On The Fence


8 comments posted
I'm split between #2 and #3.

I'm split between #2 and #3. I'm leaning towards telling them, but more because it's a big event and I tend to let my boss know about big events. But I've got a pretty good personal relationship with her, and I think she'd be a little hurt if I didn't share something like that.

They certainly can't fire or reprimand you (I would think). So if there's not a personal level to your work relationships, eh don't worry about it. You make a good point that you already have a facial piercing.

Posted by Suge (not verified) on Tue, 04/07/2009 - 12:37
as someone with the same

as someone with the same facial piercing that you have who just got a visible tattoo, i didn't worry about it too much. but then again it's pretty easy to wear longer sleeves if i judge it to be necessary for work - how hard will it be to cover your starfish, if you decide you want to cover it for some particular occasion?

Posted by kat (not verified) on Tue, 04/07/2009 - 12:59
No freaking way man... It's

No freaking way man... It's your body, and as long as your work attire is professional, they have no place telling what to do with your shoulder/neck.

There are people at my work who hide their tats, and there are those that let them all hang out.
Whenever I get my shoulder tattoo, I will be buying more shirts that cover my arms, simply because that is the easiest way for me to keep looking professional. I'm not asking my work permission to get it - I'm just not going to wave it in their faces when I do. Same with my back tattoo now... I don't wear shirts that have a low-cut back to work, so if you see anything, you only see the very top of the tat. I guess I'm just saying that my work clothes are more modest than what I wear at home, and they usually cover up about 80% of the ink.

Judging by your description of the piece, it doesn't sound like it will be as visible as something on say, your forearm, right?

Posted by Hella Stella (not verified) on Tue, 04/07/2009 - 13:10
no way dude. I have many

no way dude. I have many very visible tattoos and I work with a bunch of old fogeys in a very rural and traditional environment and they just had to get used to it. Quite literally, the colours on my body have absolutely nothing to do with my work performance and my level of professionalism. -Now, the fact that they just "accidentally" never show during a job interview is a different story...

Posted by p (not verified) on Tue, 04/07/2009 - 14:18
I would tell them, because

I would tell them, because for sure when you come in the next day with the tat, you're going to be jittery wondering how your boss will react. I would find out how your boss will react first and then you don't have to worry later.

Posted by Amy (not verified) on Tue, 04/07/2009 - 16:43
the consequences might be

the consequences might be pretty Dire? like how dire? Fire you dire? NO. Dislike you dire? I don't think so. What if they disaprove - you going to NOT get it? Phef. hell no.

Posted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 04/07/2009 - 21:52
If he's a reasonable and

If he's a reasonable and pragmatic person, I would say, yeah, tell him. Not to get his opinion, but just tell him what you're doing and that you didn't want him to be surprised so you're letting him know in advance. I find that letting people in on stuff, just for the sake of it, is a good way of showing that you like and respect them, and it goes a long way in keeping professional relationships smooth and keeping work environments happy.

If he is likely to react with dark omens of crumbling careers, and you are going to get the tat anyway, then don't tell him. Why risk putting you both through the struggle when it's not going to change the outcome? Especially since he will get over it anyway after five minutes.

Unless, of course, a really negative opinion from him *would* change your mind, at least temporarily. Then you can find out exactly how big a deal this is for him, figure out how you feel about that, and weigh the pros and cons of going through with it.

Keep in mind that this is a person who hired you when you already had your nose ring. I really don't think he's going to care. And it will take a load of your mind to know that before your appointment, so you can enjoy it without any worrying.

That's what I think.

Your C in Wpg.

Posted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 04/08/2009 - 00:26
I think by talking about it

I think by talking about it beforehand and flagging it as "something-that-needs-to-be-discussed" you risk making it a bigger deal than it would have been in your boss' eyes. I think you should just get it and not worry about it. It's not like it affects your performance and even if it is a shock to your boss or colleagues, they'll get over it quickly and soon forget what it was like PVT (pre visible tattoo).

Good luck! Look forward to seeing it!

Posted by hawkeye (not verified) on Wed, 04/08/2009 - 09:38