Tattoos in the Workplace?

It seems more and more that tattoos are becoming less taboo in the work force, but there are many questions still at hand. What gives? What professions are allowing more visible body modifications? Does it effect job opportunities? Now I have researched several articles in search to find out if this adventure I am currently going on is going to affect my potential of getting jobs in the future and well…it seems not so much.

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Over 1/3 of the population in the United States has a tattoo and 40% of Millennials now have one as well. As times are changing and so are people which is something corporations and job fields are now starting to realize the effect of. Yes, there are some who have strict dress codes of no visible tattoos, but now more so there are unsuspected fields who are becoming okay with the concept of visible ink.

For starters: Hospitals

Now more so hospital staffs whether it be admitting, patient care, doctors, nurses, and secretaries have been allowed to have visible ink upon their bodies.

Offices

Lets be real…who is actually going to see these office professionals who are sitting in a cubicle all day typing reports? Nobody. Point being is since they are behind the scenes, the fact that they have ink is becoming less of an issue than some would think.

Educators

Yes. Teachers. School teachers ranging from Pre-K to Professors are granted access to have any non discriminatory or offense tattoos out for display. Children are not going to be suppressed to the fact that this world enjoys art and that people are covered in something that they love.

That is just a few to name off really quickly but its been a journey for acceptance to be able to have a professional job and still have ink. Though it seems a little strange still, its now becoming more of a normative. Especially since the generation up and coming to run this nation will be the Millennials and since most of us have tattoos…I am doubting this is going to be an issue for much longer.

Why though? Why now? Well here is the thing, professions are turning their back on a person’s appearance now due to their fear of losing a potentially great employee. Seeing as this is a widely practiced culture, companies do not want to miss out on their best opportunity because something so small and insignificant. With this generation rising and taking jobs, it is not uncommon to see a tattoo, they are not trashy but rather beautiful within their own.

 

(Images used are not mine…go to Google)

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11th Month calls for the 11th Tattoo

As of yesterday, my best friends and I decided what a better way to celebrate Halloween and the beginning of the holiday season by no other than wasting our money on tattoos. As a back story I have two really close friends and since I have started the adventure, they have supported me and took me to shops, given me ideas, and came with me on some of my more recent tattoos.

Seeing as it was the first of the month we figured this was the best time financially to go into the shop and get a few small pieces to keep building up the art on our bodies. The go to shop was Electric Tattoos in Asbury, NJ where I have gone multiple times in the past and where 4 out of the 6 artists have tattooed me.

Because one of my friends was too eager for words about getting tattooed, we let her go first. Done by the artist Rich Heller, she got a few tiny bats around her ear because she was feeling, as she puts it, “spooOOOooky”, because of the season.

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Cute and small and honestly did not cost as much as others would believe. Rich priced it at $80.

I was second in line and mine was personal and had more meaning than the other two. Over the recent few years and growing up, I have always felt as though God was with me every step of the way through the good things and the bad things He was always watching out over me. Now I am not going to cause a religious debate here and I honestly respect anyways religious views on this Earth but personally I have a strong faith in God and what He has in store for me. My 11th tattoo was dedicated to my faith and a reminder of who is always watching over me.

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In the color purple, the meaning behind the symbols is, “God is Greater than the Highs and Lows.” My artist was no other than Rich Heller as well who has done now 4 of my tattoos. He has a steady and light hand with very clean line work.

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This is a picture of Rich Heller and I of Electric Tattoo in Asbury Park, NJ as he was getting ready to do my 11th.

Last up was my other friend who has such a fear of people touching her feet, yet she was so insistent on getting her foot tattooed she allowed the other artist on shift, Evan, to tattoo honey suckles.

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They were done beautifully and actually in very fast timing. Evan told us he learned how to tattoo in New Brunswick, NJ where it was always a busy area where tattoos needed to be done fast and well done.

Our tattoo adventure was very awesome seeing how my friends this far have supported me in my decision to travel and ink up my body. Their loyalty to me as well in getting themselves tattooed is always a blessing and every day is another adventure.

Stay tuned because there will be interviews with my artists and if you could not guess….another one at the end of the week!

Tips on How to Not Annoy Your Tattoo Artist

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Alright, going to that tattoo shop especially for the first time is a nerve wrecking experience all in it’s own. Now many do not understand the etiquette that comes with going into the shop. As every business, the artists are professionals and this is where their career lies. So as a fellow lover of ink I comprised a list of ways not to annoy your artists.

  1. Please shower before hand. Tattooing is a very intimate where the artist is basically on top of you and do you really want to wreak up the entire shop because you did not feel like showering that day?
  2. Try your best not to move. Moving only interferes with the artist and nobody wants a random line going across them. Keeping still has its advantages and sometimes being a good client can actually reduce the cost of the tattoo especially an hourly rate artist. Without moving it gives the artists an ample amount of time to complete the tattoo without interruptions.
  3.  Friends. Bringing one maybe two is okay for emotional and moral support when getting tattooed, but bringing your mother, father, brother, sister, best friends, boyfriend/girlfriend is not cool at all. Overcrowding the shop does not only distract your artist but the others working in the shop as well. With constant talking and nagging on the artist, it will only piss them off in all honesty and making such an exciting experience disappointing.
  4. Try and keep quiet unless the artist asks you questions. Even though talking only requires mouth movement, there is still a risk of your body language changing as in shrugging or moving your hand and if your artist is on your arm for example, it puts more of a strain and need for concentration from the artist. Keeping quiet and still just helps so much.
  5. Do not take too many breaks. Now if you are going through a tattoo for 3+ hours then yes you need a break because of pain, swelling, a quick stretch or a cigarette. But a tattoo that should not take too long, do not ask for a break unless it is an emergency because news flash, you are not the only person in this world, and the artist does not have the time to spare so you can make multiple bathroom trips. They have other clients and other deadlines to make after your tattoo and prolonging will only cost more and irritate them.

White Ink…what about it?

There is a social stigma and craze about white ink tattoos. Though they are sophisticated and are easy to hide, there are many more concerning factors before you go out and get one.

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The first issue is that white ink is quite thick and is hard to work with. Having a thinner consistency in ink is what helps tattoos get done faster (advantage if you have an artist that charges at an hourly rate) and come out clean looking. There’s another issue, with wanting your tattoo to come out perfect with crisp and clean lines, it is exceedingly difficult to accomplish when using white ink because it is difficult for an artist to see what they are doing exactly while the skin starts to get irritated, swell, and bleed.

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As these photos (which are not mine and I do not credit them) seem to appear clean, if you look closely upon them you can see inconsistencies in the appearance of them. Line work tends to be much more shaky and patterns do not seem to match too well with one another. With this being said, many artists refuse to work with straight up white tattoos because the artist knows their capabilities and can tell you whether or not it would even appear to come out on the skin nicely. Also another factor is one’s own skin; fairer skin seems to not show white ink as well as skin that has more melanin in it. The issue at hand with more melanin would be using more and more of a thicker ink into the skin which can lead to scarring and permanent raising of the tattoo which no one really wants do they?

Glow in the Dark Ink?

Alright I have had friends, coworkers, and even family ask about glow in the dark in and what it is and if it is even healthy to use. From research and speaking to multiple artists from around my area I have come to a conclusion that as of right now, glow in the dark ink is one of the most dangerous inks to use and would not suggest.

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Though it is visually pleasing, the formula that they use inside of these inks are mainly phosphorus which can be really dangerous to use on the skin due to the fact it is only activated in UV lighting. There is a concern in the community about developing skin cancer due to the ingredients are inside of the ink.

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After doing some research, I have actually found out that big time celebrities such as Lil Wayne, Kim Kardashian, and Lindsay Lohan all have glow in the dark tattoos. Now as of a few years ago, this ink was not FDA approved which led to discussions about what it could do in the skin long term. As of recently though, there has been a formula made in which there is an absence of phosphorus but tattoo artists around my area in New Jersey have not recommended it because it has not been out too long and that they are still unsure of what effects it can cause.

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Disclaimer: the photos above are not mine and were taken from other photographers and some of this information was found from http://blog.tat2x.com/glow-in-the-dark-tattoos-the-pros-and-cons/ if you want more information on them.

Meet My Sister!

So I would like to introduce everyone to my older sister Suzie. Now she is 27 years old and is at this point covering herself in what her and I both love, tattoos. She has over 25 tattoos and is currently working on completing her one sleeve as of right now.

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As you can see here, her arm and some of her hand has been done thus far and will be completed by early next year. She has been one of the biggest inspirations on my life as far as growing up and she has held my hand through almost everything. My sister has given me so much advice and knowledge about tattoos, her meanings, and why she has such a passion for them that it alluded to my current love for them as of right now. She goes to the same artist that was posted in my second post, Hans of Fast Times in Belmar. As a vegetarian, she swears by Eternal Ink which that shop highly promotes and invests a lot of time and money into this project of her.

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Done by Hans back in January of 2014, her love of the Little Mermaid is really shown here as she wanted to incorporate the most significant part of her childhood on her body. Done using all vegan ink, shockingly as of today all of the color is still rich and beautiful over the course of almost three years. The ink has gone through multiple sunburns, rashes, and everyday wear and tear and is still as vibrant as when she first got the piece done.

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Still done by all of the same artist, my sister has grown a taste of making her sleeve as colorful and fun as she can be. Shockingly enough all of these fun and girly tattoos have significant meanings behind them. The T-Rex shows who she is as a person, the joke being she has short arms and being a short girl with a slight temper, she is like a tiny dinosaur. As her sister…..this is more than accurate. The duck was for bath time as a kid in which are grandmother would sing to us as little girls while bathing and of course, rubber ducky you are the one…you make bath time so much fun! Further down you can see Bubbles from the Powderpuff Girls, her zodiac symbols and there are much more!

All together my sister has a unique outlook on tattoos. She does not care what they will sag into as we get older but rather she believes it will make her more of a beautiful person in return. Her tattoos are vibrant and fun and there is nothing too serious that appears on her arms which really shows her personality. She loves to be loud and vivid and her favorite; magical. She is the most magical human being I ever got to meet and I am so happy that it happens to be in my blood and be my sister.