Not-So-Good Consequences of Tattoo-A A +A
To Your Health
Friday, October 11, 2013
YES dear readers, you may have noticed the rather careful, diplomatic, and politically correct selection of words to describe the many probable results of tattoo, in deference to people in high position or celebrities in both arts, sports and theater who have allowed themselves to be a willing " victim of the needle and the ink." However, the glaring fact remains that, nowadays, society in general has taken a closer look at the practice and art of tattoo and please allow the author to share with you some developments.
On both sides of the Atlantic Ocean, people with tattoo have undergone another look, in short a closer scrutiny and assessment. Research presented by the british Sociological Society showed that, no matter how intelligent or articulate a job applicant is, if they have a visible tattoo, most employers would secretly rule them out as " dirty", " unsavory" or even "repugnant/" Even employers who do not have a personal objection to the body art would think twice about taking someone with a tattoo because they fear it would damage their corporate image.
Dr. Andrew Timming of St. Andrew's University School of Management, England interviewed a range of emploers including banks, hotels, city n council, restaurants, colleges , even prisons about their perception of tattoo. Most of them ( 90%) said that tattoos carry a clear, very negative stigma. The respondents expressed concerns that visibly-tattoed workers may drive away potential customers because they are " untidy and abhorrent." There is still this widely-believed notion that tattooed persons are " thugs, thieves, criminals and druggies." In facvt, the study revealed that the first thing the panel of interviewers talk about , once an applicant leaves the room is whether he/she has a tattoo.
For many generations, a tattoo has been a rite of passage for most younbg men joini8ng the US military . Now, the big bosses are risking a mutiny by announcing a ban on soldiers having tattoos on the forearm, below the knee or above the neckline. Current soldiers who are now in active duty are exempted from the regulation on tattoo placement. Plans announced by Raymond Chanbdler, the Sargeant Major of the US Army emphasized that new recruiits will not be allowed to have tattoos that are visible when they are in uniform. More importantly, the ban applies to tattoos that aree racist, sexist or extremist.
From the medical point of view, there is that unsettling feeling as well as fear that the needles used to implant the art form may contain some microbes that may become a clinical problem of the person in the future. The hepatitis virus B and C- causes of liver cirrhosis and liver cancer- have a rather long incubation period, so that the person himself may not be able to cponnect the events of his body piercing a fe wmonths back to his jaundice or abdominal discomfort due to hepatitis.
In a society like ours where anything goes, that everyone has a right of joie de vivre, of course having a tattoo is a non-issue. To each his own, so to speak. However, it is also prudent to pause, and imagine a possible reality, which becomes a permanent, irreversible sad reality that not ven the most sincere regret can reverse.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on October 12, 2013.