To ink or not to ink

Jul 27 2009 by Derek Torres Print This Article

Man, there are some really judgmental people out there on planet earth. I came across a fascinating article and subsequent discussion this morning on tattoos in the workplace.

Being a "live and let live" kind of guy, I can't see an issue with having ink in the workplace. After all, I wouldn't refuse to see a doctor, dentist, banker, or any other professional because he or she chose to sport a visible tattoo. Apparently, however, this line of thinking puts me very much in the minority.

While the article itself is in no way negative with regards to wearing a tattoo at work, it does strike me as odd that it provokes such a strong reaction from people.

What amazes me is that in 2009, people still associates tattoos with some sort of deviant, criminal lifestyle. Grow up. How is a professionally done, well drawn tattoo a sign of immaturity or lack of professionalism?

At the end of the day, this is simply not something that dictates how one does their job. Really, how is it more offensive than the colleague who puts on too much makeup, perfume, etc? How is this different from the colleague who dresses inappropriately?

Perhaps it's time to focus a little less on appearance and a bit more time on producing quality work in a collaborative environment.