Why is the number of people who have tattoos in the United State growing? Have you observed that there are more and more people who are getting body art? I always see many people who have tattoos and piercings walking on the street in NYC. I also see tattoo parlors. Why is this trend growing? Some people like a tattoo because they want to show that they are different from others. When people tattoo their bodies, they think they can attract a romantic partner or they can gain self-esteem. People also get a tattoo when they want to fit in, to remember special events, and just to look “cool”, outrageous, and different. Even though getting body art makes you look good, from my perspective, business people should not get a tattoo or piercing.
People with tattoos may not know that there are some disadvantages of having tattoos on their bodies. When people get a tattoo, there is a high risk of Hepatitis B and AIDS. Another disadvantage of getting a tattoo is that those people who get it may change their mind. Another important reason for not getting a tattoo is people at the workplace might feel awkward when they look at it. (specially in Thailand and many other Asian countries).
I remembered that when I had the opportunity to participate at the Stock Exchange in Thailand, one of my friends had a tattoo on his left arm and he was not allowed to participate in any internship program and it was hard time for him to find a job. In my country, we normally do not offer jobs to people who have a tattoo on any part of their body because we tend to think that when people get tattoos, they might ruin the image of the company. They also make their co-worker feel uncomfortable when they have to work together.
I know that sometimes people who have tattoos can get a good job. For example, many artists have body art and they are very successful. The baristas at Starbucks can show their tattoos and piercings. Now Starbucks allow employees to have body art. The baristas from Starbucks said, we are allowed to show body art, except on our face and throat; however, most Asian companies do not allow workers to get a tattoo.
As you can see, job seekers should be aware of the fact that body art works against them because they show a certain degree of rebelliousness. Some companies have their grooming standards and they ever restrict the size and number of tattoos. Getting a tattoo has some advantages and disadvantages, so you should consider this before getting one.