When Should You Conceal Your Tattoos?

When Should You Conceal Your Tattoos?

Job interviews and the workplace

In the past, tattoos were a definite no-no for employers. But as the employment landscape opens up to embrace diversity, are they really such a big deal? Some companies feel that tattoos are unsuitable, particularly for customer-facing roles. London’s Metropolitan Police banned staff from getting any new tattoos on faces, necks and hands in 2012.

But in a creative company culture, tattoos are often welcomed as a sign of individuality. In some professions, like modelling or music, they can even be an advantage, giving the wearer a distinctive and memorable look. There’s no law about whether an employer can refuse you work because of your tattoos, so it boils down to the fit between you and your future employers if needed. Could you reach a compromise and cover your tattoos?

Weddings

Your wedding day might be a time to celebrate your body art, or you might want it to take a back seat, for example for a more traditional wedding. For some couples, body art is so integral to the big day that they have wedding bands tattooed onto their fingers instead of rings. But if you see your tattoo as private, part of your past or even something you did and perhaps regret now, covering or concealing it could free you up to choose whatever style of clothing you prefer.

Cover up or wear with pride – the choice is yours

Tattoos are for life, but they can be hidden now and then without resorting to long sleeves or heavy clothing. Even with extreme body art, it’s now possible to cover your tattoos with long-lasting, smudge-resistant makeup so they’re virtually invisible.