The acceptance is already much bigger, but some people are still afraid of getting a tattoo when they stop to think about the job market. It seems like an old speech, but it is still a very present problem and the doubts wander about the place of the body that can expose too much the tattoo, about the profile of the company you want to work for, and, in the end, the only plausible answer for all of them is: it depends.
Some companies are hesitant to hire a tattooed person because of the automatic association of tattooing with vandalism. This is because the history of this practice has obscure passages, having been forbidden by the Catholic Church in the Middle Ages for being considered heresy and resulting in terrible persecutions and, later, used to mark criminals by the English. Despite being so long-standing, these values end up coming up against many discriminatory cases, where tattoos give a bad image.
With the change in thinking and the new perception of the needs of companies, this discrimination tends to be more and more prevalent. But there is no way to ignore that more conservative corporations demand an image standard from their employees, where the appearance can be determinant to close a deal, for example. Positions in companies like these are more delicate, especially when they have direct contact with customers? and when tattoos are very apparent.
Knowing this is fundamental. But this change in thinking seems to break paradigms and convert the image of the tattooed within the market to another level. A recent survey shows that people who decide to tattoo their bodies know how to choose what they want for themselves and, therefore, would be more determined and flexible to solve problems at work.
Another point to consider is the area of performance. Selection processes in Communication (Design, Programming, Marketing, Advertising, etc.) and functions related to the internet, for example, are usually receptive to any type of visual, focusing solely on the interviewee's skills. In some cases, depending on the agency or studio, tattoos can even be elements of identification, for being open spaces to questioning, that accept the alternative; all of this not because of the simple appearance, but because the alternative style can give the idea that the person has a wide thinking and can have good ideas to add. It is a sign that tattoos are no longer being seen with crooked eyes by the market, and are closer to being seen as self-affirmation, translating strong personality traits that can be used differently by these companies.
Check out below a rather controversial infographic about the places where it is "wrong" to get a tattoo, when we are talking about a professional career: