Should you be allowed to show tattoos at work?

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A teaching assistant was turned away from her school within minutes of walking through the door on her first day – because her tattoos did not project a ‘professional image’.

What do you think? Would you want your child or grandchild to be taught by a teacher with tattoos?  Do you have any tattoos? Whatever your opinion, post it below!


Is it wrong to judge someone's work ethic based on the fact they have tattoos?

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31st May 2015
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Each to their own, all I say is a tattoo is for life, not just christmas.
Kat Katrawitz
16th May 2015
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My Mother was horrified when I got my ears peirced - after I had been living away from home for at least 15 years. She believed that it was 'common.' I threatened to get a tat. if she didn't lay off. Her reply was that 'Only ciminals and sailors have tattoos.'
After my 8th she gave up commenting on them, until I had a lovely King Cobra pu ton my right breast whilst in Bulgaria. That really freaked both my parents out. (Both the snake and the fact that I was in Bulgaria!) They are not 'an outsiders' art any more. I even met a hospital doctor with a 'Tramp Stamp. (She bent over to examine someones foot.)
It's my body, if I want to decorate it, I will. It doesn't mean I'm incapable of holding down a job.
18th Nov 2014
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I have a tattoo on each wrist and they show virtually all the time. I work in a court and I've never had a problem. Tattoos don't make me a less valuable member of staff. Good tattoos are body art. Obscene tattoos are not.
18th Nov 2014
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i think it more important that whoever is doing the job knows their 'stuff'' rather than how they look. The important bit esp. with care workers or teachers (& any one dealing with or influencing people) is that their heart is pure and (or not) is only skin deep surely......
14th Nov 2014
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I have a friend who has a very large facial disfigurement. When I first met her it was all I could see. Now I forget and don't understand why others stare at her when we're out together. The more you're with someone the more these external differences fade.

Most people who get tattoos done see them as works of art, and are no more a problem than someone's choice of tie or the pattern on a blouse. Some women look a fright with all the slap they wear on their face.

At my mother-in-law's care home there is a carer with many tattoos and purple hair, and another with a punk hair do and face piercings. The old dears are fascinated by it all and have no problem remembering their names.

Many years ago when I worked in an office, my boss always nominated the same person to cover for him on temporary promotion. This guy was always well turned out in a smart suit and tie, polished shoes etc. He was also as thick as a brick. But in my boss's eyes he fitted the bill because of how he looked!

Don't judge a book by it's cover. It's the person underneath that's important.
15th Nov 2014
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Think this is a great ethos about "don't judge a book by its cover" and as you get older that becomes even more true.
8th Nov 2014
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If it's elementary school, I can kind of see why having tattoos can be a bit of an issue but not that bad of one. The only issue I see is kids wanting them because they think it's grown up but still, they can't get one and their mind will change as they grow. As long as it's appropriate, there should be no problem at all. If the teacher walked into class with a tattoo of a naked person on a visible area, then that would be a bad thing to have which would be understandable to be turned away. Having tattoos doesn't mean you're a bad worker though, I know someone at my work who has a lot of tattoos yet they're the hardest workers at the place while the tattoo less 'clean cut' person is the one slacking off all the time.

I really wish this tattoo stereotype thing would stop. There's worse things to show up to work with.
7th Nov 2014
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I cannot see a problem with tattoos at all
7th Nov 2014
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Our grandson has recently started at uni and we have just learnt that he has had a stud inserted in his nose. We hear that he is now planning a full arm tattoo.....fortunately he does not have enough money to have it done at the moment. Won't future employers take a dim view of his tattoo, particularly in certain professions?
7th Nov 2014
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I think so long as the tattoos cannot be seen then its not too bad. Also so many of the kids (ours in their 20s included!) have tatttoos that it is seen as very normal among all this generation.
Jo Kingham
7th Nov 2014
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It's very trendy these days isn't it? Look at all the celebrities with them. Personally I don't like them but isn't it a bit old fashioned to think it would affect someone's work??
6th Nov 2014
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I would never have a tatoo myself but I know a lot of people who have them and whilst they are distracting at first, once you get to know the person you don't even see them.
6th Nov 2014
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I think its fine to have tattoos as so many people have them now. I just don't think teachers should have them in a prominent place like their necks so they distract the kids
14th Nov 2014
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I agree with that. The crazy thing is in our day (60s) no teachers had them at all and not many people unless they had been in the Navy for example

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