So I've told a few people that I know that I'm getting tattoos done this week and told them I'm getting them on my thighs. The response I got from a few people was, "why are you getting them in a place nobody will see them?" That response kind of surprised me. Maybe I was expecting something more along the lines of, "I can't believe you're getting another tattoo". (I know this will be my mom's response when she finds out. Sorry mom.) I know that getting a tattoo in a place that you can't cover up working a 9-5 job isn't a great idea, but lately I've noticed people in fairly conservative retail stores with visible tattoos on their arms. I've also seen a lot more people with unnatural colored hair working in retail. This has made me wonder, are tattoos piercings, and colorful hair becoming mainstream and normal?
I suppose my mindset about people's reactions to such things comes from the fact I've lived in the conservative South my whole life. I grew up in a small town and when I was in high school, I was the goth girl with black hair and spiked dog collar, so I obviously got a lot of whispers and shocked looks. So when I quit my job last year, got out of my conservative attire, and started dying my hair funky colors, I was really expecting people to give me some really weird looks. Don't get me wrong, I do get those sometimes, but for the most part, I get nothing but complements on my hair. In fact, my husband and I went to a farmers market yesterday and I was approached by a little girl in a tutu, obviously on her way home from ballet practice. She came up to me with a smile on her face and said, "excuse me, but I think your hair is neat!". We couldn't help but giggle about it.
I wanted to get some more opinions about this topic. If you have tattoos that could be visible at work, how has your employer reacted? Do they care or do they ask you to cover them up? What kind of reactions do you get from people if you have tattoos, piercings, or colorful hair? What's your reaction to others who have these things? Do you think tattoos, piercings, and bold hair colors are becoming the norm and not the exception?
I can't wait to hear your opinions!