Essay Tattoos Body Piercing

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Ashley Beth Logan Manuscript Speech D. Webb Speech 106 Tattoos and Body Piercings Good evening. I would like to start by asking how many of you have a tattoo or piercing other than your ears. Did you know that in most work environments, you are usually not even considered for employment if you’re tattoo or piercing is visible during the interview? I am one of the many people who believe tattoos and body piercings are a form of self expression. However, there are still that few out there who think they are nothing but self destructing. According to the first amendment, we have the God given right to express ourselves however we choose. I have personally taken an interest in piercings and tattoos. They are beautiful, and it takes a…show more content…

Tattoos can represent things of importance from the past; just to name a few, people you’ve loved and/or lost, a passion, or a funny and random memory you have from a drunken night with good friends. Either way, that tattoo has relevance and importance to you. It is a statement about the kind of person that you are. For someone to ask you to cover them up is a violation to your freedom of self expression. If you are one of the many who have a tattoo or multiple tattoos, they are very significant and dear to your heart. Tattoos are a very different type of art form. To ask someone to cover up a piece of art just because it’s on their body and not on the wall or on their desk is disrespectful and offensive. Not to mention it hurts the persons feelings that they are being asked to cover something up that is a huge part of them and their life. Tattoos are like souvenirs you never lose. They should not be taken lightly; however, they should never be disrespected. That person paid a lot of money to have that significant marking on them for a reason. Within today’s society, tattoos and piercings are not considered within our norms. In some cultures around the world, tattoos and piercings have been and still are historical symbols meaning fertility, strength, and nobility. The

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Zac Wilson
27 January 2011
English 102
Multiple Positions rough draft
Prohibition of Tattoos and Piercings in the Workplace A large number of businesses do not allow tattoos that are visible. Many also prohibit piercings, other than single earrings on women. Some industries even take their policies to the extreme of not allowing any tattoos that take up more than 25% of a body part, and if a pre-existing tattoo is too large or obscene, it must be removed (Powers). This even applies if a uniform can easily cover the tattooed area. A business is allowed to limit or prohibit tattoos, piercings, and other forms of body modification as much as they want as long as it is addressed in the employee handbook, usually in the dress code…show more content…

I had a retail job at Hot Topic, and was allowed to wear any piercings I wanted, and if I had tattoos, I would have been able to display them, provided they weren’t offensive in any way. At a shoe store called Aldo, employees are allowed to have tattoos and piercings if they aren’t too obnoxious. At Bob Evans, the tattoo and piercing policy is taken somewhat extremely. Women are only allowed to wear earrings, one in each ear. Men are only allowed to have one earring in. The hole is not allowed to be stretched, and the style must be conservative. Tattoos must be covered. If an employee refuses to cover her or her tattoos, they are restricted to staying in the back of the house, away from customers. They are not allowed to become a server, host/hostess, busser, or bakery attendant. Many employees opt for staying in the back of the house, as a dishtanker, kitchen prep cook, or grill cook. Sara Champion, a former project engineer for a major construction firm was not allowed to display her tattoos while at work. She worked in Miami, and had to wear long-sleeved shirts to cover her tattoos, even though it was usually hot outside. She found this policy to be ironic because many of the construction workers displayed their tattoos. After six years of dealing with this policy, Sara decided to resign, and start searching for a job that would not require her

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