FIRED ALCOHOL INK ART
“Guy walks into a prospective employee meet-up. He’s wearing a shirt, has a couple of piercings, tattoos on his arms and his hair is 3 different colors. The director who was talking with him preferred the resume and chose to advise him a bit. He tells the person, “Your resume is great but I can’t have someone looking the way you do with my clients. You aren’t even wearing a tie.” Guy’s response was something along the lines of, “This is who I am; this is me.” The director sat up, visibly irritated and says, “You’re such a trick; you and your entire age. Get a real shirt and tie, hold your hair to one color, lose the piercings and shroud the tattoos. If you can do that, come see me one week from now. When you become the administrator from the difficult work I figure you can do, fire everybody and contract just people with multi-colored hair, piercings, tattoos and dispose of ties if you need.” – M.A.H.
From the earliest starting point, I realized my first tattoo would be on my shoulder. I did this for two reasons. To conceal it from my parents thus nobody would see it at work. Long story short, when my parents visited me when I was in the U.S. Marine Corps, they asked me about my tattoo. My response?
To say tattoos are not turning out to be mainstream is an oversight. Albeit most countries don’t follow tattoo sales or statistics, in the United States almost 14% of Americans* have at any rate one tattoo and over 30% of those people say “they’re dependent on ink”. The issue with work is all in the presentation. You don’t need to get a tattoo, you don’t need to grow a mustache, you don’t must have piercings, and you don’t need to wear a tie.