Facial Piercings, Visible Tattoos and Your Future


November 9, 2011
by Radha Jhatakia

Tattoos and facial piercings have become part of modern day society and college culture. There is nothing wrong with this – I myself have seven piercings (three in each ear and one in my nose) and a tattoo – but with these artistic choices can come consequences that we may not think of when we are younger and attempting to fit in.

Tattoos and facial piercings have become part of modern day society and college culture. There is nothing wrong with this – I myself have seven piercings (three in each ear and one in my nose) and a tattoo – but with these artistic choices can come consequences that we may not think of when we are younger and attempting to fit in.

Many members of older generations do not view tattoos and piercings the same way we do. To them, they are forms of rebellion, disrespect and, most importantly, decisions that make it increasingly difficult to build favorable professional reputations. If you have a facial piercing, interviewing with a professional organization is risky: Unless you have an exceptional resume and amazing skills, most employers won't take you seriously.

Visible tattoos are deal breakers for many employers as well, especially for those who work alongside customers and are constantly representing the company. Professional workplaces will not tolerate visible tattoos; if you have any but also have your heart set on a career with this kind of organization, you should cover them up. Though many offices have adopted more casual dress codes, visible tattoos are still a long way from being accepted and could hurt your chances of getting hired: If there’s one position available and the other applicant has a cleaner cut appearance, you could lose out.

If you just have to get a tattoo or piercing, I am not going to try to stop you. Just remember that the choices you make now will affect you in the future.

Radha Jhatakia is a communications major at San Jose State University. She's a transfer student who had some ups and downs in school and many obstacles to face; these challenges – plus support from family, friends and cat – have only made Radha stronger and have given her the experience to help others with the same issues. In her spare time, she enjoys writing, reading, cooking, sewing and designing. A social butterfly, Radha hopes to work in public relations and marketing upon graduation.

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Katherine Rubio  on  1/29/2016 4:55:57 PM commented:

Hi my names Katherine Rubio in 17 years old and I have 10 piercings and one tattoo. I got my first tattoo at the age of 16 and there is a crazy story behind it , but that's for another time. I have 9 piercings on my ears and I recently got my tongue pierced and that adds up to 10. I think that people should not be second guessed because of the way they express themselves. It is like the way the people have the freedom to choose how they want to cut their hair and get nothing but good comments . I personally grew up in a Hispanic family meaning that they are extremely strict so when I asked for my first piercing they flipped. I think since they way they handled the situation was over-reacted because they have different views. I believe they should be more open minded for these kind of things . That will be a life I wanna live in peacefully , where our skin is marked with beautiful art and piercings.


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