The ongoing tattoo prejudice

Many ink-wearers continue to experience tattoo prejudice in larger society. It’s old news, by this point, that employers and many other members of society can be judgmental of those who openly wear their ink. However, Huffington Post reporter Madison Hamilton takes a step further in her article this week as she looks to find the lines between tattoos and more acceptable forms of body modification such as face lifts and boob jobs.

According to Hamilton:


People dye their hair because they want a different look. Some get fluids injected by needles into their foreheads to rid their skin of wrinkles. Others have their lips, noses and entire faces reconstructed. So, why is it that other forms of self-alteration are accepted — and maybe even encouraged — while tattoos are still widely viewed as trashy or gang-related?

The answer to tattoo prejudice, she says, lies in the historical context of tattoos as a sign of gangs or the soldiers during World War II when the tattoos became a symbol of rougher living.

To read more about Hamilton’s analysis of why tattoos are still viewed to be unprofessional click here.