Attitudes toward Tattoos in the Work Place

Misty Mendez


This article examines the perceptions of tattoos in the workplace.  Our hypothesis predicted there would be a difference between men and women in how tattoos are perceived in the workplace.  A questionnaire was completed by undergraduate students to evaluate how they perceive tattoos.  There was no significant difference in perceptions of men compared to women as they relate to tattoos in the workplace.  However, there was a significant difference in the perceptions of the participants, regardless of gender, for individuals whose tattoos were visible compared to their perceptions of the same people picture without visible tattoos.   Overall, while tattoos continue to become more and more popular; there continues to be a negative stigma associated with tattoos.  How tattoos are perceived in the workplace may be important for applicants to consider as they begin to explore employment opportunities.

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