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May 6, 2010

YOU JUST NEVER KNOW

Have you ever found out something about a friend, family member or coworker that has completely surprised you?
I was at at a get together last night for my supervisor who has left the company. We all met up at a local pub for some drinks and a bit of dinner.
This man is quite a bit younger than me. He was a good supervisor and I learned a lot from him. He was always in a dress shirt at work and very professional. This was my first time seeing him outside of work. He was in a t-shirt. He looked very relaxed and casual. He had tatoos up and down both arms......what......back up the bus. He is inked from wrists to shoulders. I was very surprised.
I was very surprised. Oh sure everybody gets tattoos nowadays. I wouldn't have been surprised to see one or two but full sleeves of tatties? Lets just say I was very surprised.
My father had tattoos up and down his arms too. I never thought anything of it. I don't care if someone is tattooed. Whatever. But you know what? I really think that if this young man wore short sleeved shirts to work he would be perceived very differently. He would be judged by his tatties and not his work ethic and his abilities. I think that is sad.
Granted one makes that choice when they get tattoos but I think that is too bad. They are judged by something that has nothing to do with their capabilities or ethics.
So I wonder how many of your long sleeved acquaintances or coworkers may be hiding a little ink from the world.
Are you? Me? Maybe one of your kids? You just never know.

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13 comments:

Judy said...

My son has a bleeding skull on the back of his shoulder...he doesn't have to look at it, but he says it's a reminder of where he has been in his life...

vignette design said...

My daughter Ashley has three large tattoos on her arm. One is a bouquet garni, another is "wanderlust" in a lovely script, and then she has a circle of flowers on the inside of her forearm. Not to mention the fleur de lis on her back and another behind her ear. I hated it at first because I thought she was ruining her lovely skin. She was only 16 when she got her first one--snuck up the the Haight, lied about her age. Oh well. She is a chef now, so it goes with the territory. That girl has given me lots of sleepless nights! haha

Ali said...

I have mixed feelings about body art, as it's sometimes called. I don't think it looks good on women. But I know lots of women who have them. It's definitely something that can hold you back in the job market, so ink with care folks!

Joanne said...

Yep - its definitely interesting what is "under" the sleeves. My son is tatted but he makes sure its short sleeve appropriate (sort of) he has to wear long sleeves around his grandmother - she knows he has some tats but he doesn't want to show her the big one on his arm - his choice. Like Vignette I didn't like that he was "ruining his beautiful body" - spent so much of his life protecting him and now - sighs.

A few years ago when he was doing the Security Alarm Installer course the instructor told the students just prior to going out for their practicum to cover up tats and take out any visible piercings. One of the students questioned why and he said that piercings and tats are associated with "bad" people and that stigma still exists - so no Security Alarm Installer should present himself any other way but "clean". Ironically the instructor had both ears pierced - he admitted to the hypocrasy but as he said "I have a job - you are applying for one"

MiMi said...

And so now you have a ginormous crush on him right? Cuz he's a wild child. :)
I learned something about a family member once that blew my ass right out of the water.

Gail said...

...and you never know what may be pierced and adorned.

My Grama's Soul said...

You know, I don't have any tattoos......but I will tell you friend....I'm thinking about getting a tiny little on my right shoulder. I keep telling sweet hubby this, and he just rolls his eyes. LOL LOL

Jo

Mrs. D said...

I've got one on my back, but no one sees it unless I am in a bikin... which I never am so it's mostly my secret :-)

The Lucy and Dick Show said...

Good for you that it obviously hasn't changed your opinion of him. Some folks would have!

@eloh said...

4 kids..2boys/2girls.... one of each is "clean" as per my wishes. The other two are walking etch-a-sketches. My father was the oposite...NO to tats... having spent some time in the German POW camps and the "Bitch of Buchenwald".

@eloh said...

There are, of course, two "p"'s in opposite.

Kathleen said...

Nope, don't have them...not even pierced ears!
Son , dh, nope.My father, nope.

I know they tell the salesgirls/guys here if you have them keep them covered. I know professionals are told the same.
Lots of gang related tatts..guess that may be one reason.
My uncle had them and he would be in his 90's..but he was a sailor..common for them.

Teacher's Pet said...

Nope...I don't have a tatoo....and sometimes, I wonder if women who get them when they are younger 'think' about what they will look like and 'where' they (tatoos) will be when time has 'moved' them...but....to each his/her own! :)))
Smiles,
Jackie

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