Feb. 23, 2013
Lindsey Ardoin has more than fourteen tattoos across her body. She is also the branch manager and head nurse of a pediatric home health agency here in Austin. Ardoin is just one of the several hundred professionals who have to cover up their ink at their job.
Fortunately for her, she has that option. Recently six candidates applying for a Sheriff’s Deputy job, near Minneapolis, were disqualified because of having tattoos which would have been visible when in uniform, according to NBC news. Law enforcement officials were also quoted saying that the policy is to protect the officers, as well as the people.
Truck driver Harry Dies, was getting his first ink at Dovetail Tattoo and had a different opinion about tattoos in the workplace, “professionalism, should be judged on one’s ability, not their appearance.” His portrait tattoo is of his 19- year-old daughter whom he lost in a car wreck last November.
Ardoin on the other hand, can understand where the officials are coming from, even if she does not agree, “it’s still a stigma and yea, it sucks that you have to wear long sleeves. But I put myself in this situation, I’m not going to complain about it- and it’s not going to stop me from getting more.”