In case you missed the 30 seconds of sexiness, here it is for you:
This morning while perusing my Facebook feed though, I saw several girlfriends of mine posting about this commercial with criticism – “the tattoos were so distracting,” “all those tattoos ruined it for me,” “that is just WAY too much.”
Now, it may be because I personally have a
couple several bunch of tattoos, but I have to say I was shocked at so many people saying they did not like tattoos. A 2006 a study done by the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology found that 24% of Americans between 18 and 50 are tattooed; that’s almost one in four. With U.S. News & World Report stating that tattooing “has become one of America’s fastest growing categories of retail business” with over 20,000 tattoo studios in operation with an estimated one shop per day open rate – I would be willing to bet that percentage is even higher now five years later.
But are tattoos still taboo?
In short – sadly it seems so.
Many employers report an unwillingness to hire new employees with visible tattoos. Others have put in strict guidelines around not only tattoos but piercings and facial hair as well. With millions of Americans now sporting tattoos, The Modified Mind Employment Line has even set up a website for prospective job seekers to find companies who will allow their body art.
Some dating sites are even using the opinions on tattoos to skew their “matches” – and now even dating sites specifically FOR tattooed singles are popping up everywhere. TattooDating.com has thousands of singles looking to meet other singles with tattoos or who do not have an aversion to the ink.
I got my first tattoo when I was 18 years old and still love it to this day. Since then I have added several more – all representing times and events in my life which are very important to me. From the birth of my daughters to the passing of my grandfather to a belief about life – my tattoos all hold very powerful meanings to me.
Does having tattoos make me less of a Professional? The thousands of women I work with around the Globe do not seem to think so. Nor does the tax return I am submitting this week reflect such. Yet many employers – as referenced above – do not allow inked employees.
Does having tattoos make me less of a person? My friends and family certainly do not think so. Mike admits that had he known about my tattoos before we met, he might have passed judgement (all of mine can be covered with clothing) but realizes now that they are a part of me and make me who I am.
I hope some day – sooner than later – tattoos become less taboo, and people begin to see them more as an art or expression than an act of rebellion. I think we are on the right track. Until then, ladies against tattoos, you can leave ALL of the men like David Beckham – and my all time love Adam Levine – to ME. I will happily take over being “distracted.”
What are your thoughts? Are tattoos still taboo? Do you think they will ever NOT be?