That body art of yours better be getting you some good attention on the street, because it's certainly not helping you get a new job anytime soon.
Yes, visible tattoos still carry a negative connotation among employers and could be hurting your chances of getting hired, according to a new study by Dr. Andrew Timming of St. Andrew's University School of Management in Scotland.
(About 23 percent of Americans today have a tattoo, and 32 percent of people ages 30-45 have at least one, according to a separate study by Pew Research Center.)
After Dr. Timming interviewed hiring managers and recruiters from 14 different organizations -- who worked in places including banks, schools and prisons -- he found the majority of those surveyed said that visible tattoos remain a stigma, according to Management Issues, a management information website.
Surveyed employers said visible tattoos can "make a person look dirty" and "would stop me from employing them," according to Management Issues. Distaste for the tattoos seemed to stem not so much from the employers themselves but from their fear of how other customers might react.
"Respondents expressed concern that visibly tattooed workers may be perceived by customers to be 'abhorrent', 'repugnant', 'unsavoury' and 'untidy'." Dr. Timming said. "It was surmised that customers might project a negative service experience based on stereotypes that tattooed people are thugs and druggies."
But there were some professions that felt more strongly about tattoos than others. Prison guards, for example, can often benefit from having tattoos by giving them something to talk about with prisoners.
Were there any signs of hope? Well, Dr. Timming did note that employers who responded most negatively tended to be older, which suggests tattoos may become more workplace appropriate in time.
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"Synyster Ink" tattooing a client. "How many of your 'clients' commit suicide after you tattooed them?"
"He should have used all that extra ink to tattoo bigger nipples on the guy."
"What I like about this is that only the wings are fresh. The wonky stars, thorns and DNA look healed so this person actually looked at the quality of work and came back for a second session."
"I hate all my tattoos when I see your work :("
"Can I open a lazer surgery next door I'll make millions?"
"A swan thats been hit by a car?" "Is that a stapler?"
"Haha it's those splodge tests you get to judge if you're insane or not." "I see a man Ripping people off and giving them shit tattoos."
"So, what I want is 2 snails, stretched, then squashed, with 4 big wonky stars, and don't forget the blood. Then to finish, I would like 3, unidentifiable shapes. Thanks very much, it's perfect!"
"this looks like when i would turn to the back page of my school book and doodle random letters. you captured the true feeling, bro." "You spelt Scratcher wrong."
"I wasn't gonna say anything but now i feel i've got to. Every single one of these tattoos looks like they've been done by a 5 year old with their wrong hand after drinking a bottle of whiskey. What would anyone be tattooed by this person?" "I fart better tattoos than this..."
"This looks like it was done by an eight year old."
"grim indeed" "I bet you are fully booked up till summer"
"it looks like a cyclops looking at....cake and an eye and sword hilts?"
"crap" "majik markers" "oh the horror" "omg this is awful was this done with crayons? And a blind fold"
"Groms? Froms?" "This is horrific!!! Please don't show anymore!!!! I hope he's not a friend of yours?!" "what did grams do to deserve this?"
"WTF?? Dude Please. Just give it up." "nice oreo" "just burn your tat license"
"it looks like a squashed vagina!!!"
"My cat could do better using its tail"
"I cant hang my head in shame enough to get this image out of it. This is a complete joke right? Was this hatch shaded with a colored pencil? and why doe the parrot have stitches in his head? This is just a damn shame."
"Yeah. That looks about all it's worth."
"this must be a joke :|" "her pinky toe is desperately trying to look away."
"I hope one of the saints players kick his ass for this horrible crap" "come on, thats a sharpie."
"she looks surprised. maybe she can't believe how much you suck." "Britney Spears on a meth binge"
"Someone call Animal Rescue" "It's awesome!!! Looks like one side is on roids and the other side is on crack!!"
"If you rubbed her on a gravel path it'd look better" "ProTip: Ink goes on the second layer of skin, you don't embed it in the bone. I hope this helps."
"love the groucho mustache" "Was this done in the dark?" "professional insight on covering up a tattoo: throw a bunch of black ink over it and call it a cloud"
"The butterfly that shits the rainbow" "um look at that toenail"
"my 7 year old sister draws better butterflies than this.." "it looks like a bunch of toes on the wings? :O"
"omg whats happening here. What has occured!?" "Looks like a tree made of shit"
"Why would someone post this shit...and actually be PROUD!?!? Of it??" "scribble jesus" "This borders on blasphemy."
"Elsie is turning in her grave" "Don't ya hate it when you start tattooing and then realise you have caps lock on..."
"please create an album of the people's reaction when they see their tattoo for the 1st time :) it must be priceless like your work"
"You should have gotten a mastectomy, it would have looked better than this." "BAHAHAHA! I laughed so friggin' hard when I saw this I just about died. I feel bad for your customer though Chris. People have to live with this stuff for the rest of their lives. Please for their sake stop tattooing."
"who in their right mind would use an old tube sock for a book marker in the Bible????"
"I always wanted to create a crayola effect like this" "is it a pizza?"
"is this a retarded zubat?" "If I ate ink, solid, for a week, and then took an ink dump in the same area this retarded bat was done, it would look like a fucking Picasso in comparison." "this looks like a picasso in comparison to a real bat"
"are those scales or a flannel shirt?" "Stevie Wonder school of tattooing"
"This is shocking work. The eyeballs are stuffed up. One is up and one is down." "what a happy tiger!"
"its obviously a blue car on human limb stilts with a man with a deflated tomato on his head driving..."
"Notice the extra claw coming through on top? He must have did that then remembered that eagles only have 2 feet. He didn't colour it in though so thats ok then!" "His sense of perspective is unlike anything I've ever seen in the art world. 200 years from now, people will look back on this tattoo and say 'Yes, the South WILL rise again.'"
"I really didn't know that horrible could be a style." "oh ive heard of this... the elusive crayola cat!"
"oh man maybe i will get stars from him. i always said never will i wear a star but with such clean line work i think i found my man"
"is that thing fuckin the grave?" "Looks like a demon having a wank behind a sewing machine! Got to admire that shading though!"
"How is that eagle on both sides of the flag? Only 14 states eh?"
"it looks like a 4 year old drew this on a placemat at Denny's"
"Nailed that one."
"did the cross decapitate jesus?" "I've always wanted a disembodied head of jesus christ on my bicep."