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Aug 15, 2012

Tattoos risks and disadvantages

Social disadvantages of tattoos are a common issue for many people with highly visible tattoos.  Tattoo placement can negatively impact a person’s life if ink location is not careful considered.
Professional Disadvantages of Tattoos
Although tattoos are more common then ever, they are still viewed as unacceptable in certain aspects of society.  Tattoos on areas of the skin difficult to cover wearing everyday clothing, can result with major disadvantages from having tattoos.
Disadvantages of Tattoos:
· Career Limitations
· Style of Clothing
· Relationship Conflicts
· Decrease in Community Involvement
· Negative Self-Esteem
· Compromise Health
When it comes to getting hired for a job and professionally advancing in many careers, having tattoos is often a disadvantage.   Most professional positions in corporate business, medical, educational, law, and the military, as well as their administrative/support positions discourage hiring individuals with visible tattoos.  And, the few professional careers willing to hire individual with tattoos have dress code policies mandating tattoos remain hidden on the job.
Having to conceal visible tattoos on a daily basis for work and social events is another disadvantage tattoos bring about.  Finding the right clothing to wear to hide tattoos can be a challenge, especially if tattoos are on areas of the skin not typically covered by clothes. 
Tattoos located in commonly exposed areas such as arms, necks, ankles, and wrists often require wearing long sleeves and pants regardless of the temperature or if the style trend for women is sleeveless tops and skirts.  Special occasions and evening attire limitations are a factor when it comes to dressing up and covering tattoo designs.
Personal relationships can be affected by tattoos.  Having a tattoo of a former lovers’ name can negatively impact a current relationship.  People mistakenly confuse the name of your new love with the one on your arm. 
Being a parent with tattoos can create unwanted attention and embarrassment for children being teased by friends and classmates. 
Tattoos can hold people back from making positive changes and pursuing a better lifestyle, such as a former gang member no longer associated with gang or street living, but is not welcome into the community for baring the identifiable gang tattoos.
Tattoo disadvantages negatively impact people’s health.   Physically, tattoos can cause health complications such as allergic reactions, serious infections, and chronic diseases such as hepatitis.
Tattoos can also damage a person’s self-esteem, creating anxiety and depression about being viewed as a stereotype personality they are not.

Remember, career goals, interests, and relationships change throughout life.  Choosing to get a tattoo in a place that can easily be covered with clothes does not mean you are selling out, it simple means you are taking advantage of all your future options rather than getting disadvantages tattooed in plan view.