From the Classroom to the Cubicle: How to Keep your Tattoo Hidden at Your Internship

by WorkWardrobe | February 24th, 2010   

By Jacqueline Rezak

As a college student at an art school, I feel as though it has become more common for people to not have a tattoo, than to have one. Although I don’t personally have a tattoo myself, several of my friends do. To many, tattoos are seen as an artistic form of self-expression. However to others, such as employers who could potentially be hiring you, tattoos may stand out as a sign of not being professional. This of course all depends on the type of industry at which you are interning. If you are interning in the entertainment, music, art, or similar industry, then tattoos may be acceptable. To be safe, the best thing to do would be to leave your tattoos to be seen on Facebook, after work, or with your friends rather then at your internship.

Whether it’s an ex boyfriend’s name on your back, or a spiritual Chinese symbol on your foot there is a time and a place to show it off and it is not at your internship. As an intern, your job is to show the company that you are professional, serious, and ready for a job. In this day and age although tattoos have become increasingly more common (it’s possible that even your employer has one), society has not yet accepted them into most work places.

Here are some tips on how to keep your tattoo covered: If you have a lower back tattoo, your best bet would be to wear a dress. This will guarantee no movement in your clothing that would threaten any chance of revealing your artwork to your colleagues or potential clients. If you have a tattoo anywhere above your elbow on your arm, wear a three-quarter length sleeved shirt. If you have a full arm tattoo then I would stick to long sleeves. If you are a brave soul and have a wrist tattoo, one large bangle/cuff should do the trick. For those of you who partook in the tattoo on the back of the neck trend, simply wear your hair down to keep it covered. And when it’s cold, don a turtleneck or wear a fashionable scarf. Lastly, if you have a tattoo on the top of your foot, all you have to do is wear tights when wearing any open shoes such as pumps and flats. Once the clock strikes and you leave the workplace, you are free to show off that unique body art to whomever you like!

6 comments
Ava Rowlen
Ava Rowlen

I am a business owner, and some of my trade-associates have tattoos, as it is kind of macho and acceptable. However, not all clients that employ my services find it as acceptable. Discretion must always be utilized. Thank you for touching on such a sensitive, sometimes bold, and realistic observation

Ava Rowlen
Ava Rowlen

I am a business owner, and some of my trade-associates have tattoos, as it is kind of macho and acceptable. However, not all clients that employ my services find it as acceptable. Discretion must always be utilized. Thank you for touching on such a sensitive, sometimes bold, and realistic observation

Brittany Spelling
Brittany Spelling

Jackie,

Thank you so much for this article. It has been so helpful and practical. Can I email you about some personal shopping advice?

-BS

Brittany Spelling
Brittany Spelling

Jackie,

Thank you so much for this article. It has been so helpful and practical. Can I email you about some personal shopping advice?

-BS