Tattoo Removal Seems Less Painful In The Long Run
Tattoos – it seems like you either love ‘em or hate ‘em. People of all ages and walks of life have them. A Pew Research Center study finds 4 out of 10 people in the 18-40 age range have at least one tattoo, a 400% increase from previous generations. While more socially acceptable than they used to be, there’s still a social stigma attached to body art, especially tattoos on the face and neck.
Visible tattoos make a statement and many times, it’s a statement that others don’t always agree with, especially employers. While there’s a growing number of businesses who have no problem with individuals showing their ink, there’s also a long list of companies who don’t hire employees with visible body art.
A recent careerbuilder.com survey finds that 31% of HR managers say visible tattoos negatively influence their decision on whether to hire someone. Many times, that’s due to business owners and hiring managers being over 50.
Tattoo Friendly Companies
We found a list of the 36 most tattoo-friendly companies to work for in the U.S. They include:
- Whole Foods
- Sally’s Beauty Supply
- Hot Topic/Torris
- Trader Joe’s
- Home Depot
- Fed Ex
Employers With No Visible Tattoo Policies
And here’s a list of companies who won’t hire anyone with visible tattoos:
- Bass Pro Shops
- Best Western Hotel
- Chick Fil A
- Circle K
- Burger King
- Olive Garden
- Disney Store
- AMC Theatre
- Toys “R” Us
- Starwood Hotels
- U.S. Postal Service
- Geico Insurance
What You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo
First, know the health risks. Tattoos are strongly associated with Hepatitis C and can cause skin infections, scar tissue, not to mention some having an allergic reaction to the dye.
The process of getting a tattoo can be painful, especially if you’re getting one near a joint or bone or where your skin is thinner.
Check to see if tattoo businesses are required to be licensed in your state. If so, make sure the business has the proper permits. Remember, tattoo inks are not regulated and could harm you.
If you’re worried a tattoo might impact your chances of getting a job, it’s best to choose a smaller design that’s not controversial. A good rule of thumb, if you’re embarrassed to show a tattoo to your mother, it’s probably best you don’t get one.
People Who’ve Had Tattoos Removed
An increasing number of unemployed Americans are opting to have visible tattoos removed in hopes it’ll improve their chances of getting a job. One is Phoenix resident Gregory Barkley. He says his former boss didn’t like his neck tattoo so figures other employers might not either.
Another person who had his facial tattoo removed is 19-year-old Mark Cropp from Auckland, New Zealand. His “DEVAST8” tattoo went from the lower part of his face from one side to the other, across his mouth. After getting out of prison, he said the tattoo was hurting his chance of finding a job.
Tattoo Removal Process
Removing tattoos takes many sessions over the course of months. It takes an average of 10 sessions to completely remove a tattoo. It’s a painful procedure so usually, a numbing agent is used. The removal process works with a laser penetrating the skin. The laser hunts out color pigment and breaks it into smaller particles that are in turn absorbed into the bloodstream.
At PCI Wellness, we tailor tattoo removal to your specific needs. Some colors are harder to remove than others and many contain chemicals that make the removal process tougher. We specialize in removing dark and multicolored tattoos. We first do a skin evaluation so we make sure we’re using the right type of laser. The number of treatments you’ll need depends on a variety of factors including age, size, type, and pigment depth.
Contact us through our Tattoo Removal Service Page for a free consultation, just put ‘tattoo removal’ in the “Reason For Visit” section.
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