About one in three Spaniards today wear one or more tattoos on their body, which is a common type of body modification and is often used as a method of expression. However, although they are already common today, until recently and still today, some people associate them with crime. And it also has an effect in the workplace.
Does it cost more to find work with tattoos? We discuss throughout this article.
Tattoos: the basic concept
All designs, marks or text made on a person’s or animal’s body by injecting some type of pigment under or on the skin are called tattoos. It is a type of body modification that can be permanent or temporary, Depending on the method used to draw it.
Tattooing today is mainly used as an element of artistic expression, but its function and the consideration it has received throughout history have been very diverse and changing through eras and cultures: they have served to symbolize the passage to adulthood, as an element to frighten enemies. , as magical protection, as a method of connection with spirits and in religious events, to identify social position or to mark criminals or prisoners.
While tattoos have been used since ancient times in very different cultures and traditions and for a variety of purposes, the truth is that much of Western society was originally used by sailors and later adopted. in sectors traditionally associated with violent or marginalized lifestyles.
This type of thinking has gone through history until almost today, which has penetrated the mentality of more than a generation and the view of tattooed people as dangerous, although today the function of tattooing is in almost everyone. the cases simply aesthetic and expressive. This has clearly affected people with tattoos in several ways, one of which is work.
In this sense, when it comes to applying for a job, many people have seen a resounding refusal largely due to tattooing, especially in places facing the public. Some of the reasons given are the image of the company be seen as rude, unprofessional and not very serious, Or the consideration of which tattooed people are dangerous or of which they set a bad example.
Many of them ask to have a concrete image, associated with formality, which rejects the accomplishment of bodily modifications. Indeed, even if today it is not a handicap as marked as in the past, companies often require that if they wear tattoos, they are covered with clothing or not be visible.
The previous way of looking at tattoos is still valid in certain sectors of society, but the truth is that it is gradually being observed. a change in the social consideration of these body modifications. And it is that the increase in its popularity and the fact that a large part of its population wears it decreases the prejudices towards tattoos and improves their social esteem.
Today, they are increasingly seen as a mechanism of expression, often linked to something meaningful to these people. Companies are becoming more and more permissive and they tend to put less and less pips on the candidates who gave them their great popularity. On top of that and given the high percentage of people with one or more tattoos, if this type of population were now ignored, businesses would lose a large percentage of applicants.
However, this is a trend that still persists in a part of the population who believe that tattooing is something negative and derogatory to those who wear it.
Another aspect to keep in mind is the gradual development and growth and development of less traditional and more alternative businesses. too much companies with a more modern and younger mindset have grown significantly, With greater adaptability and flexibility at the time and with an aesthetic and a profile that seeks to be fresher and more current, able to have their own ideas and give added value to the company.
Is it harder to find work with one or more tattoos?
The answer to the question that gives the name to this article is: not always, it depends on the profession and the company in question.
Many companies that continue to demand a specific image, such as high-profile banks or multinationals in direct contact with the customer, continue to require or not to wear tattoos (neither piercings or other body modifications) or that are hidden. Also in sectors such as medicine or education, they are generally less valued or its concealment is requested. In addition, in cultures like Japan, there is more discrimination (since tattooing is associated with local mafias), even preventing access to certain civil servant positions in public administration.
In contrast, more and more companies do not care about having or not having tattoos, there is less and less discrimination in this regard and even finding studies conducted in United States that do not decrease the possibility of finding work generation born around the year 2000. This change can also be explained by the higher prevalence of younger and alternative companies, as we have indicated above.
In fact, in some cases having a tattoo can even help with hiring, giving it a more current look, Close and natural. This is particularly noticeable in the case of young men.
- French, MT, Mortensen, K. and Timming, AR (2018). Are Tattoos Related to Employment and Pay Discrimination? Analyze the relationship between body art and labor market outcomes. SAGE magazines.