Do you judge people with tattoos?

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It is estimated that 40% of Americans between the ages of 26 to 40 have at least one tattoo. With the constant rise in popularity of tattooing I believe that number will increase to over 50% of the population in the next year or so. Even though it is more common to have tattoos today then not to have any, I find that people are still judgmental of those who do.

When tattooing first became popular in the late 1840’s people generally saw them as a symbol of masculinity. It was common for US Navy Sailors to be adorned with them in remembrance of the time they spent in the military. It was rare to see a woman with tattoos and if one did it was usually at a circus sideshow. People really frowned upon tattooing and described it as  “vulgar” and “barbaric.” Yet in other cultures tattoos are viewed as spiritual and decorative.

Although people in today’s society are more accepting of body art and personal expression, there are those who still hold people with tattoos to a stereotype. I myself have 4 tattoos. Two of them are small and on the inside of my wrists and barely noticeable. The other two cover the top portion of each of my arm and are visible if I wear a short sleeve shirt. I work in a professional environment and dress so that most people I have worked with, for 13 years, have no idea that I have tattoos.

I understand that to each is own and that everyone is entitled to their own personal opinion yet, I believe it is wrong to place judgement on someone for what they choose to do with their own body. Someone I know recently had an experience at an expensive restaurant with a hostess who had a few visible tattoos. Their comment to me is that they felt the atmosphere was inappropriate for an employee to display their tattoos. The person then went on to add that they wouldn’t feel comfortable being waited on by someone with tattoos and piercings. I personally find this discriminatory yet, I find myself taken aback when I do actually see someone showing their tattoos while working. Maybe it is because I am so used to covering mine? But, the real question is, if someone has tattoos does it make them a bad waiter? Will it have an affect on his or her responsiveness when you need a drink refill? Certainly not. I know this has been said time and time again that if you make superficial judgements about other people, you are the one that has the issue, not them.

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