Are Tattoos too Taboo?

By Kelsey Miller on April 9, 2014

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Growing up in the 21st century, we are surrounded by different forms of expression. In the way we dress, live, eat, work, and play, we are all diverse. Tattoos are something that have been around for many years and recently have been becoming more and more popular. College campuses are filled with different types of people and it may just be me, looking for tattoos everywhere I go, but they seem to be extremely popular on campus. Last year, an article in Forbes magazine said that tattoos are no longer the “Kiss of death in the workplace”, and this still seems to hold true.

When thinking about ‘inking’ your body, there are a few things to consider.


The location of your tattoo is one of the most important parts of actually getting one. Tattoos are permanent, and just because it seems like a cute idea to get a butterfly on your lower back in college, doesn’t mean it will be a good idea 20 years from now. Draw your tattoo ideas on the spot you want for a few weeks and see if it is something you’d want to see everyday of the rest of your life!


Think of something that actually has meaning to you! Getting a tattoo is all about the story behind it, so make sure it is something you would be proud to show off to others! Avoid trends, don’t get something just because you like it right now! Impulse decisions rarely end well and you would definitely not want to regret getting something permanently on you!

Future Polices

Policies regarding tattoos in the workplace, vary from different types of professions. It is important to keep in mind what profession you would like to go in after college and then decide if a tattoo is right for you. When I was deciding on getting my tattoos, it was something I always thought about. I strongly believe that if a company does not want to hire me just because I have tattoos, it might not be a company I want to work for. If you’re qualified for the job and can bring something new to the job, your tattoos should be the least of their worries!

Educate yourself! 

Research and know what the laws on discrimination in the workplace and tattoos. If you’re informed and know what you’re getting yourself into before you walk into the interview, you’re going to be much more prepared and be more likely to land the job!

College is a time to ‘find’ yourself and have a (somewhat) carefree attitude. However, the decisions we make in college don’t magically stay in college, and this includes tattoos. One day, we are going to have to grow up and get a ‘real’ job and would not want our tattoos standing in the way. Tattoos are a way to express yourself, and if done right can complete your character!

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