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Tattoos make a daily apperance on our baristas, co-workers, pirates and friends.  They're everywhere from ankles, shoulders and even on the inside of some's lips.  Seems like more people in the room have a tattoo than don't.

Do you have a tattoo?  If so, do you try to ever hide it?

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Charita Cadenhead
eXp Realty - Birmingham, AL
Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama)

I don't have one, but I always wanted one.  My cousin and I went to get tatoos when we were teenagers (in the 70's).  I let her go first so you can see now why I don't have one.

Sep 15, 2011 02:19 AM
Al Raymondi
Ocean View Realty Group in Ormond By The Sea Florida - Ormond Beach, FL
Ormond By The Sea Florida - Home and Condo Sales

No tattoos here and no intention of ever trying to get one.  They IMHO detract from a professional's look when visible.

Sep 15, 2011 02:23 AM
Tim Bradley
Contour Investment Properties - Jackson Hole, WY
Commercial Real Estate Expert in Jackson Hole, WY

Meh, never really considered it. What symbol would I want to carry with me the rest of my life?

Sep 15, 2011 02:42 AM
Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale
In response to Stacey's comment, I drive a Hyundai and wouldn't put a bumper sticker on it and it's 7 years old so no desire to ever get a tattoo.
Sep 15, 2011 02:52 AM
Edward Hamill
NRT Southeast / Coldwell Banker - Osprey, FL
Market Leader / CBInTouch Expert

I have a few.... but I always wear my shortest sleeved dress shirt to my original schedule so that any work is ALWAYS hidden when I am "on the clock"....  Even family members are shocked to find that I have a HUGE celtic cross on my upper arm...from 10 years ago!

Seems to be more and more acceptable, but I prefer to keep my tattoos private

Sep 15, 2011 03:12 AM
Kathy Sheehan
Bay Equity, LLC 770-634-4021 - Atlanta, GA
Senior Loan Officer

No tattoo for me.  I will never have a tattoo, it's just not my thing!

Sep 15, 2011 03:23 AM
Virginia Kail
Investments, starter houses, luxury homes,farms, acreage - Cookeville, TN
True Blue Realty, Homes and Land for Sale

I do have tattoos, and not only that, my husband is a tattoo artist. We own one of the nicest studios in Tennessee. In general I dress so that my tattoos do not show. However, if someone judged me because of it, I'd rather not work with them anyway.  Many of my clients are tattooed people who prefer to work with an agent who will not judge them. (And many of them ask for tattoos as closing gifts). Over 50% of younger people have tattoos.

I would like to comment on some of the other comments above:

1.) Those old faded blue/green tattoos were done back when ink and techniques had a long way to go.  (many times those are WW2 era tattoos.) Tattoos that are well done do not end up looking like that. Tattoo artists are just like painters. Find a really good one with a distinctive style that you like. (preferably with lots of awards and magazine publications too).

2.) When you are old and everything is droopy, the tattoo will be the least of your worries.  :)

3.) Barb- I've seen Dr. /Dentist office's that are not nearly as clean as our studio. We've never had anything but a perfect health inspection score in the past 10 years.  Most doc's offices aren't inspected at all, and I commonly see cross contamination practices at their offices which puts my teeth on edge.

Sep 15, 2011 03:42 AM
Daniel H. Fisher
www.FisherHermanRealty.com (704) 617-3544 - Charlotte, NC
MCRP - Charlotte Real Estate, NC or SC

They generally do not bother me, but I also don't see much need for them, except for some people who used them to get permanent eyebrows after an illness. Saw an interesting article recently that some massively color tattooed people are subtly communicating an abundance of wealth - I often think of that when showing houses.

Sep 15, 2011 04:11 AM
Jim McCormack
Nashville Short Sale Specialist - Jim McCormack - Edge Advantage Realty, LLC - 615-784-EDGE (3343) - Murfreesboro, TN
Nashville Short Sale REALTOR - Stop Foreclosure

No tattoo for me.

Sep 15, 2011 04:12 AM
Joetta Fort
The DiGiorgio Group - Arvada, CO
Independent Broker, Homes Denver to Boulder

I have a comment that goes towards your first sentence, where you mention baristas. My daughter has a tattoo that can't be hidden as it goes down her arm clear to the knuckles of her hand. She can't get a job at Starbucks because of it. STARBUCKS!!  So, I'd say the perception that tattoes are either unprofessional, or 'unclean' or just off-putting is still pretty strong. I don't feel that way, I'm fine with them, but they certainly don't strengthen a professional image.

Sep 15, 2011 04:58 AM
Lucien Vaillancourt
Native Sun Realty, Inc. - Jacksonville, FL
Jacksonville Florida Real Estate

After 23 years in the Navy I do have a few of them including an artistic rendition of my wife's name on my chest.  Only have one that shows if I wear a short sleve shirt but it is not offensive in any way.  Got it in Hong Kong when I was 18.

Sep 15, 2011 05:17 AM
Ricky Beach
Keller Williams Realty Group One Inc. - Reno, NV
Reno Broker/Salesperson/Realtor

Never had a tatoo but I have a brand from my college days on my back. Luckily, it's starting to fade though its significance has brought in business.

Sep 15, 2011 06:03 AM
Liane Thomas, Top Listing Agent
Professional Realty Services® - Corona, CA
Bringing you Home!

No body art. No piecings either, except my ears. Twice.

Sep 15, 2011 06:19 AM
Shannon Lewis
Beringer Realty - Champaign, IL
Realtor, Broker - Champaign-Urbana, IL

Yes, I have a tattoo. It's small and usually is hidden by clothing, though I think it's beautiful and sometimes choose to let it show. People are usually surprised to find out I have one...I guess I don't seem like "the type". And the lesson is, don't judge a book by its cover :-)

Sep 15, 2011 08:42 AM
Kimo Jarrett
Cyber Properties - Huntington Beach, CA
Pro Lifestyle Solutions

I have enough scars on my body, I don't want anymore. 

Sep 15, 2011 10:17 AM
Michael Singh,Broker
Singh Real Estate - Corral de Tierra, CA


Sep 15, 2011 10:54 AM
Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - BoiseMeridianRealEstate.com - Boise, ID
Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

I actually tend to like tattoos on other people, and am not against them at all, but I have never, not even once, had any desire to get one myself.  So I have none. My mom, however, has her eyeliner tattooed on her.  So do many of her friends :-)  -Kasey

Sep 16, 2011 04:03 AM
Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

Never,  I guess it seems to permanent.  I think if I were in the military I might get one to honor my branch of the service, it seems so traditional.

Sep 16, 2011 02:17 PM
Claude Labbe
RLAH / @properties - Washington, DC
Realty for Your Busy Life

I don't have one, though I could see it would happen.  But...it would surely be very well concealed, and even if I was walking around w/ droopy pants, it wouldn't be visible.  Though I'm not sure the tattoo would be my professoinal concern if I was in droopy pants mode.

Sep 19, 2011 01:56 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

When I see someone with a lot of tattoos..I refer to them as human doodle pads!


Sep 26, 2011 06:21 PM