Tattoos ink deeper than skin


Javier Valdes, Reporter



I have never understood the hype with tattoos.

It is hard for me to grasp the fact that people are willing to pay insane amounts of money to permanently ink a piece of art onto their body while enduring pain in the process, just for the sake of self-expression.

People should think twice before injecting their skin with multiple needles full of ink.

Although many see tattoos as art for the body and as a form of identity and self-expression, the negative effect it has on the possibility of any future employment has proved to be great.

The millions of tattoo enthusiast that have received and later regretted the permanent body art can be too much to ignore. Not to mention the removal process, that usually follows this regret, can scar you and is surely not a pleasant thing to go through.

Most tattoo aficionados ignore the negative effects that receiving a tattoo can have on a person; this ignorance has lead to disappointment, especially in the workforce, when their body art causes a negative perception of identity.

In a study done by the Pew Research Center, the negative effect that a tattoo can have on tattooed individuals when it comes to employment is clearly shown.

Of 2,700 people surveyed about their attitudes towards tattoos, 76 percent said that tattoos hurt their chances of getting a job, while 39 percent said that employees with tattoos reflect poorly on their employers.

This reality can leave many tattooed hopefuls wishing they never got inked in the first place.

When someone gets tattooed in a visible area of the body they are immediately putting themselves under a scope of perception that is challenged by society, and what is reflected is usually a negative and poor portrayal of the human body.

The fact that having a tattoo can be a determinant in the prevention of an individual moving up in position in the workplace can be an indicator that tattoos, especially visible ones, should not be a decision to be taken lightly.

In the study it continues on to state that 19 percent of people with tattoos have received an associates degree, then the numbers fall down to 10 percent for those who have received a bachelor’s degree, eight percent for those with a master’s and three percent for those with a PhD.

If this is any indicator, then the more educated that a person is, the less likely they are to have a tattoo.

Employers use statistics such as these to implement into their hiring process standards, tattoos cause subtle discrimination and at the end of the day portray a negative light on their potential employers.

The facts don’t lie, getting a tattoo might seem like a great way for a person to express themselves but people need to take into consideration all of the negative aspects of receiving a tattoo and how detrimental it can be to the way that they are perceived and reconsider whether the benefits really do outweigh the cost.