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Tattoo Cover Up Options How to Deal with a Workplace Tattoo Policy

Posted on February 15 2011

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So you have the coolest tattoos and the last thing you want to do is cover them up. Believe me, I know! Unfortunately, you have one of those jobs that requires you to hide your tattoos, or perhaps you’re not sure what the tattoo policy is at your work or a new job, the best thing to do would be to go to the HR department and ask for an overview of the policies, another way to do this would be to log in to your companies HR software (if it’s available), and read up on the policies yourself. Most of the companies will have a set of rules regarding tattoos and piercings, which can as a guide for you.

Tattoos can be an issue in various companies, and if you are looking for a new job or are going for an interview, it could cast you in a negative light. Even though these companies may run a police check victoria (or for another location) before hiring you, still tattoos can cause them to not consider you as a potential candidate. So, you can hide your tattoos until you get the job, learn about the company policies and look for further solutions accordingly. Now, maybe you don’t love your job, but the paycheck is kind of nice, or maybe you really dig your job, and you just play along when you have to. So, what do you do?

Depending on the size and location of your tattoo, you might be able to get away with a bandaid. But you know most people don’t usually stop at one tattoo or their tattoo is larger than a postage stamp. I will assume your tattoo needs more than a bandaid. Besides, bandaids can get pretty irritating to the skin when you have to wear them all of the time.

Your first option is an Ace bandage or maybe even a sock you made into a sleeve cover up. There are all kinds of creative ways to cover a tattoo! Ace bandages make you look like you are injured and may get you some unwanted attention. Someone may ask you “Do you need help carrying that?”. If you would rather not have that kind of attention, you may want to try something else. Ace bandages and “socks” don’t necessarily hold up well to multiple washing and may not look so nice after a short time.

Your next option is makeup (concealer). There are various types of makeup cover-ups out there. Some of them can be effective depending on your tattoo (color, size of the tattoo, etc.). Some of the drawbacks are it could be messy, very time-consuming, and it may not hold up well if you are active. The makeup can come off pretty easy; however, by following basic instructions on how to apply concealer, it can last for the whole day. Though, probably you guys out there may not be too excited to use makeup!

You could always wear long sleeves all of the time. I know that option isn’t the best on a hot day. Besides, it cuts down on what you can wear to work. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could wear short sleeves even though you have a half or full sleeve tattoo?

Well! You can certainly do so if you have chosen a remote job where you do not need to worry about your appearance or spend money on travel. All you need is a stable internet connection to work properly. Many even opt for internet and tv bundles packages so that they have access to everything that they require to stay motivated and occupied at home. However, office cultures vary greatly, which is why so many people have adapted to remote work and, if given the option, would prefer remote work.

Anyway, so, what options are left with regard to tattoo? Well, if you don’t like your tattoo or you think all of the other options are just not worth it anymore, you might be thinking about tattoo removal. Tattoo removal can be very expensive and not very effective. There are many people who have not been happy with the result. It just may not be worth the pain or scarring.

In the past, I would have had to end the article, because there were no other options. Not anymore! The Ink Armor Tattoo Cover Up Full and Half Sleeve might be just what you are looking for. They are available in a light or suntan skin tone colors. There are four different sizes to choose from. Men and women will be able to find a size that works for them. How great would it be for you to be able to just pull on a sleeve? No fuss or muss! Your tattoo is covered, so your boss will be happy. Maybe it could help you get a new job or promotion! The sleeves are made to be comfortable even on a hot day. Ink Armor Tattoo Cover Up Sleeves are just one more option to consider when you have to cover up your art.

About the Author of “How to Deal with a Workplace Tattoo Policy”:
Nicole Bodem has written numerous pieces for the Tat2X Blog.

photo credit: UPC tattoo on Dakota’s neck via photopin (license)