Vice asks “Should Heavily Tattooed People be Given Good Jobs?”

We really can’t say how much we love and how excited we are that they just released a new App. We downloaded it this morning and went through the articles and noticed this great topic of discussion – Should heavily tattooed people be given good jobs?

Check out the article below where Vice Staff asks a few people their opinions on the subject and see if you agree with their answers – the go over to App store and download the new Vice App.

This article is reposted in it’s entirety from

Like smoking or drunkenly starting fights outside ofbars, tattoos have that inexplicable ability to make anyone who has them look incredibly cool to strangers. That’s about as far as it goes on the positive end of things, though. For whatever reason, employers don’t tend to take kindly to people with ink on their skin. I suppose decorating your body makes you a twisted, untrustworthy person.        

Vladimir Franz is a bit of an exception, in that he’s running to be Czech’s president, has a full-face tattoo, and is almost completely covered head to toe in ink. Despite the tats, he’s currently third in the polls. That got us wondering if tattoos are NBD in the workplace any more, or if you’d still have a meltdown over a doctor with a teardrop face tattoo operating on you head.

Brogan, fashion student: Yeah, definitely. Why not?

So you’d be happy to be seen by a doctor who was heavily tattooed all over their face and hands?
Well, it’s their choice on how they want to look. A good tattoo artist can have no tattoos and be amazing at tattooing, just like a doctor can be covered in tattoos and be a great doctor. Tattoos don’t change how your head works.

Do you have any tattoos?
Yeah, but it’s small and not really that visible. Can I be a doctor?

No, you go to fashion school.

Michael, courier: Absolutely not, on grounds of taste alone. They’re like cheap human graffiti, tattoos. Disgusting.

What about if they covered them up?
No. Still no. I just think tattoos are awful—it’s the mediocrity of them. The idea you’re going to be something different, when really, you’re not.

You’ve just crushed the dreams of countless 17-year-old Tumblr guys.

Lee, works in media: Yeah, sure. I don’t see why not. YOLO and all that, you know?

Yep. So you wouldn’t be bothered if you were getting a prostate exam and the doctor was covered in tattoos?
Nah. But then again, I haven’t been to many doctors surgeries where tattoos are that popular, so what do I know? Maybe I’d freak out if it actually happened.

Amesta, full-time mom: If that’s the life you want to live, then yeah—everyone is entitled to his or her own opinion. Yes, they should be allowed to in the name of Jesus, our lord and saviour. Do you go to church?

Wow, I wasn’t expecting that. No I don’t, sorry. Do your children have tattoos?
No, they are God’s pure children.

OK, thank you.
God bless.

Jason, model maker: Yes, of course.

So, you wouldn’t have a problem being sentenced to jail by a judge with a teardrop on his face?
No, not at all. I mean, I’d find it a bit unusual because I haven’t done anything wrong, but the tattoo thing wouldn’t be an issue.

Have you seen the Czech guy covered in tattoos who’s running for president? Would that put you off voting for him?
No, I think it would just make me more interested in him. I’d look closer at his policies and so on before I made any judgements.


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2 Responses to Vice asks “Should Heavily Tattooed People be Given Good Jobs?”

  1. Matt says:

    “tattoos have that inexplicable ability to make anyone who has them look incredibly cool to strangers. That’s about as far as it goes on the positive end of things”

    There is something about this article that has been eating away me since I first saw this post earlier today. The feeling grew when I took a second (ok, maybe third) look at the last time a Vice article made its way onto this blog. In that instance it was the ‘Interesting Face Tattoo Experiment’ that the magazine conducted. First, the thing that was eating away inside me was that the question being posed, should tattooed people be allowed to have good jobs, was both horribly offensive and it was being asked of entirely the wrong people.
    Of no other section of society, be it defined by gender, ethnicity, religion or any other thing, would it be asked, should they be allowed to have good jobs. Not any more. That is the progress, and I use the word with great caution, that we have made as a society in the western, developed, world. That is not to say that women, men of non-christian religious backgrounds, non-whites and so on are not discriminated against in employment, it’s just that we’ve stopped asking the question because the debate has moved on. We’re post racial, post gender…
    But here we are, with this awful question, and it’s being asked to people on the street. A fashion student, a model maker etc. This question needs to be asked of the heads of recruitment for big companies. It needs to be asked of public sector employers. ‘Would you hire someone who is tattooed? If not, why not?’ Or even better, ‘Would you refuse to hire someone who is tattooed even if they are the best candidate for the job, just because they are tattooed?’
    This article, and others like it, are lazy pseudo-journalism. By framing the debate, and there needs to be a debate on these issues, in this way, the story gets lost and we in the tattooed community give the right to define the language of our debate over to those who would deny us the equal right to apply for, and be fairly considered for, any job we feel qualified to do. End of story.

  2. thehopeblog says:

    “This question needs to be asked of the heads of recruitment for big companies. It needs to be asked of public sector employers”

    We 10000% agree with you there Matt!

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