What's the story of your ink?

jakeman

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Of course you do, Jake. And both are based on what you see in your day to day life. I deal with literally hundreds of people daily. How big is your pool?

Just food for thought. I frankly don't care if you get a tattoo or not. But if you do, you dang well better realize that people will prejudge you. If you're male, they'll think you're depressed or unstable and putting up a front, if you're female they will know that you're a practice girl, i.e. "Wanna quick splat? Find that tat." New recruits figure this out quickly.

I don't really have anything else to add to the subject, but my experiences with hundreds of people have shown this to be true. If something changes, I'll adjust my thinking and promotion process. Until then, you made your bed. Now sleep in it.


Pretty big. I was in sales for 37 years, and had sales volumes in excess of $10mm regularly on my territory, and was around countless people daily. Both customers and employees. I never really bothered to count though.

I've also been around countless people with tat's. It has 100% been my experience that not everyone with a tat is as you say. Some are though. I've also known 1000's of people with no tats that I wouldn't employ. Some of my best employees had tat's. My experience with my employees, is if they prejudged anyone, their judgement wasn't to be trusted. Likewise, anyone that would prejudge anyone based on a tat, wouldn't be able to be in a supervisory position in my employ. That was my promotion process.

You've got your life experience. I've got mine. I don't know what your experience entails anymore than you do mine, but prejudging people based only on their appearance seems like a pretty damn shallow way to go thru life. I've known doctors, lawyers, judges, pilots (military & civilian), professionals & laborers, advanced degrees to HS educations that had tat's that were incredibly successful and talented. Some of the biggest lowlifes I've come across had no ink, but some did. The difference wasn't the ink. It was the character of the person, and you can't tell a person's character just by looking, even if you believe you can. I've known a lot of people that think like you. I never really cared for any of those people.
 
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When I got my first tattoos on my arms, I wore a collared button down so the artist knew where to stop when my arms were outstretched. Some of mine have meaning, some of them I just really like.
When I first moved into management I'd always wear dress shirts to meetings, etc to cover up my tats. After nearly 22 years in my job, I'm pretty certain the powers that be know me and trust me. Maybe even give me some credit for being smart enough to know arm tattoos in corporate meetings may draw unwanted supposition.

And I do wonder if there's a numerical formula for neck tattoos versus felonies.....just sayin'.
 

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When I first moved into management I'd always wear dress shirts to meetings, etc to cover up my tats. After nearly 22 years in my job, I'm pretty certain the powers that be know me and trust me. Maybe even give me some credit for being smart enough to know arm tattoos in corporate meetings may draw unwanted supposition.

And I do wonder if there's a numerical formula for neck tattoos versus felonies.....just sayin'.
Haha, Id like to read that study for sure!

When I worked at CHK, visible tattoos or males with any piercings were strictly forbidden, including in the gym. As soon as our company split and we moved off campus, my boss and his boss let us know that if we were still there it was because we added value and their tattoo policy was nothing offensive in nature. I still wore long sleeve shirts so I could roll my sleeves down when we met with certain groups that were a little more stodgy, but working within my own group they were rolled up.

Once I had 5-6 years in the industry and had worked with a lot of people from various companies, I no longer wear long sleeves unless a meeting calls for that kind of attire. People know me for my reputation and don't have to make any assumptions on my appearance at this point. Heck, the last two jobs I was recruited for didnt even require an interview and I filled out the application after I was told I had the job.

In the end, we all have different stories that leave different shades on our view of the world. I try to keep an open mind regarding anyone unless they just carry themselves in a suspicious manner. I have met some really awesome people from many different walks of life that value so many different things in life that I couldn't even begin to try to make a list of which "features" make a worthwhile person. In the end, a worthwhile person is what they are and a less worthwhile person is what they are expected to be. That is my opinion at least.
 

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People with preconceived notions of others are typically those without the guts to say anything. Those that lay awake at night worrying about someone else.

You have apparently confused having a preconceived notion with caring about someone else. Do not underestimate my indifference to other peoples' situations.
 

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I had one tat years ago when I was in the service. I had a small pair of lips put on my a$$. Sadly they got removed the hard way a few years after I got out. In case you are wondering, yes a small dog can take a pretty large chuck out of you, if you are naked and on top of his owner. Especially if he thinks you are hurting her.
So it was a bullseye for the small dog. 😆
 

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