Body of art

There are 348 comments on the Orlando Sentinel story from May 28, 2007, titled Body of art. In it, Orlando Sentinel reports that:

Russell Parrish would like a better job. He manages his father-in-law's small restaurant, but other prospective employers won't even give him applications, let alone interviews.

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not a freak

Philadelphia, PA

#1 May 28, 2007
You exercised your right, you made your choice. Now you have to live with it. Stop bo-hooing and remember that sometimes your mom and dad were right. And get checked for hep C, which is going to be far worse than being unemployed. You moron
Average Jane

Negaunee, MI

#2 May 28, 2007
What a perfect way to confirm that all America cares about is looks and not skills or worth. Are you not going to buy mouse ears at Disney because the clerk has a few tatts? No, probably not. Are you going to drive off in the drive-thru because the arm sticking out has a tatt? Probably not. Are you going to get up and walk out of a restaurant if the waiter/-ress has a tatt? Stay home and cook for yourself. Are you going to leave your cart at the check-out lane because the cashier has some tatts? No, probably not. Are you going to load all your garbage in your car and drive it to the dump when you find out maybe one of your garbage men has a tatt? Good luck with that one. It's just another typical close-minded, ignorant, talking-to-hear-yourself-talk, judgemental stereotypical load of crap. Your comment about Hep C proves that. A majority of people who have artwork on their bodies inform themselves, and research the artist and place. It's not some back alley, dirty, underground thing anymore. The tattoo industry generates millions of dollars every year ALL around the world. In a lot of cultures they are looked upon as respect, having passed a feat, or your heritage. Leave it to conservative America... "Hate what you are too stupid to understand."
CSP

Winter Garden, FL

#3 May 28, 2007
Employers want to hire people who can think strategically. I won't hire anyone who can't even comprehend that getting an obnoxious tattoo will hurt them down the road.
Matt

Leavenworth, KS

#4 May 28, 2007
Note to women. There are a lot of guys out there including me that think tatoos are hideous.
Todd

Jacksonville Beach, FL

#5 May 28, 2007
[QUOTE who="Average Jane" Leave it to conservative America... "Hate what you are too stupid to understand."[/QUOTE] Nice rant but essentially clueless, it's all about decision making sweetheart. Oh, by the way, I would consider myself a liberal. I love what Vince Vaughnn and Owen Wilson said in "Wedding Crashers" about the "Tramp Stamp" tattoo on womens backs. Besides if Mr. Parrish were to get a different job who will guard the trailer park (see picture) muuhahaa....
WestOrlD

Eddyville, KY

#6 May 28, 2007
Some people like tattoos, some don't. Some people choose to get a tattoo in an inconspicuous location, some prominently display theirs all over their body. It's a personal choice, so don't be surprised when employers CHOOSE to not hire tattooed workers. It'll only get more difficult later on. Practically all of Gen X and Y have tattoos. When Gen X and Y are older and in control, then stories like this will be no more.
Pinker

Palm Bay, FL

#7 May 28, 2007
Matt wrote:
Note to women. There are a lot of guys out there including me that think tatoos are hideous.
So what's your point? Those women don't want to date you anyway. It's "tattoo," by the way and it should be "who think," not "that think." You're a prize?? HA!
zak

Shreveport, LA

#8 May 28, 2007
Live with it. You did it because you wanted it. Not all people agree with you ,and that's why it's not in the open work place. People pay for service,and their money is what the employer listens to.
Matt

Leavenworth, KS

#9 May 28, 2007
Sounds like I'm hitting a sore spot. Go out and have another beer Pinker and show off your tattoos. I'm sure all the classy guys will just be running up to you.
Pinker wrote:
<quoted text>
So what's your point? Those women don't want to date you anyway. It's "tattoo," by the way and it should be "who think," not "that think." You're a prize?? HA!
liveandletlive

Saint Cloud, FL

#10 May 28, 2007
It is a personal choice no doubt, however my choice is I think they are ugly, obnoxious and usually ruin what could otherwise be a beautiful human body (that's just how I feel), that being said people have every right to get them absolutely, and I also have every right not to want them visible at my workplace, (my father used to tell me you are what you appear to be), as an employer of over 50 i will not hire someone with a visible tatto, but that's just me
liveandletlive

Saint Cloud, FL

#11 May 28, 2007
Have you ever noticed that people who have tattoos also smoke a lot too
Andy Panda

Orlando, FL

#12 May 28, 2007
I believe you can get a pretty good idea of the contents of a book by the cover. There are always the inevitable exceptions to which some counter poster will gleefully point out, but save your fingers, I'm not interested in hearing about any inked and pierced doctors, policemen, firemen, Marines, etc. who stand out as exceptions to the rule. The rule stands indisputably.

When a human being feels so insecure, so unimportant, so unrecognized, so insignificant that they feel that they maybe should resort to piercings, tattoos, exotic dress, extreme hair styles, beards, mustaches etc. in order to regain a feeling of importance, it is actually a cry "Hey Look at Me! Over here! Yoo Hoo, Stare, Thank you!"
If they didn't get something out of it they wouldn't do it.

The way a person looks on the outside is an exact indication of how they see themselves on the inside. I agree one thousand percent with those who wouldn't have a tattooed and pierced weirdo freak representing their store or office or products or services. I wouldn't want a repairman looking like some of these "creatures" to come into my house around my family -- even to open a clogged sink, much less try to sell me something.

A young man who voluntarily goes into a tattoo parlor and allows designs to be put on his arms, neck, back, chest, hands, face, etc. is basically making himself unemployable. A young woman who lets someone put piercings and tattoos on areas of her body that
are normally not seen unless she is either undressed or wearing a bikini or other revealing clothing (like in an exercise gym doing her Yoga) is basically advertising "Many have been travelled here before" in my view. Time for a blood test before risking taking this date any further.

Wise up young people. That cute little butterfly on your lower back will look like a blue jay in a few years, and a few more years, it will look like a buzzard. That cute littel heart with your boyfriend's name on it on your arm will put you in the "trailer trash" category when you join the PTA or attend your daughter's wedding in a few years.

You kids want to decorate yourselves, go get temporary tatoos that wash off and when you get tired of looking at it or change companions or "grow up", take a washcloth to it. If you think you don't look good now, I assure you, you look a hundred percent better now before tatoos and piercings than you will afterwards and your new friends won't be running in social circles but rather in the circle of motorcycle bums and park bench sitters.
Andy Panda

Orlando, FL

#13 May 28, 2007
Average Jane wrote:
What a perfect way to confirm that all America cares about is looks and not skills or worth. Are you not going to buy mouse ears at Disney because the clerk has a few tatts? No, probably not. Are you going to drive off in the drive-thru because the arm sticking out has a tatt? Probably not. Are you going to get up and walk out of a restaurant if the waiter/-ress has a tatt? Stay home and cook for yourself. Are you going to leave your cart at the check-out lane because the cashier has some tatts? No, probably not. Are you going to load all your garbage in your car and drive it to the dump when you find out maybe one of your garbage men has a tatt? Good luck with that one. It's just another typical close-minded, ignorant, talking-to-hear-yourself-talk, judgemental stereotypical load of crap. Your comment about Hep C proves that. A majority of people who have artwork on their bodies inform themselves, and research the artist and place. It's not some back alley, dirty, underground thing anymore. The tattoo industry generates millions of dollars every year ALL around the world. In a lot of cultures they are looked upon as respect, having passed a feat, or your heritage. Leave it to conservative America... "Hate what you are too stupid to understand."
You listed an entire group of typical people who inhabit the lower social service strata of society:
Clerks, drive through servers, waiters, waitresses, check out girls,garbage collectors as your selection of people who might have tatoos. Isn't this exactly what we're trying to tell you? You mark yourselves so people can readily identify you and avoid you when it comes to considering you for higher employment opportunities, lifetime companionship, or anything else but another menial, low paying, service type job where you can be kept in the back room or in the warehouse out of public view. I'm glad in a way that you do it, because with all the privacy restrictions on employers today, otherwise we wouldn't have such a valuable tool to see inside of your heads and figure out how you see yourselves.
gofigure

Orlando, FL

#14 May 28, 2007
You're correct Average Jane, I am not going to stop eating my meal or buying the mouse ears, etc., when I'm already at the establishment or destination. The point is that I won't come back and that's exactly what employers don't want. Get a clue.
BodyArt ThatsDebatable

Apopka, FL

#15 May 28, 2007
"oh I have a story behind my tattoos..." is the most overplayed excuse for getting body "art". While I can respect people for who they are, I personally don't need or care for a visible cryptic story about something that is probably best kept to yourself anyway. However, for the impulse tattoo buyer...gotta love that remorse when you apply for professional jobs and you can't even get a foot in the door. Go make me a burrito!
ace

Neenah, WI

#16 May 28, 2007
Lets judge people we dont know.I think blue eyed people should not get jobs anywhere.They are bums and most of them are crack heads.I would never hire a blue eye.Watch out for the brown hair people to.Judge them all on their looks.They should have to where masks.
donny

Niagara-on-the-lake, Canada

#19 May 28, 2007
As a business owner - Why would I want to hire anyone that looks like a freak & jeapordize my business. If you want a career -look at the main stream of corporate america & no one in senior management has tatoos over their entire body.
I don't have any sympathy for people Both men & woman - who have them,it's apagen thing & they have a choice to settle for success or failure & they knew that going into that when they got the tatoo.
the judge

Tucson, AZ

#20 May 28, 2007
everyone should have a scannable tatoo as ID on their
neck after birth.
chasgrips

United States

#21 May 28, 2007
Todd wrote:
<quoted text> Nice rant but essentially clueless, it's all about decision making sweetheart. Oh, by the way, I would consider myself a liberal. I love what Vince Vaughnn and Owen Wilson said in "Wedding Crashers" about the "Tramp Stamp" tattoo on womens backs. Besides if Mr. Parrish were to get a different job who will guard the trailer park (see picture) muuhahaa....
Hey Tod,there are a lot of people out there who don`t care what you think,moron
Black Morpheus

Mount Dora, FL

#22 May 28, 2007
ace wrote:
Lets judge people we dont know.I think blue eyed people should not get jobs anywhere.They are bums and most of them are crack heads.I would never hire a blue eye.Watch out for the brown hair people to.Judge them all on their looks.They should have to where masks.
Nice try !---------

Eye and hair color are Genetic.

Tattoos are a Conscious choice.

Tattoos Advertise that:

(1) You are an Outlaw.

(2) You are Unstable.

You Cannot be trusted to use Good Judgment.

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