« on: July 16, 2008, 10:35:11 AM »
If only this were true....
"Though how in hell one passes judgment on a man without considering the content of his brain is more than Iíll ever understand"
I have visible tattoos on my forarms, nothing big or offensive, but i made the choice to get them, and i will make the choice to wear long sleeve shirts every day of my professional career. Does it suck that i will be judge based on tattoos? Of course it does. But nobody should fool themselves into thinking it is going to change anytime soon. Evertime i walk into a professors office and shake a hand, their eyes are immediately drawn to my tattoos. And not just professors, everyone is instantly drawn to the sight of a tattoo. I'm comfortable with the fact that I have them, and don't care if they judge me based on that. However, I realize that these people are not the ones giving me a job and that hiring managers will judge me based on the fact. Why? Because they realize that most clients will judge you based on the appearance of tattoos. I don't care if your tattoo is a really pretty vine around your wrist, people do and will continue to judge. I'm not sticking up for either side in this argument, and if you want to judge me based on my tattoos then you are somebody i would not associate with anyways. Even though society is becoming more accepting of tattoos does not mean the professional world will follow suit. This is especially true of the legal profession because of the continious contact with clients, judges, and other lawyers. Its not like we stand on wall street and trade all day. Every day we deal with people who will judge you based on many factors, appearance included. Am I perpetuating the wrong attitude with this opinion? Maybe. If it were up to me would I hire someone with visible tattoos? Depends. Getting tattoos is a personal choice and if you are willing to have visible tattoos, you had better be comfortable people judging you because it will happen. Its a choice...its like people who choose to go to law school, but continously beotch about it. Now those people I can't stand.