality of his works.