Hi guys, Ive been away for awhile. thought I'd check in with a recent experience.
I recently sat in on a US led seminar in Asia about job discrimination. Quite a lot of different ways to unfairly discriminate against people in the work force, by gender, by race, by age (in Asia, ageism is a big thing, with people over 35 considered too old for ordinary jobs), by nationality. All disagreeable practices, I think we can agree.
But then they had "discrimination against people with tattoos." (In Asia, tattoos are associated with prostitution and gangsters).
I kind of resented tattoos being put on a level plane with these others. I mean things like your age, your race, your country of birth, etc are things you can't control, unlike the choice to get a tattoo. I mean if I'm an employer and I see someone who got a stupid face or forearm tattoo, I wouldn't consider it unfair discrimination to hold that against the candidate. I mean that was their choice (and is clear evidence of bad judgement to get something permanent like that.)
I mean, I think people can get whatever body art they want, but should have to live with the employment concequences. Putting tattoos in the same conversation as race or gender is pretty insulting to those with real greviances.
They USED to be cool and for really tough and rebellious people and criminals and army personnel, but now pretty much everyone has one. It's just passe at this point. I could understand if you get a tattoo to honor a family member or the death of a loved one (Or close friend.), but a lot of people just do it to be "Cool!". And I REALLY don't get people who have tattoo sleeves. I mean, you tattoo your entire arm or leg? Maybe there is something to tattoos being addicting, because clearly that's not normal. To get to your question though, I can see both sides. In most cases, I don't think that it would be a problem, but as you said if it involves a professional job, it certainly can be. I also think that everyone discriminates to a certain extent (We do it all the time when we date.), and while I don't agree with it, I do tend to believe that it should be up to the employer. I mean, after all, they are paying and providing for you.