Tattoos Accepted in the Workplace Tattoos have been in the news a lot over the last few years mostly in an ongoing debate about being acceptable in the workplace. Tattoos have not always enjoyed widespread acceptance but today’s tattoo enthusiasts come from every walk of life. It was once thought that the earliest known tattoos dated back to ancient Egypt and there is a rich history of the tattoo and its place in ancient Polynesian culture but a more recent discovery of the remains of the” Iceman” placed the date of the first known tattoos back more than 5000 years. The Iceman, discovered in 1991, reportedly had about 57 tattoos.
Historians can only guess at the cultural significance of tattoos that far back in time. Some believe they may have served as some sort of amulet, protecting woman during childbirth or perhaps, in the Iceman’s case, since some of the patterns mimic modern-day acupuncture patterns, they made have had a medicinal purpose. It is also believed in these cultures that the designs may have been a way to indicate status or power.
Here in America, a man by the name of Martin Hildebrandt began tattooing sailors in 1846 New York. In Europe, King Edward VII started something when he got a tattoo before taking the throne. Then as now, there may have been multiple reasons for getting inked. Tattoos were considered a sign of loyalty or of belonging to a certain group. For some they served as a way to honor or commemorate certain people or events.
At that point in American history, tattoos were probably not intended to beautify the body or as a means of self-expression. In fact, in early 1940s America when tattooing became more prevalent, those with tattoos were often frowned upon as being a bit unsavory in character. Tattoos were often thought of in association with prisoners, loose women or, as in the case of the famous tattooed lady, in the context […]