Am i Unprofessional?

Brendan - Utica, Ohio
Entered on January 13, 2009
Age Group: Under 18
Themes: prejudice
  • Podcasts

    Sign up for our free, weekly podcast of featured essays. You can download recent episodes individually, or subscribe to automatically receive each podcast. Learn more.

  • FAQ

    Frequently asked questions about the This I Believe project, educational opportunities and more...

  • Top Essays USB Drive

    This USB drive contains 100 of the top This I Believe audio broadcasts of the last ten years, plus some favorites from Edward R. Murrow's radio series of the 1950s. It's perfect for personal or classroom use! Click here to learn more.

For many years in this conservative American work force a person with a tattoo showing is considered “unprofessional”. Why does that make us unprofessional is it because we have displayed our art on our body instead on our living room wall? In some cultures having a tattoo is a symbol of marriage, age, and religious belief, but yet in our society if I have a tattoo of a cross, a symbol of my religion showing some become offended. In the line of work I am going into its unprofessional to have a tattoo showing. I don’t believe if I report to someone’s house to help them, possibly saving their life they will become offended by the artwork on my arms. I believe that that if a person is willing to put artwork on their skin to symbolize many different things, they shouldn’t be deemed unprofessional because they are so proud to show it on their time in the workplace or in public. When my own mother who is a physical therapists assistant is pretty much deemed unprofessional and told to cover up her artwork because it was visible and has to buy a special watch to cover up her roses around her wrist, and put a band-aid over the dolphins on her calf. I think that’s just went over the edge with being unprofessional and being singled out due to the fact that she has artwork showing I believe that everyone show just look at the artwork on people not due to the that they have artwork it should be because the artwork is and will always be interesting. If people could get past the fact the o my gosh they have a tattoo and look at it in the perspective that they love their beliefs so much or they love their child so much to have it permantly on their skin I don’t think I would have this topic to type on.