Thursday, June 19, 2008
Sorry, but you will NOT be able to get a job if you look like this.
Because many within the white nationalist community favor tattoos, I thought this CNN story exploring the relationship between tattoos and employability would be of interest. Unfortunately the story doesn't discuss tattoos with political implications, but it offers some useful tips nonetheless.
CNN begins the story by discussing the case of Sara Chanpion. At Sara Champion's previous job as a project engineer for one of the country's top construction firms, visible tattoos for professional staff were against company policy. Sarah Champion's former employer told her that she had to conceal her tattoos while at work.
Ironically, her position entailed inspecting job sites filled with tattooed construction workers. "I was out on site all day, and I wasn't allowed to show any of my tattoos," says the 28-year-old Florida native, whose six large tattoos on her arms and back include a brightly colored sunflower, a marigold and a rendition of a Dia de los Muertos bride and groom on her upper left arm. "Ninety-eight degrees and long sleeves is not so cool when you're in Miami."
After six years with the construction firm, Champion decided to move north and find an employer that wouldn't needle her about her body art. She found her "perfect job" in Danbury, Connecticut, as a project manager at a design and branding agency. Now, Champion reports, "I have no problem showing up to meet a big client in a T-shirt and jeans," tattoos in plain view, she says.
According to a 2006 report in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, 24 percent of Americans ages 18 to 50 have at least one tattoo, and 14 percent have at least one body piercing. Researchers questioned 253 women and 247 men via random telephone survey.
However, the prevalence of body art does not necessarily translate to increased acceptance in the workforce. It depends upon the nature of the job and the employer. Google, cited as an enterpreneurial organization, is more accepting of tattoos than a typical law firm. If you're lucky, a more blackshoe environment will tell you to cover your tattoos, and if you have piercings, you may be asked to remove them. [Ed. Note: And if you wear politically-incorrect tattoos, like a swastika, you may be summarily rejected.]
Amy Derick, a dermatologist from Barrington, Illinois and a co-author of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology study, isn't surprised that a few companies or industries are still opposed to body art. "Eight percent of people with tattoos report trouble at work," from being forced to hide them to being restricted from performing certain tasks, Derick says. For example, a grocery store employee with a tattoo on their hand might be asked to perform tasks less likely to bring them into contact with the public, like stocking shelves instead of working a register.
So what's the solution for body art aficionados who work in one of the more conservative business sectors? In many cases, it's going to be "hide your body art or starve".
One solution is referred to as "three-quarter ink sleeves" that extend from each shoulder to the middle of his forearms but allow him to roll up his shirt sleeves on warm days. This means that, off the job, white nationalists can still display their tattoos.
Another solution is to get a tattoo visible only under a black light. Kasey Broach, a public relations specialist at a Phoenix law firm, uses this approach. To commemorate turning 25 and getting her MBA this year, she got a small omega symbol tattooed at the base of her neck in ultraviolet ink, which can only be seen with a black light.
When job-hunting, how can you tell in advance in the employer will tolerate tattoos? Simple, just look in the parking lot of the facility, or if it is a retail store, go inside and check out the employees. If you see employees displaying tattoos, chances are yours won't be a problem, unless they are the more controversial type like swastikas (a Celtic Cross or Life Rune should pass muster).
You can also ask friends or check the Internet. There's a website called ModifiedMind.com, dedicated to body art and other modifications, which features a database of companies reportedly open to tattoos.
Or, if all else fails, during the interview, ask the employer if they are "tattoo-friendly". Additional feedback from various individuals is available on this Yahoo Answers thread. And here is a four-year-long Stormfront thread featuring a discussion of white nationalists and tattoos.
Rule of Thumb: Controversial tattoos, such as explicit pro-white symbols like the swastika, or explicit pro-white messages like White Pride, White Resistance, Niggers Suck, Gas The Jews, No Jews Just Right, etc. should be able to be covered up under all circumstances when you're on the job. Those who are considering getting tattoos should keep this in mind in determining on what part of the body to place the tattoo.