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tattoos and Piercing: Research paper

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Tattoos Acceptance. By: Angelica Baker People with tattoos and piercings should never be discriminated against. Those people are put into the category as someone who is a criminal or someone with bad values. These people are set aside just for markings that might mean everything to them. Body modifications must be accepted in the work place. To be completely known as an individual people of today are finding many ways to express this. By getting self-altering techniques such as facial piercings, body piercings, inner skin dermals, scarifications, brandings, and tattoos. When a person shows up at his/her job interview with profanity and satanic creatures on their body, the interviewer might have second thoughts. When someone shows up with a spiritual or religious tattoo they should not be thrown in with the ruthless others. Removing a tattoo or piercing can also be very expensive and time consuming. Many company owners feel that tattoos and other personal enhancers would become a distraction or cause a kink in the company chain, but they are wrong. Many businesses have rules and punishments for them, but there should be some wiggle room for specific types of tattoos. Inner skin dermals Facial piercings Scarification Branding Tattoos Removing a tattoo or piercing can also be very expensive and time consuming. In many of these businesses they have rules on the limits and even amount of tattoos can be seen. Some jobs just flat out states that there cannot be any form of tattoo covered or not and noticeable piercings. As people daily try to beat the system they are victimized and subjected as to why they haven’t gotten them removed. As tattoos are priced by amount of ink and time needed to finish the art work, and piercings are decided by a flat rate usually. A tattoo of three two inch birds with a total of four colors at Evolved Art forms in Mount Pleasant Michigan had cost about $200, and a naval piercing cost $35. The prices are established by the artist not the business. However someone who goes in to get a removal of that small $200 tattoo could cost around $100 per treatment but only for black ink. As people have more colorful parts of tattoos those results in more treatments. When it comes to large tattoos one treatment can result in the patient paying close to $500, if the person needed more than on treatment they would be paying over $1200 just to make an employer happy. The removals can be very painful and time consuming. When someone has to remove a piercing the hole might not close for almost up to six months, and when some do they can leave scars. Many company owners feel that tattoos and other personal enhancers would become a distraction or cause a kink in the company chain, but they are wrong. All company’s owners can choose the success or failure of the company. If they feel that tattoos or any other type of body enhancer would hinder the effectiveness of their business then they have the power to remove anyone who violates the rules. The argument for workers who are discriminated against about their art forms is that it is a religious symbol. Unless it is an unsanitary modification then it should be allowed to stay. With many legal rulings within companies about their opinions with the effectiveness of tattoos and other body modifications in the work place the person many be declined. It is said to be a distraction in the work place if it is a formal environment as in a doctor’s office or a law firm. “According to a CNN article by Michelle Goodman (2008), Dave Kimmelburg, a lawyer from Boston who is tattooed says that it is better to stick to tattoos and piercings that can easily be covered up if you are going to work in a professional environment.” www.CNN.com the professional environments he is using as examples is the instances of doctors’ offices and being around important officials. With businesses such as a Dot com business or a hair salon they can be over looked easily. At the Lux Salon in Moore Oklahoma a worker that has been there since it has opened in April of 2012. Amanda Baker a well-educated stylist with a visible arm tattoo and two facial piercings explained the rules as “There really aren’t any rules against any of that. Anything goes as long as it’s nothing offensive.” (Interview) In relaxed work environments customers would not be offended as easily as someone would be in a more serious and professional company. With the different environments to work in people who do have these modifications to themselves may not find their dream job. Nevertheless the rules at Disney World, Sea World and Wal-Mart are all different. At Disney the park workers are not allowed to use any type of bandage to cover up the tattoo but they may use a type of opaque makeup. Just when the rules come to visible piercings they are told to use clear plugs or to just remove the piercing. At Sea World the rules state that its employees may not have “non-conservative, large or offensive tattoos” and along with Disney World the visible piercings must be taken out or plugged. With the tattoos they will be inspected and evaluated on a case-by-case basis. And with Wal-Mart the tattoo rules are specified as “ones that are offensive or distractive are to be covered by clothing or other means.” This states how the companies do not turn away the people who have modified themselves but, give them options on how they can respect the already existing rules. Many businesses have rules and punishments for them, but there should be some wiggle room for specific types of tattoos. If someone were to have a tattoo or piercing that is a religious or cultural marking and were asked to remove it, cover it or weren’t hired because of it, then they can claim alleged discrimination. Just so that a company can avoid a legal issue with these kinds of things they can have a well written company policy. When a company makes up a policy for the business about the dress code, they need to keep certain peoples’ appearances in mind. When someone has facial hair they should state that it should be groomed, and the statements that people should carry a healthy and appropriate appearance. Companies can limit the amount of visible personal changes or they can all together ban them. When a company bans a tattoo or piercing they need to keep in mind the people who have cultural symbols shown on their body. Even then the only problems with a tattoo or piercing that could occur should come from a complaint from a customer or client. The people with spiritual tattoos and piercings should be left to themselves. The last thing a company wants is a lawsuit just because of discriminating against someone’s belief. References

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Cole, Yoji (2008, 01). Your Piercing or Your Job: What Would You Do?. Diversity Inc, Retrieved August 4, 2008, from http://www.diversityinc.com/public/2908.cfm

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