The short answer is no, tattoos are not acceptable in corporate America. The old saying goes that the more things change, the more they stay the same. While tattoos in the workplace have become more common, corporate America is a different beast entirely. The backbone of corporate America thrives on a strict standard of professionalism, and even though I can understand that tattoos are a form of self-expression, corporate America is a results driven business that is less concerned with self expression, and more interested in making a good impression.
Whilst I am a strong believer in living your life as you wish, I feel it will be a long time before this is not an area that people judge. The good news is that typical corporate dress generally involves a long-sleeved dress shirt and jacket, so no matter where your tattoo is, it is likely to be covered.
As we have said in previous arties, there are many options that are appropriate for business and others that are more suited to casual attire. Be aware with tattoos and how visible they are, you always have the option to conceal in the wrong setting.
If you know you are going to be in a situation where your tattoo will be visible, but don’t wish to reveal it there are several makeup options such as the primer and foundation by Dermablend, featured below.
Dermablend Foundation- $27
Dermablend primer- $25
As with anything else, concealing your tattoos is a matter of judgment. There is a drastic difference between a tasteful tattoo of your college alma mater crest, and an image of a nude pinup girl riding a dolphin.
When it comes to body art in corporate America however, it is always preferable to err on the side of caution.
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