Guest Post at You Look Fab

The incomparable Angie asked me to write a little bit about tattoos in the workplace, and I was honored to oblige! Please stop by and read my guest post.

Curious about my tattoos? Here are other posts I’ve written on the topic.

  • Annie

    It's weird how much like you I think as regards my tattoos. I have four and am likely to get more in the future. I have them in places that are easily covered for the most part. I'm not bothered if anyone sees them. I did them for me. Each marks an event in my life. Most of the comments have been positive. I love shocking people, when they come out with, 'wow you don't look the sort to get tattooed.' Then I get, 'what happens when you get old?' To that I say that they're part of who I am, my life story. I will never regret them. Push comes to shove and they start looking a little blurred or green (I keep out the sun because of my fair freckly skin anyway) I'll have them reinked. End of story.

  • Didi

    I read the article, and have to comment. I do not have any tattoos, because I have not found any reason to get one, and I hate needles. My sister, however, has close to 20, and she, like you, has each one for a very personal reason. Hers would be difficult, but not impossible to hide, and she has a job where it is unnecessary. Tattoos are much more acceptable now than they used to be, and I am glad for that; a tattoo is like clothing or jewelry as a personal statement of style and personality, and should be viewed as such. Another great post!

  • Linda

    I agree with you whole heartedly on tattoos. All together I have had 4 done…but three of them have meshed into one. I do plan on getting more some day. I have a heart on my wrist now and it's the only tattoo I have that is visible. My husband has several also and they are all beautiful pieces of work.
    Although my whole thing is that my tattoos are so personal to me that I wont show them in pictures for all to see on my blog and facebook. I have this rule because I don't like the idea of some 19 year old surfing the net for a tattoo idea and coming accross mine on the net and going "dude, thats sick I want that one". Mainly because they have deep rooted meanings to ME and I don't want someone stealing that from me. I have to be very cautious not to bend the wrong way or keep long sleeves on to protect my father's eyes from seeing them. Sure I am a 26 year old married woman, but still, my father is always my father. I also get that whole "YOU have tattoos? WOW, I never pegged you as the type".
    Then there is the whole "tattoos are so mainstream now". I don't care, I don't have them for fashion, I have them because I love them and they represent me.

  • vêtements déments

    A very interesting post. I'm actually pretty heavily tattooed, but most people would never know it because I keep myself pretty covered up most of the time. I'll admit that I enjoy the reactions I sometimes get (especially from men) when they do spot them.
    Like you I also believe they're pretty personal – mine are mine alone and I don't really care about showing them off to anyone (which is why I'm fine covering them up). Although I'm a video game developer now (and thus can sport my tats and purple hair), I was, for years, a business casual/corporate dress drone – most people with whom I worked had no idea I had any tattoos at all. I liked that some folks – who knew me for years in the workplace before encountering me in a social setting and seeing my ink later admitted they'd had all sorts of preconceived notions about the type of people who got tattoos and knowing me helped them open their minds a bit.
    I read some of your earlier posts and the one point I'll disagree with is over flash – yes, lots of flash is incredibly tacky, but if the artist you're going to visit has flash sheets available they're worth taking a look at to get a sense of that artist's style. Also, certain tattoo designs (think original Hawaiian sailor jerry flash) is classic and can form a great foundation for a custom design.

  • vêtements déments

    Oops – sorry to double comment, I realized I hit submit too soon.
    To add to my point about flash – yes, going in and picking out a random, trendy, piece of flash from a cartoony or tribal looking sheet without giving it any thought is not the greatest of ideas. But still I say don't rule out flash entirely. I have two, very beautiful, and very dear to me pieces that were actually pulled directly from antique flash sheets that a friend of mine had in his shop while learning to tattoo. Although they're technically flash I have yet to meet anyone (or, knock on wood, find someone on the internet) who has either of these designs tattooed on them. Even then, I'm not sure I'd care all that much as it's really the memories and story attached to each of these pieces that is important to me.

  • SarahN

    Those Victoire's are awesome. Why didn't I order them from Amazon when I had the chance? Now I have non-buyer's remorse (saver's remorse?).

  • Lauren

    I like tattoos, they can be very beautiful and very powerful. I like how you aren't ashamed of your tattoos but they were done for you– not necessarily for everyone to see and you can hide them easily if needed. I have a gorgeous friend that has 4 or 5 large tattoos (as big as the one on your ankle, or bigger). She is an artist and 3 or 4 of them she drew herself. She got all but one of them when she was going through a very difficult time in her life. To me her tattoos were all very public expressions of what was going on with her (her identity crisis and bad events in her life). She got them while she was in turmoil, not as a remembrance or celebration of a triumph. When I look at her tattoos, despite their beauty, I just see her pain written on her body. Now she is back to being the beautiful, self-confidant woman she always was and has her life together. I think that sometimes she regrets the tattoos because although they fit all of your criteria and are about who she is, they are a very visible reminder of a painful time in her life and things no one wants to remember everyday– just because the timing and state of mind she was in when she decided to get the otherwise very fitting tattoos. She recently wore a shrug on her wedding day because she wanted to hide her tattoos. She didn't make any effort to hide her latest, from a happier time in her life. She wasn't concerned about the aesthetics or conventions in her wedding dress, but rather with the bad memories associated with her tats.