How to hide forearm tattoos if job has specific uniform?
I have a tattoo about 6 inches long on the inside of my fore arm. It's not my first tattoo (4th) but its the most visible one I have, probably the only real visible one ill ever have. I currently work in a restaurant that requires a long sleeve dress shirt which covers it, but my manager is letting carry out employees wear short sleeves for summer and my tattoo came up. He said well you know you can't wear no sleeves and I said yeah of course. I asked him how he felt about tattoo armor, a very breathable fabric sleeve that can cover tattoos. He said it looked like I had something to hide, like a customer would be piffed about it. I've been looking for another job lately and this kinda struck me thinking if other managers would feel that way too. I'm not concerned at all about when I have a professional career, because it'll most likely be business attire of my choice as long as its appropriate. But it's harder to cover a tattoo like this when you are still working in hospitality/retail/food service jobs that require a specific uniform. I'm pretty adamant about getting a new or second job, so this had crossed my mind a lot lately. Can an employer tell me I can't wear a flesh tone fabric to cover my tattoo as long as it doesn't look like I'm covering a wound (like with bandages)? It's literally a 6inch long fabric sleeve you slip over your forearm to cover it. They make them specifically for these situations. Any input?
Asked By: Alexis - 6/14/2013
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Don't work for him... I live in Kansas City. Most restaurants allow you to have tattoos. It sounds like he is being a stuck up prick.
Answered By: Raccoonsandfoxes - 6/14/2013
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I was in a similar situation last year at work. Several of my coworkers had sleeve and other visible tattoos that they had to cover for their summer uniforms. They would apply a layer of primer, then a layer of powder, a layer of concealer and then a few more layers of powder. I could barley see anything, if at all.
Answered By: Kaitie - 6/14/2013
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