Appropriate Workplace Tattoo Spots

By Alexia Gonzalez on January 29, 2015

First impressions can be a complete game changer for certain job positions regardless of your knowledge or extensive background.

This is why we have been endlessly prepped by parents and teachers on the importance of proper interview attire and how necessary it is to dress the part when pursuing any professional endeavor.

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Even if you’re not one to normally dress conservatively, a professional aesthetic can be easy to achieve; throw on a blazer and slacks and you’re usually good to go.

However, sometimes a polished ensemble may not be enough to help with appearances. While the business world is getting slightly more progressive to cater to Millennials, looking professional and making a great impression is still imperative to landing that first job.

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Although many companies are now tolerant of visible tattoos, not every job offer will be so accepting. You definitely don’t want to hinder your chances of landing the job of your dreams simply because you had to have that cherry blossom tattooed down the length of your arm.

Especially in a conservative office, that may want to project a certain image towards clients, tattoos are likely something that you’re going to have to hide most of the time, regardless of size or content.

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When making the choice to acquire some body ink, you want it to be something you won’t regret in a few years, while making sure that it’s placed in a tasteful spot that can be hidden for the work place.

When considering a potential tattoo, think about the significance that this piece of art holds and how it will affect you for the rest of your life. We are all creative beings with the ability express this in any way, just make sure that you display your ink in a classy and concealable manner.

Here’s a list of a few smart spots to have your favorite image inked on.

Back/Back of the Shoulder

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The back area is a good tattoo placement because it can easily be hidden for work or any formal occasion and it also allows for a large enough canvas to display an intricate work of art.

Feel free to depict whatever image you desire when placing it here because of the facility to conceal it.

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Display anything from your favorite painting or a portrait and it will appear artistic and alluring when placed on the upper back. Just be sure to avoid wearing open back tops or low back dresses in a professional environment.

Inner Wrist

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Next on the list is the beloved wrist placement. This is a great spot for a tattoo because it is said to be low on the pain scale, is a great space for small tattoos or brief quotes, and can also be easily hidden for work.

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Simply rock a long sleeve or stack on a couple bracelets or a watch and voila! Just be sure to take care of it of course, and stay clear of the jewelry until it is totally healed.

Upper Shoulder/Lower Neck Area

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This spot is perfect for a dainty script tattoo or a statement quote rather than an image because of the minimal amount of space available. However, take into consideration the fact that it will probably be more painful due to the amount of bone in this area.

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Avoid wearing tank tops or spaghetti straps and stick to full sleeve blouses or a removable cardigan.

Foot/Ankle Area

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Foot and ankle tattoos are a good choice when looking to depict a unique or intricate work of art without the compromise of having it in a spot that is often visible.

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Opt for a small delicate symbol or an elaborate mandala without having to compromise an area that cannot be easily concealed, especially since people rarely tend to look down at your feet in a work environment. It also helps that long pants and covered up shoes can easily hide these tattoos when necessary.

Rib Cage

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The rib cage is an ideal area for a new tattoo, large or small. It is the perfect area when looking to keep your art hidden for the work environment, yet looks sexy and daring when revealed with a crop top or during bikini season.


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Although this can be one of the most (if not the most) painful spots for a tattoo, the result can be incredibly feminine, sexy and easy to conceal.

Perfect for a lengthy script tattoo, this area can be covered up with almost any ensemble and can be revealed when wanted.

Currently seeking a Master's Degree in Media and Communication Studies with a Certification in Multicultural Marketing. Also an undergraduate Public Speaking Instructor at Florida State University. Along with media studies and marketing, I have extensive experience in journalism, writing for outlets such as the Huffington Post and USA Today. Lover of food, fitness, travel, music, and film. 23 years old and bilingual.

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