'If someone gets a tattoo on their hand at 18 it would be foolish': Top Dublin tattoo artist
Young people have been warned that tattoos can ruin their career prospects – and could even get them fired.
“They’re a real problem because there are places in the workplace where it is not appropriate to be greeted by a young person with a tattoo,” said Apprentice star Alan Sugar’s right-hand woman Margaret Mountford.
“In a reception area of a major company, you don’t want to be met by a young person with a tattoo up their arm.”
Brendan Harte, the owner of Dragon Tattoos on Dublin’s Talbot Street, said he always advises would-be clients against getting tattoos on their hands, neck and face.
“If someone gets a tattoo on their hand at 18 it would be foolish,” said Brendan, who has been a tattoo artist for 30 years.
“What might seem like a good idea when you’re in your early 20s may end up being a costly mistake.”
Keith Bessler, who has been a tattoo artist for 16 years, also advises his clients at Wild Cat Ink on Jervis Street to think about the implications.
“If you’re a young person, we recommend that you get them where it’s not visible,” he said.
Although he has had clients in “conservative” jobs with visible tattoos, Keith said that “if we thought it was a bad decision we would probably refuse them”.
Peter Cosgrove, the director of CPL Recruitment in Dublin, said first impressions can make or break a candidate during a job interview.
“The reality is that when you’re in an interview, some people may have strong views on it,” he said.
“A tattoo could show poor judgment and could make people view you in a certain way.”
However, hair stylist Marcus Cowzer, who has a salon in Drogheda, loves his body artwork.
The 41-year-old, from Glasnevin, has full “sleeve” tattoos on both arms and it has “never affected my career”.
“In hairdressing it’s all about creativity and individuality,” he said. “I see it as an art form. I’m obsessed with people’s tattoos.
“There’s still a stigma about it in some jobs, but in the fashion industry it’s more acceptable.”