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Would You Ever Get a Tattoo on Your Hand?

Would You Get a Tattoo on Your Hand?

Rihanna's had a pretty prominent tattoo on her hand for a while, and while she always seems pretty enthusiastic about her ink, seeing her made me think about whether tattooing your hands and other highly visible places can be risky business.

"I won't tattoo someone's hands or neck at all unless they're already sleeved, and unless they're a bit older," says San Francisco-based tattoo artist Mary Joy Scott. "I won't sleep well at night if I tattoo somebody's hands and they can't cover it up for a job interview. We call it 'the everlasting job stopper,'" she adds.

Clearly, Rihanna doesn't have to worry about finding work, but for the rest of us, the job market is pretty tight right now. Would you ever get on your hands or anywhere else you couldn't cover it up?

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Annie-Tomlin Annie-Tomlin 6 years
McFearless, here's the whole story. My mom's a hoot. Mavs, I agree. Employers are generally less rigid about ink than they used to be.
jamie-ferrari jamie-ferrari 6 years
Not only does the skin on our hands lose elasticity and become stretched out in ways there is no fixable solution, but color also "bleeds" together and becomes a blob. Look at some of the tattoos on the arms and hands of WW11 vets and and reconsider,
Mavs2980 Mavs2980 6 years
I have a tattoo on inside of each wrist. They are not small, but they are also not vulgar. My older brother passed away 3 years ago, and I have his date of birth on the inside of my right wrist, and his date of death on the inside of my left wrist. I work in the corporate world and have had no issues. In fact I have been offered a few jobs with some of my clients, and the tattoos do not bother them. It seems these days, a lot more employers are accepting of tattoos, but as one poster said, it all depends on the artwork.
Burkina Burkina 6 years
Annie "because Johnny Depp has one." is a very valid arguement haha but its a good thing she never got it!
nadienne nadienne 6 years
I've got one on the outside of my left wrist, but that's as visible as I'll go. Even for an interview, it's in a spot I could easily cover with make-up--your hands themselves move around too much to pull that off.
Tabloid Tabloid 6 years
Never. I would only get something meaningful and easy to cover. But I don't think I would ever get one even though I had considered getting one behind my neck back for the career that I'm going to... tattoo doesn't make me look professional and credible.
Annie-Tomlin Annie-Tomlin 6 years
Years ago, I had to convince my mom against this idea. She wanted a tattoo near the base of her thumb. I explained that it would look like a prison tattoo, and she didn't believe me. A tattoo artist convinced her to take another approach, fortunately. To this day she tells me that it would be cool to have a hand tattoo "because Johnny Depp has one."
secondstar secondstar 6 years
I have a number of tattoos but I'm they can all be covered. When I was younger I was working in a creative filed, but I've since changed my mind and am pursuing a career in a more conservative field. You never know where life is going to take you, so a choice like that is tricky.
Knight-Who-Says-Ni Knight-Who-Says-Ni 6 years
No. There are too many situations in life where someone can discriminate against you based on your ink. Hand tattoos also need to be touched up regularly, so it's not practical from that standpoint, either.
weffie weffie 6 years
If it's something pretty most people probably wouldn't even notice... As far as employability goes, there's a big difference between a girly floral or mehndi-inspired design and having, like, F-U-C-K O-F-F-! across your knuckles :P
Gdeeaz Gdeeaz 6 years
No, I wouldn't.
Marian55 Marian55 6 years
Yes, I think I would. I've seen some pretty vines with flowers that almost look like jewelry on hands. That said, I'm retired.
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