Gone are the days when tattoos were considered to be the stigma and the person covered in tattoos was reflected to be a menace to society. Unfortunately, those days have not traveled so far because still there are some workplaces who have not relaxed their tattoo policies. Although many companies have come up with relaxed tattoo policies, still tattoos have been not accepted as a normal part of our culture.
45 Million People in the US have at least one tattoo and 42% of people of all ages feel that visible tattoos are inappropriate at work. Also, there are no states having laws protecting people with tattoos from discrimination in company hiring practices.
However, the article shares the list of few companies that consider tattoos to be a source of positive self-expression and not a taboo or stigma.
- Best Buy
Best Buy is an American multinational consumer electronics corporation headquartered in Richfield, Minnesota, a Minneapolis suburb. So, for all those who love electronics, Best Buy is one of the good options to work with.
As far as tattoos are considered, they come with a policy that has some twist and turns. If you get employed in the warehouse, it won’t matter to Best Buy if you have a visible tattoo; however employment out on the floor means you need to modify how much you show.
Walmart Inc. is an American multinational retail corporation that operates a chain of hypermarkets, discount department stores, and grocery stores.
Walmart is pretty friendly when it comes to tattoo policy. As per the Mark, an ex-employee of Walmart, he was never asked to cover his tattoos.
He says, “I was a member of management at Walmart and I’ve got everything including my face tattooed and they were really okay with it. Although some higher-ups that are still closed minded were rude to me even as a leading team member of theirs. Never saw the policy book on tats but I was never asked to cover mine and was brought inboard with my face already inked.”
After years of covering up, tattooed Starbucks employees are finally allowed to let their ink flow on their skin. No doubt, under some circumstances.
Starbucks Corporation, the Seattle-based, an American coffee giant and coffeehouse chain announced in a letter to employees that it has come up with a new set of dress code guidelines.
Amongst all the changes, the biggest change is considered to be the company’s take on tattoo policy. Employees are able to openly display their tattoos at works with a condition that tattoos are tasteful and not on employee’s face or throat.
- Spencer Gifts
Spencer Gifts LLC is a North American mall retailer with over 600 stores in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. They specialize in novelty and gag gifts, and also sell clothing, band merchandise, room décor, fashion and body jewelry.
The company is said to focus on performance except for the physical appearance. One of the reviews about the company shows how company preferred an approach of ‘To be yourself.’
The review says, “A great company that lets you be yourself with tattoos, piercings, and all. This company really lets you be yourself, one of the only retail companies that actually encourages it! The people that work there are all really nice and cool. There are usually monthly contests to win gift cards to the store and on payday, you get an extra percentage off at the store.”
- Dominos Pizza
Domino’s Pizza, Inc. is an American pizza restaurant chain founded in 1960. In 2018, the chain became the largest pizza seller worldwide and in the United States based on global retail sales.
Domino’s mission statement updated its tattoo policy by lifting its "no visible tattoos" policy to replace it with one that reads "no offensive tattoos visible."
- Forever 21
Forever 21, is an American fast fashion retailer headquartered in Los Angeles, California. A company that deals with fashion can easily understand the relevance of tattoos in one’s life, so Forever 21 has quite a lenient attitude towards tattoos.
A review of a person says, “It is a place to gain experience. There is some room for advancement. Get to see new items. Good amount of part-time hours given. Lenient dress code (allowed tattoos, hair color, and makeup), young and friendly coworkers make the working environment more efficient. Fun environment if you're into fashion.”
When you were a teenager with a tattoo dream in your mind, your parents might have argued against getting a tattoo saying that it would be difficult to grab a job in future because of skin covered in ink. But fortunately, there are many companies who have got rid of their traditional rules against tattoos and invite people with tattoos to work with them.