Where Can You Work and Show Your Tattoos?
In a world where tattoos are becoming more and more commonplace, there remains a stigma in many workplaces towards people who sport them. For those who have tattoos on their backs, arms, stomachs, and legs this stigma is inconsequential. With the appropriate attire, their bosses and colleagues need never know about their ink.
But what about those of us who made body art decisions that are visible for all to see? What about those of us who are perhaps a little bit stubborn and insist on wearing our ink proudly? What jobs are available to us?
Since my first tattoo, a large ship’s helm on the side of my neck when I was eighteen, I have been on the lookout for job opportunities where eyebrows and objections won’t be raised about my appearance. I have the great pleasure of sharing with you the substantial fruits of that search. Below is a list of over 100 career opportunities for the heavily inked and proud.
I must admit I am assuming a few things about your tattoos. I am assuming that your tattoos are not obscene. Any tattoos that involve nudity, sexual acts, curse words or offensive language or anything particularly gruesome or violent, sometimes even skulls, would have to be covered up in most work environments, even those listed below.
This list is also dependent on the city and country you live in. I live in Vancouver, BC, Canada which is a very tattoo-friendly environment. I have been able to hold down jobs that are not mentioned on the list below as in general they do not allow body art.
In Canada, it’s illegal to discriminate against someone who has a tattoo, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen, and it doesn’t mean that it doesn’t happen often. In the United States and many other countries, people do not have that protection. Even in Canada, there are companies that get away with cover-it-up policies.
This list includes everything from from low-income, no-education to high-income, plenty-of-education jobs. It is in alphabetical order for your convenience and has over 100 different options for employment on it. If you notice that I have made a mistake or have missed other careers that allow you to show your tattoos, please comment below to add or correct! Thanks very much for reading! I hope you enjoy.
Most of these are subject to the disclaimer “in most cases”:
Call center operator
Customer service (usually specialty stores)
Driver (truck, taxi, delivery, bus, race car)
Maid or janitorial
Online company employee
Security or body guard
Sheet metal worker
Substance abuse counsellor
Video game designer