Job stopper tattoos are classified as any visible tattoos which are located in an area hard to cover in social settings – i.e. hands, face, neck.
Photo Credit – http://pexels.com (not a face tattoo but a person who would make a great babysitter)
The controversy arises from the judgmental nature of others, as well as the subject matter some people have chosen to get tattooed. While some people are always quick to judge any person who has a tattoo, shoving an adornment into the world as a way to precede your person should not bring about a question as to why Grandma thinks you may be a murderer.
You may be in love with your face tattoo. It makes you feel like a millionaire, a truly amazing person with so much freedom that it is literally written across your broken ass grill. Your lovely grandmother on the other hand may feel differently.
Grandma may spend the day watching soaps and she claims that CSI showed her tattooed people are crazed killers. So when you show up with “Praise Jesus” tattooed on your beautiful face, you can expect Armageddon. We can’t really fault her though… can we? I mean you were the shining example of what a child should be! You were everything your crappy parents weren’t… and now… well. She is devastated!
Here are a few things to think about before you grab that job stopper:
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Employers won’t hire you
Employers hire people to represent their business (although I feel some businesses do not view potential employees this way but that discussion is for another place and time). They expect to see a specific “type” of person whose face their clients, patrons, staff etc. will interact with. If this person they are thinking of hiring has a giant spider tattooed on their face, the tattooed applicant’s appearance may not be a “best fit” example of how they wish to engage the public.
While I disagree with most people’s attempts to judge or bias an individual based on appearance, I sometimes must agree with hiring managers with their decisions.
As an example: 2 people come in for a job interview at a childhood development center. This business houses 50–75 children, 6–8 hours a day and is looking for a well-credentialed person to assist in the daycare of these children. 2 people show up for the job: 1 highly qualified with a realistic spider tattoo that covers half of their face and the kids find the sight of it frightening; another who is less qualified has no facial tattoos.
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While some may say the more qualified should get the job, the amount of time necessary to explain to clients, or to regain trust from the children’s parents, who may have a knee jerk reaction to the sight of a person’s tattoo, may cost the business far more – in time spent (as well as money spent to pay for that time) than taking the less qualified person.
This may be an extreme example but, for most people in the hiring side of things, money is all that counts. They want to bring on new parties for the least amount of money and have their transition into the workplace cause as little stress as possible.
It sucks but the world that we live in judges and classifies everything. Think about it, how often do you worry about someone’s character, what other people may think of you, or, to be a baseline as possible, how good you look before leaving the house? We all judge.
People may get scared of you.
I got a hand tattoo in 2003. It’s a skull and crossbones.
Directly after getting this tattoo I hopped on a bus to get home and was assaulted by some very, very dirty looks. An older lady just stared daggers at me while I waited for my stop to arrive. I felt very uncomfortable because I am a really nice person. Like, legit nice. Ask anyone who knows me (and gets along with me)!
This lady straight judged me before even knowing my name.
It was the first time I got slapped with the common sense stick after getting a tattoo.
They age as well as a compost heap.
We all age.
Yes. Most areas of the body have a unified way of healing, aging, and growing with you. Sadly, most places that are highly visible are also more prone to advanced aging. Take a look at an older person’s face. Wrinkled, beaten, kind of like a mushroom stuffed into the freezer? yeah. Imagine the pigment inserted into that beat up paper bag being squeezed so gosh darn tight it starts seeping out sideways. That slide aside makes the tattoo so mushy and illegible that no one can possibly make out the “TCB” that adorned your face.
Think before you ink. Don’t expect the world to adapt to what you think is right or good. Be prepared to be judged but don’t let it bring you down.