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Why Tattooed Marketers Make Great Hires

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Introduction

Tattoos have been around for centuries, serving as a form of self-expression, cultural representation, and even as a form of identification. Over the years I’ve seen tattoos gain more mainstream acceptance; unfortunately they still carry a stigma in some industries (yes I’m looking at you corporate America 👀). But beneath the ink is a person with a myriad of benefits ready to contribute their skills to your organization.

All you have to do is…give them a chance. 🙏

So before you overlook that person who showed up to their interview with full sleeves, hand tattoos, or even just a couple of visible tattoos here and there, remember…those tattoos mean something. Not just for them, but for your business as well.

So while tattoos may not be your cup of tea or favorite form of self-expression, they do say something about that person’s character. And not in a negative way. Of course there are exceptions to this, but for the sake of discussion let’s stick with your normal, qualified, eager to contribute person who just so happens to have an ink addiction.

Anyway, enough of the soapbox intro. Let’s talk benefits.

BENEFITS

1.) Tattoos 👏 Show 👏 Commitment 👏.

Surprise..they’re permanent!

Tattoos are often seen as a symbol of dedication and commitment, and they most likely mean something important to the person who has them. Getting a tattoo requires time, thought (that one Spring Break you barely remember doesn’t count), and planning. In my personal experience, every tattoo I have has a deeper meaning and is a roadmap of memories, knowledge, and inspiration.

I didn’t just choose something random because I wanted tattoos…I wanted personal reminders of accountability and knowledge of self. And this level of commitment and dedication can easily translate over to the workplace.

Hire that tattooed person, because I’ll bet they’re willing to commit to something and see it through, whether it’s a project, a goal, or even a job.

2.) Creativity and individuality

Tattoos are a form of self-expression, and people who have them tend to be creative and individualistic. In a work setting, this can easily translate to fresh ideas, innovative solutions, and a willingness to think outside the box. Tattooed employees are often not afraid to take risks, which can lead to new opportunities and growth for the company in ways you never imagined.

3.) Diversity and inclusivity

By embracing tattooed employees and giving them a chance, companies are sending a message of diversity and inclusivity. Tattoos are a form of cultural expression and representation, and hiring tattooed people shows that your company values diversity and welcomes people from all walks of life. This can lead to a more inclusive and supportive workplace culture, which benefits everyone.

4.) Breaking the stigma

Unfortunately, tattoos still carry a negative stigma in some circles. By hiring tattooed people, companies can help break down those stereotypes and show that tattoos do not define a person’s character or work ethic. It can also lead to a more accepting and supportive culture, where people are judged on their skills and accomplishments rather than their appearance.

I’m blessed to work for an organization that lets me be me, and sees that my appearance does not define what I am capable of. Unfortunately, I see many people on LinkedIn and meet people in passing who have not yet discovered the same level of acceptance.

Maybe the fact that I work in a creative marketing role plays a part, but in the end, why should that matter? Are tattoos really so bad that they disqualify people instantly, writing off their years of experience, dedication, and know how? I literally saw a comment from someone saying if their ER surgeon was tattooed they wouldn’t let them operate, even in a life-saving situation. 🙄🥴

“People with tattoos just look weird and are embarrassing to an organization’s brand”.

But if we really want to talk about embarrassing, I should share screenshots of how some of you conduct yourselves when sending cold DM’s to my inbox.

Or the fact that “You don’t hire people with tattoos” but you do hire the person on LinkedIn who’s busy arguing about politics, religion, race, and even objectifying women and treating them like sexual objects.

*Side note fellas…this is not the platform to “shoot your shot”, “slide into her dms”, or call her names when she doesn’t give you the response your frail ego tells you that you deserve. But I digress…

Even with the odds stacked against us, I’ve seen people like Lea 🌈 Turner (and so many others) prove time and time again that it’s ok to be a tattooed professional, and a successful one at that. Seeing the progress they’ve made gives me hope for the future.

  • Yes I’m heavily tattooed ✅
  • Yes I’m going to get more ✅
  • Yes I’ll help the elderly cross the street and carry their groceries ✅
  • Yes I’ll hold the door for you, regardless of what incorrect conclusions you draw from my appearance ✅
  • Yes I have manners and respect ✅
  • Yes I have a sound mind and I’m not crazy ✅
  • And yes, I’m creative AF and good at my job! ✅
  • Oh, and NO, I’m not in a gang. ✅

I say all this to say, it’s ok to hire us. The tattooed community deserves the same level of respect and support that you’d give anyone else in the workforce.

And LinkedIn is an amazing platform and community, but we could make it even better.

Say it with me…”Tattoos, not taboo.”

Remember that the next time an applicant walks into your job for their interview and they have tattoos, or dyed hair, or a facial piercing. Professionalism isn’t a look, it’s how you conduct yourself and handle ya biz ✌️.

Conclusion

I say all this to say, it’s ok to hire us. The tattooed community deserves the same level of respect and support that you’d give anyone else in the workforce.

And LinkedIn is an amazing platform and community, but we could make it even better.

Say it with me…”Tattoos, not taboo.”

Remember that the next time an applicant walks into your job for their interview and they have tattoos, or dyed hair, or a facial piercing. Professionalism isn’t a look, it’s how you conduct yourself and handle ya biz ✌️.

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