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    Herr Heckler Koch

    Job Seekers Lose Their Ink. KSEE News, Fresno, California VIDEO too
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    In a down job market, tattoo removal is up. What some call body art can be a strike against you in the work world.

    Adriana Perez found that out the hard way. After leaving the military, she had trouble finding a job. She decided to try law enforcement, but there was one problem. She says she was told she could not have visible tattoos.

    Perez admits she likes tattoos. She has 13 of them.

    However, she now knows not all employers love them. "I was actually asked once if I was a drug dealer," she says.

    Perez says she would only apply for lower-level jobs because she felt like she was judged because of the wizard tattoo on her neck.

    That's why she's visiting Dr. Ramsey Marcus at the VA Hospital to have some of the more visible ones removed. "Professionally, there are certain fields where visible tattoos just aren't allowed. It's a major reason why people have tattoos removed," Dr. Marcus says.

    Marcus is a dermatologist who specializes in lasers. He says it's common to see more people trying to get rid of tattoos to get work in this tight job market.

    He reminds everyone that it's a very gradual process but it does get rid of tattoos without leaving a scar. It can take up to a year and up to eight painful treatments, and it still doesn't always remove it completely.

    He says it's far more expensive and painful to get a tattoo removed than it is to get one. It can cost thousands of dollars to get rid of it completely, but if it gets you that job, it could be worth it.

    For Adriana, she says she's finished getting inked. She does hope to still one day get into law enforcement once the tattoo on her neck and hand are gone.

    At the VA, there's a special program for veterans so they pay far less.

    Marcus says there's now an ink called infinity ink that is easier to remove with the lasers. It's supposed to be gone in one to two sessions.
    I knew a nuclear qualified sailor that wanted to work for Millie Lewis Agency. For weeks he came to work with fresh bandages on his wounds as his tattoos were burned off - at $1500 per square inch - leaving scars that would take years to fade.

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    Founder's Club Member thebigsd's Avatar
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    Well, I personally believe tattoos are for life. If you're going to get them removed, you shouldn't have gotten them in the first place. Thankfully, I am in a job that could care less about tattoos and my boss has tattoos. Tattoos do not change the person or their work ethic. It is a shame when people are judged just because they have tattoos. That being said all of my tattoos can be covered by wearing a long sleeve shirt.
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    If you want a paycheck from a fella, his opinion regarding tattoos matters. Or, more importantly, what he thinks his customers think of tattoos matters. Your 'statement' matters not to his bottom line.
    "I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it." - Thomas Jefferson.

    "Better that ten guilty persons escape, than that one innocent suffer" - English jurist William Blackstone.
    It is AFAIK original to me. Compromise is failure on the installment plan, particularly when dealing with so intractable an opponent as ignorance. - Nightmare

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    Herr Heckler Koch
    The difference in toleration of having and seeing tattoos may also be the differences between McJobs and careers. I don't recall ever seeing a visible tattoo on SES bosses/flag officers but plenty on both sides of the counter at McJob Hut.

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    Regular Member Jack House's Avatar
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    Someone needs to tell this poor girl that there are police departments that will still hire her, even with visible tattoos. The biggest departments probably won't, but at least she can have a career in that field building steam while removing her tats.

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