Workplace tattoo taboos fading

Workplace tattoo taboos fading

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Workplace tattoo taboos fading

Shan Reil of Milton, an accounts receivable process specialist at Fletcher Allen Health Care, says his tattoos are no problem at work.(Photo: LYNN MONTY/FREE PRESS)

BURLINGTON, Vt. — Hints of a tattoo peeked from beneath the sleeve of a plaid button-down shirt – casual work attire for Richard Bailey, 45. He’s been employed with the City of Burlington for 15 years, recently having taken on the job of facilities and events coordinator.

Bailey has worked in diverse capacities, including with kids in an after-school program at a teen center. The bicep tattoos that extend on both sides to his chest have never been cause for concern in his profession, he said. Stephanie Shohet, 42, of Burlington is office manager at North End Studios in Burlington.(Photo: LYNN MONTY/Free Press)

As tattoos grow in popularity they are gaining acceptance in the workplace. But there are still some employers with rules against visible tattoos, and professions that frown on the trend even though there are no explicit bans. The result: Some workers show off their tats and others never get them or have them removed to avoid anything that could ding a job search or career.

Bailey has lived with his ink for two decades, as have many like him. Whatever the reason a person decides to get a tattoo, the art will remain embedded in the skin through life — and job — changes.

Will an image beloved at the age of 20 stand the test of time?

A youthful fashion

About 73 percent of people get their first tattoo between 18 and 22 years of age, and an estimated 40 percent of Millennials have a tattoo, according to a Pew Research Center report.

The Millennial Generation, also known as Generation Y, follows Bailey’s Generation X.Gen X-ers were born from the early 1960s to the early 1980s. Millennials were born from the early 1980s to the early 2000s.Burlington is an open-minded place and culturally progressive, Bailey said. In the past two decades […]