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COMPANY CULTURE / NOV. 14, 2013
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'Rent-A-Gob' Katie Hopkins on Tattoos in the Workplace

After watching Katie Hopkins’ debate with Peaches Geldof, if you can really call it that with such idiocy present, I came across a slightly lesser known video of “the woman with all the answers” from April of this year. This time The Sun’s ‘rent-a-gob’ as Peaches so aptly labelled her faces X Factor’s Katie Waissel on the topic of tattoos. The main question of the debate was ‘Are celebrities with tattoos bad role-models?’ There’s the usual back-and-forth, not being able to get a word in edgeways palaver. However, Hopkins does touch upon an interesting subject, stating that ‘if you have a tattoo you will never be a high achiever’.

The context of this claim, as she goes on to explain, is that an employer would not hire someone with tattoos because of what customers may think about them. She also thinks that as a society we look down on people with tattoos, as opposed to Waissel’s opinion that tattoos are a form of art and personal expression.

I must admit that I’m slightly biased on this matter, as I have rather visible tattoos and have also had piercings in the past. Thus far, I haven’t encountered any problems in the workplace regarding my tattoos i.e. I haven’t been told to cover them up. I have also worked in a well-known chain store where one of the mangers had tattoos on his knuckles, which you would imagine would be one of the most offensive places to have a tattoo in some people’s opinion (not mine). But clearly it didn’t affect his climbing the ladder in the workplace or his rapport with customers as far as I was aware.  

Waissel claims that she has many high-flying friends in banking and the media with great tats and it hasn’t made a difference to their careers. Although, she does say that when you interview somebody for a job they are unlikely to show off all of their tattoos from the get go. For the last interview that I attended, I actually went the extra mile in wearing a turtle-neck to cover up all of my body art, cautious of what the potential employer might think.

This proves that there obviously is still a taboo where tattoos are concerned. Some employers might be very 21st century about the whole thing and may even have a few cheeky tats themselves. Others may not be prepared to put you in a client-facing role with your body-mod on show.

In my opinion, what you decide to do with your body is your own choice and cannot affect your ability to do a job well.

Would you hire someone with tattoos? Have you ever been turned down for a job because of your tats? Comment below!

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