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Tattoos and taboos [#permalink] New post 29 Mar 2010, 10:53
I've never really had a problem with my tattoos, but now that I know I may be targeting a conservative industry (consulting) which has a bit of an old boys network at the top, how are tattoos perceived? They are nothing crazy (i.e. no skulls, demons, naked women), but the one on my ankle will definitely be visible when wearing skirt suits or dresses. I know for those of us 30 and under, tattoos are increasingly common and not as stigmatized, but even in the confines of b-school, consulting, and certain F500's, I feel like I may end up being judged (negatively). :oops:
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Re: Tattoos and taboos [#permalink] New post 29 Mar 2010, 11:06
Yes .. tatoos are more common now a days :) I wish you will not have any problem.
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Re: Tattoos and taboos [#permalink] New post 29 Mar 2010, 21:26
You may encounter some problems.

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Re: Tattoos and taboos [#permalink] New post 30 Mar 2010, 05:17
You may want to stick to pants suits or wear dark stockings to cover it up. My old firm while not outright banning visible tattoos very much frowned on them. It comes down to what the firm thinks their clients will feel about a consultant with a tattoo. As a consultant you'll generally be working with more senior people in the organization (read: older) who may not think that tattoos are professional. Clients can be very fussy about the appearance of their consultants. I even worked with a client who made us send home women on our team if they wore open toed shoes.

It also depends on how big it is, if it's small, say less than an inch, it probably wouldn't be as big a deal as if it's bigger and harder to miss.
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Re: Tattoos and taboos [#permalink] New post 30 Mar 2010, 05:29
yea, i've thought about that which is why i always wear pantsuits to networking events and interviews, i just hate having to think my life will be confined to pants should i really try to go the consulting route. oh well, nothing i can do about it now
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Re: Tattoos and taboos [#permalink] New post 30 Mar 2010, 09:42
I've got a bigger one on my foot that shows in most shoes, even in a pantsuit. Dark stockings are the way to go. I've also been known to wrap it in a length of Ace bandage or moleskin, haha. (I did that for school interviews with longer pants, and it seems to have worked). I'm not into consulting, so I'm hoping I won't have to worry about it forever. But for interviews, etc., I figure it's better safe than sorry...
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Re: Tattoos and taboos [#permalink] New post 30 Mar 2010, 10:03
Trust me, you aint got nothing on my tattoos and I don't think they hurt me during recruiting. If you conceal them most of the way people wont really think about it too much. Yes older people may not like them as much and it depends on the industry...but personally if a company cared that much about my tattoos (which are barely noticable in a suit) not to hire me I wouldnt enjoy working there anyways.
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Trust me, you aint got nothing on my tattoos and I don't think they hurt me during recruiting. If you conceal them most of the way people wont really think about it too much. Yes older people may not like them as much and it depends on the industry...but personally if a company cared that much about my tattoos (which are barely noticable in a suit) not to hire me I wouldnt enjoy working there anyways.


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yea, i've thought about that which is why i always wear pantsuits to networking events and interviews, i just hate having to think my life will be confined to pants should i really try to go the consulting route. oh well, nothing i can do about it now


My male perspective exactly. If it were socially acceptable for dudes to wear skirts to interviews or ever (outside Scotland), I'd do it a lot more often. They look a lot more comfortable than pants. Summers would be a bajillion times more bearable.
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Re: Tattoos and taboos [#permalink] New post 30 Mar 2010, 15:11
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i just hate having to think my life will be confined to pants should i really try to go the consulting route.


i think i'd like to snip this and make it my new signature
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Re: Tattoos and taboos [#permalink] New post 30 Mar 2010, 19:19
I think I'd be the odd one out here.

I promised myself that if I got into the school of my choice, I'd get a tattoo on my arm.

I can't break that promise. This will be my first.

Hope there are some good tattoo shops in Evanston
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Re: Tattoos and taboos [#permalink] New post 30 Mar 2010, 19:58
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I think I'd be the odd one out here.

I promised myself that if I got into the school of my choice, I'd get a tattoo on my arm.

I can't break that promise. This will be my first.

Hope there are some good tattoo shops in Evanston



None in Evanston but let me know if you are serious and I can tell you the names of a few great artists in Chicago.
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Re: Tattoos and taboos [#permalink] New post 30 Mar 2010, 21:07
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None in Evanston but let me know if you are serious and I can tell you the names of a few great artists in Chicago.


I'm very serious river.

If everything goes as per the plan, I'll have it before the KWEST trip.

Pls let me know
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Re: Tattoos and taboos [#permalink] New post 31 Mar 2010, 04:00
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You may want to stick to pants suits or wear dark stockings to cover it up. My old firm while not outright banning visible tattoos very much frowned on them. It comes down to what the firm thinks their clients will feel about a consultant with a tattoo. As a consultant you'll generally be working with more senior people in the organization (read: older) who may not think that tattoos are professional. Clients can be very fussy about the appearance of their consultants. I even worked with a client who made us send home women on our team if they wore open toed shoes.

It also depends on how big it is, if it's small, say less than an inch, it probably wouldn't be as big a deal as if it's bigger and harder to miss.


I would tend to agree. Even if your own company doesn't care, you will be subject to whatever rules your client has. Many times for us, when we were in the client's office, it wasn't a big deal, but when we visited the hospital, tattoos definitely needed to be covered up.
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My male perspective exactly. If it were socially acceptable for dudes to wear skirts to interviews or ever (outside Scotland), I'd do it a lot more often. They look a lot more comfortable than pants. Summers would be a bajillion times more bearable.


Even in Scotland they would think it very odd, as it is formal wear equivalent to a dinner jacket.
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Re: Tattoos and taboos [#permalink] New post 31 Mar 2010, 10:56
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I think I'd be the odd one out here.

I promised myself that if I got into the school of my choice, I'd get a tattoo on my arm.

I can't break that promise. This will be my first.

Hope there are some good tattoo shops in Evanston



None in Evanston but let me know if you are serious and I can tell you the names of a few great artists in Chicago.



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Re: Tattoos and taboos [#permalink] New post 01 Apr 2010, 13:15
If you are going to get a large involved piece you are going to want a good artist and chances are you will have to wait to get an appointment. I would say Deluxe, Family Tattoo, or the soon to be opened Pioneer (two guys from deluxe new shop) would be the go to artists in the city. It depends on the style you want as to which shop/artist would be right for you.
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Re: Tattoos and taboos [#permalink] New post 01 Apr 2010, 13:26
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Even in Scotland they would think it very odd, as it is formal wear equivalent to a dinner jacket.


Scottish twenty- and thirty-somethings should learn to dress it down with jeans and a tee, then. Plaid's back for about 10 more minutes.

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Re: Tattoos and taboos [#permalink] New post 02 Apr 2010, 05:24
coakleym - the best dress down (sports jacket look) is tweed with a bit of heather in the pocket. Rocked by 70 year olds, overdue to be reclaimed.
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Re: Tattoos and taboos [#permalink] New post 02 Apr 2010, 09:38
riverripper wrote:
If you are going to get a large involved piece you are going to want a good artist and chances are you will have to wait to get an appointment. I would say Deluxe, Family Tattoo, or the soon to be opened Pioneer (two guys from deluxe new shop) would be the go to artists in the city. It depends on the style you want as to which shop/artist would be right for you.



Yeah, I'm really just collecting recommendations at this point. It's easier to see someone's work on a real human than in a portfolio.
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