You might love the tattoo of an anaconda wrapped around your arm. But employers might think otherwise, even in the casual blue jean, t-shirt clad environment of an IT campus.
Which may have something to do with why tattoo removal procedures grew by 32 percent this year, says a new study. Indeed, of those folks surveyed, 40 percent said “employment reasons” prompted the procedure.
“Like it or not, a significant number of people feel that their tattoos are preventing their advancement in a particular career or their hiring,” says Jasson Gilmore, CEO of The Patient’s Guide, which conducted the survey. “We have seen a marked increase in patients who tell us that their tattoos are affecting their professional lives, including in technology where a traditionally more casual atmosphere has predominated.”
“If we send out anyone with a visible tattoo on their face, neck or hands, I guarantee they won’t get hired,” said Craig Libis, CEO and Managing Partner at Executive Recruiting Consultants, in Fox Business News. “The client isn’t going to say, ‘We didn’t hire them because of their tattoo,’ but I’m almost positive that’s the reason. No one really wants to see a dragon coming out of your ear.”
Dr. Glenn Messina, tattoo removal specialist and owner of Messina Esthetic Medicine in Commack, N.Y., told Fox that his tattoo removal business has increased by 15 percent over the past two years. He says people that are interested in tattoo removal should realize there’s a substantial amount of cost and pain to get a tattoo removed.
The average tattoo removal entails eight to nine treatments and averages between $200 and $600 per treatment, Messina said. A large tattoo could cost $7,000.
That’s big money for the tattoo removal businesses, considering it has a large pool of potential clients. One in five U.S. adults sports a tattoo, according to a 2012 Harris Poll.