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Should Anti-Tattoo Discrimination Be Illegal?

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BBC website: Should anti-tattoo discrimination be illegal?

Does having one or more tattoos say something about a person? What about whether someone has one or two but they're out of sight? What about if they have a large tattoo in a visible place? What if they've covered their face in tattoos? Is it reasonable to consider that someone who covers their whole body and changes their name to 'King of Ink Land King Body Art The Extreme Ink-Ite' (or 'Body Art' for short) has issues that might have some negative effect on their suitability for work? I think perhaps Mr. Body Art (see article) would say not.

The piece also says that one in five Britons has a tattoo, and I was wondering how that compares with people around here, so I did a little poll (assuming I got it to work!) to see how HPC compares with 'normal'. ;)

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I was thinking the other day how common tattoos seem to be these days. Wonder if we'll get to a point where not having one will make you part if the minority.

Personally I can't stand them. Trashy tacky looking things for the most part.

I've never seen a woman or man for whom a tattoo has improved their appearance IMHO

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I was thinking the other day how common tattoos seem to be these days. Wonder if we'll get to a point where not having one will make you part if the minority.

Personally I can't stand them. Trashy tacky looking things for the most part.

I've never seen a woman or man for whom a tattoo has improved their appearance IMHO

+1. And as the skin ages, the tattoo slips southward a. Perhaps someone should invent a tattoo that morphs from one image to another as the owner ages. :lol:

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I would recommend that anyone with children here gets them to become a plastic surgeon specialising in tattoo removal. The fashion will vanish, but the tattoos won't without expensive treatment

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There are some beautiful tattoos out there, but personally I don't see the appeal. Or of piercings and other body modifications. I don't even wear any jewellery, or a watch. I feel like I grew out of wanting to make an obviously visible statement about my beliefs, interests and other aspects of my identity sometime in my 20s. But each to their own.

While I'd prefer no discrimination, some visible tattoos are probably inappropriate for some workplaces.

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There are some beautiful tattoos out there, but personally I don't see the appeal. Or of piercings and other body modifications. I don't even wear any jewellery, or a watch. I feel like I grew out of wanting to make an obviously visible statement about my beliefs, interests and other aspects of my identity sometime in my 20s. But each to their own.

While I'd prefer no discrimination, some visible tattoos are probably inappropriate for some workplaces.

Pull up a fence and sit yourself down. :D

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I have 3 tattoo's 1 on each upper arm and 1 on my right forearm.

I got them all when I was a teenager and have regretted them scince.

I'm currently having them removed by laser at a local tattooists (yes they have a lucrative sideline in removing them as well!)

The laser sessions are done 6-8 weeks apart and it does really work well, i get charged around £50 per tattoo for each session but i managed to strike a deal where I get all 3 zapped for £100.

It's going to take around 8-10 sessions with the laser to remove them completely so I'm looking at circa £1k to remove them when each one only cost around £25 to have put in in the first place back in 1992.

It also hurts like hell but is not quite as painfull as having them put on in the first place. It burns and swells and requires heavy icing down afterwards

and is incredibly itchy for a few weeks.

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I have 3 tattoo's 1 on each upper arm and 1 on my right forearm.

I got them all when I was a teenager and have regretted them scince.

I'm currently having them removed by laser at a local tattooists (yes they have a lucrative sideline in removing them as well!)

The laser sessions are done 6-8 weeks apart and it does really work well, i get charged around £50 per tattoo for each session but i managed to strike a deal where I get all 3 zapped for £100.

It's going to take around 8-10 sessions with the laser to remove them completely so I'm looking at circa £1k to remove them when each one only cost around £25 to have put in in the first place back in 1992.

It also hurts like hell but is not quite as painfull as having them put on in the first place. It burns and swells and requires heavy icing down afterwards

and is incredibly itchy for a few weeks.

If (and perhaps more probably: when) tattoos become passé, more money may be made (even in real terms if removal requires several sessions) getting rid of them than was ever made putting them on in the first place.

Perhaps in a less obvious way, this is true of fashions generally. How 'costly' is it (not necessarily in just the obvious personal economic sense) to throw away those out-of-date trainers after eighteen months, despite the fact that they could last many years?

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I'm afraid I laughed out loud at that.

Indeed.

A girl I know (also a waitress) has a large tattoo on her side/hip. Recently she needed an operation and they cut clean through it. I haven't seen it since but I'm betting it's not looking good.

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I have a couple of small tats on my arms from my army days.

As an employer tats on arms or smaller ones on lower legs would not bother me. If they were on the neck and face I probably would not employ the person.

Personally I think it should be made illegal for tats to be made above mid neck level. All it does is reduce that persons chances in life in the employment game....

Most of which come to regret in later life.

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Personally I think it should be made illegal for tats to be made above mid neck level. All it does is reduce that persons chances in life in the employment game....

Mate of mine calls them "Everlasting JobStoppers" :D

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Can't modern technology come to the rescue? You'd think they'd be able to come up with some kind of ink that's permanent in everyday use, but that could be easily removed by exposure to the right frequency of light or something. Maybe that's missing the whole point of tattoos though.

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Discrimination is just another word for choice. Call it what it is, anti-choice legislation. Nothing that doesn't abuse property rights should be illegal. Not on the grounds of race, not on the grounds of tattoos or anything else

Now, its your right to picket and boycott that racist or anti-tattoo type, but not government's to use its monopoly on violence to enforce its anti-choice agenda.

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Can't modern technology come to the rescue? You'd think they'd be able to come up with some kind of ink that's permanent in everyday use, but that could be easily removed by exposure to the right frequency of light or something. Maybe that's missing the whole point of tattoos though.

Technically that's how normal laser tattoo removal works. :P

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Technically that's how normal laser tattoo removal works. :P

Well yeah, but from an earlier post it sounds like pretty hard work. I'm sure it could be made a bit easier.

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Laser remival hurts and with 6-8 weeks between sessions (to allow for healing and minimise scarring) takes approx 18 months to 2 years to totally remove.

I've thought about setting up as a laser tattoo removal business just need to buy a YAG laser and set up a small high street studio at £50 a session I think it could be a real money spinner!

Incidentally the tattoo shop where I go for laser removal always say they got the laser with the intention to breakdown old tattoos in order to give customers more cover up options I.e have a much larger tattoo put over the top of an unwanted one after it's been faded out by laser.

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I don't think they look nice.....others may think they look nice.....that is not to say people with tattoos are good, bad or indifferent. ;)

People change, tattoos change.....anything permanent is difficult to change.....therefore I will vote for a temporary tattoo...now you see it, now you don't.

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