By KALEIGH UNDERWOOD
I have noticed recently that tattoos are becoming more prevalent in the workplace. From restaurants, to grocery stores, to even retail establishments, I am seeing more and more exposed ink. I guess the old rules of coverage no longer apply.
Even while spending time at the public pool recently, I noticed that it seemed more people have tattoos than those who don’t.
While this may disgust or anger others, I’m totally fine with it. I like that workplaces are changing their dress code to incorporate the different personalities within their hierarchy.
I realize that this is a generational understanding. Personally, I have found that the older you are, the more that tattoos seem to bother you. Whereas my generation and younger seem to be more tolerant of these things.
I do think inappropriate tattoos should still be covered at work, especially if you’re working somewhere that you’re frequently exposed to children. There are still places of extreme professionalism that I think would be very inappropriate to see an uncovered tattoo. For example, while I think a teacher in a high school would be fine with keeping their tattoo uncovered, at the elementary level I think they should still be hidden from students.
I think overall that people should be more tolerant of the decisions others have made when it comes to body art. I know that many people don’t understand what my dad calls, “this generation’s fascination with coloring on themselves.” It’s fine if you don’t like tattoos, and it’s fine if you don’t have any, but you shouldn’t discriminate against those who do. I’ll agree, there are some bad tattoos out there. I will never understand the naked pin-up ladies that men get tattooed on their arms. But there are also some really good ones.
At the end of the day, you don’t know what kind of story lies behind that piece of artwork. It may be a memorial or tribute to a lost love one. It might be a personal symbol of freedom. It may serve as a reminder to its owner.
I don’t think it’s right that we can judge someone just because of ink on their skin. The old saying of, “don’t judge a book by its cover” comes to mind. You may miss out on meeting a truly wonderful person because you’re offended by their tattoos.
I guess I just want people to be more mindful of others. If someone has a tattoo, that doesn’t automatically make them a criminal. Tattoos are becoming more and more socially accepted, and considered a norm instead of an abnormality.