(Nonk @ Jan. 24 2005,05:26) I am surprised that there is so much support for tats on the forum. I do not know about the attitudes in the US, but in the UK, despite their current popularity among the fashion conscious youth, and their tradition in the enlisted ranks of the military, they are generally associated with the lowest orders, and are not viewed as desirable or respectable, or with any admiration. They can also be very career limiting, avoid at all costs.
I would say that 10 years ago that was exactly the situation in the US, as well. I don't think it is so, anymore, but I might be wrong.
I think they would only be career-limiting if they were visible, as on one's neck or hands. If you're talking about tattoos on these parts of the body I would completely agree. Of the people who have ink in such places, tattoo artists, basketball players, prisoners, and gang members--the two latter of whom are oft one in the same--come to mind. But then again, I think that anyone who would have ink on their neck, hands, or face probably would never be interested in the careers they would be limited from. One of the full-timers in the design department at an internship I had at a dot-com had primitive black ink that covered most of both his arms, pretty much down to his wrist on his right arm, and I think on some of his legs as well. When we wore t-shirts and shorts to the office every day that summer, of course everyone could see them. However, when clients came a-knocking, the only reason he stood out was because he was the only one in business casual.