Jobs all over the world are using the "No Visible Ink" policy because tattoos are associated with people living unhealthy lifestyles. Tattoos are a piece of artwork put on the body forever, people with tattoos shouldn't be seen as violent criminals or drug dealers, but people who are fanatic about art! I personally don't have any tattoos (since I'm only 15) but, I do have piercings and have had unnatural colored hair in the past. People "like us" are judged and denied jobs just because of how we look.
"I was refused a hostess job at a restaurant for having a small lavender flower tattoo on my wrist." says Hailey Paton. "He also pointed out the mole on my nose thinking it was a piercing, saying I'd also have to take it out. I corrected him and he said "Are you sure?" He said he would call the next day and never did." I've read a lot of articles about people getting judged for having a small tattoo, even if it is a cross or having something to do with their religion! Something as small as a penny can get you fired. My mom has "xoxo" on her wrist in honor of her grandma, resulting in wearing a watch or else she would get yelled at by the boss. Tattoos are seen as "untidy and unprofessional" along with making customers uncomfortable and giving companies a "bad reputation." Christine Frankson claims that she was denied a job and called racist because her tattoo looked like Arabic writing. "My tattoo is from a video game, the game has its own alphabet so I got a word tattooed in the writing." she said.
If we can take a stand, I feel that denying someone with tattoos, piercings, and/or colored hair could be illegal. Being yourself is important, but so is being able to support your family and have food on the table. Over 30% of millennials have tattoos and that number will only grow. Everyone says "This was way worse of a problem back then." but that doesn't mean the problem doesn't exist. Tattooed people deserve to be respected and given the same rights as those without tattoos.