What Denver Biz Journal Readers Think About Your Tattoos

December 2009

In a recent study, the Pew Research Center finds that about half of adults between the ages of 18 and 25 have a tattoo or a piercing somewhere other than on their ears, or have dyed their hair a strange color. And while such statements are seen as acceptable by many of their peers, the bosses aren't too impressed, according to a new survey by the Denver Business Journal. In fact, when online readers were asked if they would hire a worker with a visible tattoo, 34 percent answered "no." And another 23 percent said "yes, but only for non-public-contact jobs." Just 17 percent say they'd hire someone with a visible tattoo "for any job." "A tattoo reflects on the personality and judgment of the individual," says one reader in a comment. "I look at someone with a visible tattoo and I ask why that person was compelled to make a statement to the public by essentially drawing on themselves." Says another, "I hire based on whether or not the person is qualified to do the job... The state or color of one's skin should not be a determining factor."

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