Should Tattoos And Piercings Be Allowed In The Workplace

Should Tattoos And Piercings Be Allowed In The Workplace

How many opinions can there possibly be about if tattoos and piercings should be allowed while working?


In 2016, I had a seizure. I was getting ready for school when I fell and hit my head on the kitchen hardwood floor. I had a deep wound on the back of my head. I was alone at home resulting in losing an insane amount of blood. My dad came home, because, coincidentally, he forgot something while heading to work.

He found me and rushed me to the Emergency Room. Keep in mind, I have 1% recollection of this day. However, I do recall arriving at the Emergency Room and going into a room immediately. The physician on my case was covered, head to toe, in tattoos. Let me tell you something, he was the absolute best doctor I have ever had.

So the question of "do tattoos and piercings affect how you do your job?" arises and the answer is no.

With that being said, here is a follow- up question: "Should tattoos and piercings be allowed in the workplace?"

I created a poll on Facebook asking this question. Out of 236 votes, 23 people voted 'no' while 213 people voted 'yes.' Several people had very good reasonings, but I will express mine.

I completely understand why tattoos and piercings should not be visible in certain situations, especially in highly professional workplaces (both tattoos and piercings) or places where you directly work with food (piercing only).

A very wise friend of mine, who requested to stay anonymous, stated that "no matter what, older generations are going to have people who refuse to change their minds about the stereotypes that come with piercings and tattoos, therefore, it would become much harder to become successful [i.e. moving up to a more ideal position] in many professions."

The generations before us and the generation before them grew up in a different culture compared to the culture that the current generation lives in now. There will always be that one person who still judges a potential candidate on their appearance leading to someone not receiving a job. Think about it.

There could be a completely qualified specialist with a nose piercing and completely appropriate visible tattoos who does not get the job, because one of the interviewers thinks that the ability of how a person does a job is based on their appearance. It is not fair, but that is how these times are.

On the other hand, I definitely think that tattoos and piercings should be allowed in the workplace. As long as the tattoos aren't offensive to others around you, they should be allowed. I had an interview for a desk job and was told that I would have to take my nose piercing out and cover my suicidal awareness tattoo (a semicolon), but to me, that did not make sense.

I once worked at a hospital and was able to keep my nose piercings, as well as being able to show my tattoos. So how is a desk job any different than a hospital position? More specifically, why was the hospital not worried about my physical appearance, but a desk job was?

I just feel like tattoos are a good way to express oneself. I have an epilepsy ribbon because I have lived with epilepsy for the past 8 years. I have a semicolon because I am a suicide survivor. I have a flower that matches my best friend who has been with me through everything in my entire life. I have a Drake tattoo, and well.... no one can even see that one; however, I do love Drake.

On another note, having visible tattoos and piercings do not affect how an individual does their job. Like I mentioned before, my Emergency Room physician had at least 45 different tattoos, yet he was one of the best doctors I have ever had.

All-in-all, it is 2019. We should be able to do whatever we want with our bodies because hear me out... it is OUR bodies. As long as you don't have a swastika tattooed on your face, I think everyone around you will survive after they see a butterfly tattoo on a fellow co-workers arm.

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Lately, I have seen so many people going off on social media about how people shouldn't be upset with mothers breastfeeding in public. You know what? I disagree.

There's a huge difference between being modest while breastfeeding and just being straight up careless, trashy and disrespectful to those around you. Why don't you try popping out a boob without a baby attached to it and see how long it takes for you to get arrested for public indecency? Strange how that works, right?

So many people talking about it bring up the point of how we shouldn't "sexualize" breastfeeding and seeing a woman's breasts while doing so. Actually, all of these people are missing the point. It's not sexual, it's just purely immodest and disrespectful.

If you see a girl in a shirt cut too low, you call her a slut. If you see a celebrity post a nude photo, you call them immodest and a terrible role model. What makes you think that pulling out a breast in the middle of public is different, regardless of what you're doing with it?

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Nobody asked you to put a blanket over your kid's head to feed them. Nobody asked you to go feed them in a dirty bathroom. But you don't need to basically be topless to feed your kid. Growing up, I watched my mom feed my younger siblings in public. She never shied away from it, but the way she did it was always tasteful and never drew attention. She would cover herself up while doing it. She would make sure that nothing inappropriate could be seen. She was lowkey about it.

Mindblowing, right? Wait, you can actually breastfeed in public and not have to show everyone what you're doing? What a revolutionary idea!

There is nothing wrong with feeding your baby. It's something you need to do, it's a part of life. But there is definitely something wrong with thinking it's fine to expose yourself to the entire world while doing it. Nobody wants to see it. Nobody cares if you're feeding your kid. Nobody cares if you're trying to make some sort of weird "feminist" statement by showing them your boobs.

Cover up. Be modest. Be mindful. Be respectful. Don't want to see my boobs? Good, I don't want to see yours either. Hard to believe, I know.

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I have never enjoyed Valentine's Day.

Even if when I was in a relationship it was just an awkward day of "hey I love you, give me gifts and lets make out." But this year, I am just not feeling this thing at all. Since the relationship ended last June I have just been dreading the time when February came, because you know that on the 14th you are going to see all these love post and all us singles are like "welp this is just not my day.", and honestly you feel defeated. I personally asked other singles friends (like the three I have) if they wanted to come and watch Netflix with me and dread the day, but sadly they either had school or work. So here is my plan of getting though this day of love:


Yes Netflix how else am I supposed to get through this day? Usually I have Greys Anatomy playing all the time but that has love in it, and I am not in the mood for that. My plan is to watch all the crime shows I can because watching TV crime series or documentary about serial killers just seems perfect for the 14th.


Yes sleeping. I don't have anywhere I need to be why not catch up on some zzz's


Yes I am going to eat my feelings with chocolate because why not? if I could I would get a giant slice of cake and live off that on the 14th but sadly I am stuck with the normal Heresy's chocolate and Reeses which will do their job.


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This is my wonderful cat Kimber and she will be my partner in crime on the 14th. She will sleep, snuggle, cuddle, all day with me because I need that moral support of my fluffy cat.


If I am able to fit reading a book into my schedule of everything listed above then reading will go into that open spot. I always loved reading but with school it is hard to find the time to read for enjoyment. so this day will be the perfect day.

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