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Tattoos in the Work Place

In the new and growing environment of a work place filling with millennials, changes and approaches to how the work place is run are being introduced. On one hand, more interesting appearances are coming into greater view, and on the other hand managements are struggling to deal with evolving trends.

One of the biggest controversies that occur with employee appearances are tattoos. They are often bright, colorful, and attention grabbing, and oftentimes permanent, and therefore not easily covered. While most other changes to one’s appearance can be changed or modified to be considered appropriate for the work environment, tattoos do not provide such a luxury, and so employers can be hesitant to offer opportunities to applicants with tattoos.

The question, however, is why should they?

Tattoos have long been seen as unprofessionally, but given the rising popularity of tattoos and the ever increasing number of people who get them, it is becoming harder to view them as anything other than a common method of self-expression. When something has grown commonplace among the public, it is difficult to argue that potential customers could be put off by tattoos, especially if they themselves have some.

As time presses on, so to do we find ever-evolving shifts to popular culture—both in the workplace, and out. While this does not necessarily mean that employees will be able to go around covered in tattoos, piercings, or extreme hair styles, it does encourage more freedom in what is considered appropriate for work.

A few tattoos may be just artwork to some, but to others they represent something deeper—a permanent and personal fixture of their body that tells a story, and shouldn’t have to be hidden just to be considered for employment.

At the end of the day, though, we are who we make ourselves—whether inked from our head to our toes or a sanitary slate, our bodies remain the one thing we can say without a doubt is ours to control. Whether the professional environment can keep up with the trends of a new society is anybody’s guess, there is no doubt that we as a culture will continue to press on regardless.


Photo from STAPAW

Tattoos and Piercings in the Work Place

Tattoos and piercings are two of the many ways that people like to express their individuality. If you walk down the street you are most likely to see someone with a tattoo, some form of body piercing, or both. People spend hundreds to thousands of dollars on designs and jewelry to show what they are passionate about. However, with the growing number of people that have these modifications, it is harder for them to get a job or even get past the interview stage in certain companies.

tattoos in work place
“Employers will sometimes bypass a great candidate for their company solely because they have “abnormal” piercings or visible tattoos.” Photo from: https://purposesearchers.files.wordpress.com

Employers will sometimes bypass a great candidate for their company solely because they have “abnormal” piercings or visible tattoos. In a way, this violates the First Amendment, which we all know is the freedom of speech. Tattoos are a way for someone to express their beliefs, thoughts, and feelings, so some think that they should be protected under the First Amendment. Title VII and even the Civil Rights Act of 1964 are also somewhat violated because they prohibit discrimination based on race, sex, color, religion and national origin. Paganism is a religion that believes in piercings and tattoos, so employers would be “technically” breaking a law for discriminating against someone with tattoos (1).

Now, this goes to say that some companies have lightened up on their policies regarding tattoos. There are some companies, including Wal-Mart, Sea World, and Walt Disney World, that have policies against visible tattoos (1). Most policies just ask them to be covered up, which most people do not mind doing. However, piercings such as gauges are even more largely discriminated against, more than regular piercings (1). This is because they are facial piercings that can be seen with a uniform on, thus breaking a certain code for the company.

Employers should not have a say as to what a person does to his/her own body. Because the First Amendment is very much a big deal in American society, why can’t tattoos and piercings be made a direct example of freedom of speech?

1 – http://projectcensored.org/body-art-discrimination-violation-first-amendment/

If You’re Thinking About Getting a Tattoo, Here’s 10 Things You Should Know

I have always loved tattoos, and I got my first tattoo this year. It’s a small one, so I am by no means an expert, but here are 10 things I wish I had known before I got my tattoo.

  1. It Hurts

I got my tattoo in a very sensitive area (the inside of my elbow) and it hurt. I’ve heard it doesn’t hurt that bad in other areas, and some people say it doesn’t hurt at all. But generally, ribs, feet, and the inside of knees and elbows are some of the places it hurts the most to get tattoos. It depends on your pain tolerance, but if you’re thinking about getting a tattoo in those areas, know that it’s usually pretty painful.

  1. Schedule an Appointment If You Don’t Want to Wait

I was a walk-in and I thought that they would be able to see me right away, or at the very most, I would only have to wait 10 or 15 minutes. But when I walked in, they told me the wait would be about two hours, which didn’t help my nerves at all. If you’re nervous and don’t want to overthink it or get cold feet, schedule an appoint so you can get your tattoo when you get to the shop. Note that some shops require you pay a nonrefundable deposit if you make an appointment.

  1. Know What You Want and Where You Want It Before You Get to the Shop

I knew what I wanted before I went, however, I didn’t know where exactly I wanted it. So I had to sit there in the shop and decide where I wanted it. I was flustered and honestly felt quite dumb and I was wasting the artist’s time. It’s a permanent decision, so don’t wait until you get to the shop and then feel like you have to rush to decide.

  1. Tip Your Artist

Your artist is going to do their best to give you what you want. Just like with a meal, a tip is a way to say “thank you” for good service. 10-20% is average.

  1. Bring a Friend—But Not Your Whole Squad

Having one friend there to hold your hand is great. I’m very thankful for my friend who went with me and I don’t think I wouldtattoo-gun have been able to do it without her. But don’t bring every single one of your friends. The rooms aren’t that big and big groups of people can be super annoying, especially to tattoo artists who are trying to focus and do a good job. Stick with just one friend.

  1. Buy Lotion

After you get a tattoo, you have to apply lotion to it afterwards so it will heal faster and won’t dry out. Aquaphor and Lubriderm are the recommended brands. Whatever you get, make sure it is plain and unscented (no cocoa butter).

  1. The Healing Process Is About Two Weeks

You will most likely bleed while getting the tattoo and the skin and the area around it will be red afterwards. It may scab over, depending on how much you bled when you got it. It will be quite itchy and start to peel. DON’T SCRATCH IT. After about two weeks, it should be nearly completely healed.

  1. Protect It From the Sun

The sun will fade your tattoo quicker, especially when it’s fresh and still healing. Cover it up and keep it out of direct sunlight for at least a day or two. Always apply suntan lotion to it even after it’s healed.

  1. It’s OK to Be Nervous

I was very nervous before I got my tattoo (low-key freaking out really). But after I got it was proud and glad that I did it. If it’s something you really want and has a special meaning or story behind it, the nervousness will be worth it.

  1. Just Do It

If you’ve been thinking about getting a tattoo for a while and you have a good idea of what you want, just do it. Don’t overthink it. If you’re not drunk and it’s not an impulse, chances are you won’t regret it.


Tattoos are a sign that you’re healthy

According to the American Journal of Human Biology, a new study suggests people with more than one tattoo have better immune system responses to new tattoos than those who are getting tattooed for the first time.

The research states that the act of getting a tattoo activates the immune system in a way that can be compared to getting a vaccination, making one less susceptible to future illnesses. Although the study is small and needs some development, it does enlighten us to how the body can be trained to react to stress over time.

covered in tattoos
“The research states that the act of getting a tattoo activates the immune system.”

The study included researchers from the University of Alabama, who retrieved saliva samples from 29 different volunteers before the received tattoos and after they were given. Nine of the 29 volunteers were first-time tattoo recipients. The researchers analyzed the saliva samples for “immunoglobulin A, which is an antibody that lines the gastrointestinal and respiratory systems, and cortisol,” a stress hormone known to lower immune response.

After analyzing the data, the researchers discovered that the volunteers who had never received a tattoo had a much lower immunoglobulin A level than those who have had tattoos before. This could suggest that people who have had more experience with tattoos have an immune system that is more prepared for stress of that caliber.

“They don’t just hurt while you get the tattoo, but they can exhaust you,” Lynn, one of the lead researchers, said in the release. “It’s easier to get sick. You can catch a cold because your defenses are lowered from the stress of getting a tattoo.”

Lynn says that someone getting a tattoo for the first time is like an out-of-shape person exercising at the gym. One’s muscles are sore at first, but the pain reduces after one exercises enough.

Although there are some problems with this study, the fact that some people could simply have better immune systems than others or the fact that getting a tattoo can be dangerous if one goes to a tattoo shop which is careless with their instruments,causing infection, Lynn hopes the study can reduce the stigma that surrounds getting tattoos and hopes others won’t judge so harshly when viewing a person with tattoos.

Addiction: Tattoo addition

Are tattoos an addiction? Well my friends, in my opinion, yes they are. The second I received my first tattoo, I knew it was downhill from there. I don’t know if it’s something about biology, or mentality, that the pain of getting tattoos is addicting or if it’s the process of getting new things, but, for me, getting a new tattoo is something that I always want, no matter how recent my last tattoo was.

I got my first tattoo when I was 16. My mom signed for it and ended up getting a matching one. It’s on my ribs and says “let it be” with birds flying up my ribcage. I still remember the feeling I had before I got it, while I was being tattooed, and after I was done. It’s truly nothing like I’ve ever experienced. It hurts, of course, but it’s almost like a good hurt, like a feeling that it’s kind of uncomfortable but also enjoyable. It only took about 30 minutes but I remember looking at it, after it was finished, and feeling so happy. My body felt somewhat relieved, while also in a state of shock I think, but I immediately wanted another one.

About three months later, I got my next tattoo. It’s script on my right bicep that says “the mirror often lies.” That one hurt a bit more than the first one, but I loved it so much and I felt a rush of adrenaline afterwards, like I could do anything I wanted to and I would never get hurt. I felt invincible.

getting a tattoo
“Are tattoos an addiction? Well my friends, in my opinion, yes they are.”

My next tattoo was three months after that and it was much bigger than the first two. I remember thinking that this tattoo had to be epic, it had to be large and beautiful enough to last me for a longer period of time without dying to get another tattoo. I got a colored rose on my left shoulder. It took about three hours to do, and I almost passed out from the pain. It was pretty horrendous. Even still, I remember, when it was all said and done, that I was immediately thinking about my next tattoo, what it would be and where I would get it. After every tattoo, my mom would say “no more okay? At least not for a while,” and every time I would say “yeah mom, I agree. I should probably wait.” I genuinely meant it at the time, but the tattoo hook is so far in me that I can’t stop wanting more.

My next tattoo was even bigger than the rest. It’s on my left arm and it’s a sugar skull girl. She’s almost the length of my upper arm and covers the entire front of my arm. That tattoo took about nine hours, including the prep time. The weird thing is, this tattoo didn’t hurt as badly as I thought it would and think it was because I had waiting so long between tattoos, that my body was craving the feeling.

My most recent tattoo is on my left bicep and wraps all the way around. It completed my half sleeve and I feel very badass. At the moment, however, I’m dying to get another one. It’s been about two months since my last one and I can’t wait any longer. I need it and I will make it happen, for my body’s sake and for the mental health of everyone around me.

Say yes to tattoos

Tattoos or no tattoos– that is the question. For some, getting a tattoo is a big decision. You have to choose what to get, where to get it, if it really means that much to you, and so on and so forth. For others, it isn’t as big of a deal. They don’t need a specific reason for getting a tattoo or care as much of where. They see their body as a canvas, creating art through images and script lining their body. That type of person is me.

I love tattoos and the way they look on my body. Some people disagree, but I believe tattooing is an art and everyone should get one.

Despite that fact that I believe anyone can get a tattoo for any reason, picking the right tattoo artist is very important. Having a tattoo artist who doesn’t have much experience or someone who doesn’t take pride in their work is someone who you shouldn’t associate yourself with.

Just like drawing or painting, passion is a characteristic that every tattoo artist should have. If someone doesn’t enjoy what they are creating, more than likely they won’t put 100 percent into the tattoo that you want, making it less likely to look good.

my tattoo
Image from Ana Frederick

Experience is equally as important as passion. If someone only has a year or two of tattooing under their belt, they most likely haven’t learned all the techniques and skills that someone with ten years of tattoo experience has. Experience also allows for understanding what places on the body are most sensitive, making it easier for them to know how to treat more sensitive parts of the body.

If a tattoo artist hasn’t been practicing for very long, then they haven’t drawn many tattoos in general. Would you want someone who doesn’t know what they’re doing to put needles in your body in hopes that the tattoo comes out correctly? I know I wouldn’t.

The number one tattoo parlor I recommend is Seventh Sin Tattoo. They are located in Charlotte, North Carolina and have the best and most experienced tattoo artists around. I know that Charlotte is somewhat far away, but the drive is worth the talent these artists have. I have gotten all four of my tattoos done by Chris Toler, and I would never dream of going to anyone else.

If you are one of the people who needs to think about getting a tattoo for a long time, then please do.  Don’t rush yourself into something that you’ll have for the rest of your life.

If you do end up wanting one, find the right artist for you. It’s amazing what an impact finding the right person can have. Tattoos can make or break a person, so take your time, go out there and make the right decision for you.

Get the Tattoo for YOU

I enjoy saying that I am tatted-cubed for two reasons –because I have 3 tattoos, and because I’m kind of lame like that.

I have been lucky enough to be a part of two of my favorite people’s first tattoos – my long-term boyfriend and one of my best friend, hers being the most recent.

Bestie tattoos. Graphic from Pinterest
Bestie tattoos. Graphic from Pinterest

While I understand that some people hate the permanent aspect of tattoos because they simply cannot understand the concept of permanently inking one’s body, I hope to shine some light on that opinion.

Even though most people who get tatted choose items that are meaningful to them, some get silly, cute tattoos … which is COMPLETELY okay.

Tattoos are memories.

Pro-tattoo people realize that while our little strawberry tat might not be truly meaningful in the long run, it’s meaningful to us. Every tattoo represents a part of our life at some point.

You don’t need to ask, “What does that mean? Well, how does that pertain to you? What do your parents think? Do you realize that it’s permanent? ”

I can assure you that we know what our tattoo means to us. It definitely DOES pertain to us since it’s on our body., Our parents may or may not agree but again, it’s OUR body– and DUH, we know it’s permanent. That was kind of the point.

When people get tattoos, we get them for us, not you or him or her or them.

Tattoos represent memories, individuality, experiences – all incredibly beautiful things.

And it is important that other people realize that our bodies are OUR bodies and we can do with them what we please.


What do tattoos and feminism have to do with one another?

Tattoos have increased in popularity very rapidly within the last century. More and more people, both young and old, are decorating their skin with beautiful pieces of art or inspiring script. Being one of the females who has proudly adorned my skin with art, I often get snide comments. I’ve had older folks come into my work and take a look at my tattoo and pucker their faces in disgust. Of course, the more traditional members of my family have made time in their busy day to criticize body art in general, while denying any of these criticisms are for me.

Anyone who has tattoos can probably tell you a horror story or two about the negative comments often made about their tattoos. I came across one of the most disgusting, inaccurate criticisms I’ve ever seen one day while scrolling through my news feed. The title of the article was, 5 Reasons Why Girls With Tattoos and Piercings Are Broken. In the article, the writer recalls girls he’s “banged” who had tattoos, calling them whores, insulting their intelligence and even calling them selfish.

“Anyone who has tattoos can probably tell you a horror story or two about the negative comments often made about their tattoos.”

I find it ironic that this writer would call girls whores when he refers to them as “chicks he banged.” His character is obviously not squeaky-clean. He recalls his ex-girlfriend who slept with two of his best friends, which gives me reason to believe he’s emotionally scarred by this experience and therefore has become an extreme misogynist. He covers up his need to control women by claiming he’s defending tradition values. Tattoos somehow go against that ideal so he feels the need to generalize all girls who have tattoos.

The website where I found this gem of an article is called “Return of Kings.” The website’s “about” page is enough to make me want to grow out my leg hair and burn all of my bras. It states, “a woman’s value significantly depends on her fertility and beauty.” It also goes on to put feminism in the same category as socialism and Marxism, which I find funny because the writer of the article accused his “crazy tattooed ex” of being a Marxist.

As a tattooed feminist, this article and its website are absolutely appalling to me. It makes me physically sick to think that there are men in 2014 who still have this egregious mindset. The site claims to believe in traditional family values and that feminism aims to destroy them. I have no problem with the “traditional” family, but I’m not a traditional person. I believe men and women are both equally entitled to live their lives however they want, whether that means having a family or not. The fact that this site aims to brainwash men into thinking they can call a woman a “cunt” for going against the grain makes me wonder, who in their right mind would allow this to be published?

Being a woman with tattoos doesn’t make you broken. Even with my tattoos, I’m very feminine and like to do girly things. It seems to me that the writers of this site are terrified of women being equal to them. They seem to think that women are trying to knock them off the throne, when in reality we just want to share it. It also appears that they’re afraid of women who are free-thinkers and that they want women to be seen and not heard. I suppose tattoos draw attention to women and make them more interesting, which is threatening to men. I’m not a man-hater by any means, but men like this are what’s wrong with the world. It breaks my heart to think that these men are going to have daughters some day who will probably be raised thinking their entire lives revolve around pleasing a man.

Tattoos don’t define the person who has them, and they most certainly don’t make me less of a woman or completely “undesirable.” I have a very loving boyfriend who appreciates my tattoos and the confidence with which I wear them. I can’t imagine being with someone who believed women with tattoos were somehow less human. Having a vagina doesn’t mean there are certain standards by which I need to live.

Five things tattooed people are tired of hearing

Although I’m not particularly covered in tattoos, I often hear the same set of questions over and over. Although I love that people acknowledge my body art, sometimes hearing the same thing over and over can be very frustrating. So here’s a list of things that most tattooed people are tired of hearing. Continue reading Five things tattooed people are tired of hearing

Life lessons from tattoos

For most of my life, I’ve been told by older relatives that tattoos are of the Devil and everyone who gets them is going to Hell. I remember drawing on my arms and legs when I was little, imagining the day when my skin would be covered in beautiful works of art. I’ve always thought highly of tattoos as a way of expressing oneself, but tattoos have also taught me quite a bit about myself as a person. Continue reading Life lessons from tattoos

The Best Of Radford results are in!

You guys voted, and the results are in! These places are the best in Radford. Thank you to everyone that participated and took our surveys.

Best of the city of Radford:

Best Pizza: Benny’s
Best Chinese: Lin’s House
Best Happy Hour: Sharkey’s
Best Place to Take Your Parents: River City Grill
Best Date Night spot: a tie between Bisset Park and the River Company
Best Sushi: Sushi Village
Best New Business: Crumb & Get It
Best Breakfast: River City Grill
Best Dessert: Crumb & Get It
Best Burger: Cookout
Best Hangout spot: Bisset Park
Best Italian: Sal’s or Sal Jr.’s
Best Tattoos and Piercings: Black Diamond
Best Salon: University Tanning
Best Late Night Food: Cookout

Best of Radford University:

Best Annual Event: Quadfest
Best Place to Study: Young
Best Place to Park: Nowhere
Best Club/Organization: RUNSA (RU Nursing Students’ Association)
Best Spot Outside: Any quad
Best Quad: Moffett
Best College: College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences
Best Place to Eat:: The New River Grille House (Muse)
Best Campus Building: COBE

Think before you ink

Thirty-six percent of Americans ages 18-25 have at least one tattoo. Bump the age bracket up to 26-40 and surprisingly, the number jumps to 40 percent. It’s clear that tattoos are breaking out of the realm of rebellious behavior and entering mainstream culture like ear piercing has already done, but that doesn’t mean you should head down to your local ink shop right away. Continue reading Think before you ink