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Old 12-25-2013, 12:02 AM
 
Location: NJ
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I always appreciate these threads. It is nice to get reminded of how trashy, pathetic, uninteresting, desperate and stupid I am. Thanks random internet people.
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Old 12-25-2013, 12:41 AM
 
Location: Middle America
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Eh. I recently received a promotion (full sleeve of tattoos and all!) and will now be running the safety/compliance/auditing program for a region of 18 airports, 14 of which are international hubs.

My tattoos have never held me back

I've found that Mom & Pop stores and smaller stores are far more conservative about tattoos, but once you get into companies with substance they start to care more about what you can do for them and less about things like visible tattoos. I'm good at what I do and I have an excellent track record so my tattoos seem to be a non-issue. I've always found it funny that I had zero issues getting an excellent, well paying job at an international airport but probably wouldn't get hired at a gas station... but I'm surprisingly okay with that.
But you do have to recognize that this certainly isn't the case in every type of work culture. In my line of work, there are definitely a majority of employers who could and would likely use presence of visible tattoos as a determining factor, all other things being equal, like it or not. Their prerogative, and since I got my ink done when I was in another line of work where visible tattoos would not have been an asset, I got them done so that they are very easily concealed. More flexible, that way. I like my tattoos, but not enough that I'd be okay with them jeopardizing a rewarding career working in the field of my choice.

What's funny is that my fiance actually IS a sailor, one of the few career paths where tattoos were at one point a given, and are still reasonably common...and he has no ink, nor the desire to get any. The Navy also has significant limits on what tattoos are allowed, and what degree of visibility is allowed, per uniform/dress standards. So much for those crazy tattooed Sailor Jerry types!
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Old 12-25-2013, 09:28 AM
 
Location: NJ
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I always appreciate these threads. It is nice to get reminded of how trashy, pathetic, uninteresting, desperate and stupid I am. Thanks random internet people.
well, I wouldn't say that just because someone does something that's pathetic doesn't justify a classification of the person as pathetic. I have friends with tattoos and while their tattoos and reasons for having them are a joke; they are still good people. we all make some bad decisions in our lives.
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Old 12-25-2013, 09:41 AM
 
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Tattoos are part of the culture, and the younger culture has them...those over age 40, maybe judgemental, but it would not surprise me to see facial tats mainstream in 40 years.

Mom of four, three have tats. One does not, he says it is against his religion.
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Old 12-25-2013, 09:56 AM
 
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Why do you not do a trial run with henna or permanent marker?
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Old 12-25-2013, 02:00 PM
 
Location: NC
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The human body is too beautiful to smear it with ink. Why not appreciate that which God or Nature has given you?
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Old 12-25-2013, 02:13 PM
 
Location: NJ
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The human body is too beautiful to smear it with ink. Why not appreciate that which God or Nature has given you?
Do you feel the same way about jewelry and make up? Are there any paintings you appreciate or do you consider them all just smears of ink?
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Old 12-25-2013, 07:34 PM
 
Location: Brentwood, Tennessee
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This handy flow chart should help:

Tattoo Decision Making Flowchart | New Look Laser Tattoo Removal

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Old 12-25-2013, 07:40 PM
 
Location: NoVa
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That's pretty neat! I had to laugh a little at it but it is really a good chart to go by! Of course you can do what ever you please....
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Old 12-26-2013, 07:52 AM
 
Location: NC
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Do you feel the same way about jewelry and make up? Are there any paintings you appreciate or do you consider them all just smears of ink?
Good questions. Most jewelry is attractive, but only if it doesn't cause the observer to cringe, and if it can be removed or used infrequently. Wearing the same jewelry all the time can be weird/boring.

As far as make up, it can be changed to fit the situation: Dramatic for special occasions, a trace or none for day-to-day. Note that change is good, but only if it can continue to change/change back.

Some paintings, such as those by great masters, are beautiful and tell an entire story. That story is hung on a wall and observers can stare at it as long as they like to gain a full appreciation. The range of color and three dimensionality can be flawless. The observer generally chooses to see the painting. It is not thrust in our faces with attitude.

Other paintings are amaturish and only give pleasure to the one who painted them. Luckily those folks can hide them in a closet if they get tired of them.

The fact that this conversation is occurring at all is based on the fact that tattos are thought to be 'daring' and 'au currant' by the past couple of generations. Don't get all upset if everyone doesn't appreciate them. If everyone liked them it would take some of the fun away. Older generations are used to looking at long term ramifications of what people do, and are just sharing those thoughts.
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