Inked: Tattoos in the Workplace

Are tattoos more accepted in today’s workplace? As members of the beauty industry, do you think it’s more accepted than in corporate America? We asked nail techs what they thought about visible tattoos at work and most of you told us it should be no big deal, but there seems to still be some stereotyping that comes along with that skin ink.

“I am an Orly educator and a full cosmetologist. I have six visible tattoos on my right arm. I started as a hair assistant and nail tech in Beverly Hills, an area where Paris Hilton, the Lakers, and many more stars frequent. I was not treated differently because of my tattoos. Then I worked in other places and for reality shows and awards presentations. My tattoos have gotten a couple of ‘please wear long sleeves to cover up your tattoos’ and also ‘you have beautiful art work on you.’ I think the beauty industry is open to whatever anyone looks like, including tattoos, piercings, and different looks. My piercings never get negative feedback. I do wish companies didn’t make me wear long sleeves but I understand completely when they do. My hair is blue and turquoise and everyone seems to love my look. I often have clients say ‘I don’t like tattoos or crazy things but it really looks nice on you and you pull it off gracefully.’ This is the best compliment to me.”

— Roxy Carrillo, Los Angeles 





“As a salon owner who is heavily tattooed, I feel that people in my area are accepting of people who are tattooed as long as it’s tasteful. All of mine can be covered with some type of clothing but I have a large leg piece that has been in process for a couple years now and my clients love seeing when I’ve added more to it. You could say I’m a walking advertisement for my tattoo artist, as I send him lots of business via my clients.”

— Cherie Plank, Simply Polished Nail Studio, Fort Morgan, Colo.






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