These days, most people have access to a smart phone and run several social media accounts. With all of this technology at your fingertips, photo and video sharing as easy as clicking a button. This means that trends that were once seen as underground and alternative, are becoming way more accessible and therefore mainstream.
The tattoo industry has benefited hugely from social media platforms such as Instagram. It enables artists to share their work and entice more customers, from what is basically free advertising all over the world. Utilizing hashtags and sharing work on public pages increases visibility by thousands and thousands.
When people get a new tattoo, they often like to show it off by taking a picture, adding a filter and uploading it to social media. The sharing of tattoos has had an obvious effect on how accepted they are in today’s society, and companies and workplaces are becoming a lot more lenient with body art. There are some professions that still take a dim view on tattoos, you would be hard pushed to find a judge or lawyer with a face tattoo!
Tattoos in areas such as the neck, hands, and obviously face can affect employment opportunities, however there is not the stigma that there used to be and it’s not the end of the world if you can see a bit of your upper arm tattoo peeking out of a work uniform!
Employers are urged to carefully consider the reasons behind banning visible tattoos, and if there are not ‘sound business reasons’, then you could actually have a case for discrimination on your hands.
Results from a survey have found out that the older somebody is, the less tolerant to tattoos they are. People aged 18-25 were the most accepting of tattoos in the workplace, with only 22% claiming they are inappropriate. At the other end of the scale, a whopping 63% of people aged 60+ found tattoos unacceptable at work.
If you are considering getting a tattoo, make sure you visit a reputable tattoo studio that is covered by tattoo artist insurance.