Over last few decades, tattoos have become more acceptable in the workplace. According to one study 23% of Americans have a tattoo and 32% aged 30-45 have at least one. Many companies and professions have embraced tattoo culture for the most part and have allowed employment opportunities for inked workers.
According to a recent study by St Andrew's University School of Management in Scotland, there is still a stigma among some professions to hiring those with visible tattoos. The study conducted interviews with hiring managers in various professions such as teachers, prisons, banks, and major corporations. Several of those surveyed stated that the visible tattoos would be a factor in hiring an applicant, as they may make them look "dirty" or associated with drugs or criminal activity. Some stated that these were not particularly their bias, but what they fear some customers and clients may think, which could hurt businesses. Professions such as prisons, however, stated that the tattoos can be a positive as it gives them something to talk about with the prisoners.
So is there any hope for our current and future tattooed workforce? The article states that many of the respondents that were negative towards tattoos were of the older generation. There is a chance that in the near future tattoos will become more acceptable in the workplace.