Tattoos in the workplace- a new norm?

by Michael Haberman on February 15, 2016 · 4 comments

Tattoos are becoming much more common place in the work environment. Heck even more “HR ladies” are sporting tattoos. I thought I would present this infographic with some facts about workplace tattoos, courtesy of



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Eric Brinson February 15, 2016 at 8:19 am

Interesting read, Mike. Thanks for sharing.

I find it intriguing that the majority of the ‘tattoo-friendly’ companies are in the retail sector. Most of the retailers noted (although I thought Borders has been defunct for a while) would have a high portion of their staff in positions in which they interact with the public.

With these positions largely held by younger, entry-level people, it will be interesting to see if there are more professional/B2B companies listed on the ‘friendly’ roster in the years ahead.


Michael Haberman February 19, 2016 at 10:53 am

I am sure there will be Eric. The more interesting thing will be what happens when tattoos fall out of fashion again. It is not like people are going to be able to take them off.


Josh Manders April 16, 2016 at 3:09 pm

Very informative read!

To preface this, I am fairly heavily tattooed, and I am pursuing a career in HR. That being said, I thought it was interesting that you included the portion about no states having laws protecting from discrimination against hiring individuals with tattoos. Although the information is relevant, I personally do not feel that there should ever be laws protecting it. Getting tattoos (or a tattoo) is a decision, and unfortunately there are sometimes negative consequences that are a result of decisions made.

I certainly hope that society continues to progress and tattoos, in general, become more acceptable, however there are still a lot of offensive tattoos with inappropriate content that companies should be allowed to restrict. I think we should leave the legal protections for items that cannot be controlled, such as ethnicity, age, etc.

That is just my two cents though! Again, great article. Thanks.


Michael Haberman April 18, 2016 at 10:47 am

Thanks for your comment.


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