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callthatgirl
05-15-2011, 07:00 AM
For those with tats, do you show them or hide them at client visits or at your shop? Of course I am talking about those with full sleeves, arm and neck work. I have 12 and one is on my neck that is not large, but probably the size of a pop can. Since I have left the corporate world, I haven't really cared about the tats and it hasn't stopped any business from coming my way (that I know of). When I was in the corporate world, I always wore my hair down to cover the neck tat during interviews for "just in case" purposes.

Just wondering about those with more work showing than I have, what do you do? Care or not care?

16k_zx81
05-15-2011, 07:09 AM
Firmly not care.

I think the case 30 years or so ago was that people with ink were far more firmly regarded as being in a 'sub culture' than is the case now. These days, everyone - doctors, lawyers, teachers, etc, have ink. Hell, my mother-in-law has a tat!

There's no stigma AFAIC, and if someone wants to impute that, then, really, not my problem.

I have a full back-job, a couple on my chest, and both my shoulders done. The only time a customer would see them is if I wore a white shirt. But, yes, I have, and, no, I have no reservations about anyone, including customers, seeing my tats :)

Xander
05-15-2011, 11:22 AM
Firmly not care.

I think the case 30 years or so ago was that people with ink were far more firmly regarded as being in a 'sub culture' than is the case now. First thing I thought of:
http://urbanmogullife.files.wordpress.com/2010/10/tattoolocations.jpg?w=550&h=557
No tats here; even got bored with my old ear piercings and have let them close.

Techlogon
05-15-2011, 11:22 AM
Some people will still care or attach stigma (the older the more so, especially with large/multiple tats) just like with shaved head/long hair or jeans/trainers - the question really is whether they care enough for you to lose work, and whether you would care if you did?

On home visits it shouldn't matter - by the time you finish hopefully they will like your work and use you again regardless. Same for a shop unless there are so many on staff it looks more like a tattoo shop. For corporate I would err on the side of caution - especially for an interview/pitch.

If you feel the situation is worth putting on your best clothes/tie/shave/good haircut etc to make a good impression (because you know some people expect/like that) then it's probably best to hide tats also...

strollin
05-15-2011, 01:51 PM
From someone that has no use at all for tats.

I view tats on a person the same way I view any other disfigurement. Whether you have an unsightly wart on the end of your nose, a large birthmark, large scar, tattoo, piercings, etc... it doesn't affect whether or not I would hire you or do business with you.

FoolishTech
05-15-2011, 02:41 PM
Personally I don't care, of course, but on a professional level I don't want to see any tats. My guys with visible tats must keep them covered.

Like many places of business, especially dealing with the public, we do have a dress code. Tats stand out and clash with it. As far as I'm concerned, a visible tat might as well be a pair of cut off jeans. Against code, unprofessional, not allowed.

We get a lot of the older folks that still do care about that sort of thing. Maybe it's just my perception... But we also have a lot of businesses that (at least I would think) expect a certain amount of professionalism from us, and we try to maintain an image for them.

Elemdee
05-15-2011, 04:18 PM
When I read the title I sort of expected this to be a subject about 'show us your tattoos'. You disappoint, Lisa. :p

BartramPCRepair
05-15-2011, 04:58 PM
When I read the title I sort of expected this to be a subject about 'show us your tattoos'. You disappoint, Lisa. :p

LMAO, I was thinking the same thing..... :)

callthatgirl
05-15-2011, 05:18 PM
Dang it, I can't edit title! And I can post pics later this week, but anyone else here should post 'em!!!

For the record, I do show off all my tattoos and don't hide them. But I had a situation the other day at a client visit that put had me feeling awkward with my neck tattoo. I usually don't care either, but it was one of those "corporate America" type clients. I shook it off.

Martyn
05-15-2011, 05:39 PM
Well I have a story about this. As a consultant and before as a technical service specialist over 25 years with my last company I never, ever showed my five tattoos on my arms. I always wore a suit and even in the hot weather wore long-sleeved shirts. I know some people may formulate an opinion on initially seeing them so I decided that I didn't want to be at a disadvantage. Roll on to the last year working for myself i have carried this on. I don't wear a suit now but still cover them up one way or another. Well guess what, last week I got job to visit a tattoo shop to advise them on backing up their data. :D I walked into the shop with my tats showing, it felt really strange.

Benchtech
05-15-2011, 05:51 PM
I have tattoo's 3 in total and would like more.

Left arm: Devil w/ pitch fork (1998 spring break)
Upper back: Pair of eyes, and (confirmed symbol for spirit in Japanese) above it. (put their for my brother that passed away)

JosephLeo
05-15-2011, 05:53 PM
No Tattoo's, but I've always wanted one although I know I would one day regret it. So, not for me.

Styxbound
05-15-2011, 06:52 PM
Like many other things far out of the norm_long shaggy hair and beards, raunchy clothes, odd behavior, tattoo's come with a price against general acceptance. If you want to pay it, fine, that's your business. But don't be like a very good friend of mine with long shaggy hair and beard and really thin skin who's always getting his feelings hurt when people treat him second rate. Norms are never going to cost you any business; they don't raise warning flags. Deviations do.

anonymous Mac Tech
05-15-2011, 07:23 PM
Like many other things far out of the norm_long shaggy hair and beards, raunchy clothes, odd behavior, tattoo's come with a price against general acceptance. If you want to pay it, fine, that's your business. But don't be like a very good friend of mine with long shaggy hair and beard and really thin skin who's always getting his feelings hurt when people treat him second rate. Norms are never going to cost you any business; they don't raise warning flags. Deviations do.

I knew a guy at the gym I used to go to. Younger kid in his 20s. Has a whole body suit and then went and got a pink Mohawk hair cut. Then one day at the gym came telling me how he felt he was being discriminated against because some old man was staring at him. I simply pointed out the obvious telling him if he chooses to look like a circus freak, then be prepared to be perceived as one.

I used to have really long hair for many years. I enjoyed it and I felt it paid homage to my heritage (mixed Caucasian/American Indian). I usually kept it in a pony tail and well kept, but I sometimes did get stereotyped. I knew it came with the territory. I personally have no tats and have no reservations doing business with someone who has them. But if you are worried about social acceptance, don't make things harder on yourself.

gikstar
05-15-2011, 09:19 PM
In my opinion there are very few tattoos that will be conceived as 'appropriate', and those are the so-called military insignia tattoos that have been earned, such as the Navy anchor and the USMC.

I do not have any tattoos nor will I be getting any. I have no smart-ass personalized license plate holder or bumper stickers on my vehicle. Most of my working years has been in the Corporate world where we wore a suit and tie to work everyday and tattoos were worn pretty much by those who had earned them but still keep them hidden. Tattoos were pretty much a 'blue collar' thing.

Since I'm from a different era, I hold a dimmer view than most on the wearing of tattoos.

Personally, I can find better uses for my money... upgrade my processor, newer/faster motorcycle:D

Cadishead Computers
05-15-2011, 09:29 PM
I don't have a tattoo (yet). But will be shortly getting a tiger on my left shoulder. Bday pressie from the boss.

I have no reservations about people and tattoo's. Years ago maybe, they were a taboo subject. Nowadays, a heck of a lot more people have them. Jeepers I have clients with full arm and leg sleeves. My old assistant used to have a arm sleeve. He never covered it up, and I never asked him to.

16k_zx81
05-15-2011, 10:26 PM
From someone that has no use at all for tats.

I view tats on a person the same way I view any other disfigurement. Whether you have an unsightly wart on the end of your nose, a large birthmark, large scar, tattoo, piercings, etc... it doesn't affect whether or not I would hire you or do business with you.

5.30 am start today and a full book. Also had a pretty bad morning so far as something went wrong thats caused a lot of hassles.

But thanks so much for this post. It made me laugh out loud! :D

Just what I needed! Cheers :)

16k_zx81
05-15-2011, 10:30 PM
You know, reading through this thread, its interesting to me the cultural differences involved.

Honestly these hard-line responses about tats - I wonder if they are just a North American thing?

I would be really surprised if anyone over here (Downunder) would voice a response like that.

Just surprised, s'all. I find this thread very interesting! :)

AlexSno
05-16-2011, 01:33 PM
Always wanted one but when i was a kid my parents wouldn't let me do it. Now i am a man with kids and an example to give.... To bad my age has passed the age of tattoos

thebige
05-16-2011, 02:29 PM
I personally have several tattoos. I love ink, always have and intend on getting more eventually. I do have one caveat though regarding the work I've had done. It must be able to be covered with at minimum a polo work shirt. I chose this path because my family was staunchly against tattoos and even to this day don't like that I have them but love me regardless. So I while I take pride in my ink I also know that not everyone feels the same way so I keep them covered when I am around my clients.

Just my .02